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A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780062477842
A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood-an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture-from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low. Zeba, Afghan housewife and mother of four, has been arrested for murder of her husband Kamal. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts when he met his end. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, the ordinary Afghan housewife winds up in a women’s prison awaiting trial. There she meets a group of other women whose paths have led them to the same bleak cells. Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba's Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines. A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.
BRIGHT, PRECIOUS DAYS BRIGHT, PRECIOUS DAYS
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781408876596
From the bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls. Russell and Corrine Calloway have spent half their lives in the bright lights of New York, part of Manhattan’s Lost Generation post 9/11.Theirs is the generation that flew too close to the sun on wings of cocaine – and whose lives changed irrevocably when planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Now, in 2008, Russell runs his own publishing house and Corrine manages a food redistribution programme. He clings to their loft and the illusion of downtown bohemia, while she longs to have more space for their 12-year-old twins. Although they try to forget each other’s past indiscretions, when Jeff Pierce’s posthumous, autobiographical novel garners a new cult following, the memory of their friend begins to haunt the couple, and their marriage feels increasingly unstable. Acutely observed and brilliantly told, Bright, Precious Days dissects the moral complexities of relationships, while painting a portrait of New York as Obama and Clinton battle for leadership and the collapse of Lehman Brothers looms. A moving, deeply humane novel about the mistakes we make, persistence in struggle and love’s ability to adapt and survive.

COMMONWEALTH COMMONWEALTH
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781408880395
An astonishing story of two families brought together by beauty and torn apart by tragedy from the award-winning author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder. It is 1964: Bert Cousins, the deputy district attorney, shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited, bottle of gin in hand. As the cops of Los Angeles drink, talk and dance into the June afternoon, Bert notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When he kisses Beverly Keating, his host’s wife, the new baby pressed between them, he sets in motion the joining of two families whose shared fate will be defined on a day seven years later. In 1988, Franny Keating, now 24, has dropped out of law school and is working as a cocktail waitress in Chicago. When she meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen, and tells him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story. Franny never dreams that the consequences of this encounter will extend beyond her own life into those of her scattered siblings and parents. A meditation on inspiration, interpretation and the ownership of stories, told with equal measures of humour and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a powerful and tender tale of family, betrayal and the far-reaching bonds of love and responsibility.
DEAR MR M DEAR MR M
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781925355505
From the bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool. Once a celebrated writer, M’s greatest success came with a suspense novel based on a real-life, unsolved disappearance. It told the story of a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with a stunning pupil. Upon publication, M’s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough. That was years ago, and now M’s career is almost over as he fades increasingly into obscurity. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbour who keeps a close eye on him. Why? From various perspectives, Herman Koch tells the dark tale of a writer in decline, a teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book that entwines all of their fates. Thanks to M’s novel, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the ‘story’ off its rails. With racing tension, sardonic wit, and a world-renowned sharp eye for human failings, Herman Koch once again spares nothing and no one in his gripping new novel, a barbed thriller suspending readers in the mysterious literary grey space between fact and fiction.

DIRT ROAD DIRT ROAD
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781782118237
Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, wishes for a life beyond the constraints of his Scottish island home and dreams of becoming his own man. Tom, battered by loss, stumbles backwards towards the future, terrified of losing his dignity, his control, his son and the last of his family life. Both are in search of something new as they set out on an expedition into the American South. On the road we discover whether the hopes of youth can conquer the fears of age. Dirt Road is a major novel exploring the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love and the lure of the open road. It is also a beautiful book about the power of music and all that it can offer. From the understated serenity of Kelman's prose emerges a devastating emotional power.
HERE I AM HERE I AM
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780241146187
A monumental novel from the bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, Abraham! before ordering him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham responds, Here I am. How do we fulfil our conflicting duties as father, husband and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer’s work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, DC, Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear. Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers loved in his earlier works, this is Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet.

HEROES OF THE FRONTIER HEROES OF THE FRONTIER
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780241289945
From the bestselling author of The Circle this is a brilliant black comedy about modern America. A mother and her two young children rent a battered old RV (optimistically christened the ‘Chateau’) and embark upon a journey through the Alaskan wilderness. At first their trip feels like a vacation: they spot wild animals, build bonfires, enjoy the scenery. But as Josie drives her kids deeper into the forest, dodging wildfires and increasingly eccentric locals, we learn more of the events that forced her to escape her old life. Fraught with unexpected encounters from the sublime to the ridiculous, her tiny family must survive this surreal adventure at all costs, in order to finally discover something clean and redemptive out at the very edge of civilisation. Heroes of the Frontier is a captivating and hilarious novel about family, loss and recovery, and a powerful examination of contemporary American life.
I’M STILL HERE I’M STILL HERE
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781473626744
Elsa has been in a coma for five months. With all hope of reviving her gone, her family and doctors are having to face the devastating fact that it might be time to turn off her life support... They don’t realise that in the past few weeks Elsa has regained partial consciousness; she knows where she is and can hear everyone talking around her bed, but she has no way of telling them she’s there. Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother, a drunk driver responsible for the deaths of two teenage girls. Thibault’s emotions are in turmoil and, needing a retreat, he finds his way into Elsa’s room. Seeing her lying there so peacefully, he finds it hard to believe she is not just sleeping. Thibault begins to visit Elsa regularly. As he learns more about her through her family and friends, he begins to realise that he is developing feelings for her. When he talks to her, he can’t help feeling that she can hear his every word... For Elsa, Thibault’s visits are like a breath of fresh air. Here is finally someone who speaks to her as if she is a real life person, makes her laugh, and gives her something to fight for… and so begins a love story that might just save both their lives.

