Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

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Quichotte (Random House, $28), the Booker short-listed new novel by Salman Rushdie, is a retelling of the 400-year-old tale of Don Quixote adapted to today’s digital era. Ismail Smile is a pharmaceutical salesman who loses his job and sets off across America, accompanied by his imaginary son Sancho, to win the heart of Salma R, a TV star he’s fallen in love with. Then, however,
we learn that this is just a story within a larger story and that Quichotte, as Ismail signs himself in his love letters to Salma, is a character in a draft of a novel written by a mediocre crime novelist
named Sam DuChamp. Mind boggling in a true Rushdie way, full of pop culture references, strange characters, and even stranger occurrences, the novel is a mirror of the times we live in, reflecting
back to us how estranged we’ve become, as we perpetually look for love via our phone, computer, or TV screens, all the while living in the fantasy world rather than the real one. But as Rushdie’s wise protagonist tells us, this is “the Age of Anything-Can-Happen”, hey?

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ISBN: 9780593132982
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Published: Random House - September 3rd, 2019

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

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“The world is at the start of something new. We are the shaping spirits of our destiny. And though I am not an inventor of machines I am an inventor of dreams. Yet I wish I had a cat.” Frankissstein,(Grove, $27), by Jeanette Winterson, is deft and lean, weaving together several stories in a meditation on the nature of life and intelligence. We start in 1818 during a rainy Swiss summer, following Mary Shelley as she begins to write the masterpiece that invented an entirely new genre of fiction. Then we move to today, where Dr. Ry Shelley, a trans man, is falling in love with Victor Stein, a pioneer in AI technology. The two stories parallel each other, Ry being both the analog for Mary Shelley and the monster from the story, and introduce us to a cast of loveable, hilarious, and occasionally infuriating characters. From body horror to sexbots, musings on eternal life to transhumanism, Winterson's witty and sexy book (which was long-listed for the Booker Prize) is a love story in every sense of the word: a love between people, between a creator and their work, and for the nature of life itself.

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ISBN: 9780802129499
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

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The Yellow House (Grove, $26), by Sarah M. Broom, is an extraordinary memoir of family and place. Broom, the youngest of twelve children, recounts growing up in New Orleans in a shotgun house in the then promising neighborhood of New Orleans East. While some in her family succumbed to drug and alcohol abuse, coupled with extreme poverty, Sarah went to college and had a career that took her around the world. She always returned home, though. The ramshackle yellow house remained the family’s anchor. But after Hurricane Katrina lashed New Orleans, the house,
along with many others, was washed away in the floods. It survives in Broom’s telling—a symbol of a way of life in a particular time and place. In telling the story of her remarkable family, past and present, Broom captures a spirit that couldn’t be erased by Katrina.

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ISBN: 9780802125088
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Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019