Articles tagged "Sri Lankan Civil War"

Buzzfeed’s 21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall

Buzzfeed wants you to turn over a new (autumn) leaf with “21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall,” including these three Macmillan titles:

Anuk Arudpragasam’s immersive debut novel THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is set two and a half decades into the Sri Lankan civil war, where Dinesh, a Tamil refugee, is approached by an old man with a proposal that could change his life: If he marries the man’s daughter Ganga, they would both have a better shot at safety and a less violent future. A portrait of life touched by war and despair, THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is the tale of two strangers suddenly thrust into a strange new relationship.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
HERE I AM, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in 11 years, looks at one family in Washington, D.C., over the course of four weeks of crisis: As the Blochs’ marriage falls apart, so does the Middle East when a natural disaster has devastating consequences for Israel. HERE I AM explores religious identity, responsibility, faith, familial relationships, and what it means to be Jewish-American; an ambitious work. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (9/2/14 Edition)

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a lazy Labor Day weekend like these little guys. We’re back and thrilled to wish these brand new books a Happy #BookBday:

ACCEPTANCE by Jeff VanderMeer
At last! We can finally learn the mysteries behind Area X in the final volume of VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. Everyone loves the series, including Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King, and Unshelved!

This “lyrical debut novel worthy of shelving alongside…Michael Ondaatje or…Jhumpa Lahiri” (Publishers Weekly) about two young women on opposite sides of the Sri Lankan Civil War won the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia, was named one of Library Journal‘s Best Summer Debuts, and is a September 2014 Indie Next list selection.

SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark-Hunter fans rejoice! The latest paranormal romance from New York Times bestselling author Kenyon pairs Jo, a courageous modern woman, with Cadegan, an ancient wounded warrior, who must protect her from a paranormal group that has inadvertently unleashed evil on the world. “Engaging and creative, the story unfolds through Kenyon’s fast-paced narration and quirky characters…”
Kirkus Reviews

Sneak Peek: September 2014 Indie Next list

The September 2014 Indie Next list was recently announced and we’re thrilled that it includes some of our favorite titles!

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
Unsurprisingly, Penny’s tenth and most personal Chief Inspector Gamache novel yet made the list and the media coverage for her continues to ramp up. She’ll be interviewed by Linda Wertheimer for NPR’s “Weekend Edition” (air date TBD) and will be reviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post Book World, USA Today, and much more. All that’s in addition to the glowing, starred reviews THE LONG WAY HOME has already received.

We’ve been hyping this literary debut novel about two young women on opposite sides of the Sri Lankan Civil War, which won the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia. Library Journal named it one of their Best Summer Debuts and Publishers Weekly said, “The paradisiacal landscapes of Sri Lanka are as astonishing as the barbarity of its revolution, and Munaweera evokes the power of both in a lyrical debut novel worthy of shelving alongside her countryman Michael Ondaatje or her fellow writer of the multigenerational immigrant experience Jhumpa Lahiri.”

Another Library Journal Best Summer Debut pick is former marine Pitre’s novel about three men from a road repair platoon in Iraq and the struggles they face in the war and at home. FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES was also picked for the “Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion” at BEA, was named a B&N Discover Great New Writers pick, and was a featured Maximum Shelf Awareness title. “A war novel with a voice all its own, this will stand as one of the definitive renderings of the Iraq experience.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review