Staff Pick

These witty intelligent stories take us to Rome to Paris and to South East Asia and are full of insight into what it means to be a strong independent woman looking for connection and love in the world.  On one level the stories are evocative travelogues but the most heartfelt moments are often experienced alone, while passionate connections with others, though intense are short lived.   My favorite story is The Violet Hour for its badass beauty, its courage, its longing and ultimately its heartbreak.  This is a beautifully written and evocative debut collection.


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ISBN: 9781939650955
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - May 2019

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When the Berlin Wall came down a new prosperity came into the lives of all East Germans, including the protagonist of Jenny Erpenbeck's Go, Went, Gone. But since this new prosperity couldn't be attributed to the East Germans' personal merit, by the same token the reduced prospects of African refugees in Berlin could not be blamed on them.  The refugees in question have made their way from war torn countries on the African continent to Italy and then to Berlin, where a German retiree finds himself caught up in their lives. This novel opens up more questions than it answers, but they are vital questions to contemplate.  This is a lucid, intelligent and deeply moving novel.



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By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811225946
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2017

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In 1940 Nazi occupied France, Varian Fry spearheaded a rescue operation which involved obtaining visas and finding safe passage to the United States for an estimated 3000 imperiled artists. In Orringer’s new book which has been ten years in the making, we meet such figures as Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst and Andre Breton.  But with the invention of  the fictional character Elliott Grant,  she manages to pose further provocative questions about race, sexual preference and artistic accomplishment and the roles they play in who and what is deemed worth opportunity and survival.  This novel is an extraordinary tour de force and has been well worth the wait. 



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ISBN: 9780307959409
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019