Bonsai, by Alejandro Zambra

Staff Pick

Appearing in a new translation by his frequent collaborator, Megan McDowell, Zambra's first book--a moving tale of two lovers who find solace in literature and in each other--offers abundant evidence of the literary skills that have since won their talented author a place in the pantheon of critically acclaimed contemporary writers.         


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By Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143136507
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Published: Penguin Books - August 2nd, 2022

The English Understand Wool, by Helen Dewitt

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DeWitt’s novella, like her previous fiction, is full of literary tricks and surprises. It focuses on a young woman raised in Marrakech, whose upper-class parents, to be sure she isn't corrupted by mauvais ton (bad taste), raise her in a bubble of servants, instructors, and tailors drawn from all over the world. Consequently, when a life-altering event throws her off balance, Dewitt's protagonist has only the tools her family gave her to try to navigate her difficulties.This short work is classic DeWitt, offering one more reason why she's one of the most exciting writers working today.

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ISBN: 9780811230070
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Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022

A Woman's Battles and Transformations, by Édouard Louis

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This companion to Louis's Who Killed My Father? combines memoir and social critique to recount his mother's liberation from both her husband's neglectful treatment and the wider class and gender disparagement she was subject to. Examining how the French sociopolitical environment fostered his mother's particular hardships, and how this struggle fomented her resentment of her role as a wife and mother, this is a thought-provoking book from one of France's most important contemporary writers.


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By Édouard Louis, Tash Aw (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374606749
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 16th, 2022