The light we lost

Jill Santopolo
2017
FICTION S237L 

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan
2017
FICTION E28m

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.

‎Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time.

IQ

Joe Ide
2016
FICTION I19i

IQ stands for Isaiah Quintabe, a young man who solves mysteries in the style of Sherlock Holmes, by using his intelligence and deductive powers. However the book is set in modern day Los Angeles in the crime  and drug infested poor neighborhoods surrounding the golden city. Isaiah is a great new character in the detective genre and the book is full of humour and colourful characters. Isaiah has to cope with the loss of his brother and fend for himself. He also seeks redemption for a terrible tragedy for which he is partly responsible.

Salvage the bones

Jesmyn Ward
2012
FICTION W259s
Woman is central to this book. The great creative force but the great destructress. Katrina, the dead mother, Esch, and China. Vital and raw. Love is everywhere, especially the love for the departed mother, such longing, such sorrow. But the children are so bonded together, Randall and Junior, so sweet. Esch and Skeet, deeply linked. And we glimpse the father’s love at the end, his deep hurt, the destruction of his life echoed through the sweep of Katrina. Powerful, powerful stuff.

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy
1997
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Beautifully written book set in India about one fateful and tragic event in the lives of a set of twins and how it shaped their lives and who they became. The author captures the shattered innocence of the children through her unique voice. Mesmerizing.

The Ash Garden

Dennis Bock
2001
FICTION B665a

A scientist stealing across the Pyrenees into Spain, then smuggled into America… A young woman quarantined on a ship wandering the Atlantic, her family left behind in Austria… A girl playing on a riverbank as a solitary airplane appears on the horizon… Lives already in motion, unsettled by war, and about to change beyond reckoning — their pasts blurred and their destinies at once bound for the desert of Los Alamos, the woman unexpectedly en route to a refugee camp, the girl at Ground Zero and that plane the Enola Gay.In August 1945, in a blinding flash, Hiroshima sees the dawning of the modern age.

With these three characters, Dennis Bock transforms a familiar story — the atom bomb as a means to end worldwide slaughter — into something witnessed, as if for the first time, in all its beautiful and terrible power.Destroyer of Worlds.With Anton and Sophie and Emiko, with the complete arc of their histories and hopes, convictions and requests, The Ash Garden is intricate yet far-reaching, from market streets in Japan to German universities, from New York tenements to, ultimately, a peaceful village in Ontario. Revealed here, as their fates triangulate, are the true costs and implications of a nightmare that has persisted for over half a century.In its reserves of passion and wisdom, in its grasp of pain and memory, in its balance of ambition and humanity, this first novel is an astonishing triumph.

Sweetland

sweetlandMichael Crummey
2014
FICTION C956s

This a great Canadain novel set in contemporary Newfoundland. The inhabitants of the island of Sweetland must resettle elsewhere after being offered a package to depart. Only Moses Sweetland, aged 60, holds out though he is intimidated and pressured. Mortality, loss, community and history are some of the themes explored in this wonderfully evocative and heart-wrenching book.

The Mothers

mothersBrit Bennett
2016
FICTION B471m

This book  follows the lives of Nadia, Aubrey and Luke, three young people in a small community in California, who have to all deal with a loss, secrets and betrayal. Within the novel is the chorus of the mothers, elder women who witnessed the events or promted, through gossip, the unfolding of the dramatic events to follow.

 

 

Codex Aléra. 1 Les furies de Caldéron

codex_aleraJim Butcher
2010
ROMAN B983c

L’histoire fantastique se distingue des autres de sa catégorie de deux façons. La première réside dans le talent incomparable de l’auteur pour à la fois nous prendre dès la première page sans nous lâcher une seule seconde et à la fois avoir des personnages réalistes et qui réagissent de façon normale. La deuxième est que tous, et je dis bien tous, les personnages secondaires comme principaux ont des pouvoirs magiques très bien développés dans le réalisme, SAUF le personnage principal. Ce qui rend amusant de suivre un « incapable » au lieu du demi-dieu d’une ancienne lignée royale qu’on a dans tous les autres livres du même genre.

Samuel P.

Vil et misérable

vil_miserableSamuel Cantin
2013
BDF C231v

2 pour 1 sur les Balzac à l’achat d’une Chrysler. Lucien Vil, libraire de son état, partage sa boutique de livres avec les minounes de Linguine voitures usagées / livres usagés. Entre ses collègues avec lesquels il a peu en commun, son psy aux méthodes plus que douteuses, son nouvel assistant Daniel et le jour de la marmotte qui s’en vient à grands pas, difficile pour Lucien de ne pas angoisser… Mais aujourd’hui, on s’en fout, c’est l’Halloween.