Red Hook Road - Ayelet Waldman

Set in Maine, Ayelet Waldman’s Red Hook Road (Anchor, $15) opens with a horrific car accident that kills a newly married couple as they’re on their way from the church to the reception.  The rest of the novel, which spans the next four years, tells the story of the two families of the deceased couple, the Hewins, local and working class, and the Kimmelbrods,  wealthy summer people from New York. These two clans, now linked, spend the aftermath of the tragedy bumping in and out of each other’s lives, dealing with the messiness and awkwardness of grief, and the underlying issue of social class.

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ISBN: 9780307275820
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Published: Anchor - May 31st, 2011

Day for Night - Frederick Reiken

By now, you are probably familiar with novels in the form of linked stories (Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge), but few are as eerie or as mesmerizing as Frederick Reiken’s Day For Night (Back Bay, $14.99). Each chapter is a haunting experiment in structure and voice, featuring characters who are grappling with a past mystery or trauma, whether personal (a parent lost to cancer) or historical (the murder of 500 Jewish men in Lithuania in 1941). And while every strand of the narrative connects to a larger whole, the deep reward of Reiken’s novel is that each segment contains a universe within itself.

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ISBN: 9780316077576
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 27th, 2011

This Is Not Your City - Caitlin Horrock

The stories in Caitlin Horrocks’s masterful debut collection, This Is Not Your City (Sarabande, $15.95), start in familiar places and go into deftly imagined elsewheres. A woman feels uneasy while expecting her first child. Why? Because she can remember her own and others’ previous incarnations and recognizes the old soul in the new baby.  A story in the form of a term paper shifts yet again to become a high school senior’s poignant autobiography, documenting her mother’s illness and the family’s poverty. A couple on a cruise is by turns childless and the parents of a brood of overachievers—both smokescreens to deflect inquiries about their only son, born severely brain damaged. When pirates board the ship, it’s the least of the dramas going on here. Other characters find love, but not understanding, and work doggedly at jobs or relationships despite ambivalence. Widely published in the top literary journals, Horrocks, whose prose carves a clear, sharp picture of people of all ages and of places from the American Midwest to Finland, is a writer to watch.

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ISBN: 9781932511918
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Published: Sarabande Books - June 28th, 2011