This sparse dreamlike narrative takes us to 1960’s Paris, where drifters hang out in cafes and sleep in shabby hotels. The narrator attaches himself to an interesting couple, and becomes infatuated with the girl, an attraction that seems one-sided, until they escape to London. A concluding reunion in Paris had me furiously turning pages. Modiano repurposes material again and again in his books. You’ll find a haunting tone, a sense of loss, the notion that identity is malleable. His world is one you’ve never been to before. But you’ll want to revisit it, in his other books. 

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By Patrick Modiano, Jordan Stump (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780803282292
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Published: Bison Books - October 1st, 1998

This debut novel by a Danish poet is a literary whodunit set in an unnamed city - Stockholm or maybe Brooklyn, depending on your perspective. While cleaning the apartment of his dead gangster father, Thomas salvages a toaster, in which he finds a package. This brings on a psychological unraveling—and the novel ends up exploring the rock paper scissors one-upmanship of male interactions. Aidt’s characters are intelligently and warmly drawn, her voice is fresh and and she’s particularly good on family dynamics. It’s a suspenseful well-paced novel, but you can’t take the poetry out of this poet. 

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By Naja Marie Aidt, K. E. Semmel (Translator)
ISBN: 9781940953168
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Published: Open Letter - August 11th, 2015

All five stories in this brilliant collection are set in different periods of scientific breakthrough from Louis Aziz to Charles Darwin. The protagonist in one story becomes a minor character in the next, a structure which underscores Barrett’s point about science. She suggests here that the life work of a scientist/protagonist, however methodical and important, is destined to become a footnote in the work of the scientist who follows him/her.  Barrett tells stories about the pain and intensity of hard work and the necessity of letting go. Her characters must let go of ambition, accolades, and their deep yearnings to see a divine hand in the natural order of the world. This is a moving, thought provoking and lyrical collection of stories. If you liked Ship Fever, you will love it.

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ISBN: 9780393348774
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 7th, 2014