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Pretend I M Dead

Author : Jen Beagin
ISBN : 9781786074300
Genre : Fiction
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Mona is twenty-three, emotionally adrift and cleaning houses to get by. While handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a man she calls Mr Disgusting, who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways. In search of healing, she decamps to New Mexico for a fresh start, but always lurking just beneath the surface are the ghosts of her past, and the crushing legacy of a chaotic, destructive childhood. It seems running further away from her problems could just leave more inventive ways for them to find her.
Category: Fiction

Inventing The Novel

Author : R. Bracht Branham
ISBN : 9780192578228
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Inventing the Novel uses the work of the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) to explore the ancient origins of the modern novel. The analysis focuses on one of the most elusive works of classical antiquity, the Satyrica, written by Nero's courtier, Petronius Arbiter (whose singular suicide, described by Tacitus, is as famous as his novel). Petronius was the most lauded ancient novelist of the twentieth century and the Satyrica served as the original model for F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925), as well as providing the epigraph for T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land (1922), and the basis for Fellini Satyricon (1969). Bakhtin's work on the novel was deeply informed by his philosophical views: if, as a phenomenologist, he is a philosopher of consciousness, as a student of the novel, he is a philosopher of the history of consciousness, and it is the role of the novel in this history that held his attention. This volume seeks to lay out an argument in four parts that supports Bakhtin's sweeping assertion that the Satyrica plays an "immense" role in the history of the novel, beginning in Chapter 1 with his equally striking claim that the novel originates as a new way of representing time and proceeding to the question of polyphony in Petronius and the ancient novel.
Category: Literary Criticism

Vacuum In The Dark

Author : Jen Beagin
ISBN : 9781786075314
Genre : Fiction
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From Whiting Award-winning author Jen Beagin comes this breathtaking sequel to the edgy and hilarious Pretend I’m Dead, continuing the story of Mona’s battle to put her ghosts to rest and carve out her own corner of happiness Mona is twenty-six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico. She moved there mostly because of a bad boyfriend – a junkie named Mr Disgusting, long story – and her efforts to restart her life since haven’t exactly gone as planned. For one thing, she’s got another bad boyfriend. This one she calls Dark, and he happens to be married to one of Mona’s clients. Dark and his wife aren’t the only complicated clients on Mona’s roster, either. There’s also the Hungarian artist couple who – with her addiction to painkillers and his lingering stares – bring back painful memories of Mona’s childhood. As she tries to get over the heartache of her affair and the stirring currents of her traumatic past, Mona ends up on an eccentric, moving journey of self-discovery that takes her back to her roots, finally offering a glimpse of a future that could one day be hers. With Vacuum in the Dark, Jen Beagin has created another gem of a novel, constantly surprising, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly relatable. Following on from the highly acclaimed Pretend I’m Dead – ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine on acid’, according to one Goodreads reviewer – this is an unforgettable, astonishing read from one of the freshest voices in fiction today.
Category: Fiction

Red White Dead

Author : Laura Caldwell
ISBN : 9781408980972
Genre : Fiction
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A few short months before, I’d juggled three men in my life, and then suddenly there were none.
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Of Irish Blood

Author : Mary Pat Kelly
ISBN : 9781429987370
Genre : Fiction
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It's 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists, and "les femmes Americaines" of the Left Bank such as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Collège des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and Ireland's revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland. Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, and Eamon de Valera, as well as Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle, into Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of her great-aunt. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Category: Fiction

