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From the Booker Award-winning author of The English Patient, Warlight is an elegiac thriller set in immediate post-WWII London. A pair of siblings, seemingly
abandoned by their parents, have been left in the care of an enigmatic figure they
call The Moth. They suspect that he may be a criminal and grow more convinced but
less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends. This is a lyrical
mystery about espionage, the afterlife of war, memory, and what it means to live a
life partially in the dark.
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard as places where loss is converted into
what might, with patience, nourish us. It won the National Book Critics Circle Award
in Poetry and the Kingsley Tuft Poetry Award and was a finalist for the National Book
Award. Ross Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a
non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. His collection of essays,
The Book of Delights, was released this year and makes an excellent companion volume to his poems.
Two strangers collide on Waterloo Bridge: Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist, and Jean,
an American studying the habits of urban foxes. From this chance encounter in the
midst of bustling London, connections span out and interweave, bringing disparate
lives together. In this powerful novel of loves lost and new, of past griefs and the
hidden side of a multicultural metropolis, Aminatta Forna asks us to consider the
values of the society we live in, our relationships with each other and other living
creatures, and the true nature of happiness.
A widow tries to come to terms with her husband’s death—and the truth about their
marriage—after seeing him apparently alive outside a Havana theater. As she tracks
his movements, the distinction between reality and fantasy blurs, and she must face
her own role in his death and reappearance. Laura van den Berg’s story of psychological
reflection and metaphysical mystery won the Literary Star for Excellence, was a finalist
for the Young Lions Fiction Award, and was named a best book of 2018 by more than
a dozen publications.