Archive for June, 2011


Added on June 30, 2011

Queer William S. Burroughs Viking, U.S.A. 1985 Burroughs, a Beat Generation founder, wrote Queer in the early 1950′s as a not-quite sequel to his novel, Junkie. He wrote most of the avante-garde manuscript while he awaited trial for the accidental homicide of his common-law wife in Mexico, where he shot her while playing a drug-charged game of William Tell. Memorable (and [...]

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The Patron Saint of Liars

Added on June 27, 2011

The Patron Saint of Liars Ann Patchett Houghton Mifflin, New York, 1992 This first novel by Ann Patchett is a brilliant tale about a pregnant woman who shows up at a Catholic home for unwed mothers. It takes place in the 1960′s. The difference: she is married, but doesn’t want her husband or her family [...]

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A Free Life

Added on June 15, 2011

A Free Life Ha Jin Pantheon, New York, 2007 This novel represents a major shift in Jin’s writing style from his earlier work. Publishers Weekly calls it Jin’s first American novel. All his previous fiction takes place in China, whereas this one takes place in the United States. A Free Life follows one Chinese immigrant’s [...]

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Monsieur Pain – ARC

Added on June 11, 2011

Monsieur Pain Roberto Bolano New Directions, U.S.A. 2010 Here is a recent Bolano advance readers copy. In pictorial paper wraps the same as the first hardcover edition, and with a proper copyright page, this publication is a fairly standard advance review issue. Check my post for Roberto Bolano’s By Night In Chile to see an earlier [...]

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The Winter Vault

Added on June 1, 2011

The Winter Vault Anne Michaels McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2009 The Winter Vault is Anne Michaels second novel. Her first novel, Fugitive Pieces won the Orange Prize, the Trillium Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Previous to these two novels, she wrote two award-winning collections of poetry. Her first poetry collection, The [...]

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