"We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it's not always happy, there is an ever after." -- Miami Herald
"You're going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. Read more...
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"We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it's not always happy, there is an ever after." --Miami Herald
"You're going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don't settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will."
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding--the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will's past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . . For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.
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Garth Risk Hallberg’s bestselling debut novel, City on Fire, is a mesmerizing portrait of New York City in the 1970s. The narrative follows a variety of characters, including wealthy siblings William and Regan Hamilton-Sweeney; a young punk, Charlie Weisbarger, whose heart belongs to cooler-than-thou Samantha Cicciaro; a neurotic journalist named Richard Kosgroth, and a cop who’s attempting to untangle the mystery behind the book’s central event: a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve. The crime connects these disparate characters in ways that will surprise the reader, and Hallberg’s exploration of the ties that bind them illuminate an era. He nimbly weaves in trends particular to the times—disco, drugs, graffiti—and his use of detail and dialogue, along with unexpected elements such as handwritten letters and cartoons, bring wonderful authenticity to what’s sure to become a classic New York City novel. Earning the author comparisons to Tom Wolfe and Donna Tartt, this is a remarkably assured, richly rewarding debut.
Jojo Moyes follows up the bestselling Me Before You with an irresistible sequel that chronicles the next chapter in the life of Louisa Clark. After You finds Lou adapting to life after losing Will Traynor, the man she loved. She leads a lonely existence in London until a bad fall sends her back home to her family. Lou recuperates slowly in both mind and body, but recuperate she does, thanks in part to the connections she makes through a support group called Moving On. She even embarks on a new relationship with paramedic Sam Fielding—a tough, competent figure who deals with grief and loss on a daily basis. But there are more twists and turns in store for her, as she considers a new job and tries to put the past behind her. Moyes’ many followers will welcome the return of Lou and root for her as she moves forward with her life. This is another poignant, deeply satisfying love story from an author who has perfected the form.
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With Purity, Jonathan Franzen(The Corrections) delivers another timely, provocative work of literary fiction. College grad Pip Tyler lives in Oakland, California. Intelligent but somewhat adrift, she is drawn to the Sunlight Project, a collective that exposes concealed information via the internet. The project’s magnetic leader, Andreas Wolf, hails from East Germany, and his work opens up new worlds for Pip, who embarks on an internship to South America through the organization. Pip never knew her father, and she has hopes of untangling the mysteries of her past via her work with the group. But her relationship with Andreas intensifies, and she soon finds herself entangled in a complicated web involving politics and murder. With a varied cast that includes Pip’s domineering yet elusive mother, Franzen’s fifth novel unfolds on a grand scale but feels intimate thanks to the author’s nuanced character portrayals. Franzen fans will not be disappointed.