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Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Finds 9-25-2009

Here are my finds this week!

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

The prize-winning children’s author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir.

One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had throat cancer and was expected to die. Small, a prize-winning children’s author, re-creates a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka. Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim, subjected to X-rays by his radiologist father and scolded by his withholding and tormented mother, to his decision to flee his home at sixteen with nothing more than dreams of becoming an artist. Recalling Running with Scissors with its ability to evoke the trauma of a childhood lost, Stitches will transform adolescent and adult readers alike with its deeply liberating vision. (W.W.Norton & Co)

Publisher/Publication Date: W.W. Norton & Co, Sept 2009
ISBN: 978-0-393-06857-3
336 pages

Day After Night by Anita Diamant

Publisher: Scribner

Just as she gave voice to the silent women of the Old Testament in The Red Tent, Anita Diamant creates a cast of breathtakingly vivid characters -- young women who escaped to Israel from Nazi Europe -- in this intensely dramatic novel.

Day After Night is based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp, a prison for "illegal" immigrants run by the British military near the Mediterranean coast south of Haifa. The story is told through the eyes of four young women at the camp with profoundly different stories. All of them survived the Holocaust: Shayndel, a Polish Zionist; Leonie, a Parisian beauty; Tedi, a hidden Dutch Jew; and Zorah, a concentration camp survivor. Haunted by unspeakable memories and losses, afraid to begin to hope, Shayndel, Leonie, Tedi, and Zorah find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country.

This is an unforgettable story of tragedy and redemption, a novel that re-imagines a moment in history with such stunning eloquence that we are haunted and moved by every devastating detail. Day After Night is a triumphant work of fiction. (Simon and Schuster)

Day After Night
Publisher/Publication Date: Scribner, Sept 2009
ISBN: 978-0743299848
304 pages

The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper

Publisher: Picador

Patrick Rush is a single father, unhappy with his career, devoted to his young son but haunted by the loss of his wife, when he joins a local writing group. In the candlelit studio where the circle meets, he finds one writer's work far more powerful than the others--a young woman named Angela, who writes about a girl stalked by a killer named the Sandman. But Angela's stories may be more autobiography than tall tale: soon the members of the group are being hunted by a shadowy figure resembling the Sandman, and the line between fiction and real life beings to dissolve. When his own son is taken, Patrick is forced to chase down the Sandman for himself and to discover the ending to his own terrifying story. (Picador)

The Killing Circle
Publisher/Publication Date: Picador, Sept 2009
ISBN: 978-0-312-42903-7
336 pages

What great books did you find this week?? Stop over at Should Be Reading and share yours!


Jo-Jo said...

These all look pretty interesting to me. My find is here.

Mary said...

Stitches has me curious to find out more!

bermudaonion said...

Those all look great - I actually picked up a copy of Stitches this weekend.


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