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If acerbic aristocrats, dead spouses reincarnated as cats, and impromptu cruises to Paris are of any interest to you, then, please, allow me to introduce you to Patrick deWitt’s third novel, French Exit. One of the things I most admire about deWitt’s writing is his ability to translate his signature wry humor and sharp eye to any time period or genre and absolutely nail it—French Exit is no exception. Set in contemporary New York, the novel follows the mother-son duo of Frances and Malcolm Price as they discover that they have run through their once-abundant finances. Hijinks ensue.

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ISBN: 9780062846938
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Published: Ecco - June 11th, 2019

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As the next step in a remarkable career turn, Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of several works of fiction in English, follows her Italian-language In Other Words by editing The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories (Penguin, $30). Discovering that many writers who inspired her were out of print or poorly translated, she assembled a collection of forty stories that represent the “robust tradition” of Italian writing from the twentieth century. Aiming “to present a portrait of Italy that reflects its reality,” she chose poets, journalists, musicians, critics, teachers, visual artists, scientists, politicians, and diplomats—then organized their works in reverse alphabetical order by their last name. Many of these names—Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, and Natalia Ginzburg—will be familiar to English speakers, while others—Elio Vittorini, Ennio Flaiano, and Anna Banti—will be wonderful discoveries, as will be the sixteen stories here translated into English for the first time. Added bonuses include Lahiri’s illuminating introduction, brief profiles of each contributor, a dual chronology of Italy’s historical and literary events from 1840 to 2009, and suggestions for further reading.

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By Jhumpa Lahiri (Editor), Jhumpa Lahiri (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780241299838
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 10th, 2019

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Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s debut story collection, Sabrina and Corina (One World, $26), is a call to reconsider everything you know about the genre of the American Western. These stories dispel the myth of the West as the domain of cowboys and show us the women who have been indigenous to this landscape for centuries. Fajardo-Anstine’s writing is equal parts raw and graceful; while her characters navigate through dangers and uncertainties, she handles all of them with dignity and compassion. The eleven stories in this collection touch on the subjects of heritage, family, and poverty—in spite of hardships endured, the stories always return to a place of hopefulness. A Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, Sabrina and Corina is a soon-to-be-classic and a necessary addition to any bookshelf.

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ISBN: 9780525511298
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Published: One World - April 2nd, 2019