When The Killing's Done - T.C. Boyle

The history of the Northern Channel Islands off California is one of storms, shipwrecks, and invasive species wreaking havoc with the islands’ closed ecosystem. When The Killing’s Done (Penguin, $16), the thirteenth novel from master storyteller T.C. Boyle, makes a dramatic, suspenseful tale of this Darwinian situation and its 21st-century consequences. Portraying the ecological problems in all their complexity, Boyle vividly depicts the parallel struggle for dominance—and even survival—in human society’s efforts to manage the islands. As the Park Service and rogue animal-rights groups go head to head over decisions about the fates of birds, foxes, wild pigs, and rats, Boyle puts these life-and-death issues in the hands of an unforgettable cast of characters, the most committed of whom face personal dilemmas that test their ideals.
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ISBN: 9780143120391
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

This Beautiful Life - Helen Schulman

It’s every parent’s nightmare: one impulsive move by an otherwise good kid—in this case the forwarding of a sexually explicit video—throws a family into crisis and exposes every fault line in a marriage. In This Beautiful Life (Harper Perennial, $13.99), Helen Schulman takes a ripped-from-theheadlines plot and renders it into a finely crafted and nuanced narrative of a family disassembling under pressure. Although the author depicts a world of privilege in which children have slumber parties at the Plaza Hotel and where diversity at the elite Manhattan private school they attend consists of “millionaires…and…billionaires,” the stressful details and the high stakes of parenting will ring true to anyone who has ever spent a sleepless night worrying about her teen.
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ISBN: 9780062024398
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 7th, 2012

The Submission - Amy Waldman

For its sharp, vivid portrait of contemporary America, The Submission (Picador, $15) would have been my pick for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Amy Waldman opens with an elite jury voting on New York’s 9/11 memorial—and then imagines the fallout if the winning designer were a Muslim. The news spirals outward and exposes fault lines, engulfing politicians, bloggers, reporters, lawyers, Muslim activists, and the victims’ families. We meet a firefighter’s relatives, a community of illegal Bangladeshi workers, and the enigmatic artist himself: Mohammad “Mo” Khan, an architectural prodigy and the son of secular Indian immigrants from Virginia. Waldman’s prose crackles. She is ruthless on the methods of the media, poignant on the responsibility of art, and her flawed, humane characters ignite every page.
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ISBN: 9781250007575
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Published: Picador - March 27th, 2012