Rules of Civility - Amor Towles

In prose that is sleek, stylish, and ever so smart, investment-banker-turned-novelist Amor Towles delves into the glitter and the grit of late-1930s Manhattan. His protagonists are transplants (from the Midwest, New England, Brooklyn), desperate to drop their provincial backstories and emerge as flawless, archetypal “bright young things.” They are armed only with their wits, their observational acuity, and etiquette guides such as George Washington’s charmingly earnest Rules of Civility (Viking, $26.95). The novel belongs to wry, sardonic Katey Kontent (born “Katya,” to Russian immigrants), who claws her way up from a women’s boardinghouse and meager secretarial pools to the elite editorial offices of Condé Nast. The other star is Towles himself—he revels in the snappy, joyful, jazzy colloquialisms of the era, making every snippet of dialogue a treat.

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ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

Nightwoods - Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier’s debut was the quietly graceful and heartbreaking Cold Mountain; his new Nightwoods (Random House, $26) is the story of Luce, a solitary, efficient woman whose world falls apart when she finds herself the guardian of her late sister’s children. That sister died under mysterious circumstances, and the children, possibly the only witnesses to the death, have been mute ever since. Violent and crafty, Luce is drawn into their silent world, and Frazier evokes the Appalachians with a touch of Grimm noir. The lush woods offer the orphans both solace and danger as the man who haunted their mother’s life returns to watch them. Using North Carolina country dialect, Frazier unfolds his plot from multiple perspectives. He also mingles fear and humor, hope and despair.

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ISBN: 9781400067091
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Published: Random House - September 27th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780812978803
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

What Is Left the Daughter - Howard Norman

After the unexpected deaths of his parents, both of them suicides and within an hour of each other, Wyatt Hillyer begins a new life and new career, learning the craft of sled- and toboggan-making under the caring eye of his uncle in 1941 Halifax, Nova Scotia.  While confronting the grief, shock, and shame of his parents’ acts, he also comes face-to-face with the reality of World War II when German U-boats wreak havoc off the Canadian coast.  First love and the consequences of a horrible crime and cover-up are just a couple of turns Wyatt also navigates. Revealed as a letter from the mature Wyatt to his daughter, Howard Norman’s story of WHAT IS LEFT THE DAUGHTER (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25) is an exquisite narrative of love, family duty, loss, and responsibility.

Written as a series of letters from the narrator, Wyatt Hillyer, to his twenty-one-year-old-daughter, Marlais, Howard Norman’s What Is Left The Daughter (Mariner, $13.95) tells a rich, dramatic story set in the Canadian Maritimes during World War II as German U-boats stalked Canadian shipping.  After the tragic and surprising deaths of his parents, Hillyer moves in with his aunt, uncle, and cousin in a small town.  When a young German scholar moves to town, amid the fear and suspicion brought on by the war, allegiances are tested, and love, lust, and jealousy fuel a series of events that can’t be undone. Norman’s unerring sense of character, language, pacing, and plot make this an unforgettable novel.

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ISBN: 9780547521824
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2011