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Paul Auster is always interesting, always challenging his readers over the course of his writing career. 4 3 2 1 is perhaps his best book and certainly his most ambitious. It is the story (or many stories) of Archie Ferguson and his life (or lives) as Auster essentially has written the same novel four different ways with different events happening to the same character in each chapter as the tale unfolds. One might be tempted to see this as a ploy that would somehow collapse under the weight of the idea but Auster more than pulls it off resulting in an entirely absorbing and fascinating book.
You'll be hooked from the start with this intense crime novel. Thomas Huston is a popular college professor and bestselling author who seems to have it all but when his family is found murdered in their home he goes on the run and becomes the prime suspect. Ryan DeMarco is a police sergeant with a tortured past and a reputation as an officer with discipline problems. As DeMarco begins to examine Huston's personal life he discovers a half finished manuscript that may hold the clues to the identity of the family's killer. The characters are deftly drawn, the writing is sharp while the plot twists and turns and doesn't let up.
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Adiga burst onto the literary scene with his debut novel, The White Tiger, which went on to win the coveted Booker Prize. He was hailed as fresh voice which reflected a new, gritty, contemporary India. Now in Selection Day he tells the story of two brothers, Manju and Radha, who live in the slums of Mumbai and are being raised by an obsessive, domineering father to become cricket stars. As the boys' father trades on their talent for a step up in life and they come of age, we are immersed in the the social strata of changing India and the result is a bighearted, funny, incisive tale.
In a city in a country about to be torn apart by civil war, a young woman, Nadia, and a young man, Saeed, meet and embark on a clandestine love affair only to realize that their time in this place is limited. As the violence escalates, there are rumors of doors that can for a large price and at great risk allow people to escape and leave their old lives behind. This is a timely, powerful novel that examines the societal changes resulting from the continuing wave of global immigrants and reminds us of the resiliency of the human spirit.
This is the amazing story of Christopher Knight who in 1986 at the age of twenty left everyone and everything he knew and walked into the Maine woods to live a life of solitude. He did not speak to another human for twenty seven years and survived living in a tent in a secluded wooded area breaking into nearby cottages to steal food and supplies. When Knight was finally captured in 2013 breaking into a summer camp Michael Finkel approached him and was able to earn his trust in order to tell how Knight survived as a hermit for so long and perhaps why he chose to do it.
Steve Yates has crafted a wonderful, suspenseful tale that will haunt and mesmerize its readers. The Sheehys are a grand old family from the Missouri Ozarks whose estate has fallen on tough times and become the source of local legend. Hetienne Sheehy is due to inherit the place but she has long suffered visions of terrible foreboding regarding her future there. As her story is told and her premonitions come true, the fragility of the human psyche and the power of myth to rule our lives is revealed. Like William Gay and Daniel Woodrell, Yates mines the fertile ground of his home state and constructs a world that the reader will not soon forget.