The Children's Book - A. S. Byatt

This big, bold, and ambitious novel tells the story of a group of artists—playwrights, potters, puppeteers, and writers—in the last years of the 19th century and leading up to the onset of the First World War.  At the center is Olive Wellwood, a writer of fairy stories, her large family, and a close-knit group of Fabians (a progressive British political movement that laid the foundation of today’s Labour Party) and their children. The two families share parties, vacations, artistic workshops, and trips abroad, oblivious of the dark political clouds that will so dramatically change everything.  This is a rich historical novel of ideas and aesthetics, showcasing a fascinating and too-little-explored period.

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ISBN: 9780307473066
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Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders - Daniyal Mueenuddin

This book of short stories by the Pakistani-American writer is a powerful and accomplished debut. The collection deals with country life, big landowners, their retainers, and poor relatives. A few of the stories tell about people navigating the East-West differences. In the longest piece, Lily, a young woman, tries to find stability after realizing that her party-life is at a dead end. The title story is about a poor relative of K.K. Harouni, whose estate near Lahore forms the backdrop of many of the stories. On one hand modern Pakistan is front and center, and on the other, the humanity common to any people makes the characters recognizable.


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ISBN: 9780393337204
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 16th, 2009

Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann

Set mainly in the Bronx in 1974, Colum McCann’s novel explores the lives of a diverse group of New Yorkers whose stories converge on the day Philippe Petit takes his historic walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. A man comes to the Bronx to find his brother, an Irish monk working with prostitutes under a freeway off-ramp.  A wealthy woman hosts a group of other mothers who have lost sons in the Vietnam War. Two artists attempt to live off the grid in a wooded cabin but return to the city to sell their paintings. These seemingly unrelated occurrences unfold over a summer when apartment buildings burn, the Watergate hearings drone on, and the war in Southeast Asia continues its violent denouement. McCann weaves these stories into a riveting drama, showing how lives touch other lives in tragic and miraculous ways.

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ISBN: 9780812973990
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 30th, 2009