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Friday, 23 September 2011

Fall forward

It's officially Fall today! And Fall means that we get TONS of new books in the store.
So, today I will be talking to you about a small plethora of the new novels we have received at the 211.


This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman details the destruction of a rich, elite New York family. I won't spoil the goods of how this seemingly perfect, happy family falls apart, but a prep-school sex scandal is involved. Intrigued?

Canada's literary prince (is that a term?...sure?) has come out with a new book. Michael Ondaatje (whom you may know from The English Patient or your Canadian high school English class) offers you The Cat's Table: The story of an eleven-year-old boy who takes a trip from Colombo to England in the 1950's. A story that parallels an trip Ondaatje took when he was eleven-years-old, mixing fiction and reality into a poetic wonderland.



Aside from how beautiful the book itself is, We Others: Stories by Steven Millhauser is also "haunting, hilarious, absurd, and wonderous." This is according to the Globe and Mail, who gives the book a glowing, shimmering, sparkling review. I have decided that this book will be my fall reading material. I am sold.


Set in Trinidad, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey is a book told backwards. It starts in 2006, and slowly goes back fifty years, depicting the colonization and segregation of Trinidad through the perspective of an immigrated English couple. If Memento taught us anything, things told backwards are the best.



We The Animals by Justin Torres is a book that I have been hearing about from EVERYONE. My mailman tells me its excellent, my step-cousin says its stupendous, and my astronaut friend insisted I read his copy of the book while he's out in space.* It's an autobiographical first novel from Torres, pieced together through stories of his and his brothers rough childhood.



Set in a commune/organic farm, Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne (Submarine) is about two children who try to escape the commune (and thus their family) and their father who tries to stop them. Albert, the eleven-year-old son, wants to escape because he thinks the world is ending in 2012. Kate, seventeen-year-old daughter, wants to move to seemingly perfect suburbia.
Just for you, readers! An interview with Dunthorne (who seems like he's really well-dressed).

In Last Man in Tower, author Aravind Adiga looks at the wild complexities and ambiguities of contemporary India. He examines the middle-class impoverishment of Bombay, and in turn speaks to layers and layers one needs to get through in order to get a grasp of India's class system.

*Those people don't exist, of course, but I needed to stress the point that EVERYONE has been telling me about this book.

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