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  • The Hatred of Poetry

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    “I, too, dislike it…”

    Rare is the piece of literary criticism that is both intelligent and actually f*cking useful to the lay reader. Even the most casual fan of verse will enjoy Lerner’s essay on his vocation. In examining its many contradictions, he arrives at a highly enjoyable assessment of its majesty. -- Nick

    — From The Hatred of Poetry

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    No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It's even bemoaned by poets: "I, too, dislike it," wrote Marianne Moore. "Many more people agree they hate poetry," Ben Lerner writes, "than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore."

    In this inventive and lucid essay, Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defense of the art. He examines poetry's greatest haters (beginning with Plato's famous claim that an ideal city had no place for poets, who would only corrupt and mislead the young) and both its greatest and worst practitioners, providing inspired close readings of Keats, Dickinson, McGonagall, Whitman, and others. Throughout, he attempts to explain the noble failure at the heart of every truly great and truly horrible poem: the impulse to launch the experience of an individual into a timeless communal existence. In The Hatred of Poetry, Lerner has crafted an entertaining, personal, and entirely original examination of a vocation no less essential for being impossible.

    About the Author


    Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, and is the author of two internationally acclaimed novels, Leaving the Atocha Stationand 10:04. He has published three poetry collections: The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path.Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.
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    ISBN: 9780865478206
    ISBN-10: 0865478201
    Publisher: Fsg Originals
    Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
    Pages: 96
    Language: English
  • Outrun the Moon

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    This novel is nowhere near my typical wheelhouse; there are no aliens, no dragons, no ghosts...well, maybe one ghost. BUT, I am so glad that I picked it up and as soon as I did I couldn’t put it down. Mercy Wong (the hero of this story) has all of the characteristics I hope for my future daughter, she is strong, kind, brilliant, and she doesn’t let anyone tell her what she can or cannot do. And, for a Chinese American girl in 1906 San Francisco, there are a lot of things that Mercy is told she can’t do. But what she can do, and does very well, is spread compassion, refuse to back down against injustice, and be a hero in a time of need, even when those that need her help are the same people who wanted her gone. Beautifully written, topical, and just generally well done, Outrun the Moon will give you ALL THE FEELS! -- Chelsa

    — From Outrun the Moon

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    From the author of the critically acclaimed Under a Painted Sky, an unforgettable story of determination set against a backdrop of devastating tragedy. Perfect for fans of Code Name Verity.

    Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult
    Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

    San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty of Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare's School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare's is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong--until disaster strikes.

    On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy's home and school. Now she's forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the army to bring help--she still has the "bossy" cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

    Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another remarkable novel set against a unique historical backdrop. Strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.

    About the Author


    Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Californian with roots in San Francisco Chinatown. Born in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. She has lots of experience with earthquakes, having skinned her knees more times than she wants to remember diving under tables. One day she hopes to own a hypoallergenic horse and live by the sea. Visit Stacey at www.staceyhlee.com. See what she's up to on Twitter: @staceyleeauthor.
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    ISBN: 9780399175411
    ISBN-10: 0399175415
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
    Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
    Pages: 400
    Language: English
  • The Course of Love

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    Yes,it's a novel, but it's also classic Alain de Botton essays sandwiched between the chapters of a novel, which makes it twice as nice. Rahib and Kirsten are a thoroughly modern British couple - they meet, fall in love, marry, have two children, succeed or fail in their respective careers...You might think it's not much of a story, but it is -- it's perhaps the only story there is. It's a lovely book.

    - Cynthia

    — From The Course of Love

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    "The Course of Love is a return to the form that made Mr. de Botton's name in the mid-1990s....love is the subject best suited to his obsessive aphorizing, and in this novel he again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods and insecurities to the page." --The New York Times

    The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life. De Botton's essay "Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person" (The New York Times, May 28, 2016), which draws from The Course of Love, was the #1 most emailed article for days.

    We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children--but no long-term relationship is as simple as "happily ever after." The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy--an annotation and a guide to what we are reading.

