What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. For as she grows, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, she also dies, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. She dies before she can draw her first breath.
A God in Ruins: A Novel Todd Family Book 2Little, Brown and Company #ad - He had been reconciled to death during the war and then suddenly the war was over and there was a next day and a next day. An ingenious and moving exploration of one ordinary man's path through extraordinary times, A God in Ruins proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.
After all that teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have. A god in ruins tells the dramatic story of the 20th century through Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy -- would-be poet, father, heroic pilot, husband, and grandfather -- as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world.
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Transcription: A NovelLittle, Brown and Company #ad - But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. A dramatic story of wwii espionage, betrayal, and loyalty, by the #1 bestselling author of Life After Life In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage.
It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time. Sent to an obscure department of mi5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past.
Transcription: A Novel #ad - Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, wit, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, and empathy. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.
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. Dog in tow, along with Tracy, Jackson is about to learn, that no good deed goes unpunished. Meanwhile, jackson brodie, the beloved detective of novels such as Case Histories, is embarking on a different sort of rescue: that of an abused dog. Both appear miserable and better off without each other -- or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly.
1914: A NovelThe New Press #ad - But the main character in 1914 is the Great War itself. Five frenchmen go off to war, two of them leaving behind a certain young woman who longs for their return. Jean echenoz, has brought that deathtrap back to life, the multiawardwinning French literary magician whose work has been compared to Joseph Conrad and Lawrence Sterne, leading us gently from a balmy summer day deep into the insatiableand still unthinkablecarnage of trench warfare.
With the delicacy of a miniaturist and with irony both witty and cleareyed, the author offers us an intimate epic with the atmosphere of a classic movie: in the panorama of a clear blue sky, a biplane spirals suddenly into the ground; a tardy piece of shrapnel shears the top off a man’s head as if it were a softboiled egg; we dawdle dreamily in a springscented clearing with a lonely shellshocked soldier strolling innocently to a firing squad ready to shoot him for desertion.
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Three Summers New York Review Books Classics #ad - . A tender story about three sisters coming of age in Greece over the course of three summers, now available after being out of print for over twenty years. Three summers is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Over three summers, try to figure out their parents and other members of the tribe of adults, take note of the weird ways of friends and neighbors, fall in and out of love, the girls share and keep secrets, worry about and wonder who they are.
The Teeth of the Comb & Other StoriesNew Directions #ad - Reading alomar’s sly moral fables and sharp political allegories, the reader always sits up a little straighter, and a little wiser. They strived desperately to increase their height, and, when they succeeded, began to look with disdain on their colleagues below. After a little while the comb’s owner felt a desire to comb his hair.
The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories #ad - Wonderful short stories that sharpen awareness, from a brilliantly gifted Syrian refugeePersonified animals snakes, a lake, mankind’s creations trucks, a rainbow, wolves, natural things a swamp, sheep, trees, swords, zeroes are all characters in The Teeth of the Comb. But when he found the comb in this state he threw it in the garbage.
These wonderful small stories animate new realities and make us see our reality anew. Here is the title story:Some of the teeth of the comb were envious of the class differences that exist between humans. They aspire, they destroy, they plot, they fail, they hope, they love.
Affections: A NovelSimon & Schuster #ad - Hasbún writes with patience and precision, revealing the family’s most intimate thoughts and interactions: first smokes, blind love, and familial devotion. The award-winning and haunting novel from rodrigo hasbún, the literary star Jonathan Safran Foer calls, “a great writer, ” about an unusual family’s breakdown—set in South America during the time of Che Guevara and inspired by the life of Third Reich cinematographer Hans Ertl.
Inspired by real events, headed by the egocentric and extraordinary Hans, Affections is the story of the eccentric, fascinating Ertl clan, once the cameraman for the Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl. Shortly after the end of World War II, Hans and his family flee to Bolivia to start over. A one-sitting tale of fragmented relationships with a broad scope, foolhardy projects and his subsequent spectacular failures; his daughter Monika, Affections traces the Ertls’s slow and inevitable breakdown through the various erratic trajectories of each family member: Hans’s undertakings of colossal, starred review, heir to his adventurous spirit, delivered with grace and power” Kirkus Reviews, who joins the Bolivian Marxist guerrillas and becomes known as “Che Guevara’s avenger”; and his wife and two younger sisters left to pick up the pieces in their wake.
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