V.I.B. (Very Impressive Book)
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:
Nelson’s life is not turning out the way he had hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man, his brother has left their South American country, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother, and his acting career can’t seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by Nelson’s hero, Henry Nunez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that’s when the real trouble begins.
"Daniel Alarcon is a genius. I'll bet
he's on the MacArthur Foundation short list, already a New Yorker 20
Under 40 and a Pen/Hemingway Award winner. His new novel At Night We Walk in Circles
took my breath away with the beauty of his prose and the incredible
depth of his characters, most remarkably the young actor Nelson.
Set in an unnamed South American country years after a protracted civil war has ended. At Night We Walk in Circles chronicles the life and dark fate of Nelson, a bright and promising young man who joins a small guerrilla theater group. Nelson and its two original founders, one of whom, Henry, playwright and leading man, is a psychically battle-scarred casualty of the political conflict, bring their play, The Idiot President to villages in the countryside and mountains, looking for escape, renewal, and perhaps redemption. The village that is the troupe's final destination holds deep secrets, and an innocent and kind act results in a shocking outcome. Unbelievably brilliant." ~Cathy Langer, our lead book buyer for the Tattered Cover stores
Recent Selections Include:
"The Night Guest is a stealthily stunning debut novel by Australian writer Fiona McFarlane. Ruth is an elderly widow living alone by the beach, believing that a tiger is visiting her home in the night. She is confused and off-kilter, though managing well enough until Frida arrives, announcing she is there as a caregiver, assigned to Ruth by the government. No Mary Poppins, her surprising appearance and takeover of Ruth's life lead to questions about truth, reality, loyalty and friendship. These two complicated and compelling characters drew me into their lives and left me both shaken and awed." ~Cathy L., Lead buyer at Tattered Cover
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury USA)
"In preparation for an author dinner at a recent booksellers conference, Bloomsbury USA publishing sent me the first two chapters of The Bone Season, as well as samples of four other new books. I enjoyed all of the samples, but particularly loved the taste of The Bone Season and couldn't wait to get my hands on the entire book. At the dinner, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Samantha Shannon. As it happened, she'd been in a minor car accident that morning, and had a bit of whip-lash. She immediately apologized to the bookseller on her left for the fact that she couldn't turn her head in that direction. Then she turned and talked to me for the rest of the evening! I have met many a first-time author in my days as a bookseller, but few as interesting and enjoyable as Samantha. She grew up in West London, studies English Literature at Oxford, and is fascinated by Americans. The Bone Season is (amazingly) her first book – the first in a series of seven books. It has been sold in eighteen countries and the film rights have been picked up by Andy Serkis's (the actor who plays Golum) film company.
The story of The Bone Season is set in alternative history London in the year 2059. London, as well other major cities of the world, is controlled by Scion, a security force in place to keep the “normal” citizens safe from clairvoyants – soothsayers, mediums, augurs, furies, and others. Paige Mahoney is a unique “voyant,” and when she runs into trouble with Scion, she discovers there is much more to her world than she ever imagined. The worldbuilding in this book is astonishing, the characters genuine, the action breathless. The story unfolds with a surprise around every corner, and I truly couldn't put it down." ~Heather Duncan, our Director of Marketing at Tattered Cover
Brewster by Mark Slouka (W. W. Norton & Company)
It's 1968, a year after the summer of love and the peak of the Vietnam War. The world is changing, and sixteen-year-old Jon Mosher is determined to change with it. Racked by guilt over his older brother's childhood death, Jon turns his rage into victories running track. When he meets Ray Cappicciano, a local legend in the making, a rebel as gifted with his fists as Jon is with his feet, he recognizes a friendship with the potential to save him. Realizing that Ray needs saving too, Jon sets off on the race of his life--a race to redeem his past and save them both. Reverberating with compassion, heartache, and grace, Brewster is sure to remind readers of Andre Dubus III and Richard Russo.
"Brewster is a novel so vividly written with such a strong sense of time and place, upstate New York, 1968, that I just about had flashbacks as I devoured it. Jon and Ray are mismatched best friends: Jon, a high school track star, Ray, a defiant rebel and fighter, though both come from difficult home lives. The Vietnam war and the draft loom large as the two sixteen year olds struggle to negotiate their way toward adulthood, falling in love with the same lovely girl and dealing with Ray's increasingly unpredictable and violent father. Brewster is at once dark and sweet, a coming of age story that will resonate." ~Cathy Langer, lead buyer at Tattered Cover