As in the Frank Sinatra torch song, “That Old Black Magic,” the protagonist of Richard Russo’s That Old Cape Magic (Random House, $15) spirals down and down under the pressure of Love. Unable to let his past go, he drives around New England with his parents’ urns in the trunk of his convertible. Searching for a suitable burial place, he also tries to reconcile his crumbling life with the fact that he has attained every goal he set himself when he married: he has a beautiful house on the Cape, a successful career at a posh college, happy children--yet he’s in the throes of a divorce and endures a miserable professorship while pining to return to life on the West Coast. Russo recounts the tale with humor, pathos, and hilarity.

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ISBN: 9781400030910
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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 2010

Small-town life has the reputation of being constrained by neighbors who know everyone else’s business. This truth is taken to an extreme in the impoverished provincial Chinese town of Muddy River, the setting of Yiyun Li’s powerful first novel, The Vagrants (Random House, $15). It’s 1979, a decade after the Cultural Revolution and another ten years before the Tiananmen Square uprising. Democracy Walls are springing up in Beijing, but no one knows how far they will go. When a young woman is executed as a counterrevolutionary after her boyfriend reports the once-fervent believer’s doubts about the Party, her village is split between those who want to protest and those who fear the authorities. In Li’s vivid portrait of a repressed society, even schoolchildren can become informers, and personal acts bear political consequences.

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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 16th, 2010

In the gorgeously imagined Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón followed an eccentric group of readers and booksellers into spooky corners of postwar Barcelona. Ruiz Zafón returns to his beloved city in The Angel’s Game (Anchor, $15.95)—but this time, he’s interested not in those who sell books, but those who produce them. After a mysterious publisher offers the young prodigy David Martin an astoundingly lucrative commission, the writer finds himself consumed by the manuscript. Martin—convinced that he’s bartered his soul in exchange for his talent—soon suspects that his client is the Devil himself. Ruiz Zafón plumbs questions of writing, craftsmanship, and obsession in this darkly beguiling tale that has all the intrigue and beauty of its predecessor.

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Published: Anchor - May 18th, 2010

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