Il Mio Nemico Mortale

Author: Willa Cather
Publisher: Fazi Editore
ISBN: 8893252406
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Una notte, la giovane Myra Driscoll scappa di casa portando con sé solamente un manicotto e un portamonete. A passo svelto e testa alta, se ne va per sempre. Raggiunge Oswald Henshawe, giovane spiantato di cui è innamorata, e lo sposa in gran segreto, rinunciando così alla cospicua eredità che le spetterebbe. Un gesto audacemente romantico, che in famiglia diventa una leggenda. Quando, molti anni dopo, una giovane amica le chiede se lei e Oswald sono stati felici, la risposta è glaciale: «Felici? Oh, sì! Come la maggior parte della gente». E allora a che cosa è servito quel sacrificio? Che senso ha avuto barattare grandi fortune per una vita banalmente normale? Quelle che emergono, in questo romanzo breve ma stratificato, sono le mille sfumature di una figura ambigua e tormentata, una donna tanto risoluta nelle sue clamorose rinunce, quanto incapace di godere di una felicità che di clamoroso non ha nulla. Uno spirito libero che si trova a combattere contro i limiti della quotidianità e la crescente, esasperante consapevolezza di essere una donna totalmente diversa da quella che pensava di essere in giovane età. Willa Cather, talentuosa autrice americana vincitrice del Premio Pulitzer, ci regala un piccolo capolavoro: pagine davvero indimenticabili, intrise di una grande carica drammatica. «Cather non è solo una brava scrittrice: è unica, è grandiosa. Il mio nemico mortale è una vera tragedia costruita a partire da una vera storia d’amore. La scrittrice che è in me pensa a questo libro più che a ogni altro dell’autrice. Ogni breve episodio è la rivelazione perfetta di qualcosa di nuovo e inaspettato. Non c’è una sola parola superflua o ridondante. È un romanzo al tempo stesso distaccato e dolorosamente commovente». A.S. Byatt

My Mortal Enemy

Author: Willa Cather
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307805247
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First published in 1926, this book is Willa Cather's sparest and most dramatic novel, a dark and prescient portrait of a marriage that subverts our oldest notions about the nature of domestic happiness. As a young woman, Myra Henshawe gave up a fortune to marry for love--a boldly romantic gesture that became a legend in her family. But this worldly, sarcastic, and perhaps even wicked woman may have been made for something greater than love. In her portrait of Myra and in her exquisitely nuanced depiction of her marriage, Cather shows the evolution of a human spirit as it comes to bridle against the constraints of ordinary happiness and seek an otherwordly fulfillment. My Mortal Enemy is a work whose drama and intensely moral imagination make it unforgettable. BONUS: The edition includes an excerpt from The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.

Latawnya The Naughty Horse Learns To Say No To Drugs

Author: Sylvia S. Gibson
Publisher: Vantage Press
ISBN: 9780533091027
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Latawnya and her sisters take a walk into the woods where they meet four horses from town who take drugs and drink alcohol. Unlike her sisters, Latawnya must learn the hard way that drugs are bad.

Disoriental

Author: Négar Djavadi
Publisher: Europa Editions UK
ISBN: 1787700003
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The story of a young girl and her family, at the core of an exploration of Iranian history. WINNER: Prix du Style, Prix de la Porte Dorée, Lire Best Debut Novel, Le Prix du Roman News. Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five, with a new life and the prospect of a child, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which reach her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them. In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph. Yet it is Kimiâ herself—punk-rock aficionado, storyteller extraordinaire, a Scheherazade of our time, and above all a modern woman divided between family traditions and her own “disorientalization”—who forms the heart of this bestselling and beloved novel.

Confusion

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504034937
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The women of the Cazalet family carry on while WWII casts its shadow over England as the saga by the award-winning author of The Light Years continues. In the spring of 1942, after the attacks on Pearl Harbor have pulled America into the war, the world reels from the ever-increasing atrocities of the conflict. And in Sussex, at the Cazalet family estate known as Home Place, personal tragedies begin to take their toll. Polly, reacting to the untimely death of her mother, flees her comfortable surroundings accompanied her cousin Clary. But the bustling life of London proves a test not only for their ability to live on their own but also for their once-close relationship. Nineteen-year-old Louise believes she has found the man of her dreams in dashing naval officer Michael Hadleigh. After a whirlwind marriage and honeymoon, though, she begins to realize that being a young wartime bride is not the fairy tale she once presumed it would be. With Rupert still missing in action, his second wife, Zoë, struggles to maintain hope that her husband will one day return. But when a handsome stranger offers her solace, she finds herself drawn into an inadvisable but sorely needed affair. Confusion beautifully continues the sweeping family epic started in The Light Years and Marking Time, examining the struggles, passions, heartbreaks, and joys of three generations. Filled with profound reflections on a country torn apart by war and intimate glances into the lives of those left behind, this is a must-read novel for fans of Downton Abbey and lovers of wartime historical fiction.

Sunshine

Author: Robin McKinley
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497673712
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A small-town baker uses her own magic to confront a post–vampire apocalypse world in this award-winning urban fantasy Neil Gaiman called “pretty much perfect.” Although it had been mostly deserted since the Voodoo Wars, there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years. Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, head baker at her family’s busy and popular café in downtown New Arcadia, needed a place to get away from all the noise and confusion—of the clientele and her family. Just for a few hours. Just to be able to hear herself think. She knew about the Others, of course. Everyone did. And several of her family’s best regular customers were from SOF—Special Other Forces—which had been created to deal with the threat and the danger of the Others. She drove out to her family’s old lakeside cabin and sat on the porch, swinging her feet and enjoying the silence and the silver moonlight on the water. She never heard them coming. Of course, you don’t when they’re vampires. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sookie Stackhouse will cheer for this tough and quirky heroine. In Sunshine, which won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, McKinley has a vampire novel that is “a smart, funny tale of suspense and romance” (San Francisco Chronicle).

The Midnight Sea

Author: Kat Ross
Publisher: Acorn
ISBN: 9780997236217
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The Sinner

Author: Petra Hammesfahr
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN: 9781904738596
Size: 79.41 MB
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“In this intelligent novel Hammesfahr has etched with precision the thoughts of a woman on the edge of madness.”—Der Spiegel Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell. Hailed as Germany’s Patricia Highsmith, Petra Hammesfahr has written a dark, spellbinding novel. At the top of the bestseller list, The Sinner has been reprinted sixteen times and sold over 760,000 copies at home. Translated into eleven languages, this is the first Hammesfahr title published in English. Petra Hammesfahr, born in 1951, left school at thirteen, became pregnant by an alcoholic at seventeen, and began writing novels at the age of forty. Her first thriller was turned down 159 times, but eventually success arrived. Hammesfahr has written over twenty crime and suspense novels. She also writes scripts for television and film. She is married with three children and lives near Cologne.

Excalibur

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250017378
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In The Winter King and Enemy of God Bernard Cornwell demonstrated his astonishing ability to make the oft-told legend of King Arthur fresh and new for our time. Now, in this riveting final volume of The Warlord Chronicles, Cornwell tells the unforgettable tale of Arthur's final struggles against the Saxons and his last attempts to triumph over a ruined marriage and ravaged dreams. This is the tale not only of a broken love remade, but also of forces both earthly and unearthly that threaten everything Arthur stands for. Peopled by princesses and bards, by warriors and magicians, Excalibur is the story of love, war, loyalty, and betrayal-the work of a magnificent storyteller at the height of his powers.