Staff TC-VIB (Very Impressive Book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: TC VIB (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
This is a monumental, genre-defying novel that David Mitchell calls "Michel Faber’s second masterpiece." From a writer in full command of his many talents, it is marked by the same bravura storytelling and precise language that made The Crimson Petal and the White such an international success
Cathy Langer, our Lead Buyer, wrote this review:
"The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber will surely find itself on many 'Best of 2014' lists. It is at once deeply profound and a page-turner. Set in the near future, the multinational corporation USIC requires a Christian missionary for its settlement on a planet billions of miles away. The man chosen for the mission, Peter Leigh, a devout Christian with a sordid past and loving and deeply supportive wife arrives on the planet Oasis to discover a group of eager native converts, hungry for the Word of God. Their Christian names are simple and to the point: Jesus Lover One, Jesus Lover Two, etc. As Peter settles in to the relative haven of Oasis, life on Earth is going to hell. Catastrophic weather events, wars and economic collapse find Peter's wife Bea in increasingly desperate straights. The impossibly wide physical, emotional and spiritual distance between them is the heartbreaking core Faber's novel. It is a love song to life and a masterpiece born from anguish, as different a novel as one could imagine coming from the author of The Crimson Petal and the White, except for one crucial element—brilliance." ~Cathy
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