What Is Left the Daughter - Howard Norman

After the unexpected deaths of his parents, both of them suicides and within an hour of each other, Wyatt Hillyer begins a new life and new career, learning the craft of sled- and toboggan-making under the caring eye of his uncle in 1941 Halifax, Nova Scotia.  While confronting the grief, shock, and shame of his parents’ acts, he also comes face-to-face with the reality of World War II when German U-boats wreak havoc off the Canadian coast.  First love and the consequences of a horrible crime and cover-up are just a couple of turns Wyatt also navigates. Revealed as a letter from the mature Wyatt to his daughter, Howard Norman’s story of WHAT IS LEFT THE DAUGHTER (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25) is an exquisite narrative of love, family duty, loss, and responsibility.

Written as a series of letters from the narrator, Wyatt Hillyer, to his twenty-one-year-old-daughter, Marlais, Howard Norman’s What Is Left The Daughter (Mariner, $13.95) tells a rich, dramatic story set in the Canadian Maritimes during World War II as German U-boats stalked Canadian shipping.  After the tragic and surprising deaths of his parents, Hillyer moves in with his aunt, uncle, and cousin in a small town.  When a young German scholar moves to town, amid the fear and suspicion brought on by the war, allegiances are tested, and love, lust, and jealousy fuel a series of events that can’t be undone. Norman’s unerring sense of character, language, pacing, and plot make this an unforgettable novel.

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ISBN: 9780547521824
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2011

Nemesis - Philip Roth

When a polio outbreak takes its toll on a Newark neighborhood in 1944, playground director Bucky Canter is helpless to protect the kids he has dedicated his life to looking after.  Unable to enlist in the armed forces because of poor eyesight, Canter commits his energies to the boys of his neighborhood by coaching, training, and setting a good example.  Frustrated at his inability to stop the plague, he leaves the city and follows his girlfriend to a summer camp in the Poconos, but he can’t escape the disease.  Philip Roth’s NEMESIS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26) is a look back at a part of our history overshadowed by the Second World War. It’s also a rumination on the body and its limitations, regardless of a person’s actions.

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ISBN: 9780307475008
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Freedom - Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen’s FREEDOM (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28) takes on many subjects, but at its heart it’s the story of an American family living in the first part of the 21st century.  Walter and Patty Berglund seem like a typical young Minneapolis couple.  She’s a former college basketball star and he’s dedicated his career to environmental pursuits.  When their son Joey becomes involved with the girl next door and her family, though, Patty’s behavior grows erratic. Then Walter signs on with a bird sanctuary that is actually a front for mountaintop mining, and he’s vilified in the local press.  These are just the jumping off points for Franzen and his ambitious and far-reaching exploration of the American family at this point in history.

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ISBN: 9780312576462
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Published: Picador - September 27th, 2011