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The Gardener From Ochakov

Author:

Andrey Kurkov

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Igor is confident his old Soviet policeman's uniform will be the best costume at the party. But he hasn't gone far before he realises something is wrong. The streets are unusually empty, and the only person to emerge from the shadows runs from him in terror. After a perplexing conversation with the terrified man, Igor comes to an unbelievable conclusion: he has found his way back to 1957 Kiev, and it isn't the era his mother and her friends have so sentimentally described. As he travels between the centuries, his life becomes more and more complicated. With his mother's disapproval at his absences growing, and his adventures in each time frame starting to catch up with him, Igor has to survive the past if he wants any kind of future...

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ISBN:

9781444820232

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01-07-2014

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Telex From Cuba

Author:

Rachel Kushner

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1950s Cuba: Young Everly Lederer and K.C. Stites come of age in Oriente Province, where the Americans tend their own fiefdom - over three hundred thousand acres of United Fruit Company sugarcane that surround their gated enclave. Whilst the rural tropics are a child's dreamworld, the two nevertheless have keen eyes for the indulgences and betrayals of the grown-ups around them - the mordant drinking and illicit loves, the racial hierarchies and violence. As Fidel and Raul Castro lead revolts from the mountains, torching plantations and kidnapping American expatriates, K.C. and Everly begin to discover the brutality that keeps the colony humming...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824926

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01-08-2015

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The Mars Room

Author:

Rachel Kushner

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Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition; the Mars Room strip club, where she once gave lap dances for a living; and her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy's estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive, amid the deadpan absurdities of institutional living. Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her in a long unwavering line - until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her own destiny...

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ISBN:

9781444840896

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01-05-2019

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The Translation Of Love

Author:

Lynne Kutsukake

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1946: Thirteen-year-old Aya Shimamura is released from a Canadian internment camp and repatriated with her father to Tokyo, now occupied by the Americans. Aya's status at school as the 'repat girl' makes her a social pariah, until her seatmate - a fierce, willful girl named Fumi Tanaka - decides that Aya might be able to help her find her missing older sister, who has disappeared into the seedy back alleys of the Ginza. Having heard that General MacArthur sometimes assists Japanese citizens in need, Fumi enlists Aya to compose a letter in English asking him for help. Corporal Matt Matsumoto, a Japanese-American working for the Occupation forces, is entrusted with the safe delivery of Fumi's letter; but Fumi, desperate for answers, takes matters into her own hands, venturing into the Ginza with Aya in tow...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835748

Published:

01-02-2018

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Girl In Translation

Author:

Jean Kwok

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Kimberly Chang has her world turned upside-down when she moves to New York with her mother from their home in Hong Kong. But their new life doesn't quite live up to their expectations - living in a vermin-ridden apartment in Brooklyn, the pair have only an intermittently working oven to keep them warm. They have nothing but debt and neither of them speak a word of English. While her mother works to earn two cents a garment at a sweatshop, intellectually gifted eleven-year-old Kim faces a new and trying challenge: school. Exiled by language, estranged in a new culture and weighed down by staggering poverty, Kim must learn to translate not just her language but who she is, as she straddles these two very different worlds.

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ISBN:

9781444807240

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01-07-2011

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At First Light

Author:

Vanessa Lafaye

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1993, Key West, Florida: When a Ku Klux Klan official is shot in broad daylight, all eyes turn to the person holding the gun - a ninety-six-year-old Cuban woman who will say nothing except to admit her guilt. 1919: Mixed-race Alicia Cortez arrives in Key West exiled in disgrace from her family in Havana. At the same time, damaged war hero John Morales returns home on the last US troop ship from Europe. As love draws them closer in this time of racial segregation, people are watching - including Dwayne Campbell, poised on the brink of manhood, struggling to do what's right. And then the Ku Klux Klan comes to town...

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ISBN:

9781444836103

Published:

01-03-2018

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Summertime

Author:

Vanessa Lafaye

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Florida, 1935: In the small segregated town of Heron Key, where the relationships are as tangled as the mangrove roots in the swamp, everyone is preparing for the Fourth of July barbecue - unaware that their world is about to change for ever. Missy, maid to the Kincaid family, feels she has wasted her life pining for Henry, a black veteran who has returned from the battlefields of France along with a group of other desperate, destitute ex-soldiers: unsure of his future; ashamed of his past... When a white woman is found beaten nearly to death, suspicion falls on Henry. And as the tensions rise, the barometer starts to plummet - far out over the Atlantic, the greatest storm ever to strike North America is heading their way...

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ISBN:

9781444829259

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01-08-2016

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The Lowland

Author:

Jhumpa Lahiri

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In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk, and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother Subhash's sight. So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood - and yet, as the years pass, their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty. He will give everything - risk all - for what he believes, and in so doing will transform the futures of those dearest to him. For all of them, the repercussions of his actions will reverberate and seep through the generations that follow.

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ISBN:

9781444819847

Published:

01-06-2014

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I'll Take You There

Author:

Wally Lamb

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Every Monday evening, Felix Funicello sets up a new film at an old vaudeville theatre for his weekly movie club. One night, as the sixty-year-old scholar prepares the projectionist booth, he is confronted by an unanticipated guest: the ghost of Lois Weber. Once a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood's silent film era, Lois invites Felix to sit back and watch a new feature on the big screen - scenes from Felix's life. Although unnerved by these ethereal apparitions, Felix comes to look forward to his encounters with Lois. And as these magical movies play before him, he begins to reflect on the unforgettable women who have profoundly affected his life...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835885

Published:

01-02-2018

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Alys, Always

Author:

Harriet Lane

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Frances is a thirty-something sub-editor, an invisible production drone on the books pages of the QUESTIONER. Her routine and colourless existence is disrupted one winter evening when she happens upon the aftermath of a car crash and hears the last words of the driver, Alys Kyte. When Alys's family makes contact in an attempt to find closure, Frances is given a tantalising glimpse of a very different world: one of privilege and possibility. The relationships she builds with the Kytes will have an impact on her own life, both professionally and personally, as Frances dares to wonder whether she might now become a player in her own right...

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ISBN:

9781444814088

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01-02-2013

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Black Lake

Author:

Johanna Lane

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For generations, the Campbells have lived happily at Dulough, an idyllic, rambling estate on the windswept coast of Ireland. But upkeep has drained the family coffers. Faced with the heartbreaking possibility of having to sell, John Campbell makes a very difficult decision: to keep Dulough, he will turn the estate into a tourist attraction. He and his wife, daughter and son will move from the luxury of the big house to a small, damp caretaker's cottage. The upheaval strains the already tenuous threads that bind the family; and when a tragic accident befalls them, long-simmering resentments and unanswered yearnings are forced to the surface...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827606

Published:

01-03-2016

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Her Giant Octopus Moment

Author:

Kay Langdale

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Ten-year-old Scout loves her mother: Joanie is pretty, optimistic and fun. But sometimes she wishes they could lead a more conventional life. Scout prefers her books in neat piles and her crayons lined up in rows, which doesn't exactly fit with Joanie's erratic lifestyle. When Joanie's deception over Scout's birth comes to light, they go on the run. They flee to a city tower block, to the coast and on to a fruit-picking farm, making friends and foes en route. Scout is clever and vulnerable, resourceful and anxious. She seeks order amid Joanie's warm chaos. She loves her mother deeply, but wishes they could settle in one place. But where - and to whom - does a child really belong?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814804

Published:

01-04-2013

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