Walter Mosley, having laid Easy Rawlins to rest, introduces a new detective, Leonid McGill, an ex-boxer and a hard- drinking PI of the old school, in The Long Fall (Riverhead, $25.95). McGill has not lived a good life. He’s worked for the Mob and been involved with businessmen whose businesses were at best marginally legal. He’s married in name only, and there’s a cop who’s made it his mission to catch McGill in the act of doing wrong.  When McGill is hired to find four young men known only by their street names, it’s just a job. But as they start dying, he has to make a decision. In his quest to turn his life around, he knows he must act to find out what’s behind the deaths. And he must do this before the forces allied against him claim victory. We’ll hear from Leonid again as he moves through the city he loves, New York.

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ISBN: 9780451230256
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Published: Berkley - February 2nd, 2010

Dr. Abraham Verghese turns his remarkable empathy into powerful fiction in this story that draws on his medical training, his years of practice, and his childhood in Ethiopia. The principal narrator of Cutting For Stone (Knopf, $26.95) is Marion Praise Stone, one of a set of identical twins born to a dying nurse, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, in Addis Ababa in the early 1950s. The father, surgeon Thomas Stone, disappeared immediately after their birth, leaving the twins to be raised by Dr. Hemlatha and Dr. Ghosh, who followed Hema to Addis to work in the mission hospital. The backdrop is Ethiopia’s deteriorating political situation during and after Haile Selassie’s regime. Verghese’s capacity for empathy was notable in his previous nonfiction, as was his interest in the human condition. But to spin an imaginative tale is a talent of a different order, and he has exceeded expectation. There is great assurance in Verghese’s writing and ebullience in his storytelling.


With Cutting For Stone (Knopf, $26.95), Abraham Verghese has written a totally absorbing 500-plus page story that draws on his medical training, his life as an immigrant physician in the U.S., and his childhood and youth in Ethiopia. The novel is narrated by Marion Praise Stone, one of a set of identical twin boys born to a dying nurse, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, in Addis Ababa in the early ’50s. The father, surgeon Thomas Stone, disappeared immediately after their birth, leaving the twins to be raised by Dr. Hemlatha and Dr. Ghosh, who followed Hema to Addis to work in the mission hospital. The backdrop is Ethiopia’s deteriorating political situation during and after Haille Sellassie’s regime. Verghese’s capacity for empathy was notable in his previous nonfiction, as was his interest in the human condition. But to spin an imaginative tale is a talent of a different order and he has exceeded expectation. There is such assurance in Verghese’s writing and ebullience in his storytelling.

 

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Published: Knopf - February 3rd, 2009

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Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2010

In The Family Album (Viking, $25.95) Penelope Lively paints a wonderful portrait of an ostensibly perfect family. Parents Alison and Charles, six children, and one au pair, live at Allersmead, a shabby-genteel, sprawling Edwardian edifice where the huge kitchen is the heart of the home.  Alison prides herself on her mothering, cooking, and homemaking and frets when family life is beyond her control. Her husband Charles remains aloof, constantly locked in his study while he researches and writes books. Most of the family scenes are presented in flashback as each of the adult children returns to the childhood home; thus memory is of keen interest here, along with a dark secret from the past.

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Published: Penguin Books - August 31st, 2010

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