Category: Fiction

A Long Day in November

By Ernest J. Gaines

One morning, six-year previous Sonny is awoken by way of his crying mom, who tells him that, come the next day morning, they're leaving to visit "Gran'mom's" house—without Sonny's father, Eddie. Later that morning, Sonny witnesses a struggle among his mom and dad, which revolves round his father having stayed out overdue the evening prior to simply because his vehicle had damaged down. Eddie has it appears been neglecting his spouse and son, devoting his loose time as an alternative to repairing his outdated motor vehicle. so that it will win again his spouse, Eddie—with Sonny in tow—pays a trip to Madame Toussaint, an outdated woman a professional within the methods of voodoo, who tells Eddie that the one solution to retailer his marriage is via burning his vehicle to the ground.

This unforgettable tale leads the reader via an eventful day on a Southern sugarcane plantation, and exhibits, in the course of the eyes of a kid, what existence was once like within the rural South of the Nineteen Forties. This new version of A lengthy Day in November gains Ernest J. Gaines's unique advent, in addition to the black-and-white illustrations that observed the 1st version of the book.

Ernest J. Gaines's 1993 novel A Lesson earlier than Dying gained the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award for fiction, was once nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and used to be an Oprah booklet membership choose. Gaines has been a MacArthur origin fellow, offered the nationwide Humanities Medal, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) as a Chevalier. He lives in Oscar, Louisiana.

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The Drowning Game: A Novel

By LS Hawker

They stated she used to be armed.They acknowledged she used to be dangerous.They have been right.

Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her existence as a prisoner in her own residence, education with army precision for every little thing, prepared for something. she will be able to disarm, dismember, and kill and now, for the 1st time ever, she is free.

Her paranoid father is useless, his severe dominance and ideas something of the prior, yet his impression is still as robust as ever. while his ultimate will finds a destiny extra poor than her captive previous, Petty is familiar with she needs to get away by means of no matter what capability necessary.

But while Petty learns the reality in the back of her father's insanity and her family the truth is worse than something she may have imagined. at the highway and in over her head, Petty's struggle for her existence has simply begun.

Fans of female-powered thrillers will love debut writer LS Hawker and her suspenseful story of a tender girl at the run for her destiny and from the nightmares of her past."

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The Red and the Black (Penguin Classics)

Charts the increase and fall of an formidable younger social climber in a merciless, monarchical society

Handsome, formidable Julien Sorel is set to upward thrust above his humble provincial origins. quickly figuring out that good fortune can basically be accomplished via adopting the delicate code of hypocrisy through which society operates, he starts off to accomplish development via deceit and self-interest. His effective profession takes him into the center of glamorous Parisian society, alongside the way in which conquering the mild, married Madame de Rênal, and the haughty Mathilde. yet then Julien commits an unforeseen, devastating crime—and brings approximately his personal downfall. The purple and the Black is a full of life, satirical portrayal of French society after Waterloo, riddled with corruption, greed and ennui, and Julien—the chilly exploiter whose Machiavellian crusade is undercut by way of his personal emotions—is some of the most fascinating characters in eu literature.

Roger Gard's fantastic translation continues to be trustworthy to the traditional, conversational tone of the unique, whereas his creation elucidates the complexities of Julien's personality. This version additionally features a chronology, additional interpreting and an appendix on Stendhal's use of epigraphs.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous through introductions and notes by way of distinct students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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The Arnifour Affair (Colin Pendragon)

By Gregory Harris

Set opposed to the fog-shrouded backdrop of turn-of-the-century London, Gregory Harris's new historic secret sequence introduces tenacious sleuth Colin Pendragon, and a case that illuminates the darkness lurking within the center of 1 of England's such a lot noble families.

When a carriage bearing the Arnifour relations crest--a vulture devouring a slaughtered lamb--arrives on the Kensington domestic of Colin Pendragon, it truly is an ominous starting to a complicated new case. woman Arnifour's husband has been crushed to dying and her niece, Elsbeth, left in a coma. Is the purpose ardour, revenge, or whatever much more sinister? Police suspicions have fallen at the groundskeeper and his son, but the Earl's widow is confident in their innocence.

Even as Colin and his accomplice Ethan Pruitt delve into the muddy background of the Arnifour kin, a tender highway urchin begs their assist in discovering his lacking sister. Ethan, unfortunately conversant in London's underbelly, urges warning, but Colin's curiosity is piqued. And in a seek that wends from the squalid opium dens of the East finish to the salons of Embassy Row, the reality approximately those probably disparate instances will end up disquieting, risky, and profoundly unforeseen. . .

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Fallen Sparrow

By Dorothy B. Hughes

[Directed via Claire Bloom]
[Read by means of Stefan Rudnicki]

An escapee from a Spanish criminal hunts for his top friend's killer in New York

For greater than a 12 months, equipment McKittrick languishes in a Fascist felony, his days spent in darkness and his nights tortured by means of worry of his limping jailer, whose identify he by no means learns. He escapes Spain with the aid of Louie Lepetino, a youth buddy who got here with him to struggle on behalf of the Republican reason. again within the usa, equipment heads out West to get over his ordeal, whereas Louie returns to a lifetime of cafés and cocktail events in long island. yet Kit's convalescence is lower brief while he learns Louie has taken a deadly tumble out of a window, and he trips to manhattan to find who gave his savior the ultimate push.

Only a girl may have led Louie to his demise, package thinks, and ny is filled with femmes fatales. yet person, Louie's assassin may still beware of package. He desires vengeance, and he is prepared to kill for it.

