The Sacrifice: A Novel

New York Times bestselling writer Joyce Carol Oates returns with an incendiary novel that illuminates the tragic influence of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and tool on blameless lives and probes the endurance of stereotypes, the character of revenge, the complexities of fact, and our insatiable starvation for sensationalism.

When a fourteen-year-old lady is the alleged sufferer of a poor act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her group, exacerbating the racial pressure that has been simmering during this New Jersey city for many years. during this magisterial paintings of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault traces in a racially society. In this kind of demanding, charged surroundings, Oates finds that there should always be a sacrifice—of innocence, fact, belief, and, eventually, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a neighborhood transfixed through this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding round it, this profound novel exposes what—and who—the “sacrifice” truly is, and what effects a lot of these occasions carry for us all.

Working on the peak of her powers, Oates bargains a sympathetic portrait of the younger lady and her mom, and demanding situations our expectancies and ideology approximately our society, our biases, and ourselves. because the refrain of its voices—from the police to the media to the sufferer and her family—reaches a crescendo, The Sacrifice bargains a stunning new knowing of energy and oppression, innocence and guilt, fact and sensationalism, justice and retribution.

A chilling exploration of complicated social, political, and ethical themes—the enduring trauma of the prior, glossy racial and sophistication tensions, the ability of secrets and techniques, and the primal judgements all of us make to guard these we love—The Sacrifice is an immense paintings of fiction from one in every of our so much respected literary masters.

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Shame: A Novel

By Salman Rushdie

The unconventional that set the degree for his sleek vintage, The Satanic Verses, Shame is Salman Rushdie’s phantasmagoric epic of an unnamed kingdom that's “not rather Pakistan.” during this wonderful story of an ongoing duel among the households of 2 men–one a celebrated bet of battle, the opposite a debauched lover of pleasure–Rushdie brilliantly portrays an international stuck among honor and humiliation–“shamelessness, disgrace: the roots of violence.” Shame is an brilliant tale that grows extra well timed by way of the day.

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The Registry (A Registry Novel)

By Shannon Stoker

Welcome to a secure and safe new international, the place good looks is got and offered, and freedom is the last word crime

The Registry stored the rustic from cave in, yet balance has come at a value. during this patriotic new the US, ladies are raised to be brides, offered at public sale to the top bidder. Boys are raised to be squaddies, proficient to struggle and not query orders.

Nearly eighteen, attractive Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the start of her public sale yr. yet a caution from her married older sister increases harmful questions. Now, rather than going up at the block, Mia goes to flee to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wishes is to regulate her personal destiny—a courageous and bold selection that may rework her into an enemy of the country, pursued by way of robust govt brokers, ruthless bounty hunters, and a crafty guy made up our minds to possess her . . . a guy who will cease at not anything to get her back.

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Happy Any Day Now

By Toby Devens

Every 5 years my mom had her fortune learn via Lulu Cho, proprietor of the Golden Lotus therapeutic massage membership for males. Now it was once my flip. And Lulu estimated one typhoon of a destiny for me!

Judith Soo Jin Raphael’s adolescence was once formed by way of her hardworking immigrant mom, her father who left them, and her struggles to slot in as a half-Korean, half-Jewish child in a difficult city local. yet song classes gave her a objective and fervour. Now, as Judith’s 50th birthday nears, she has worthwhile paintings as a cellist with the Maryland Philharmonic, an enthusiastic if uncommitted lover, and a unusual yet shut courting along with her mother.

Then chaos moves: Judith’s past love, who dumped her a long time in the past, returns to dazzle her along with his golden pedigree and terrific profession. Her long-absent father arrives abruptly with a snazzy vehicle and a con man’s patter, turning her mom right into a love-struck flirt whom Judith slightly acknowledges. All this whereas her mentor on the orchestra falls heavily in poor health. No ask yourself Judith develops a paralyzing case of level fright.

