Peter Heller - The Painter

Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past.

Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience.

A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter ($24.95) is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.
 
Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River.
 
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ISBN-13: 9780385352093
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Published: Knopf, 5/2014

Joshua Ferris - To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour ($26.00) is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.

Joshua Ferris is the author of two previous novels, Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.

 

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ISBN-13: 9780316033978
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 5/2014

Tom Barbash - Stay Up with Me

The stories in Tom Barbash's wondrous and evocative new collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect with one another and with the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes in her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting his and his wife's annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. "Somebody's Son" tells the story of a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks. The narrator in "The Women" watches his widowed father become the toast of Manhattan's midlife dating scene, as he struggles to find his own footing in life.

The characters in Stay Up with Me ($13.99) find new truths when the old ones have given out or shifted course. In the tradition of classic story writers like John Cheever and Tobias Wolff, Barbash laces his narratives with sharp humor, psychological acuity, and pathos, creating deeply resonant and engaging stories that pierce the heart and linger in the imagination.

Tom Barbash's fiction has appeared in Tin House, Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Stanford University, where he now teaches. He is also the author of On Top of the World and The Last Good Chance.

 

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ISBN-13: 9780062258137
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Published: Ecco Press, 5/2014

Joseph Boyden - The Orenda

History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts-- the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, illuminating, surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur.

Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois. The relationships between these three are reshaped again and again as life comes at them relentlessly: a dangerous trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes, shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses the likes of which no one has ever witnessed.

The Orenda ($26.95) traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal.

Joseph Boyden divides his time between Lousiana, where he teaches at the University of New Orleans, and Northern Ontario, where he was born in 1966. He is the author of two previous novels, two works of nonfiction, and a collection of stories.

 

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The Orenda: A novel (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385350730
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Published: Knopf, 5/2014

John Lescroart - The Keeper

From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart comes The Keeper ($26.99), a riveting novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal's wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue.
By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy's wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect. And the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself.

Hardy calls on his friend, former homicide detective Abe Glitsky, to look into the case. At first it seems like the police might have it right; the Chases' marriage was fraught with problems; Hal's alibi is suspect; the life insurance policy on Katie was huge. But Glitsky's mission is to identify other possible suspects, and there proves to be no shortage of them: Patti Orosco--rich, beautiful, dangerous, and Hal's former lover; the still unknown person who had a recent affair with Katie; even Hal's own step-mother Ruth, resentful of Katie's gatekeeping against her grandchildren. And as Glitsky probes further, he learns of an incident at the San Francisco County Jail--only one of many questionable inmate deaths that have taken place there. Then, when Katie's body is found not three blocks from the Chase home, Homicide arrests Hal and he finds himself an inmate in the very jail where he used to work, a place full of secrets he knows all too well.

Against this backdrop of conspiracy and corruption, ambiguous motives and suspicious alibis, an obsessed Glitsky closes in on the elusive truth. As other deaths begin to pile up he realizes, perhaps too late, that the next victim might be himself.

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-three previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Damage, Treasure Hunt, and The 13th Juror. He lives in Northern California.

 

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The Keeper (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781476709185
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Published: Atria Books, 5/2014

Elizabeth Van Ingen - Kismet

Elizabeth Van Ingen’s poignant memoir, Kismet: From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer's ($16.95), begins with a whirlwind romantic courtship in 1959, where she was dazzled and wooed by a handsome and confident Dutch-American businessman. Like many American women raised in the 1950s, Liz entered her marriage assuming her husband would lead, and she would unquestioningly follow.

When Tony retired, his moods became volatile and his behavior turned dangerously aggressive, frustrated by the loss of his reasoning and memory. The man Liz knew had deteriorated into a lost soul. But Liz was changing too. Even before Tony was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease (a diagnosis he refused to accept), Liz had begun to assume responsibility. Finally, realizing she had to be the decision maker, she moved them to Colorado, where she helped him settle into a memory care facility.

After Tony's death in 2005, Liz grieved. But now, having successfully coped with the drama of her husband’s decline, she has emerged as a powerful, bruised but unbent woman. She now looks ahead to continuing adventures as a mother and grandmother.

Elizabeth Gibbons Van Ingen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.  After living in many places in the world, adjusting to diverse traditions, and raising three daughters, she now lives and writes in the Denver area. She has been published in two anthologies: The Voices of Alzheimer’s and The Voices of Caregivers, edited by the Healing Project.  This is her first book.

 

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$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781564745453
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Published: Fithian Press, 10/2013



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