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From a series of free standing stories, a landscape emerges depicting the complex layers of East German society in the early days of reunification. Fascinating historical anthropology, but wait: there's also an intriguing homicide that slowly emerges as clues are gradually revealed in barely connected stories. What a brilliant literary method! It can be challenging to follow the plethora of characters--I had to read it twice before I figured out several of the subtler connections--but greatly worthwhile. I've never read anything quite like this book! -Wayne
I have next to no interest in science fiction, but I am interested in technology and literature. This brilliant short story collection supplies both in abundance as the author executes skillful storytelling on wildly creative premises in believable ways. -Steve M.
Billed as a novel, this letter from Little Dog to his Vietnamese mother, who can't read, is poetic, intimate, graphic, deep, and yes, gorgeous. -Steve M.
Probably the best book you will ever read. If you like trees going into this novel, you'll love them coming out. If you love them going in, you'll worship them at the end. -Steve M.
Faulkner is my favorite writer - and I'm English. I don't think any other writer has attempted the novelistic experiments he managed over forty years. Published in 1940, The Hamlet follows the exploits of the Snopes family, formerly poor outcasts now become the up-and-coming grasping class, especially in the character of the wonderfully named Flem Snopes. The novel incorporates some of Faulkner's best stories - "Spotted Horses," "Lizards in Jamshyd's Courtyard," and "Barn Burning," but perhaps the highlight of the book is the extended chapter about young Ike Snopes's love of a cow, at once hilarious and moving, though I also admire the long chapter about Mink Snopes and his long night with the hound. -Roland G.
I've persuaded many people to read this outstanding Icelandic novel written by its only Nobel Prize winning author, called "one of the best books of the twentieth-century." No one has complained. Bjartur has finally saved enough money to buy a modest farm in the country, a place he optimistically calls Summerhouses. But if his homestead is modest, Bjartur isn't. Stubborn, strong-willed, independent, he takes on the world and the past and anything else to make his way. It's a novel that seems to be set in a timeless space, an epic, and it breaks your heart. -Roland G.
Despite having a Croation mother and knowing about the Balkan war in the '90's, it wasn't until I read a BOOK that I was moved to visit and explore one of my honelands. The Cellist of Saragevo by Steven Galloway-his historical fiction-depicts the story of 3 people who interact with the cellist from the Sarajevo Symphony. He put on his tuxedo, left the safety(?) of his flat, and played Albinoni's 'Adagio for Strings" for 22 days at the site of a bombing which killed 22 people in a bread line in the besieged city, despite shells and sniper's bullets exploding all around him. Learning to live with war, acting on one's principles, and believing in humanity are all a part of this mesmerizing story based on true events. -Larry J.
Immerse yourself in this Oregon town, the people with their quirky natures , the web of relationships, a bit of the fantastical. A totally enjoyable READ. -Hilary C.
How does a community go on after a civil war has split family and friends? Forna slowly reviels the secrets of the past. Great story telling, fascinating story--- a great READ. -Hilary C.