    This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience--fictional, philosophical, psychological--that urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.
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    ISBN: 9781501134258
    ISBN-10: 1501134256
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
    Pages: 240
    Language: English
  • Before the Fall

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    A mysterious plane crash.

    Two unlikely survivors.

    Questions abound.

    A great summer page-turner!

     

    — From Before the Fall

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    Winner of the 2017 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL and the 2017 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL FROM THE AWARD-WINNING CREATOR OF FARGO COMES "ONE THE YEAR'S BEST SUSPENSE NOVELS" (NEW YORK TIMES). On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

    Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? A storm of media attention brings Scott fame that quickly morphs into notoriety and accusations, and he scrambles to salvage truth from the wreckage. Amid trauma and chaos, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy grows and glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, morality, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

    Kristin Hannah raves, "Noah Hawley really knows how to keep a reader turning the pages... a complex, compulsively readable thrill ride of a novel."

    About the Author


    Noah Hawley is an Emmy, Golden Globe, PEN, Critics' Choice, and Peabody Award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. He has published four novels and penned the script for the feature film Lies and Alibis. He created, executive produced, and served as showrunner for ABC's My Generation and The Unusuals and was a writer and producer on the hit series Bones. Hawley is currently executive producer, award-winning series, Fargo, and Legion from FX Productions and Marvel Television.


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    ISBN: 9781455561780
    ISBN-10: 1455561789
    Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
    Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
    Pages: 400
    Language: English
  • Finding Fontainebleau

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    Those of you who read and loved The Piano Shop on the Left Bank will rejoice at Carhart's latest look at a bygone France. Those who are encountering Carhart for the first time are in for a delicious treat. No one, in my reading, describes and interprets the French, their culture, and their history with the same acute perception and nuance. In Finding Fontainebleau, Carhart combines a charming memoir of a large American family discovering France in the Fifties with a modern day revisiting of the chateau itself -- in many ways more interesting than its more famous and glamorous cousin, Versailles. So fasten your seatbelts and enjoy this first-class excursion with the best possible guide.

    — From Finding Fontainebleau

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    A beguiling memoir of a childhood in 1950s France from the much-admired New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

    "Like the castle, Carhart's] memoir imaginatively and smoothly integrates multiple influences, styles and whims."--The New York Times

    For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the chateau itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children. Touring Fontainebleau again as an adult, he began to appreciate its influence on French style, taste, art, and architecture. Each trip to Fontainebleau introduces him to entirely new aspects of the chateau's history, enriching his memories and leading him to Patrick Ponsot, the head of the chateau's restoration, who becomes Carhart's guide to the hidden Fontainebleau.
    What emerges is an intimate chronicle of a time and place few have experienced. In warm, precise prose, Carhart reconstructs the wonders of his childhood as an American in postwar France, attending French schools with his brothers and sisters. His firsthand account brings to life nothing less than France in the 1950s, from the parks and museums of Paris to the rigors of French schooling to the vast chateau of Fontainebleau and its village, built, piece by piece, over many centuries. Finding Fontainebleau is for those captivated by the French way of life, for armchair travelers, and for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a place they want to visit over and over again.

    About the Author


    The son of an air force officer, Thad Carhart grew up in a variety of places, including Washington, D.C.; Fontainebleau, France; Minneapolis; Amherst, Massachusetts; and Tokyo. After graduating from Yale, he worked for the State Department as an interpreter. His first book, The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, appeared in 2000, published by Random House. Across the Endless River, a historical novel, came out in 2009 with Doubleday. He lives in Paris.
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    ISBN: 9780525428800
    ISBN-10: 0525428801
    Publisher: Viking
    Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
    Pages: 304
    Language: English
  • American Girls

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    This is hands-down my favorite contemporary young adult book of the year. Set in a gritty Los Angeles, 15-year-old Anna finds herself stuck for the summer with her older sister (a working actress), trying to pay for a plane ticket home. Her world is bombarded by wannabes and has-beens; eventually she takes a job researching the Manson Girls for an indie film.

