A really fresh and original story, The Throwback Special tells the tale of a group of men who meet up once a year to reenact the fateful 1985 football play that ended the career of the Redskins’ Joe Theisman. On that play, New York Giant linebacker Lawrence Taylor sacked Theisman, brutally snapping the QB’s leg in front of a national TV audience. As the men spend their weekend choosing roles and readying their equipment, they reveal their fears and insecurities, catching up with one another since their last reenactment. Readers who liked Billy Lynn’s Last Halftime Walk, will warm to this wise, warm, and often hilarious novel. 

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With Avenue of Mysteries (Simon & Schuster, $28) John Irving introduces brother and sister Diego and Lupe, denizens of the massive garbage dump in Oaxaca, Mexico. Each sibling is remarkable—Lupe can intuit people’s thoughts and Diego, though uneducated, reads everything he can lay his hands on. Their childhood is recalled by the adult Diego as he travels in the Philippines, trying to fulfill a dying wish from an acquaintance of his youth. Avenue of Mysteries contains all the things we love about Irving’s writing: masterful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and a renewed sense of magic in everyday events.

 

 

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Jonathan Franzen’s Purity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28) introduces Purity Tyler, known to all as Pip, an under-employed young woman with a staggering student-loan burden living with roommates in a house in Oakland.  When she meets a group of German peace activists, her world is touched by the mysterious Andreas Wolf and his “Sunlight Project,” which promises to expose national and corporate treachery by releasing leaked data.  Pip, who grew up as the child of a single mother, sees in Wolf not just a glamorous opportunity to make a difference in the world but also a way to identify her unknown father. Franzen’s story is filled with twists and turns and unforgettable characters; as always the author of The Corrections and Freedom takes on big subjects—such as privacy and identity—in smart and entertaining ways.

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