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 In 1916 Louis C Tiffany held a peacock feast where children dressed as miniature chefs served silver platters of roasted peacock decorated with their own plumage.  The repercussions of this vulgar extravaganza carry across generations, in the lives of Tiffany's daughter Dorothy and more importantly, in the family of Tiffany's head gardener - his daughter Prudence,( who is 101 at the beginning of the novel) her brother Randall and his family.  The story takes us from the Guided Age in New York to Anna Freud’s consultation room, to a hippie commune in California and even to Paris. This is a beautifully written, intelligent novel  with a range and complexity that is almost impossible to summarize.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374230548
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - February 5th, 2019

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For most people, death casts the world in shades of darkness. For Kang, it conjures the blank nothingness of white. Focusing on the death of her older sister who lived for just two hours, Kang’s book is an unsettling, yet beautiful, meditation on mortality by way of a close focus on the color said to contain all the others. It begins with a list of fifteen kinds of white that, ranging from swaddling bands to shroud, serve as shorthand for the infant’s brief experience of the world. The rest of the work, in short bursts that rarely reach a page, expands on these items. Kang links the facts of her sister’s premature birth and even more premature death to snow, white doors, sugar, salt, ashes, a white dog, white hair, and so on. While always spare, the prose achieves a remarkable tonal fluidity, sounding by turns harrowing, matter-of-fact, questioning, and painfully lovely. A stretch of frozen sea was “like layer upon layer of dazzling white flowers captured in the moment of unfurling”—another image of nearly simultaneous life and death, but one very different from the sister’s. While at one level Kang is exploring timeless existentialist questions—none of the characters are named, emphasizing the narrative’s universal concerns—the book is also a powerful, highly literary, exploration of identity. The opening section is recounted by “I,” probably Kang’s persona, the second by an omniscient narrator following a “she,” likely Kang’s sister as the writer imagines her had she lived. But several parallels in the protagonists’ experience suggest that these two characters are one and the same, as if Kang, who talks of survivors “containing” the lost, has merged with her dead sister. The book leaves this and other possibilities open, just as the generous white space throughout implies a host of things unsaid and presences unacknowledged.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780525573067
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Published: Hogarth - February 19th, 2019

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 In case "the first book in a trilogy set in fantasy Africa, by the Man Booker winning Marlon James" wasn't enough to hook you, this is also a novel that has shadowy roof walkers, lightning vampires, unreliable narrators, thoughtful exploration of gay sexuality, excellent cursing and one very smart buffalo. A mix of sword and sorcery and harrowing character drama, it's absolutely worth the investment of time and serious emotional anxiety it'll take to see it through.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

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