Nicotine: A Novel

Her mother, was a member of an amazonian tribe called the Kogi; her much older father, Norm, Amalia, long ago attained cult-like deity status among a certain group of aging hippies while operating a ‘healing center’ in New Jersey. The “wonderfully talented” dwight garner, new york times author of Mislaid returns with a “heady, witty” Booklist novel of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian father's childhood home.

Recent business school graduate Penny Baker has rebelled against her family her whole life—by being the conventional one. She goes to investigate the property and finds it occupied by a group of friendly and charming anarchist squatters who have renamed the property Nicotine House. And she’s never felt particularly close to her much-older half-brothers from Norm’s previous marriage-one wickedly charming and obscenely rich but mostly just wicked, one a photographer on a distant tropical island.

But all that changes when her father dies, and Penny inherits his childhood home in New Jersey. Penny soon moves into a nearby residence, becoming enmeshed in the political fervor and commitment of her fellow squatters. As the baker family’s lives begin to converge around the fate of the Nicotine House, Penny grows ever bolder and more desperate to protect it-and its residents-until a fateful night when a reckless confrontation between her old family and her new one changes everything.

Ecco. The residents of nicotine house defenders of smokers’ rights possess the type of passion and fervor Penny feels she’s desperately lacking, and the other squatter houses in the neighborhood provide a sense of community she’s never felt before.

Elsewhere, California: A Novel

The dual–narrative of elsewhere, California illustrates the complicated history of African Americans across the rolling basin of Los Angeles. The past will intrude upon Avery’s first gallery show, proving her mother’s adage: Every goodbye aint gone. As a young girl, she and her family escape the violent streets of Los Angeles to a more gentrified existence in suburban West Covina.

. We first met avery in two of the stories featured in Dana Johnson’s award–winning collection Break Any Woman Down. This average life, is soon interrupted by a past she cannot escape, trips to 7–Eleven to gawk at Tiger Beat magazine, and family outings to Dodger Stadium, filled with school, personified in the guise of her violent cousin Keith.

When keith moves in with her family, to her burgeoning career as a painter and artist, he triggers a series of events that will follow Avery throughout her life: to her studies at USC, and into her relationship with a wealthy Italian who sequesters her in his glass–walled house in the Hollywood Hills.


The Marriage Plot: A Novel

Picador USA. But madeleine hanna, dutiful english major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. Jeffrey eugenides creates a new kind of contemporary love story in "his most powerful novel yet" Newsweek.

. As all three of them face life in the real world they will have to reevaluate everything they have learned. A national book critics circle award finalistnamed a best book of the year bythe new york times book review • npr • the new Republic • Salon • The Seattle Times • Houston Chronicle • The Miami Herald • Publisher's Weekly "Reminds us with uncommon understanding what it is to be young and idealistic, in pursuit of true love, and in love with books and ideas.

Michiko kakutani, the New York Times"A grand romance in the Austen tradition. Usa todayare the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, prenups, sexual freedom, and divorce?It's the early 1980s. As madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, intervenes-the charismatic and intense Leonard Bankhead, in the form of two very different guys, and her old friend the mystically inclined Mitchell Grammaticus.

In american colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads.

Olive Kitteridge

. At the edge of the continent, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, Maine, Crosby, hope, it’s in essence the whole world, jealousy, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, may seem like nowhere, and love. The book is a page-turner because of her.

San francisco chronicle   “Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph. Seattle post-intelligencer   “Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch. Entertainment weekly   “Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. At times stern, a retired schoolteacher, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and henry, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, at other times patient, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, Olive Kitteridge, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

. She makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air. The new yorker Picador USA. Winner of the pulitzer prize • the emmy award–winning hbo miniseries starring frances mcdormand, new york times bestselling author elizabeth strout binds together thirteen rich, richard JENKINS, AND BILL MURRAYIn a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

When she’s not onstage, we look forward to her return.

Mislaid: A Novel

Eventually the long lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare. Picador USA. The two are mismatched from the start—she’s a lesbian, he’s gay—but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind.

Worried that lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter. Mislaid. Freshman peggy, an ingénue with literary pretensions, a blue-blooded poet and professor, falls under the spell of Lee, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage.

As peggy and lee’s children grow up, nor that she is “white, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie deals with his father’s compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother’s lies—she knows neither her real age, ” nor that she has any other family. Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen at the University of Virginia, where Byrdie is in his senior year.

They squat in a house in an African-American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities. Longlisted for the 2015 national book awarda sharply observed, mordantly funny, and startlingly original novel from an exciting, unconventional new voice—the author of the acclaimed The Wallcreeper—about the making and unmaking of the American family that lays bare all of our assumptions about race and racism, sexuality and desire.

Stillwater college in Virginia, 1966.

