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 From the front cover to the last page--I loved this book!  Maisy Card’s debut novel is a series of interconnected stories about a family that can trace its oldest ancestor to a slave, Florence, on a sugar plantation in Jamaica.  Florence is hanged for trying to poison her master.  In 2020, some of the descendants have settled in Brooklyn, one even marries a descendent of the old master.  There aren’t ghosts on every page but they do make appearances and the past and the present are clearly connected.  

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ISBN: 9781982117436
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2020

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Full of witty commentary on intimacy and idealism, The Regrets is a singularly strange love story. Thomas is a ghost, deemed “insufficiently dead” after a premature encounter with an angel leaves him temporarily re-manifested in his old neighborhood. Rachel is accustomed to dreaming up ideal romantic partners, only to be disappointed when their real-world counterparts fall short. Around this quirky pair, Bonnaffons constructs a tale full of sharp insights, all doused in a subtle yet biting sense of humor. 

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ISBN: 9780316516167
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 4th, 2020

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The protagonist of Modick’s quietly stunning novel is a renowned botanist who only in the last nine months of his long life truly understands the lessons of his obsession with moss. Secluded in his childhood home, he prepares for his ultimate field study by recalling key moments of his career and marveling at the habits of myriad varieties of moss—all the while feeling himself grow colder and “softer,” as if turning to moss himself. Nudged by his reflections, as well as by direct communication from the vegetation, the professor rejects the “fixed concepts” of science he’d previously championed as the only path to the truth in favor of a child-like intuition that, flying in the face of objectivity and analysis, allows him to experience--not just study--nature’s great beauty and mystery. Presented as an addendum to the professor’s magnum opus, this diary-like narrative operates with the slow power and lyricism of true discovery.

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By Klaus Modick, David Herman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781942658726
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - August 25th, 2020