LEAVING LUCY PEAR LEAVING LUCY PEAR
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780349134482
One night in 1917 Beatrice Haven creeps out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear to tree, and watches as another woman claims the child as her own. The unwed daughter of wealthy Jewish industrialists and a gifted pianist bound for Radcliffe, Bea plans to leave her shameful secret behind and make a fresh start. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing, post-WWI America is in the grips of rampant xenophobia, and Bea's hopes for her future remain unfulfilled. She returns to her uncle's house, seeking a refuge from her unhappiness. But she discovers far more when the rum-running manager of the local quarry inadvertently reunites her with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising her abandoned child-now a bright, bold, cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own. Set against one of America's most turbulent decades, Leaving Lucy Pear delves into questions of class, freedom, and the meaning of family, telling a captivating story.
MAGGIE’S KITCHEN MAGGIE’S KITCHEN
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781760293048
When the British Ministry of Food urgently calls for the opening of restaurants to feed tired and hungry Londoners during the Blitz of World War II, Maggie Johnson seems close to realising a long-held dream... But after navigating a constant tangle of government red-tape and triumphantly opening its doors, Maggie’s Kitchen soon encounters a most unexpected problem. Her restaurant has become so popular with London’s exhausted workers, that Maggie simply can’t get enough supplies to keep up with demand for food, without breaking some of the rules... With the support of locals, and the help of twelve-year-old Robbie, a street urchin, and Janek, a Polish refugee dreaming of returning to his native land, the resourceful Maggie evades the first threats of closure from the Ministry. As she fights to keep her beloved Kitchen open, Maggie also tries desperately to reunite Robbie with his missing father, as well as manage her own family’s expectations. Ultimately, she can no longer ignore the unacknowledged hopes of her own heart, and the discovery that some secrets have the power to change everything...

NINE FOLDS MAKE A PAPER SWAN NINE FOLDS MAKE A PAPER SWAN
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781782398578
Reminiscent of Tea Obreht, Nicole Krauss and Maggie O’Farrell, Ruth Gilligan allows three intertwining voices, spanning the 20th century, to tell the unknown story of the Jews in Ireland. It is a traumatic portrait of what it means to belong, and how storytelling can redeem us. 1901. Cork can sound very similar to New York to foreign ears and tired brains, so it’s no surprise that Ruth’s family – Jewish refugees fleeing the European pogroms – mistakenly disembark from their boat to America a few stops and a few countries too soon. Still, her father can spin a story like pure silk, so surely Ireland’s just a layover until he writes his great play and they can continue their journey west. This gorgeous and inventive novel is about putting down roots in unfamiliar soil; about falling in love so deep that it is impossible to climb back out again; and about how tradition and tales are born, nurtured and handed from one generation to the next. Sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, sometimes devastating, it is a rich and layered story of the complications, the mistakes and the heartbreaks of which a human life is made...
NUTSHELL NUTSHELL
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781911214335
A classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master.Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.

SOUTHERN RUBY SOUTHERN RUBY
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780732296445
Forbidden love. Family secrets. A twist of fate. The stunning generational saga from the bestselling author of Tuscan Rose and White Gardenia. In New Orleans – the city of genteel old houses and ancient oak trees covered in Spanish moss, of seductive night life, of Creole culture, voodoo and jazz – two women separated by time and tragedy will find each other at last. Amanda, orphaned as a child and suffering the loss of her beloved grandmother, has left Sydney in search of a family she never knew. Ruby, constrained by the expectations of society and class, is carrying a lifetime of secrets. Amanda’s arrival sparks revelations long buried: a double life, a forbidden love, and a loss that cannot be forgotten. Southern Ruby is a sweeping story of love, passion, family and honour. Alternating in time between the 1950s and the eve of Hurricane Katrina, it is also a tribute to a city heady with mystery, music and superstition, which has borne the tumults of race and class and the fury of nature, but has never given up hope.
THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781925355376
A funny, charming and touching novel about love, music and coming to terms with the past, from the author of the international bestseller The Rosie Project. On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It's the lifestyle he wanted, but something's missing. Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who'd abandoned law studies to pursue her acting dream. She gave Adam a chance to make it something more than an affair: but he didn't take it. And now he can't shake off his nostalgia for what might have been. Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously? How far will he go for a second chance?

