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What happens when your savior isn't enough? How do you protect your family? Through visceral and vibrant prose, Kawai Strong Washburn unfolds a beautiful and heartbreaking family drama. The Flores family has been followed by the shades of the old Hawai'ian gods, but the crushing realities of poverty, racism, and sexism bend them to a breaking point. When tragedy strikes, the family will have to pull. With tight storytelling and evocative lyricism, this is an incredible debut from an exciting new voice of American literature.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374272081
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Published: MCD - March 3rd, 2020

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Prescott’s favorite writer is Kafka, so any echo of The Trial or The Castle in his title is likely deliberate, as is the plot's philisophical blend of the mundane and the surreal. Never breaking its low-key, reflective tone, the novel is narrated by an unnamed writer researching a book about the disappearing towns of New South Wales, Australia. The one he finds himself (or perhaps loses himself) in seems more simulacrum than town—its buses go nowhere and no one rides them, houses are there for “display,” people spend their days roaming stores without wanting anything.  Then mysterious holes start popping up and replace chunks of the town with a strange, mirror-like blankness. Despite this ominous development, the townspeople carry on much as usual, leading lives with few hopes or expectations. As the narrator ponders what it might mean if this is the end of the world, Prescott captures something chillingly true about today, where we cling to business as usual even as the climate crisis grows more dire by the day—almost as if we don’t really have anything to lose.

The Town: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374278526
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 4th, 2020

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As one of the biggest fans of Department of Speculation, I could not wait for Weather to come out...and I was not disappointed. Written in her signature style of scenes as vignettes--little slices of life reported in the way we actually live them--this book chronicles the end of the world as we will (probably) know it: at the hands of climate change. Weather is smart, funny, and emotional, with just the right amount of paranoia to make it utterly relatable to us all.

Weather: A novel Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780385351102
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

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