The Language of Fiction: A Writer's Stylebook

This indispensable guide, created just for writers of fiction, will show you how to take your writing to the next level by exploring the finer points of language. Here, or follow standard rules of grammar? and where does that pesky quotation mark go, and ways to avoid it: unwitting rhymes, again? warning signs of the betrayal of language, you’ll find Encouragement and advice to face the big questions: Past or present tense? Comma or semicolon? Italic or roman? Should your dialogue be phonetically rendered, repetition, cliché, redundancy, and the inevitable failure of vocabulary How-to and how-not-to examples: The grammatical “mistakes” of Charles Dickens; ambiguous pronoun usage by Nathaniel Hawthorne; the minefield of paragraph fragments found in one of today’s most successful authors.

Mastering the nuts and bolts of grammar and prose mechanics is also an essential part of becoming a literary artist. Mislaid. Funny, and wise, this book explores the tools of the fiction writer’s trade, readable, from verb tenses to pronouns to commas and beyond. Filled with examples from the best-seller lists of today and yesterday, it will help you consider the hows and whys of language, and how mastery of them can be used to achieve clarity and grace of expression in your own work.

Grand themes and complex plots are just the beginning of a great piece of fiction. Picador USA. Random House Trade Paperbacks.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

First novel prize a time magazine #1 fiction book of the year one of the best books of 2007 according to: the new york times, booklist, los angeles times, The Boston Globe,  New York Public Library, Salon, The Village Voice, Time Out New York,  San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Baltimore City Paper, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, People, and many more.

. Encapsulating dominican-american history, the brief wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But oscar may never get what he wants.

Random House Trade Paperbacks. Winner of: the pulitzer prize the national Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr. Mislaid. Picador USA. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA.

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The Wallcreeper

And there are some jokes in here that a young Don DeLillo would kill to have written. The novel is about a bird-loving American couple that moves to Europe and becomes, basically, eco-terrorists. This is strange, europe, and interesting, love, fidelity, but in between is some writing about marriage, and saving the earth that is as funny and as grown-up as anything I've read in years.

Mislaid. Random House Trade Paperbacks. I don't know. Great product! Fiction. Who is nell zink? she claims to be an expatriate living in northeast Germany. Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know. I hope he doesn't kill Nell Zink. Keith gessen "nell Zink is a writer of extraordinary talent and range.

You might not want to believe this, but her sentences and stories are so strong and convincing that you'll have no choice. Jonathan Franzen Picador USA. I do know that this first novel arrives with a voice that is fully formed: mature, terrifyingly intelligent, hilarious, and wicked. Maybe she is; maybe she isn't.

Private Novelist: Fiction

Now, this tongue-in-cheek homage is available to nell’s growing readership for the first time, accompanied by a second dazzling and imaginative work that breathes—at Shats’s request—the perfumed air of the Old Europe and stars a figure very much like Shats. Sailing towards the sunset by avner shats is zink’s faux-translation of Shats’s 1998 novel Lashut El Hashkia "Sailing Towards the Sunset".

Picador USA. Mislaid. It flows with a narrative spin only the singular Zink could pull off—including both authentic and fictional versions of characters from Shats’s life and work such as the author herself. A fast-moving portrait of expat artists, authors, and academics on fellowships at the Villa Romana in Florence, a German specialist in ancient lint, European Story for Avner Shats centers on a trio of three indelible characters: an Israeli writer vaguely reminiscent of Shats, and a beautiful and fraudulent Russian performance artist.

Demonstrating the hallmarks of zink’s unique talent, Private Novelist is an intimate look into this acclaimed novelist’s early work that will please her coterie of admirers and further burnish her lustrous reputation. Unable to read his Hebrew, she was forced to start from scratch. Great product! . Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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The Sellout: A Novel

Great product! He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. Ecco Press. It challenges the sacred tenets of the united States Constitution, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, urban life, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of dickens―on the southern outskirts of los angeles―the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake.

Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. Winner of the man booker prizewinner of the national book critics circle award in fictionwinner of the john dos passos prize for literaturenew york times bestsellerlos angeles times bestseller Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book ReviewNamed a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers WeeklyNamed a "Must-Read" by Flavorwire and New York Magazine's "Vulture" BlogA biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, BuzzFeed, The Denver Post, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.

But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. Mislaid. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.


Can't and Won't: Stories

The stories may appear in the form of letters of complaint; they may be extracted from Flaubert's correspondence; or they may be inspired by the author's own dreams, or the dreams of friends. What does not vary throughout can't and Won't, Lydia Davis's fifth collection of stories, is the power of her finely honed prose.

Great product! Davis writes with bracing candor and sly humor about the quotidian, the foreign, the alienating, revealing the mysterious, and the pleasurable within the predictable patterns of daily life. Random House Trade Paperbacks. National bestsellerthe new york times • los angeles times • the boston globeher stories may be literal one-liners: the entirety of "Bloomington" reads, "Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before.

Or they may be lengthier investigations of the havoc wreaked by the most mundane disruptions to routine: in "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates, " a professor receives a gift of thirty-two small chocolates and is paralyzed by the multitude of options she imagines for their consumption. Mislaid.

Picador USA. Picador USA. Ecco Press. Davis is sharply observant; she is wry or witty or poignant.