The End We Start From - Megan Hunter

Staff Pick

Most depictions of the apocalypse in pop culture follow a certain motif: a kinetic and action-packed narrative featuring a hyper-masculine protagonist. Megan Hunter's The End We Start From does not follow that motif. The novel instead features a strong female protagonist who just gave birth just as the oceans begins to engulf most of England and her quest to find a safe place for her newborn son. Told in disjointed vignettes reminiscent of Joan Didion, The End We Start From is a ruminative novel about the hardships a mother would endure to ensure the survival of her child.

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780802126894
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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Field Guide to the North American Family - Garth Risk Hallberg

Staff Pick

I have never read anything quite like Hallberg's Field Guide. It is akin to crossing together an anthropological study with a fictional account of two dysfunctional families. Composed of around 60 non-linear vignettes that tell the story of the Harrisons and the Hungates as they navigate what has become a common narrative thread of families hiding their imperfections and dissatisfaction behind the veneer provided by the American Dream. Hallberg gives us visions of children growing up, of people dying, of love blossoming, of desire, and of ennui.

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$22.00
ISBN: 9781101874950
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Published: Knopf - October 31st, 2017

Mokusei - Cees Nooteboom

Staff Pick

This slim volume by the Dutch master begins with two Europeans in a cafe as they discuss the gap between how outsiders view Japan as a place of eastern mysticism and profound beauty and how it is in reality: a place bound to the same blandness and imperfections from which all places suffer. It is also a love story between a Dutch photographer and a Japanese model, whose relationship is doomed from the very beginning due to the insuperable gulf between the two cultures. It is a sign of Nooteboom's mastery of his craft that he was able to create two different narratives and meld them into one cohesive whole.

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By Cees Nooteboom, Adrienne Dixon (Translated by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780857424846
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Published: Seagull Books - November 15th, 2017

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