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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$17.95
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)
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ISBN: 9780374606749
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 16th, 2022

The Woman Who Killed the Fish, by Clarice Lispector

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Lispector originally wrote these four stories for her children, and their charm and whimsy will surprise readers expecting work in the vein of The Hour of the Star or Near to the Wild Heart. Instead, Lispector has created a world of talking animals, one brimming with the magic of imagination and the joy of everyday life. But though these were written for a younger audience, these wonderful fictions will delight readers of all ages as well as give them meaningful ideas on how to navigate the world.



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By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811229609
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Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022

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