Staff Pick

An unsettling debut novel from R.O. Kwon, The Incendiaries (Riverhead, $26) taps into the motivations that drive extremism and obsession. Set in a secluded private school, it follows the relationship between Phoebe, a former piano prodigy with a tragic past, and Will, a lapsed evangelical who has abandoned his faith. Their romance gets complicated by the machinations of John Leal, a cult leader whose religious fervor stems from his supposed stint in a North Korean labor camp. Feeling increasingly isolated, Phoebe gets drawn into the web of Leal’s cult, while Will becomes fixated on her. Through her deft handling of perspective, Kwon chronicles the ebb and tide of their relationship. She develops an uneasy atmosphere through spare and evocative description, using ambiguity to deny any easy resolution. Instead, she probes the emotional limitations that keep people from truly understanding each other.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213890
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

Staff Pick

An unsettling novel, The Incendiaries taps into the motivations that drive extremism and obsession. The relationship between Will and Phoebe —a former piano prodigy with a tragic past— gets complicated by the machinations of John Leal, a cult leader whose religious fervor stems from his supposed stint in a North Korean labor camp. While Phoebe gets drawn into the web of Leal’s cult, Will becomes increasingly fixated on her, and tragedy strikes. Kwon develops the story’s uneasy atmosphere through spare description, using ambiguity to deny any easy resolution.

The Incendiaries: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213890
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

Staff Pick

The first entry in Ferrante’s four-volume “Neapolitan Novels”, My Brilliant Friend chronicles the complex and tumultuous friendship of Elena and Lila, two girls attempting to escape the poverty and violence of their neighborhood. Ferrante’s rich cast of characters and deft handling of social divisions provides a window into the evolving culture of Naples and the world beyond. The series creates a huge, lively world that you can easily get lost in, all the while telling a story that feels intimate and personal in scope.

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

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