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Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and five grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California.
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An enticing and quite beguiling historical tale containing a strange but perfectly balanced blend of quirky fiction and political and social commentary. Set in San Francisco in the late 19th century you will find some of these characters are based on real historical figures, Mrs Pleasant actually existed and oh what a fascinating woman she was! The tale flutters through time and action without apparent links, then the strands join together like a gossamer web to make the story whole. If you’ve read ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ you may be expecting something slightly different to the little gem on offer here; originally published in 2001, it shows how versatile this author is… and her intelligence, wit and wordcraft is still plain to see. The joy of this novel is that it doesn't feel as though you are in the middle of a history lesson, it has a slightly fantastical feel to it, it reaches out and draws you in with a refreshing vitality all of its own. ~ Liz Robinson
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the International Author of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. The effects on a family of a young sister who disappears. It is a good third of the way through the book before you find out what it’s all about and I do hope you don’t know when you start for it will reduce the shock element, suffice to say that if you don’t see it coming then it really does hit you in the stomach. After the unexpected revelation the tale becomes very sad, very powerful and very thought-provoking. Most impressive and highly recommended. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. July 2014 MEGA Book of the Month.
Para adentrarse en esta novela, tal y como du autora hubiera deseado, lo ideal seria evitar leer cuanto se desgrana en esta contraportada. Esperemos que esta advertencia les haya calado hondo y decidan dejar la lectura aqui, antes de descubrir que "e;Fuera de quicio"e; nos propone una inmersion en lo mas profundo de una familia norteamericana de la clase media que durante algunos anos vivira una situacion extraordinaria que marcara sus vidas para siempre. Que significa ser o no ser humano? Acaso existe una condicion intermedia? Un psicologo y padre de familia concibe un audaz experimento con primates que tiene el objetivo de profundizar en el conocimiento del comportamiento entre animales o humanos en regimen de convivencia, en su casa y tomando a sus propios hijos como cobayas. El estudio tendra desgarradoras e hilarantes repercusiones.
An early novel from the bestselling author of WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES, THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB and THE SWEETHEART SEASON. Set in the Old West, this is the strange, magical tale of Sarah Canary and the ragtag band of misfits and lovers she trails in her wake When black cloaked Sarah Canary wanders into a railway camp in the Washington territories in 1873, Chin Ah Kin is ordered by his uncle to escort 'the ugliest woman he could imagine' away. Far away. But Chin soon becomes the follower. In the first of many such instances, they are separated, both resurfacing some days later at an insane asylum. Chin has run afoul of the law and Sarah has been committed for observation. Their escape from the asylum in the company of another inmate sets into motion a series of adventures and misadventures that are at once hilarious, deeply moving, and downright terrifying.
A collection of short stories from the New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker-shortlisted, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.In 1999 Karen Joy Fowler won the World Fantasy Award for Black Glass, a collection of thirteen stories in which she [Managed] to re-create both lifes extraordinary and its ordinary magic (New York Times Book Review). Now, this previously rare, out-of-print collection is being republished with a fresh package and a new prefatory meditation by the author. Featuring Fowler's characteristic imagination, sly wit, and penetrating insight, Black Glass will be a welcome treat for fans new and old.
A brilliantly comic and intelligent literary mystery from Karen Joy Fowler, the bestselling Man Booker shortlisted author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Rima Lanisell has a habit of losing things - car keys, sunglasses, lovers, family members. Following the death of Rima's father, she goes to stay with her godmother Addison, a wildly successful, albeit eccentric, mystery writer. Addison's beach house seems the place to make sense of Rima's loss, yet she is soon caught up in a mystery of her own. Who stole a small and highly valuable object from Addison's kitchen? Why is Rima corresponding with an obsessive fan, using someone else's family name? Most importantly: what exactly was the relationship between Addison and Rima's father, and why did Addison name a murderer after him in one of her novels? Karen Joy Fowler is the author of Sister Noon, Sarah Canary, The Sweetheart Season, The Jane Austen Book Club, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and the short story collection Black Glass. She is a PEN/Faulkner prize finalist, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014 and lives in California.
A funny and warm novel from the Man Booker shortlisted author of bestselling hit The Jane Austen Book Club 'Polls have recently confirmed what has long been suspected; most men do not want brainy women. Stewardesses have turned out to be that occupation blessed most often with marriage. The key elements appear to be uniforms and travel.' It is 1947 and in the aftermath of World War II halcyon days have not returned to Magrit, Minnesota, where the veterans have failed to come home. The men haven't died; they've just moved onto greener pastures, rejecting the local women, who served the war effort in the Scientific Kitchen of Margaret Mill. The mill was founded by Henry Collins, the man responsible for Sweetwheats, the world's first puffed and sugar-coated cereal. As part of a publicity campaign, Henry creates the Sweetwheats Sweethearts all-girl baseball team, convincing the mill girls that this will help them find husbands. 'A joy to read' - USA Today 'A remarkable treasure - often wistful and hilarious at once ... Smart, wry, and just this side of insane' - Washington Post 'Full of sparkling wit ... In territory long ago staked out by Garrison Keillor, The Sweetheart Season reads like the best of Lake Wobegon and then some' - Philadelphia Inquirer
Rosemary's started college, and she's decided not to tell anyone about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There was something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. You'll have to find out for yourself what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.
A moving, wise and delightfully modern comedy of manners from the bestselling, Man Booker shortlisted author Karen Joy Fowler. Six people - five women and a man - meet once a month in California's Central Valley to discuss Jane Austen's novels. They are ordinary people, neither happy nor unhappy, but each of them is wounded in different ways, they are all mixed up about their lives and relationships. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable - under the guiding eye of Jane Austen a couple of them even fall in love... 'If I could eat this novel, I would' Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones 'A thoroughly delightful comedy of contemporary manners' Entertainment Weekly 'We defy you not to fall head over heels for this lovely novel' Mail On Sunday
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