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In his debut novel, McCarthy spins a fantastic tale for the Everyman. After the unnamed protagonist loses his memory in an accident involving “something falling from the sky,” he uses his reparation money in order to reconstruct a distorted reality he remembers or imagines as the one he has forgotten.,TOM MCCARTHY; REMAINDER; AVAILABLE NOW

In his debut novel, McCarthy spins a fantastic tale for the Everyman. After the unnamed protagonist loses his memory in an accident involving “something falling from the sky,” he uses his reparation money in order to reconstruct a distorted reality he remembers or imagines as the one he has forgotten. As he becomes increasingly detached from the truth and absorbed by the fantasy created by his newfound wealth, the boundaries of reality and imagination become blurred. The narrator’s “life” spins out of control until it reaches an abrupt and unexpected climax. Remainder delivers bizarrely gripping fiction about one of the most elusive of virtues: happiness.

CHRIS BOHJALIAN; THE DOUBLE BIND: A NOVEL; AVAILABLE NOW

In the latest work of riveting fiction by Chris Bohjalian, whose previous novel, Midwives, is an Oprah Book Club selection, the reader will find a compelling and riveting story. Laurel Estabrook is a young social worker and an attempted-rape survivor who comes across the portfolio of a deceased photographer who lived at her homeless shelter. She becomes obsessed with a certain photograph taken of herself on the day of the attempted rape, and strives to achieve closure from her attack by following the life of the mysterious photographer. Bohjalian cleverly works in references to Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to form the core of the mystery, and The Double Bind successfully pulls off a convoluted yet inspirational tale.

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