To the End of the Land - David Grossman

TO THE END OF THE LAND (Knopf, $26.95), by David Grossman, is a tightly-constructed novel centering on Ora, who flees her home to avoid any bad news about her son, a soldier serving in the Israel Defense Forces and in the direct line of fire in Lebanon. Ora goes to the Galilee, on a hike with an estranged and troubled friend, where she recounts the many stories of her family and past. The stories, and Grossman’s intricate and beautiful prose, weave together the greater and lesser dramas of a family, inextricably tied to the larger framework of politics and the shattering reality of a nation at war.

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ISBN: 9780307476401
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Published: Vintage - August 9th, 2011

Luka and the Fire of Life - Salman Rushdie

After twenty years, Salman Rushdie invites readers back to Haroun’s Sea of Stories.  LUKA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE (Random House, $25) follows Haroun’s twelve-year-old little brother Luka on a quest to rescue his father from a vengeful curse.  Luka must use his wits—and the help of a whimsical crew consisting of a holograph, a princess, a bear named Dog, and a dog named Bear—to find the Fire of Life and break the curse. The novel deftly combines elements from myths, fairy tales, and video games as Luka faces increasingly perilous challenges to reach the different “levels” of his quest.  The wordplay and allegory are in classic Rushdie style, while still keeping a matter-of-fact, real-world tone.  Luka and the Fire of Life is a fast-paced tale of filial love, mortality, and the power of stories.

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ISBN: 9780679783473
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 20th, 2011

The Elephant's Journey - Jose Saramago

In THE ELEPHANT’S JOURNEY (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24) the late Nobel laureate José Saramago recreates an actual expedition undertaken in 1551 by Solomon the elephant, his keeper, and a large retinue of soldiers, porters, and nobles. The king of Portugal having decided to honor the Archduke of Austria’s wedding by bestowing on him an Asian elephant, the challenge lay in getting the gift to its recipient. This historical tidbit caught Saramago’s eye for the unlikely, and as his narrative retraces the trek from Lisbon to Vienna—which included an Alpine crossing in a blizzard—he fills in the factual interstices with his trademark musings on subjects as disparate as religion, social hierarchy, fate, the development of languages, and how animals think. By turns enchantingly whimsical and solidly realistic, this is a historical novel in the guise of fable. Or perhaps a fable under the cover of history.

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ISBN: 9780547574110
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Published: Mariner Books - May 11th, 2011