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Dorothy B. Hughes isn't interested in your run-of-the-mill noir gumshoe who goes around LA or San Francisco solving murders and attracting "dames". No, Hughes is more interested in the psychology of her characters and the motivations that force people to do what they do. In A Lonely Place is not a novel about a Marlowe-like detective on the tails of a killer. What it is instead is a novel about the killer, his motives, and his history that led him to commit violence against his victims, most of whom are women. Beyond being a noir novel, In A Lonely Place is an exploration of postwar anxiety in 1940s LA and of the misogyny that deems women as fodder for the egos of men.

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By Dorothy B. Hughes, Megan Abbott (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681371474
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 15th, 2017

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The premise is simple: Henry King dies. However, what makes this book interesting is that it is a cross between the cult movie Final Destination and the Oulipian masterpiece, Exercises in Style, by Raymond Queneau. In the book, Ball and Evenson presents dozens of scenarios describing Henry King dying in various ways: being buried alive, falling from a building, being beheaded, and overdosing from Viagra. The pair writes with a mix of humor and poignancy that elevates what at first seems as a joke premise which results in a book that explores the many ways we die and, by consequence, also the many ways that we live.

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ISBN: 9781941250204
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Published: Uncivilized Books - October 31st, 2017

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In the midst of World War II, Leonora Carrington's lover, Max Ernst was captured by Nazis and died in a concentration camp. The tragic event caused Carrington's mind to unravel and she ended up being confined to a mental institution. Carrington's memoir is a slim volume and a compelling and horrific portrait of a woman's ordeal after losing a loved one to war. Written in a surreal but accessible prose, it is an essential account that takes you inside the mind of a woman unhinged by tragedy.

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By Leonora Carrington, Marina Warner (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681370606
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 18th, 2017