The Morning Star, by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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Departing from his signature autofictional mode, Knausgaard follows nine loosely connected characters whose daily lives are interrupted by the appearance of a bright new star in the sky. As the quotidian collides with the wonder and horror of the fantastic--especially the series of eerie events the astral phenomenon ushers in--each begins to question the nature of their existence, their precarius faith, and even whether life has any inherent meaning. Read in the context of the ongoing pandemic, the novel is a remarkable exploration of human experience in the face of something overwhelming.

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By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563423
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Published: Penguin Press - September 28th, 2021

Sensor, by Junji Ito

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Putting his signature grotesque craftsmanship in the service of themes of faith, UFOs, and the seductive lure of cults, Ito takes readers into a hidden cult of Edo-period Christianity devotees who believe that mysterious angel hair falling from the sky will grant them views far into the cosmos.While marking a departure from the master artist's usual short-story--though each chapter feels as if it could stand on its own--and ending on an uncharacteristic hopeful note, this unpredictable work, first published in Japan as Travelogue of the Succubus, is still very Ito in tone and style, and shows that he still has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
 

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781974718900
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - August 17th, 2021

Afterparties, by Anthony Veasana So

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A first-generation son of Cambodian refugees, So writes with tenderness and humor about the lives of young people in a Cambodian-American community. Struggling with the tension of growing up American with a generation of parents still suffering the trauma of escaping the Cambodian genocide, So's characters sparkle with wit and irreverence despite the pain that haunts them. The stories he writes are messy, charting his characters' complicated efforts to carve out a place for themselves and to find meaning in the detritus inherited from their parents’ shattered worlds and the coping mechanisms they've developed to compensate.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780063049901
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Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

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