Vivre le meilleur des choses à Brooklyn, être amoureux à soixante ans comme à trente, se marier, retrouver les siens, échapper aux sectes, marcher sous le ciel bleu à 8 heures du matin, s'enflammer pour Henry David Thoreau et Edgar Allan Poe. Etre heureux, encore, mais pour combien de temps en Amérique ?...
Twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born, and his silent and seductive girlfriend Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.
"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal." So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.
Sunset Park explore la question de l'état de son pays : sept ans après l'effondrement des Twin Towers, la crise des subprimes, portant un nouveau coup au rêve américain, oblige les individus à une douloureuse et radicale révision de la manière d'appréhender leur propre histoire à l'heure du crépuscule annoncé des valeurs.
The National Book Award-winning author chronicles the ordinary life of a woman named Marie, from her childhood to old age, as she experiences the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn, in this novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived.
En 1956, sentant sa fin prochaine, le révérend John Ames rédige à l'attention de son très jeune fils une longue lettre en forme de méditation. seul héritage que sa pauvreté matérielle l'autorise à transmettre. Ames a lui-même pour père un prêcheur de l'Iowa et pour grand-père un pasteur engagé, durant la guerre civile. clans la lutte pour l'abolition de l'esclavage. En rapportant les tensions dont il fut le témoin entre l'ardent pacifisme de l'un et l'activisme parfois pour le moins belliqueux de l'autre, le révérend Ames tisse, au fil des pages, le motif du lien sacré qui, entre tendresse et inévitables conflits, unit les pères aux fils. De l'exercice du souvenir aux illuminations qu'une pratique intègre de la foi peut dérober à la contingence, des défaites de l'esprit à ses incertaines victoires, des enivrements de la chair ou des errements du coeur aux vertiges du mysticisme. c'est dans une langue aussi émouvante qu'elle est admirablement soutenue et inspirée, que Marilynne Robinson, à travers l'ultime sermon du révérend Aines, élève à l'étrange et merveilleuse grâce de vivre un hymne superbe, ample comme le pays dont il narre, à sa façon, l'histoire, exigeant comme toute quête spirituelle véritable, bouleversant comme une prière.
A New York Times Bestseller Peter and Rebecca Harris, midforties, are prosperous denizens of Manhattan. He's an art dealer, she's an editor. They live well. They have their troubles-their ebbing passions, their wayward daughter, and certain doubts about their careers-but they feel as though they're happy. Happy enough. Until Rebecca's much younger, look-alike brother, Ethan (known in the family as Mizzy, short for the Mistake), comes to visit. And after he arrives, nothing will ever be the same again. This poetic and compelling masterpiece is a heartbreaking look at a marriage and the way we now live. Full of shocks and aftershocks, By Nightfall is a novel about the uses and meaning of beauty, and the place of love in our lives.
From the author of 'Freedom', a richly realistic and darkly hilarious masterpiece about a family breakdown in an age of easy fixes.After fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity, and their children have long since fled for the catastrophes of their own lives. As Alfred's condition worsens and the Lamberts are forced to face their secrets and failures, Enid sets her heart on one last family Christmas.Bringing the old world of civic virtue and sexual inhibition into violent collision with the era of hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare and globalised greed, 'The Corrections' confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of the most brilliant interpreters of the American soul.
Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summers at Tiger House, the glorious old family estate on the island of Marthas Vineyard. As World War II ends they are on the cusp of adulthood, the world seeming to offer itself up to them. Helena is leaving for Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is to be reunited with her young husband Hughes, due to return from London and the war. Everything is about to change. Neither quite finds the life she had imagined, and as the years pass, the trips to Tiger House take on a new complexity. Then, on the brink of the 1960s, Nicks daughter Daisy and Helenas son Ed make a sinister discovery. It plunges the islands bright heat into private shadow and sends a depth-charge to the heart of the family. Summer seemed to arrive at that moment, with its mysterious mixture of salt, cold flesh and fuel. Magnificently told from five perspectives, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut: a simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished and fragile facade.
After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret. 75,000 first printing.
Mia Fredrickson is forced to reexamine her own life when after thirty years of marriage, Mia's husband asks her for a "pause," which lands her in a psychiatric ward and later a rented house where she meets an eclectic group of friends.