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Two Great Novels in Translation

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Great stories burn brightly in any language. As the weather starts to heat up, dive into these two wonderful novels in translation!

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Elle: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590519158
Availability: Special Order
Published: Other Press - May 23rd, 2017

This slim, propulsive novel is the perfect cure for a reading slump. The story is narrated in the first person by the novel’s protagonist, Michele, a successful, divorced woman with a grown son and an aged, eccentric mother who seems to have everything but is nonetheless dissatisfied with life. When a young couple with a new baby moves next door, Michele’s life is up-ended in ways that are unexpected and force her to confront her carnal desires and what these feeling mean for her self-identity. ELLE is well-written, tense and dark— an intriguing character study of a middle-aged woman who is struggling to come to terms with her sexuality, all the while deceiving those most important in her life.

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The Iliac Crest Cover Image
By Cristina Rivera Garza, Sarah Booker (Translator), Elena Poniatowska (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781558614352
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Feminist Press - October 10th, 2017

If you have never heard of Cristina Rivera Garza you need to remedy that fact, immediately! Reading THE ILIAC CREST is as fascinating as it is disorienting. Let’s start with the narrator. Yes, almost from the beginning you question the narrator’s reliability but what’s more you wonder who the narrator is: woman, man, transgendered; alive, dead, something in between; rational, insane, periodically delusional? The novel begins when the narrator is visited one night by two women: one, an ex-lover whose arrival is anticipated; the other, an unexpected and unknown young woman, presumably seeking shelter from the storm outside. But really the young woman needs the narrator’s help in retrieving a manuscript that she believes was left at the nursing home where the narrator is a doctor. This concise novel is so full of intrigue, allusions, and symbolism that you might just feel compelled to read it once and then immediately start at the beginning and read again, which is exactly what I did!