“Always readable-sometimes compulsively so-Shreve’s novels are typically emotionally resonant, nicely paced, and populated by memorable characters.” -People
At the age of 29,
But when the Edwardses’ two grown sons arrive at the beach house,
With the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into the human heart that has led her to be called “an author at one with her métier” (Miami Herald), Shreve weaves a novel about marriage, family, and the supreme courage it takes to love.
“Shreve excels at nuance and detail. She skillfully illuminates the tiniest of moments, offering readers a peek at the complex undertones coursing through the characters throughout the story.” -Rocky Mountain News
“There is something satisfyingly clean, well functioning, pale, and delicious about an Anita Shreve novel. . . . Shreve’s characters, grappling with desire, juggling their shame against their regret, are entirely welcome.” –
“Shreve’s writing is textured, reflective, and generally flows with ease, to the point where the reader may be surprised at how quickly the pages turn.” –Newsday
Winner: 2013 Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) Gold Medal for Literary Fiction
Renato Stillamare may be the best painter of his generation at least, he doesn t know anyone better but his canvasses aren t in demand, and haven t been since his last show at a Newbury Street gallery twenty-five years ago. Now 70, and retired from teaching at Copley College of Art, Renato s retreated to his Boston studio where he is defiantly painting, painting, painting, determined to be rediscovered. Renato is a lusty, large-hearted, smart, opinionated, and occasionally intemperate man whose children (including a daughter by his accidental mistress) are all grown up and dispersed, whose best friend (whom he misses more than anyone) died years before, and whose maddening wife (the love of his life) lives in a condo on the opposite bank of the Charles. But his life is about become much more complicated when the goth-bedecked daughter of a former student shows up at his studio with her little boy in tow. Renato s story, which he unabashedly recounts with flair and verve, is about extraordinary things happening to an ordinary man living life to the fullest. A funny, touching, even magical novel, Renato, the Painter deservedly takes its place alongside such classics as The Ginger Man and The Horse s Mouth.
A debut author transforms Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth into a powerful modern story of one woman’s struggle with independence and love.
Intelligent, witty, and poignant, Gilded Age presents a modern Edith Wharton heroine—dramatically beautiful, socially prominent, and just a bit unconventional—whose return to the hothouse of Cleveland society revives rivalries, raises eyebrows, and reveals the tender vulnerabilities of a woman struggling to reconcile her desire for independence and her need for love.
ELEANOR HART had made a brilliant marriage in New York, but it ended in a scandalous divorce and thirty days in Sierra Tucson rehab. Now she finds that, despite feminist lip service, she will still need a husband to be socially complete. A woman’s sexual reputation matters, and so does her family name. Ellie must navigate the treacherous social terrain where old money meets new: charitable benefits and tequila body shots, inherited diamonds and viper-bite lip piercings, country house weekends and sexting. She finds that her beauty is a powerful tool in this world, but it has its limitations, even liabilities. Through one misstep after another, Ellie mishandles her second act. Her options narrow, her future prospects contract, until she faces a desperate choice.
With a keen eye for the perfect detail and a heart big enough to embrace those she observes, Claire McMillan has written an assured and revelatory debut novel about class, gender, and the timeless conundrum of femininity.
*** Winner of the 2012 Costa First Novel Award *** “It is impossible to resist this novel’s wit, grace, and charm.”
–Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia
A smart and slyly funny tale of love, temptation, confusion, and commitment; a triumphant and beautifully executed recasting of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.
Newly engaged and unthinkingly self-satisfied, twenty-eight-year-old Adam Newman is the prize catch of Temple Fortune, a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London. He has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both sixteen and now, to the relief and happiness of the entire Gilbert family, they are finally to marry. To Adam, Rachel embodies the highest values of Temple Fortune; she is innocent, conventional, and entirely secure in her community–a place in which everyone still knows the whereabouts of their nursery school classmates. Marrying Rachel will cement Adam’s role in a warm, inclusive family he loves.
But as the vast machinery of the wedding gathers momentum, Adam feels the first faint touches of claustrophobia, and when Rachel’s younger cousin Ellie Schneider moves home from New York, she unsettles Adam more than he’d care to admit. Ellie–beautiful, vulnerable, and fiercely independent–offers a liberation that he hadn’t known existed: a freedom from the loving interference and frustrating parochialism of North West London. Adam finds himself questioning everything, suddenly torn between security and exhilaration, tradition and independence. What might he be missing by staying close to home?
Francesca Segal was born in London and studied at Oxford and Harvard University before becoming a journalist and critic. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, and The Observer, among other publications. For three years she wrote the Debut Fiction Column in The Observer and has been a features writer at Tatler. She divides her time between London and New York.
“With understated wit, empathy and a cinematic eye of detail, Segal brings alive a host of characters so robust that you can easily imagine them onscreen… A winning debut novel.”
“Inspired by The Age of Innocence, Segal’s book is warmer, funnier, and paints a more dynamic and human portrait of a functional community that is a wonderful juxtaposition to Wharton’s cold social strata.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A crafty homage… [Segal] writes with engaging warmth.”
—Entertainment Weekly, Grade: B+
“Readers who enjoy fast-paced, gently satirical literary novels, fans of Allegra Goodman, and book group participants will find a Shabbat dinner’s worth of noshing in this accomplished debut novel.”
“An emotionally and intellectually astute debut.”
“[A] delightful first novel… wise, witty and observant.”
—The London Times
“Segal writes with an understated elegance.”
—The Observer (UK)
“The Innocents is written with wisdom and deliciously subtle wit… This is a wonderfully readable novel: elegant, accomplished, and romantic.”
–Andre Aciman, author of Out of Egypt, Call Me by Your Name, and Alibis
“A moving, funny, richly drawn story… Full of real pleasures and unexpected wisdom, this book sweeps you along.”
–Esther Freud, author of Love Falls and Lucky Break
A family is torn apart by fierce belief and private longing in this unprecedented journey deep inside the most insular sect of Hasidic Jews, the Satmar.
A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of tradition collide, I Am Forbidden announces the arrival of an extraordinarily gifted new voice and opens a startling window on a world closed to most of us.
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
From Kathryn Harrison, one of America’s most admired literary voices, comes a gorgeously written, enthralling novel set in the final days of Russia’s Romanov Empire.
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