    The moment I finished, I wanted to flip to the front and start this all over again. Umminger’s novel is a rich character study of Anna, her new circle, and LA (a character in itself). A must-read for lazy summer evenings. *Three Starred Reviews* --Antonia

    — From American Girls

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    A bittersweet, honest, and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel that distills honest truths about American girldom

    Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she's had it with her life at home. So Anna "borrows" her stepmom's credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn't quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined.

    As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls--and although the violence in her own life isn't the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.

    In Anna's singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America--in short, on the B-list of life. Alison Umminger writes about girls, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn't, in a way not often seen in teen fiction.

    American Girls is:

    An ALA Booklist Top 10 First Novel
    A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
    A Barnes & Noble Best YA Book of the Year
    A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best of 2016
    A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
    YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults

    "Messy, honest, and unflinchingly real. I can't get this book out of my head. I don't want to get this book out of my head." --Becky Albertalli, Morris Award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    About the Author


    ALISON UMMINGER grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and as an undergraduate was the fourth woman to be elected president of "The Harvard Lampoon." Today, she is a professor of English at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, where she lives with her family. "American Girls" is her first novel.
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    ISBN: 9781250075000
    ISBN-10: 1250075009
    Publisher: Flatiron Books
    Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
    Pages: 304
    Language: English
  • She Poured Out Her Heart

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    Jane and Bonnie met in college and have been best friends forever in their disparate ways. Who we love, how we love and why we love are complicated and unexpected stories. Read this and be surprised and moved. -- Frayda

    — From She Poured Out Her Heart

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    Tracing the complicated friendship of two very different women who meet in college, She Poured Out Her Heart is a novel of remarkable psychological suspense, crafted by National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson.

    The night that Jane and Bonnie meet on a college campus sets them on paths forever entwined. Bonnie, the wild and experimental one, always up for anything, has spent the past two decades bouncing between ill-fated relationships, while Jane's seemingly perfect life, perfect husband, and perfect children have all but materialized out of a fantasy. But these appearances contradict the quiet, inescapable doubt Jane feels about her life. One night, in the middle of her own Christmas party, she steps outside into the snow, removes her clothing and shoes, and lies down in the backyard. When she is discovered, nothing is the same for anyone. As Jane begins to have visions and retreat into a private inner world, Bonnie finds herself drawn inevitably into an affair with Jane's husband.

    Thompson's mastery of complex emotion begets a novel of desire and the nature of love--who we love, how we're loved, and, most important, that we reach urgently and always for a higher love, regardless of our circumstances. She Poured Out Her Heart is a finely wrought, haunting story of female friendship and deception, and the distance in between.

    About the Author


    Jean Thompson is the author of six novels, among them The Humanity Project and The Year We Left Home, and six story collections, including Who Do You Love (a National Book Award finalist) and, most recently, The Witch. She lives in Urbana, Illinois.
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    ISBN: 9780399573811
    ISBN-10: 039957381X
    Publisher: Blue Rider Press
    Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
    Pages: 432
    Language: English
  • The Defense

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    Fast and furious! Con man-turned-lawyer outwits mobsters in and out of the courtroom. I dare you to quit reading after 20 pages. - Hut

    — From The Defense

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    "If you're a fan of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Brad Meltzer, then you will be a fan of Steve Cavanagh's The Defense." --Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Radiant Angel

    Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turns out the two aren't that different.

    Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn gave up the law a year ago after a disastrous case, and he vowed never to step foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. The head of the Russian mob in New York City, on trial for murder, has kidnapped Eddie's ten-year-old daughter: Eddie has to take this case whether he likes it or not.

    Using his razor-sharp wit and every con, bluff, grift, and trick in the book, Eddie has only forty-eight hours to defend an impossible murder trial. And if he loses this case, he loses everything.

    About the Author


    STEVE CAVANAGH was born and raised in Belfast before studying law in Dublin. He practices civil rights law and has been involved in several high profile cases; in 2010 Steve represented a factory worker who won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland's legal history. Steve is married with two young children. The Defense is his first novel.
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    ISBN: 9781250082251
    ISBN-10: 1250082250
    Publisher: Flatiron Books
    Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
    Pages: 320
    Language: English
  • Miller's Valley

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    A quiet, lovely family drama set in a small town facing a life-changing government edict. Readers will root for  Mimi Miller, who comes of age in the 1960s with perceptiveness and grace. -- Hut
    — From Miller's Valley

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself. Filled with insights that are the hallmark of Anna Quindlen's bestsellers, Miller's Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget.

