By Anthony Burgess
My mistress’ eyes are not anything just like the sun,
Coral is way extra crimson than her lips’ red,
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun,
If hairs be wires, black wires develop on her head . . .
Through the distorted imaginative and prescient of a college lecturer, the reality approximately William Shakespeare's love lifestyles emerges: his affairs with a black girl and a golden guy, his conflicted courting along with his spouse, his affection for a tender boy. starting with a early life obsession with phrases and a dream of being greater than a glover's son, the lifestyles and romance of the good Bard is unfolded.
The famed writer of A Clockwork Orange takes us during the dramas of play-making in plague-ridden London. wealthy in language and soaked within the Elizabethan spirit, this tale of the immortal Shakespeare has emerged as a latest vintage.
By W. P. Kinsella
Mike Houle used to be a faculty all-star moment baseman in his junior yr, who became down a fourth-round draft through the Montreal Expos simply because he desired to end his company measure. yet in his ultimate 12 months in school, his usual fell from .331 to .270, his stolen bases went from forty-five to nineteen, and he used to be stuck stealing 9 instances. His probabilities of being drafted dried up.
So while Mike's agent calls with a suggestion to play within the Cornbelt League in Iowa, he can't relatively refuse--even although he'll get a pitiful wage, need to paintings an afternoon activity, and room with a neighborhood kin. Mike may deal with the isolation of residing in Grand Mound as soon as he learns that he's a cinch to begin at moment base.
In truth, everything's going Mike's means till he starts to suspect that baseball isn't the single "game" being performed in Grand Mound. He's had a behavior of choking stressed in a decent video game. whilst stress mounts in his new domestic city, Mike has to accommodate his earlier, the current, and his destiny to boot.
By Gary Sernovitz
A daring and insightful novel detailing a tender Wall highway analyst's fall from grace
Chris Kelch is on the most sensible of his online game, certainly one of Freshler Feld's emerging stars. At merely twenty-eight, he's one of many highest-rated fairness learn analysts in his region; final yr, he pulled down approximately part 1000000 funds. His own lifestyles is additionally on a roll: his female friend, the comely Kersten Henry, couldn't be extra supportive. Kelch's small-town, single-parent, Midwestern roots appear some distance in the back of.
But whilst a thinly veiled profile of Kelch runs in a well-liked journal, issues begin to cross downhill. not just does the piece display corporation secrets and techniques and forged Freshler Feld in a foul gentle, it additionally makes him consider like a dupe: the writer tricked him into giving an interview. And it unearths way more approximately Kelch's conflicted emotions approximately his earlier and his activity than he has admitted even to himself.
Then a inventory Kelch handpicked falters, and issues cross from undesirable to worse as he's pressured to ascertain with reference to each assumption, selection, and error he's ever made.
With suspense and magnificence, Gary Sernovitz's The Contrarians not simply creates probably the most memorable "money men" in contemporary American fiction, it additionally examines, as no novel has performed earlier than, the rise-and the seeds of the fall-of late-nineties Wall road.
By Timothy Hallinan
For American commute author Poke Rafferty, lifestyles eventually turns out to carry a few semblance of balance. He and his longtime love, Rose, have passed through with their much-deferred bridal ceremony, their followed daughter, Miaow, a former highway baby, has develop into a loving--if occasionally difficult--part of the kinfolk, and the 3 of them dwell in relative convenience because of Rose's house responsibilities company and Rafferty's writing.
Then a nightmare determine from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their global, shattering the peace they've labored so tough to acquire. His visual appeal threatens every thing they cherish: their love, their domestic . . . their very lives. As a foreigner who's noticeable a number of the worst Bangkok has to supply and survived confrontations with Thailand's strongest and unsafe components, Rafferty feels equivalent to many of the demanding situations Bangkok can throw at him. yet now his in basic terms desire is to find the full fact of Rose's past--a trip down the darkish and twisting street that grew to become a shy, awkward village youngster into the queen of Asia's such a lot lurid red-light road: Patpong highway. And simply whilst Rafferty idea lifestyles used to be having a look reliable, fact comes crashing in as he learns that the secrets and techniques from Rose's former lifestyles are nearly very unlikely to accept--and even tougher to survive.
The Queen of Patpong is a terrifying, heart-breaking, electrifying tale of peril, love, and, finally, redemption in modern day Thailand--and the main formidable, affecting novel but from mystery grasp Timothy Hallinan.
By Linda Tarte Holley
This e-book makes the compelling argument that Chaucer, the Perle-poet, and The Cloud of Unknowing writer exploited analogue and metaphor for marking out the pedagogical hole among technology and the mind's eye.
By Sanford Friedman
An NYRB Classics Original.
Deaf as he used to be, Beethoven needed to be addressed in writing, and he used to be consistently followed by means of a laptop within which humans may scribble questions and reviews. Conversations with Beethoven, in a journey de strength of fictional invention, tells the tale of the final yr of Beethoven's lifestyles nearly solely via such laptop entries: buddies, relatives, scholars, medical professionals, and others attend to the unstable Maestro, whose occasionally unpredictable and infrequently very loud replies we infer. a completely fleshed and sometimes very humorous portrait of Beethoven emerges. He struggles along with his tune and together with his health and wellbeing; he argues with and insults with reference to every body. so much of all, he concerns approximately his wayward--and beloved--nephew Karl. a wide forged of Dickensian characters surrounds the good composer on the middle of this splendidly enticing novel, which deepens in any case to make a memorable tune of its personal.