Judith unearths herself feeling—and occasionally acting—slightly unhinged, yet she’s confident that happiness will arrive any day now. She’s simply acquired to carry on tight in this midlife shake-up...and declare the prize that lifestyles absolutely has in shop for her.

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The Veins of the Ocean: A Novel

By Patricia Engel

“Engel has a watch for aspect. She understands the best way to drown the reader in a feeling of enchantment... She writes beautiful moments.”—Roxane homosexual, The Nation

Reina Castillo is the appealing younger girl whose liked brother is serving a dying sentence for against the law that stunned the neighborhood, throwing a toddler off a bridge—a crime for which Reina secretly blames herself. together with her brother's dying, even though devastated and in mourning, Reina is ultimately published from her felony vigil. looking anonymity, she strikes to a sleepy city within the Florida Keys the place she meets Nesto Cadena, a lately exiled Cuban looking ahead to with wish the coming of the youngsters he left in the back of in Havana. via Nesto’s love of the ocean and ability for religion, Reina involves comprehend her personal connections to the life-giving and harmful forces of the sea that surrounds her in addition to its position in her family's stricken heritage, and of their companionship, starts off to discover freedom from the load of guilt she includes for her brother’s crime.

Set within the brilliant coastal and Caribbean groups of Miami, the Florida Keys, Havana, Cuba, and Cartagena, Colombia, with The Veins of the Ocean Patricia Engel offers a profound and riveting Pan-American tale of fractured lives discovering solace and redemption within the good looks and tool of the wildlife, and in a single another.

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Despair

By Vladimir Nabokov

Widely revised by means of Nabokov in 1965--thirty years after its unique publication--Despair is the wickedly creative and richly derisive tale of Hermann, a guy who undertakes the proper crime--his personal homicide.

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Epic and History

With contributions from top students, this can be a detailed cross-cultural comparability of historic epics throughout a variety of cultures and time classes, which offers the most important insights into how historical past is taken care of in narrative poetry.

  • The first publication to realize new insights into the subject of ‘epic and historical past’ via in-depth cross-cultural comparisons
  • Covers epic traditions around the globe and throughout quite a lot of time periods
  • Brings jointly major experts within the box, and is edited via across the world looked scholars
  • An vital reference for students and scholars attracted to background and literature throughout a vast variety of disciplines

 

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Occasion for Loving

By Nadine Gordimer

Jessie and Tom Stilwell continue open condominium. Their code is one in all humans made up our minds to take care of the integrity of non-public kin opposed to the distortions of legislations and society.The influence on their domestic of Boaz Davis and his spouse Ann, arrived from England, and Gideon Shibalo, the Stilwells' black good friend, with whom Ann begins a love affair as her experience with Africa, is dramatically concurrent with occasions concerning Jessie's unusual dating together with her mom and stepfather and her son from a prior marriage. Telling their tale opposed to the history of South Africa within the sixties, Nadine Gordimer speaks with unsurpassed subtlety and poignancy of people and the society within which they live.

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Amélie Nothomb: Authorship, Identity and Narrative Practice (Belgian Francophone Library)

Because the ebook of her first novel in 1992, Amélie Nothomb maintains to have interaction and to impress her readers via her exploration of the fluid limitations among good looks and monstrosity, reliable and evil, delusion and truth, in addition to via her attention-grabbing presentation of formative years, anorexia, and the abject. In Amélie Nothomb: Authorship, identification and Narrative Practice, the 1st full-length examine in English of Nothomb’s paintings, those components are offered and interpreted from various views, with the individuals targeting a unmarried novel or evaluating diverse texts. produced from a set of essays on her autobiographical and fictional works, with contributions from her anglophone translators, it is usually an interview with the writer, a preface via the eminent author and critic, Jacques de Decker and a bibliography of secondary works. Nothomb’s works and the severe responses to them are contextualized in a common creation and arranged lower than the next key subject matters: autobiography and gender identification, representations of the physique, and narrative perform. This assortment is a necessary source for college students and students of twentieth-century modern literature and gender reports.

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