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Tyrant Memory

By Horacio Castellanos Moya

Castellanos Moya’s so much exciting e-book so far, in regards to the senselessness of tyranny.

The tyrant of Horacio Castellanos Moya’s bold new novel is the particular pro-Nazi mystic Maximiliano Herna´ndez Marti´nez ― often called the Warlock ― who got here to strength in El Salvador in 1932. An tried coup in April, 1944, failed, yet a normal strike in may possibly eventually pressured him out of place of work. Tyrant Memory occurs in the course of the month among the coup and the strike. Its protagonist, Hayde´e Aragon, is a well-off girl, whose husband is a political prisoner and whose son, Clemente, after upfront asserting the dictator’s demise over nationwide radio in the course of the failed coup, is pressured to escape while the greatly alive Warlock starts off to ruthlessly search out his enemies. the radical strikes among Hayde´e’s political awakening in diary entries and Clemente’s frantic and sometimes hysterically comedian efforts to flee catch. Tyrant Memory ― sharp, ugly, relocating, and infrequently hilariously humorous ― is an unforgettable incarnation of a coun- try’s background within the future of 1 kinfolk.

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Justinian

By Harry Turtledove

An in-depth fictional examine the vicious reign of Justinian II, Emperor of the Romans within the 7th century and one among history's such a lot brutal, determined, and made up our minds rulers. Justinian II assumed the throne on the younger age of 16 and improved Rome's rule over the Arabs, the Slavs, and most importantly, over the clergymen of the jap Church. Headstrong and obdurate, he ultimately overstepped his bounds and used to be overthrown via the nobles. not anyone may well rule Rome who's now not a complete man...so to make sure his powerlessness, his nostril used to be bring to an end and he used to be exiled around the Black Sea.

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Such Is Life

An 'offensively Australian' vintage, Such is existence contains the wonderfully farcical, tragical memories of Tom Collins, thinker and rogue. As he drives his bullock group around the plains of the Riverina and northern Victoria, Tom turns into wildly entangled within the destiny of others - like Rory O’Halloran, the 2 Alfs (Nosey and Warrigal), Mrs Beaudesart, and Hungry Buckley of Baroona - recreating the humor and the irony he knew as a part of lifestyles within the bush. this is often the tough-talking, law-dodging international of the Eighteen Eighties, the place swagmen and bullockies slept out below the celebrities with 'grandeur, peace and purity above; squalor, fear and profanity below'. those encouraged yarns are woven into one of many maximum works of Australian literature, combining a genius for story-telling with a wry wit and a deep feeling for the cruel sun-baked land and the folks who labored it.

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A Choice of Futures (Star Trek: Enterprise, Book 15; Rise of the Federation, Book 1)

By Christopher L. Bennett

A brand new kingdom has arisen from the ashes of the Romulan battle: the United Federation of Planets, an extraordinary union of numerous species cooperating for the great of all. Admiral Jonathan Archer—the former captain of the Earth starship <I >Enterprise</I>, whose efforts made this union possible—envisions a colourful Federation selling galactic peace and a multispecies Starfleet devoted to exploring unusual new worlds. Archer’s former crewmates, together with Captain T’Pol of the <I >U.S.S. Endeavour</I> and Captain Malcolm Reed of the <I >U.S.S. Pioneer</I>, paintings with him to safe that vivid destiny. but others in the Federation see its objective as mainly army, a united safeguard opposed to a deadly galaxy, whereas a few of its buddies view that army may with suspicion and worry. And getting the member international locations, their area fleets, or even their applied sciences to interact as a unified complete is an ongoing problem.

When a brand new hazard emerges from a strength so alien and adversarial that negotiation turns out most unlikely, a bunch of unaligned worlds asks Starfleet to return to its safety, and the Federation’s leaders grab the chance to construct their acceptance as an interstellar energy. yet Archer fears the clash is development towards an pointless struggle, in all probability taking the younger state down a direction it used to be by no means intended to persist with. Archer and his allies attempt to discover a greater answer . . . yet previous foes are operating secretly to sabotage their efforts and confirm that the good test known as the Federation involves a short and bloody finish.

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Landing Gear: A Novel

By Kate Pullinger

From the award-winning writer of The Mistress of Nothing comes a hugely resourceful tale of colliding worlds and remarkable connections, revealing the tenuous, frequently unforeseen ties that bind us together.

When every little thing was once falling aside, an individual fell into place…

Suburban London housewife Harriet spends her days doing what she’s worst at. She grocery retailers for her relatives who eats an excessive amount of, mom and dad a son who refuses to speak, and attempts to be a spouse to a guy who hasn’t embraced her in years. yet what starts off out as a secular journey to the grocery store turns her international the wrong way up whilst a mysterious guy named Yacub falls out of the sky from the touchdown equipment of an aircraft and lands on her automobile within the parking lot—and survives. He’s ravenous and freezing cold—what else can she do except carry him domestic to her family?

Suddenly her son has stepped clear of the games and her husband is asking at her as soon as again—even if it’s simply because they suspect she’s loopy for taking in an entire stranger who stinks of gasoline. And simply who's Yacub, this younger guy who escaped from a Dubai exertions camp and stowed away within the abdominal of the aircraft to go back and forth all over the world? Is it a rare twist of fate that he’s dropped into Harriet’s existence simply as a long-buried mystery from her previous threatens to come back to light?

Inspired through real-life bills of aircraft stowaways, Landing Gear showcases the advanced texture of recent lifestyles, and the way we occasionally need assistance seeing what’s correct in entrance people.

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