The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski

The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle (Ecco, $25.95) is partially a love story between young Edgar and the dogs his family raises, and partially an adventure story as he struggles to tell the truth without speaking a word. This well-paced epic rollicks across the Northern Wisconsin countryside, replete with stunning visual details and intriguing characters.  David Wroblewski tells a nuanced, dense story with lyrical ease. As the central mystery unfolds, you’ll find yourself staying up much too late in order not to leave Edgar’s side. With one of the finest debut novels ever, Wroblewski gives us characters and scenes that we will come back to again and again.

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ISBN: 9780061374234
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Published: Ecco - September 8th, 2009

Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri’s third book, Unaccustomed Earth (Knopf, $25), is a collection of eight short stories, each of which packs the punch of a novel.  In the title story, Ruma debates the merits and disadvantages of asking her aging father to live with her growing family; in another, Sudha watches her brother throw away his life in the grips of an addiction he cannot control; in a third, Amit considers how his Bengali upbringing and values are so thoroughly different from those of his American wife, and how that affects their relationship. Lahiri deftly spins her satisfying stories in a way that not only makes you identify with the memorable characters, but also builds toward a stunning conclusion that will haunt you long after you close the book.

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ISBN: 9780307278258
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2009

A Mercy - Toni Morrison

In A Mercy (Knopf, $23.95), Nobel laureate Toni Morrison returns to the subject of slavery. It is a theme she wrote about beautifully in her Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Beloved. This time, Morrison looks farther back, to the late 1600s, nearly a century before the colonies become the United States. Jacob Vaark settles a debt with a farmer in Maryland; his payment is a young girl named Florens. Florens takes up residence with the others in Vaark’s home. In this house of misfits, she grows to womanhood, believing the story that her mother had to give her up due to a debt. In the end, though, her situation proves more complex than she could have imagined. A Mercy is a meditation on slavery and on family—and it’s a wonderfully powerful novel.

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ISBN: 9780307264237
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Published: Knopf - November 11th, 2008

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ISBN: 9780307276766
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009