Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The season's most engrossing long-haul reads
provide a look into complicated relationships and interconnected lives.
These winter months are when relatives reunite for the
holidays—sometimes happily, sometimes not.
So it's fitting that some of
the most interesting book releases offer compelling accounts of domestic
tension simmering beneath the surface, waiting to spill over.
In Tessa Hadley's beautiful novel The Past (Harper), four siblings arrive
at their grandparents' shabby but still charming house in the English
countryside—which may soon need to be sold.
Steeped in childhood memories,
the family discovers that its summer holiday has become a stage on which
secrets are revealed and passions erupt.
Elizabeth Strout, winner of the 2009
Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Olive Kitteridge, is back with My Name Is Lucy
Barton (Random House), a touching novel about a mother and daughter who come
together in a New York City hospital after far too much time apart.
Williams's debut, The Longest Night (Random House), set in Idaho Falls in
the 1960s, tells of a marriage whose bond is tested against the backdrop of a
nuclear accident.
And Sunil Yapa's Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
(Lee Boudreaux Books) is an extraordinary account of a young man named Victor
who is swept up by the antiglobalization demonstrations at the World Trade
Organization—and faces off against police chief Bishop, who just happens to
be the estranged father he hasn't seen in five years.
This season's best new airport reads have more family drama
than Thanksgiving dinner.

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