Fierce and profound, this elegiac novelan unsettling love story told in four parts is a stunner. From the very first page, you know that you’re in the hands of a remarkable, intense, insightful writer who works magic with language. Not surprising that he is an award-winning American poet.
The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? By Padgett Powell
Looking for a good read? How about Padgett Powell’s new book, which consists entirely of questions? Does that sound too strange or perhaps gimmicky? What if I told you it was humane, funny and wise? Would you at least pick it up and page through it? Could you perhaps take it home with you? Might you enjoy it? (MI)
This beautiful novel is reminiscent of Keats in atmosphere and poetic lyricism, Slow down and pay attention to the breathtakingly beautiful language in Marilynne Robinson’s extraordinary novel of loss and survival. (MMF)
A brilliantly imagined and gracefully written life of Sacagawea’s son—born on the Lewis & Clark Expedition, raised in St. Louis, presented at the courts of Europe—by the bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank. Don’t miss this quintessential American story! (MA)
The literary equivalent of Tapas – an assortment of small servings that are just as satisfying (if not more so) than a single big thing. Whether you read it straight through, follow the thematic groupings (“monsters,” “magic,” “men & women,” etc…), or explore at random, this is a wonderful book. (MI).
Want to know what the low life are up to in Bakersfield? Read Denis Johnson’sNobody Move, which sets a new gritty bar for noir novels a la Raymond Chandler. Hard-boiled characters caught up in a tangle of money, betrayal, alienation, sex, and revenge. (MMF)