    For generations the Millers have lived in Miller's Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be "a place where it's just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content."

    Miller's Valley is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery, of finding true identity and a new vision of home. As Mimi says, "No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go." Miller's Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.

    Praise for Miller's Valley

    "Overwhelmingly moving . . . In this novel, where so much is about what vanishes, there is also a deep beating heart, of what also stays."--The New York Times Book Review

    "Stunning . . . The matriarchal theme is] at the heart of Miller's Valley. Miriam pushes her smart daughter to consider college, and other women--a teacher, a doctor, a benefactor--will raise Mimi up past the raging waters that swirl in her heart."--The Washington Post

    "Economical and yet elegant . . . Anna Quindlen's] storytelling and descriptive powers make Miller's Valley compelling. . . . Miller's Valley has a geography and fate all its own but its residents, realities, disappointments, joys and cycle of life feel familiar, in the best way possible."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    "A family story with humor, surprise, sorrow and mystery . . . Quindlen has created distinctive characters, none of whom seems like anyone you've met before in fiction."--The Columbus Dispatch

    "A breathtakingly moving look at a family."--USA Today

    " Anna] Quindlen's provocative novel will have you flipping through the pages of your own family history and memories even as you can't stop reading about the Millers. . . . a coming-of-age story that reminds us that the past continues to wash over us even as we move away from the places and events that formed us."--Chicago Tribune

    "Picking up a novel by Anna Quindlen means more than just meeting a new family--it's like moving in and pretending they are yours. It's a rare gift for a writer, and Quindlen does it to near perfection."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    "Quindlen's novel of a childhood examined by someone who literally can't go home again is an incredibly engaging read. . . . Miller's Valley takes familiar themes and manages to make them fresh and new."--Bust

    About the Author


    Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller's Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.
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    ISBN: 9780812996081
    ISBN-10: 0812996089
    Publisher: Random House
    Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
    Pages: 272
    Language: English
  • Everybody's Fool

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    Richard Russo assembles his usual cast of lovable losers, all living in a run-down upstate New York town. Their foibles are often hysterical, but the community they (unwittingly) create is memorable and heartwarming. -- Hut
    — From Everybody's Fool

    May 2016 Indie Next List


    “While any new book from Richard Russo is a cause for celebration, to have one that revisits the characters from a beloved classic feels like a gift from the literary gods. Everybody's Fool returns to North Bath, New York, the setting for Russo's breakout novel from 1993, Nobody's Fool. No one writes better about the quirks, petty jealousies, hard times, humor, and heartbreak of small-town America. Everybody's Fool is good, old-fashioned storytelling at its finest!”
    — Shawn Donley (E), Powell's Books, Inc, Portland, OR

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    A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
    An immediate national best seller and instant classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls.Richard Russo returns to North Bath a town where dishonesty abounds, everyone misapprehends everyone else and half the citizens are half-crazy (The New York Times) and the characters who made Nobody's Fool a beloved choice of book clubs everywhere.Everybody's Fool is classic Russo, filled with humor, heart, hard times, and people you can t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so human.

    Everybody's Fool picks up roughly a decade since we were last with Miss Beryl and Sully on New Year's Eve 1984. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it's hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years . . . the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren tstillbest friends . . . Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police who's obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might ve been about to run off with, beforedying in a freak accident . . . Bath's mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing . . . and then there's Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, there's Charice Bond a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer's office as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station.
    A crowning achievement like hopping on the last empty barstool surrounded by old friends (Entertainment Weekly) from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

    About the Author


    RICHARD RUSSOis the author of seven previous novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries."


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    ISBN: 9780307270641
    ISBN-10: 0307270645
    Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
    Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
    Pages: 496
    Language: English

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