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If you are a young person who feels as if they are living at the end of things or a not-so-young person wondering about the world you will leave behind: read this book. Doerr expertly weaves together five perspectives linked by a fantastical ancient Greek text, each of his protagonists finding new meaning in the story of a young man searching for a utopia in the sky. The characters almost seem to reach out to each other from across time and space, binding together 15th-century Constantinople, a town in present-day Idaho under siege from developers, and a lonely girl on the interstellar ship Argos. Themes of environmental and historical disaster dominate the narrative but don't drag it under, leaving the reader with an oddly hopeful message: yes, this is the end of everything, and yes, there will be more ends to come.

Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

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A two-time Giller Prize-winning novelist, Esi Edugyan takes us on a magical and emotional journey through history. This one-of-a-kind novel imagines the experiences, and eventual erasure, of black and multiracial bodies in Berlin and Paris during WWII. It focuses on a group of jazz musicians who, performing during the Nazi occupation, find their freedom and creative expression called into question and their very existencemade perilous. The story is foregrounded by Sid, narrating from the present day, who sees a documentary in honor of "Hiero" Falk, a musician who had been captured and was presumed dead--only to be found living in Poland. We follow Sid as he visits Falk and is forced to reckon with a decades-old secret of betrayal. Edugyan's spare but musical prose lends a hint of dreaminess and hope that kept me wanting more.

Half-Blood Blues: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250012708
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Published: Picador - February 28th, 2012

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Things in Jars is a wonderfully weird mystery set in Victorian London. Our protagonaist is Bridie Devine, a street-wise detective with medical training and a fierce independent streak. She's recently picked up an unwelcome sidekick in Ruby Doyle, a charming boxer who just happens to be dead, and, perhaps even more disturbingly, who refuses to tell Bridie why he's haunting her. Together the two set off to track down the missing daughter of a baronet--a girl whose existence was kept secret for years. Kidd's London is gritty and magical, full of dark secrets, larger than life characters, and adventure aplenty. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Things in Jars: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982121297
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 29th, 2020

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