THE BONES OF PARADISE THE BONES OF PARADISE
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780062565648
From the award-winning author of The River Wife, this is a multi-generational family saga set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sand Hills in the years following the massacre at Wounded Knee.At its centre are two remarkable women: Dulcinea, returned after bitter years of self-exile, yearns for redemption and the courage to mend her broken family and reclaim the land that is rightfully hers; and Rose, scarred by the terrible slaughters that have decimated and dislocated her people, struggles to accept the death of her sister Star, and refuses to rest until she is avenged. A kaleidoscopic portrait of misfits, schemers, chancers and dreamers, Jonis Agee’s bold novel is a panorama of America at the dawn of a new century. A beautiful evocation of this land – its sweeping prairies, seas of golden grass, and sandy hills, The Bones of Paradise is a remarkable achievement: a mystery, a tragedy, a romance, and an unflagging exploration of the beauty and brutality, tenderness and cruelty that defined the settling of the American West.
THE GOLDEN SON THE GOLDEN SON
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780062561282
The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story of family, responsibility, love, honour, tradition, and identity. Anvil, cherished eldest son of a large family from an Indian village, pursues his dream to be a doctor college taking up a medical residency in Dallas, Texas. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, his doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job.Back home in India, Anil’s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding arranged marriage - her new husband and relatives. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more—changing them both and the people they love forever. Tender and bittersweet, The Golden Son illuminates the decisions we must make to find our true selves.

THE GUSTAV SONATA THE GUSTAV SONATA
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781784740047
Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem distant. He adores his mother but she treats him with bitter severity, disapproving especially of his intense friendship with Anton, the Jewish boy at school. A gifted pianist, Anton is tortured by stage fright; only in secret games with Gustav does his imagination thrive. But Gustav is taught that he must develop a hard shell, ‘like a coconut', to protect the softness inside – just like the hard shell perfected by his country, to protect its neutrality.But despite this hard shell, nothing in Gustav's life can be called neutral. Older, and increasingly curious about his absent father, Gustav discovers the traces of an erotic love affair – traces which still glow white-hot even now.Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender – and spanning the twentieth century – Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness, and above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime.
THE MARE THE MARE
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781781257388
A profound novel about how love and family are shaped by race, class and privilege.Ginger is forty-seven and a recovering alcoholic when she meets and marries Paul. It's too late for her to have a baby of her own, so she tries to persuade him to consider adoption, but he already has a child and doesn't share her longing to be a parent. As a compromise, they sign up to an organisation that sends poor inner-city kids to stay with country families for a few weeks in the summer, so one hot July day Velveteen Vargas arrives in their lives, and Ginger is instantly besotted. Velvet is an eleven-year-old Dominican girl from one of Brooklyn's toughest neighbourhoods. Bemused by her gentle middle-aged hosts, but deeply intuitive in the way of clever children, Velvet quickly senses the longing behind Ginger's affection for her. Although she can't reciprocate, the two of them do forge a bond, but when Ginger begins to entertain fantasies of adopting Velvet, things begin to get complicated. Narrated in turn by Velvet and Ginger, Mary Gaitskill has created a devastating portrait of the unbridgeable gaps between people, and the way we long for fairytale endings even when we know they don't exist. Heartbreakingly honest and utterly convincing, it marks her triumphant return.

THE SAFEST PLACE IN LONDON THE SAFEST PLACE IN LONDON
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781743310601
On a frozen January evening in 1944, Nancy Levin and her three-year-old daughter Emily flee their impoverished East London home as an air raid siren sounds. Not far away, 39-year-old Diana Meadows and her three-year-old child Abigail are lost in the black-out as the air raid begins. Finding their way in the jostling crowd to the mouth of the shelter they hurry to the safety of the underground tube station. Diana, who has so far sat out the war in the safety of London’s outer suburbs, is terrified - as much by the prospect of sheltering in an Eastend tube station as of experiencing a bombing raid first hand...Far away her husband Gerald Meadows finds himself in a tank regiment in North Africa while Nancy’s husband, Joe Levin has narrowly survived a torpedo in the Atlantic and is about to re-join his ship. Both men have their own wars to fight but take comfort in the knowledge that their wives and children, at least, remain safe...But in wartime, ordinary people can find themselves taking extreme action - risking everything to secure their own and their family's survival, even at the expense of others...
TO THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD TO THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781472208613
Set in the Alaskan landscape that Eowyn Ivey brought to stunningly vivid life in her bestseller The Snow Child, this is a breathtaking story of discovery at the end of the 19th century. Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester receives the commission of a lifetime when he is charged to navigate Alaska’s hitherto impassable Wolverine River, with only a small group of men. The Wolverine is the key to opening up Alaska, and its rich natural resources, to the outside world, but previous attempts have ended in tragedy. Forrester leaves behind his young wife, Sophie, newly pregnant with the child he had never expected to have. Adventurous in spirit, Sophie does not relish the prospect of a year in a military barracks, while her husband carves out a path through the wilderness. What she does not anticipate is that their year apart will demand every ounce of courage and fortitude of her that it does of her husband. In this intriguing and dazzling depiction of love, endurance, courage and wonder, Ivey captures Alaska’s beauty and brutality, not just preserving history, but keeping it alive.


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