Pretend We Re Dead

Author : Annalee Newitz
ISBN : 9780822387855
Genre : Social Science
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In Pretend We’re Dead, Annalee Newitz argues that the slimy zombies and gore-soaked murderers who have stormed through American film and literature over the past century embody the violent contradictions of capitalism. Ravaged by overwork, alienated by corporate conformity, and mutilated by the unfettered lust for profit, fictional monsters act out the problems with an economic system that seems designed to eat people whole. Newitz looks at representations of serial killers, mad doctors, the undead, cyborgs, and unfortunates mutated by their involvement with the mass media industry. Whether considering the serial killer who turns murder into a kind of labor by mass producing dead bodies, or the hack writers and bloodthirsty actresses trapped inside Hollywood’s profit-mad storytelling machine, she reveals that each creature has its own tale to tell about how a freewheeling market economy turns human beings into monstrosities. Newitz tracks the monsters spawned by capitalism through b movies, Hollywood blockbusters, pulp fiction, and American literary classics, looking at their manifestations in works such as Norman Mailer’s “true life novel” The Executioner’s Song; the short stories of Isaac Asimov and H. P. Lovecraft; the cyberpunk novels of William Gibson and Marge Piercy; true-crime books about the serial killers Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer; and movies including Modern Times (1936), Donovan’s Brain (1953), Night of the Living Dead (1968), RoboCop (1987), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001). Newitz shows that as literature and film tell it, the story of American capitalism since the late nineteenth century is a tale of body-mangling, soul-crushing horror.
Category: Social Science

Behind The Scenes At The Museum

Author : Kate Atkinson
ISBN : 9781466842663
Genre : Fiction
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A deeply moving family story of happiness and heartbreak, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is bestselling author Kate Atkinson's award-winning literary debut. National Bestseller Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets. Kate Atkinson's first novel is "a multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years" (The New York Times Book Review).
Category: Fiction

The Joy Of Funerals

Author : Alix Strauss
ISBN : 9781466866768
Genre : Fiction
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A young widow who lusts, a daughter who aches, a shopaholic who hungers...The Joy of Funerals is a riveting collection that explores the lives of nine young women, each willing to take drastic measures to fill the voids created by longing and loneliness. The first eight face death differently, while the ninth woman Nina ties them all together by attending funerals in her search to connect with others. Written with raw wit, mordant humor and a uniquely penetrating voice, Strauss turns the spotlight on loss and grief. In the vein of Six Feet Under, this is a provocative look into the inner world of those left behind, and those still holding on. "The desire for human connection runs throughout Alix Strauss's dark and spirited novel, The Joy of Funerals." - Vanity Fair
Category: Fiction

Hot Streak

Author : Susan Johnson
ISBN : 9780553900927
Genre : Fiction
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Molly: A beautiful bride-to-be, fell hopelessly in love with another man. A man she could never marry.... Carey: A world-class horseman and film director, lived a glittering jet-set life that Molly could never be a part of. Against all odds, fate would give their love a second chance. Years later, as Molly struggled to raise her daughter in the wake of betrayal, she dreamed of her beloved Carey. Then, one day he appeared-more glamorous, wealthy, and irresistible than she ever remembered, Now she was ready to embrace his world...his passions...His fast-paced lifestyle....
Category: Fiction

The Last Studebaker

Author : Robin Hemley
ISBN : 9780253000798
Genre : Fiction
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In this novel of a woman in search of the meaning of family, “Hemley draws a quirky, droll road map of the human heart, with all its foibles and dangers” (Publishers Weekly). In 1963, when Lois Kulwicki’s father loses his job at Studebaker along with hundreds of other workers, he acts as if he has just been promoted. He buys a new car (the only non-Studebaker he’s ever purchased) and takes his family on vacation. On the way home, Mom dumps Dad at a Stuckey’s, and that’s the last they see of him. Thirty years later, Lois has a family of her own, as fractured as her childhood family. Divorced but still living with her ex, she decides to move out with her two daughters and start over. But then a stranger named Henry enters their lives. As they create their own ersatz family, Lois tries to recover something of what she lost, beginning with a search for her abandoned father. The Last Studebaker is a heartfelt comic tale of lives changed forever, after the last Studebaker rolled off of the assembly line in South Bend, Indiana. “[Hemley] has infused just the right amount of humor and pathos into his exploration of how people discover and maintain connections in these bewildering times.” —The New York Times Book Review
Category: Fiction