The God of War - Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver brings a filmmaker’s well-paced plotting and vivid dialogue to her first novel. Set in 1978 and narrated by twelve-year-old Ares, ironically named after The God Of War (Simon & Schuster, $14), this is the story of two unconventional families and assorted strays living on the harsh edge of the California desert; a military testing ground on one side, the austere natural beauty of the Salton sea on the other, it’s a place where “there’s no such thing as careful. There’s luck. Good and bad.” Ares, however, tries hard to be careful. He struggles to protect his autistic younger brother, though he believes he is Malcolm’s greatest danger, sure that he caused his brother’s condition in an accident five years earlier. As Ares yearns for stability and for “possibilities instead of consequences,” Silver deftly dramatizes the confusions and frustrations of adolescence, and tells a riveting tale of lives lived in unforgiving terrain.

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ISBN: 9781416563174
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2009

Atmospheric Disturbances - Rivka Galchen

A man comes home and finds that his wife is missing. A woman who looks like her is in her place, but Leo is sure that this Rema is an imposter—“a simulacrum.” Rivka Galchen’s ingenious first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances (Picador, $14), isn’t so much about identity theft as it is about identity slippage. How do we recognize people? How do we know those we think we know—and how do we know what we know? Leo is a psychiatrist and he narrates his quest for the real Rema with utter rationality. He has evidence, explanations, theories. Yet what looks like a reasonable approach to his problem could as plausibly be delusion or a breakdown. Is Leo detached from reality, or has he discovered a new level of it in the messages from the secretive (and deceased) Dr. Tzvi Gal-Chen and the Royal Academy of Meteorology? This is a complex and fascinating riddle of a novel, with prose as startling as the story.

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ISBN: 9780312428433
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Published: Picador - April 27th, 2009

Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout

Not many books can boast that they are both the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and an endorsement from O: The Oprah Magazine!  The Pulitzer jury called the eponymous character of Olive Kitteridge (Random House, $14) “blunt, flawed, and fascinating”; Oprah called Olive, naturally, “deeply empathetic.”  I’m not sure that I would like to have Olive in my family—she may be a little too cantankerous—but I would enjoy spending an hour having coffee with her once a week.  A well-seasoned Maine crone, she’s direct and to the point more often than she should be, but her perceptions are sometimes funny and usually accurate, and they can also be deeply heartfelt.  Elizabeth Strout said she chose the form of thirteen interconnected stories because Olive was such a strong personality that she would overpower a novel.  In these stories Olive occasionally appears as a bit player, but wherever she was, I wanted more of her.

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ISBN: 9780812971835
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 30th, 2008