Eucalyptus: A Novel by Murray Bail

By Murray Bail

<b>Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for top Book

</b><b> A New York occasions ebook Review remarkable e-book of the Year
On a estate in New South Wales, a widower named Holland lives together with his daughter, Ellen. through the years as she grows right into a appealing girl, Holland vegetation hundreds of thousands of other eucalyptus timber on his land, filling the panorama, creating a digital outside museum of timber. whilst Ellen is 19, Holland proclaims that she may perhaps merely marry the guy who can safely identify the species of every and each gum tree on his estate. an odd contest starts, and Ellen is left unmoved via her suitors till she percentages on an odd younger guy resting below the Coolibah tree whose tales will amaze and dazzle her. a latest fairy story, and an unforgettable love tale, that bristles with spiky truths and unforeseen knowledge approximately artwork, female good looks, panorama, and language. Eucalyptus affirms the seductive energy of storytelling itself.

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A Cry in the Night by Mary Higgins Clark

By Mary Higgins Clark

Proficient Erich Krueger appeared like the reply to Jenny's prayers, yet after their marriage, she started to discover his obsession along with his useless mom, and his possessiveness. Stumbling throughout outdated kinfolk secrets and techniques a few string of deaths, Jenny fears for herself and her young ones.

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The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing

By Doris Lessing

The tale of a middle-aged woman's look for freedom, from Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her 4 little ones have flown, her husband is differently occupied, and after two decades of being a very good spouse and mom, Kate Brown is loose for a summer season of event. She plunges into an affair with a more youthful guy, traveling overseas with him, and, on her go back to England, meets a unprecedented younger lady whose allure and freedom of spirit encourages Kate in her personal liberation. Kate's new lifestyles has introduced her an odd disappointment, yet because the summer time months spread, a darker, disquieting trip starts, devastating in its results. a singular of self-discovery that bears the hallmarks of Lessing's brilliance, honesty and tool to maneuver the reader, 'The summer time ahead of the Dark' has been hailed through a few as Lessing's most sensible publication.

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The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell

By Dawn Powell

Nobody HAS SATIRIZED long island society relatively like sunrise Powell, and during this vintage novel she turns her sharp eye and stinging wit at the literary global, and "identifies each kind of publishing sort with the persistence of a pathologist removal organs for inspection." Frederick Olliver, an vague historian and author, is having an affair with the restively married, appealing, and highly profitable playwright, Lyle Gaynor. Powell units a see-saw in movement while Olliver is swept up through the bland publishing magnate, Tyson Bricker, and his new publication makes its approach onto to the bestseller lists simply as Lyle's Broadway occupation is coming apart.

"For many years sunrise Powell used to be continually simply at the verge of ceasing to be a cult and changing into a big religion." -- Gore Vidal

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Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

By Michael Ondaatje

From the prestigious writer of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost comes a impressive, intimate novel of intersecting lives that levels throughout continents and time. within the Nineteen Seventies in Northern California a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, paintings their farm with assistance from Coop, an enigmatic younger guy who makes his domestic with them. Theirs is a makeshift relatives, until eventually it truly is shattered by way of an incident of violence that units fireplace to the remainder of their lives. Divisadero takes us from San Francisco to the raucous backrooms of Nevada's casinos and at last to the panorama of southern France. because the narrative strikes from side to side via time and position, we discover all the characters looking for a few foothold in a gift shadowed via the prior.

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The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

By Mitch Albom

From the writer who's encouraged thousands all over the world with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The 5 humans You Meet in Heaven comes his so much inventive novel but, The Time Keeper--a compelling fantasy concerning the first guy on the earth to count number the hours.
The guy who grew to become Father Time.

In Mitch Albom's most up-to-date paintings of fiction, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for attempting to degree God's maximum reward. he's banished to a cave for hundreds of years and compelled to hear the voices of all who come after him looking extra days, extra years. ultimately, together with his soul approximately damaged, Father Time is granted his freedom, besides a mystical hourglass and a venture: an opportunity to redeem himself via educating earthly humans the real which means of time.

