Jane Mendelsohn - American Music

Jane Mendelsohn is one of those rare writers who can make even the darkest themes shine through brightly with her poetic narratives. In AMERICAN MUSIC, Mendelsohn layers time through the love story of an Iraq war veteran and his physical therapist. Each time they touch during their sessions, they are somehow thrown into the lives of a man from the 1930s and a woman in the 1960s. Through experiencing these people's stories, love grows in the most difficult of circumstances for them all. You will not put this book down and it will stay with you long after it's finished.

Jane Mendelsohn, with her poetic narratives, makes even the darkest theme shine bright. In American Music (Vintage, $15) Mendelsohn layers time through the story of an Iraq-war veteran and his physical therapist. Each time they touch during their sessions, they are somehow thrown into the lives of a man from the 1930s and a woman in the 1960s. As they experience these strangers’ stories, love grows despite the difficult circumstances. 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780307473974
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2011

Conquistadora - Esmeralda Santiago

I’m a sucker for a well-developed, strong woman character and Esmeralda Santiago delivers one beautifully in her well-paced historical novel, Conquistadora (Knopf, $27.50). Set in mid-eighteenth-century Spain and Puerto Rico, the novel focuses on Ana, a well-born woman alienated from her patrician Spanish peers and yearning for adventure; she dreams of following in the footsteps of her conquistador forebears. Where her ancestors relentlessly searched for gold, Ana searches for something more valuable for a woman in the 1800s: she wants to carve out a piece of the earth for herself. Exerting an iron will, she works to steer her destiny by using the men around her, traveling to Puerto Rico to run a sugar plantation, and doing all she can to make it a success. Santiago evokes the region’s lush landscape and populates it with solid characters—especially with a protagonist readers will be compelled to follow into the tropical wilderness.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307388599
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

Everything Beautiful Began After - Simon Van Booy

With his evocative and haunting prose, Simon Van Booy spins the tale of three characters whose lives intersect in Greece. Fans of his short stories (Love Begins in Winter and The Secret Lives of People in Love) will find his trademark theme of human connection in Everything Beautiful Began After (Perennial, $14.99), Van Booy’s first full-length novel. The book focuses on Rebecca, who moves to Athens to escape her life back in France; Henry, an English archeology student; and George, an American with an extraordinary gift for ancient languages and a terrible case of alcoholism. The three come together by pure chance, and through their individual relationships and their unique group dynamic, discover love and acceptance despite the terrible tragedy that eventually tears them apart. Angela Maria Williams

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061661488
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2011

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