Truth Like the Sun, by Jim Lynch. Random House, 2012. Print length: 272 p. NOVEL. EW's slant: "..."it's the author's own journalistic eye for detail that turns the sterotypically gray city into something vibrantly colorful." - Keith Staskiewicz. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (11 reviews). Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"A classic and hugely entertaining political novel, the cat-and-mouse story of urban intrigue in Seattle both in 1962, when Seattle hosted the World's Fair, and in 2001, after its transformation in the Microsoft gold rush. Larger than life, Roger Morgan was the mastermind behind the fair that made the city famous and is still a backstage power forty years later, when at the age of seventy he runs for mayor in hopes of restoring all of Seattle's former glory. Helen Gulanos, a reporter every bit as eager to make her mark, sees her assignment to investigate the events of 1962 become front-page news with Morgan's candidacy, and resolves to find out who he really is and where his power comes from: in 1962, a brash and excitable young promoter, greeting everyone from Elvis Presley to Lyndon Johnson, smooth-talking himself out of difficult situations, dipping in and out of secret card games; now, a beloved public figure with, it turns out, still-plentiful secrets." - Publisher.
The Spoiler, by Annalena McAfee. Knopf, 2012. Print length: 304 p. NOVEL. EW's slant: "...an acid satire of London newspaperdom in the late '90s...synapse-crackling prose: spiky, vivid, and almost pathologically clever..." - Leah Greenblatt. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (1 review). Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"A dark hyper-comedy set in London in the late 1990s during the last gasp of the newspaper wars just before the dot-com tidal wave - about two female journalists at opposite ends of their life and work who become locked in a fierce tango of wills and whose lives are forever changed by their (not-so-) brief (head-on) encounter. At the novel's center - a legendary prize-winning war correspondent (called in her day 'The Newsroom Dietrich' because of her luminescent beauty) now in her eighties...her goddess-like beauty long gone, her style of writing - unbiased reportage - obsolete in the age of New Journalism, is rediscovered with the reissue of her frontline journalism, and the about-to-be-published collection of her Pulitzer Prize-winning dispatches. The other, a young up-and-not-so-coming reporter in her twenties; a degree in media studies, a freelance editor who compiles A-lists..., unexpectedly sent to write a feature on the venerated 'doyenne of British journalists' - to get the dirt on her glittering Hollywood days, her many affairs and three marriages...What ensues is a high-stakes, high-risk battle of wit and wills..." - Publisher.
An Unexpected Guest, by Anne Korkeakivi. Little, Brown and Company, 2012. Print length: 289 p. NOVEL. EW's slant: "...promising debut novel, a politial thriller inspired by Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway..." - Melissa Maerz. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (12 reviews). Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party." - Publisher.
The Newlyweds, by Nell Freudenberger. Knopf, 2012. Print length: 352 p. NOVEL. EW's slant: "...rich, wise, bighearted novel..." - Lisa Schwarzbaum. Amazon customer rating: 3 stars (9 reviews). Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"A powerful, funny, richly observed tour de force by one of America’s most acclaimed young writers: a story of love and marriage, secrets and betrayals, that takes us from the backyards of America to the back alleys and villages of Bangladesh. In The Newlyweds, we follow the story of Amina Mazid, who at age twenty-four moves from Bangladesh to Rochester, New York, for love. A hundred years ago, Amina would have been called a mail-order bride. But this is an arranged marriage for the twenty-first century: Amina is wooed by - and woos - George Stillman online. For Amina, George offers a chance for a new life and a different kind of happiness than she might find back home. For George, Amina is a woman who doesn’t play games. But each of them is hiding something: someone from the past they thought they could leave behind." - Publisher.
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