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Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson is a love story. The love between people. The love a creator has for their work. A love of innovation and progress. And a love for life itself. But, much like love, this novel is also witty, sexy, charming, infuriating. Deftly weaving Mary Shelley's own story of writing her most famous novel with a story about a trans doctor and a visionary professor navigating the murky ethics of the cutting edge of AI technology and of their relationship. Winterson's novel is wise, hilarious, and heartbreaking and a perfect reimagining of the world's first horror novel.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802129499
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

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Ignored by his grieving family after the sudden death of a sibling, our young narrator ricochets back and forth between an increasingly chaotic home life and the woods outside his home in coastal Alaska. Both environments are treacherous in their own way, and so full of opposite extremes that the overall effect is one of disturbed equilibrium. With an aching lyricism, Lin exposes the raw physicality of childhood and family life in a way that feels completely new.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374279363
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 7th, 2019

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By way of Katya, a novelist and fortyish mother of two, Vapnyar delivers “a very dark comedy,” one charting Katya’s complicated love life, her adjustment to Brooklyn after a childhood in the USSR, and her struggle to become a fiction writer. The heart of the story, however, is Katya’s relationship with her “hero of heroes”—her mother.  A widow and mathematician, Katya’s mother wrote textbooks for children before she immigrated, and late in life she decides to produce one for adults. But she dies of cancer before she’s done more than assemble twenty “flash cards” with theories and formulas. Katya, torn up by grief and facing the end of her marriage, uses these cards to structure the “self-help math book” that becomes the story of her own life. And she knows her life could use some structure. Married to a man she no longer loves, pining after the man she’s loved since she was seventeen, and trying to be swept off her feet by a Putin-era “Russian Gatsby,” Katya feels she lives an Escher life in an Escher house: the parts look normal, but won’t work together. If her search for a rational basis for emotions doesn’t make her “immune to the craziness of love,” it introduces readers to a character as delightful and unpredictable as she is passionate and smart.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781947793422
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Published: Tin House Books - October 15th, 2019

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