Connie

Staff Pick: A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

by Connie

A beautifully written, brief, very rich, yet spare account of a man’s life in a small village in Austria during the first half of the 20th century. Strong, tender, but unsentimental; a very special reading experience.

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Staff Pick: The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami

by Connie

The engrossing tale of a young Moroccan enslaved by the Portuguese in the 16th century, who eventually ends up in a Spanish expedition to explore "undiscovered" Florida. It is a thrilling story, from beginning to end, touching on issues of slavery and bigotry, cruelty and kindness, hope and despair; a fetching good read about historical material rarely addressed in fiction and told in the voice of an exceptionally appealing protagonist.

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Staff Pick: The Door by Magda Szabo

by Connie

This is a remarkable novel about the relationship between two women, a writer and her servant, set in Budapest in the 1960s. In beautiful prose, the author describes decades of the complex and often bizarre lives of Magda and Emerence, pushing the reader to reflect on many issues, particularly intimacy and respect.

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Staff Pick: The Dig by Cynan Jones

by Connie

Set in contemporary, rural Wales, Jones describes the parallel lives of a hard working sheep farmer and a marginal, violent lout. Their lives eventually touch after a tense narrative, told in a sparingly beautiful prose style. In it is one of the most moving depictions of grief that I can ever remember reading.

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