Train Dreams: A Novella #ad - . A new york times notable book for 2011 one of the economist's 2011 books of the Year One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011 Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions. Robert grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times.
As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.
Thomas Murphy: A NovelEcco #ad - Brought together under the most unlikely circumstance, Murph and Sarah begin in friendship and wind up in impossible possible love. An irishman, a poet, murph, a dreamer, like Whitman, sings lustily of himself and of everyone. Now, a blind woman less than half his age, into Murphy’s world comes the lovely Sarah, who sees into his heart, as he sees into hers.
Through his often-extravagant behavior and observations, we see the world in all its strange glory, both hilarious and profound, equally beautiful and ridiculous. The acclaimed, bittersweet tale that introduces the irrepressible aging poet Thomas Murphy—a paean to the mystery, award-winning essayist and memoirist returns to fiction with this reflective, tragedy and wonder of life.
Thomas Murphy: A Novel #ad - Trying his best to weasel out of an appointment with the neurologist his only child, card sharp, piano bar player, has cornered him into, Máire, bon vivant, the poet Thomas Murphy—singer of the oldies, friend of the down-and-out, raconteur, tough and honest and all-around good guy—contemplates his sunset years.
He muses on the living, his daughter and precocious grandson William, and Greenberg, his dear wife Oona, and on the dead, his best friend. The older mind is at issue, conjuring the islands that have shaped him—Inishmaan, a rocky gumdrop off the Irish coast where he was born, and New York, and Murph’s jumps from fact to memory to fancy, his longtime home.
Murph wonders what to do with the rest of his life. Our life begins in dreams, but does not stay with them, Murph reminds us.
them The Wonderland Quartet Book 3Modern Library #ad - Winner of the national book award, race, them is an enthralling novel about love, class, and the inhumanity of urban life. Praised by the nation for her “potent, ” joyce carol oates traces the aspirations and struggles of Loretta Wendall, and the subsequent destinies of her children, life-gripping imagination, Maureen and Jules, a dreamy young mother who is filled with regret by the age of sixteen, who must fight to survive in a world of violence and danger.
If the phrase ‘woman of letters’ existed, foremost in this country, Joyce Carol Oates would be, entitled to it. John updike, the new yorkeras powerful and relevant today as it was on its initial publication, them chronicles the tumultuous lives of a family living on the edge of ruin in the Detroit slums, from the 1930s to the 1967 race riots.
them The Wonderland Quartet Book 3 #ad - The books that complete this acclaimed series, Expensive People, and Wonderland, A Garden of Earthly Delights, are also available from the Modern Library. Oates is a superb storyteller. For sheer readability, them is unsurpassed. The atlanta Journal-Constitution . It is, raves the new York Times, “a superbly accomplished vision.
Them is the third novel in the Wonderland Quartet.
Tree of Smoke: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - This is also the story of the houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, and its gritty, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, this is a story like nothing in our literature.
Tree of Smoke: A Novel #ad - Tree of smoke is denis johnson's first full-length novel in nine years, and his most gripping, beautiful, and powerful work to date. Tree of smoke is the 2007 National Book Award Winner for Fiction. And a young american who thought of himself as the quiet american and the Ugly American, and who wished to be neither, who wanted instead to be the Wise American, or the Good American, but who eventually came to witness himself as the Real American and finally as simply the Fucking American.
. That's me. This is the story of skip sands—spy-in-training, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong—and the disasters that befall him thanks to his famous uncle, a war hero known in intelligence circles simply as the Colonel. Once upon a time there was a war.
The Summer Before the Dark Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - The Summer Before the Dark Vintage International #ad - But when the summer ends, the woman she was -- living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring -- no longer exists. Doris lessing's brilliant excursion into the terrifying stretch of time between youth and old age, finally, is her journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, from husband to lover to madness: on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with self that lets her, come truly of age.
This novel. As the summer begins, happily enough married, intelligent, forty five, Kate Brown -- attractive, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children -- has no reason to expect anything will change.
Nothing Gold Can Stay: StoriesEcco #ad - From ron rash, pen / faulkner award finalist and new york times bestselling author of Serena, comes a new collection of unforgettable stories set in Appalachia that focuses on the lives of those haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear—spanning the Civil War to the present day. The darkness of ron rash’s work contrasts with its unexpected sensitivity and stark beauty in a manner that could only be accomplished by this master of the short story form.
Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories #ad - Nothing gold can stay includes 14 stories, including Rash’s “The Trusty, ” which first appeared in The New Yorker.
Cathedral Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - Cathedral Vintage Contemporaries #ad - . His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart” Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World. Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. His eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. Raymond carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another.
These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s work and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: StoriesRandom House #ad - . Twenty-five years after jesus’ son, from national book award winner and two-time pulitzer prize finalist denis johnsonnational bestseller • named one of the ten best books of the year by dwight garner, the new york Times • Maureen Corrigan, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, NPR’s Fresh Air • Chicago Tribune • Newsday • New York • AV Club • Publishers Weekly“Ranks with the best fiction published by any American writer during this short century.
New york“A posthumous masterpiece. Entertainment weeklynamed one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review • the washington post • npr • the Boston Globe • New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • BloombergThe Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories #ad - . Johnson’s gift is to extract the beauty in all that brokenness. The wall street journal “Nobody ever wrote like Denis Johnson. Hits a powerful vein. The new york times book review “Grace and oblivion are inextricably yoked in these transcendent stories. Finished shortly before johnson’s death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.
Praise for the largesse of the Sea Maiden “An instant classic. Newsday “Exceptional luminosity.
Jesus' Son: Stories Picador Modern Classics Book 3Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Jesus' Son: Stories Picador Modern Classics Book 3 #ad - The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature. Jesus' son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again.
2666: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, and a teenage student and her widowed, an elusive German novelist, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of SantaTeresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U. S. Mexico border, in the novel as in life, where hundreds of young factory workers, have disappeared.
The posthumous masterwork from "one of the greatest and most influential modern writers" james wood, 2666 was greeted across europe and latin america as his highest achievement, beauty, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, and scope.