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The title is based on a Dolly Parton song, and the lives of the characters in Holding on to Nothing are steeped in East Tennessee bluegrass along with alcoholism and tragedy. The only way out for our heroine, Lucy Kilgore, is to leave town and try for a better life and higher education in the big town of Knoxville, Tennessee - but things get in the way of her plans. This beautiful and haunting story will stay with you for a while.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781949467086
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Published: Blair - October 22nd, 2019

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Who cares about rich people living in a crumbling castle, even if they lost most of their land and have no money, right? This might occasionally go through your head as you read Hannah Rothschild's new novel, if you can manage to take a break from reading it. Rothschild does not demand you pity the characters, as she does mock their inability to make good decisions or move on with the times (Clarissa in particular is a spectacular caricature of ossified aristocracy). But the characters are vivid and very human, making this novel way broader and more interesting than just a tale of crumbling riches. And I really just want a novel about Aunt Tuffy.

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780525654919
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

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Whether she's telling a very short story about a mother and a daughter discussing animal cruelty while on vacation, or a longer story about a trio of celebrities on a road trip to escape New York during 9/11, Grand Union shows that Zadie Smith is as adept with short fiction as she is with the novel. For a form of literature that always seems to enhance the faults of lesser writers, for Zadie Smith, short stories only make her shine brighter than ever.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525558996
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Published: Penguin Press - October 8th, 2019

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