He returns to our world--now ruled by means of the hour-counting he so innocently began--and commences a trip with not going companions: one a teenage woman who's approximately to renounce on lifestyles, the opposite a prosperous outdated businessman who desires to stay without end. to avoid wasting himself, he needs to keep them either. and forestall the area to do so.

Told in Albom's signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably unique story will encourage readers far and wide to reassess their very own notions of time, how they spend it and the way valuable it actually is.

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Fool's Bargain by Timothy Zahn

By Timothy Zahn

Comprises an unique excerpt from the eagerly expected novel famous person WARS: SURVIVOR'S QUEST via Timothy Zahn (Hardcover, on-sale: February three, 2004) and an interview with the author.


The background of the planet Kariek has been one in all probably unending violence-- due to the consistently erupting revolutions one of many divided tribes of the local Eickarie race scuffling with for dominance. but none of those tribes has held sway considering that a mysterious Warlord and his legion of alien mercenaries seized energy and started a fifty-year reign of terror.

Now, eventually, the tide should be turning: the leaders of the warring Eickarie factions have cast an alliance--strong adequate to seize a urban and nook the Warlord and his minions of their fort. And the post-Palpatine Empire of the Hand is lending help to this insurrection opposed to tyranny through deploying no much less a combating strength than the Imperial 501st Legion of stormtroopers.

Once infamously referred to as "Vader's Fist," the mythical 501st are the simplest males for the harmful goal at hand--capturing the Warlord alive. It's a dicy undertaking that will be jeopardized whilst Imperial unit commander tornado and his comrades, Shadow, Cloud, and Watchman, are waylaid by means of a band of zealous freedom warring parties, armed with their very own schedule . . . and lots of firepower. The Eickarie renegades--determined to unfastened 1000's in their humans from the Warlord's dungeons--have a suggestion to make, and a technique which could provide the Imperials the sting within the bloody showdown to return. yet can tornado and his males belief their new allies? Or will they get greater than they discount for?

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Rabbit Remembered by John Updike

By John Updike

The dozen brief tales in Updike's new assortment revisit some of the locales of his fiction: the small Pennsylvania city of Olinger, the lonely farm to which the hero strikes as a youngster, the exurban New England of grownup camaraderie and sexual mischief, and the hot York urban of inventive ambition and taunting glamour. The identify derives from a narrative within which an American banjo virtuoso demonstrates his licks to an enthralled Soviet viewers within the middle of the chilly warfare, whereas being hounded through the epistolary aftermath of a one-night stand in Washington D.C. to those is extra a novella-length sequel to Updike's quartet of novels approximately Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom within which a number of previous strands come jointly at last.

"If John Updike had by no means released whatever yet brief stories-if the novels, essays, verse, and reams of occasional prose vanished into skinny air - he might nonetheless be a presence to reckon with in American letters."

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Je Voudrais Que Quelqu'un M'attende Quelque Part by Anna Gavalda

By Anna Gavalda

" Quand j'arrive à l. a. gare de l'Est, j'espère toujours secrètement qu'il y air of mystery quelqu'un pour m'attendre. C'est con. J'ai beau savoir que ma mère est encore au boulot à cette heure-là et que Marc n'est pas du style à traverser l. a. banlieue pour porter mon sac, j'ai toujours cet espoir débile. " Les personnages de ces douze nouvelles sont pleins d'espoirs futiles, ou de désespoir grave. Ils ne cherchent pas à changer le monde. Quoi qu'il leur arrive, ils n'ont rien à prouver. Ils ne sont pas héroïques. Simplement humains. On les croise tous les jours sans leur prêter realization, sans se rendre compte de l. a. cost d'émotion qu'ils transportent et que révèle tout à coup los angeles plume si juste d'Anna Gavalda. En pointant sur eux ce projecteur, elle éclaire par ricochet nos propres existences.

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