The Flying Troutmans - Miriam Toews

In The Flying Troutmans (Counterpoint, $24) Miriam Toews introduces one of the most appealing and irrepressible characters in recent memory: Thebes, short for Theodora.  When her mother sinks into chronic depression, Thebes calls her Aunt Hattie in Paris, begging her to come home and help her family.  What follows is one of the most heartfelt, humorous, and insightful road trips in recent memory as Thebes, her older brother Logan, and Hattie commandeer a van and search for the kids’ father, rumored to be running an art gallery somewhere in South Dakota.  These are characters that get way under your skin, and a book that keeps you smiling from start to finish.

Songs for the Missing - Stewart O'Nan

A family’s worst nightmare is realized in Stewart O’Nan’s new novel, Songs For The Missing (Viking, $25.95), when their high-school daughter, Kim, fails to come home on a typical summer weeknight. Her parents’ natural reactions move from anger to worry to terror, as they search in vain for a sign of her.  As time goes by and Kim fails to turn up, Ed and Fran struggle to learn their new roles as parents of a missing child.  Kim’s disappearance affects everyone in different ways.  Her younger sister Lindsay, an unpopular but straight-A student, feels the loss, but after a lifetime living in Kim’s shadow, is also uncomfortably liberated.  Kim’s best friend and boyfriend struggle with guilt and whether to reveal damaging facts about Kim’s life even if it might help the police find her. O’Nan is expert in portraying ordinary life in all its complexity, tedium, hilarity, generosity, and terror as a family deals with a domestic nightmare.

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ISBN: 9780143116028
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Books - August 25th, 2009

The Eleventh Man - Ivan Doig

In The Eleventh Man (Harcourt, $26) master storyteller Ivan Doig weaves a tale of heroism, honor, love, and sacrifice.  After the whole starting eleven on Treasure State’s undefeated 1941 football team enlist and are scattered to the various theaters of World War II, Ben Reinking is plucked out of flight school and assigned to a propaganda mission: covering the exploits of his former teammates for small-town American newspapers. Meanwhile, back in Montana, a courageous group of women pilots fly bombers up to Alaska for eventual transfer to Russia as part of lend-lease.  Doig captures the romance and adventure as well as the moral questions of love and war.

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ISBN: 9780547247632
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Published: Mariner Books - September 3rd, 2009