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Who cares about rich people living in a crumbling castle, even if they lost most of their land and have no money, right? This might occasionally go through your head as you read Hannah Rothschild's new novel, if you can manage to take a break from reading it. Rothschild does not demand you pity the characters, as she does mock their inability to make good decisions or move on with the times (Clarissa in particular is a spectacular caricature of ossified aristocracy). But the characters are vivid and very human, making this novel way broader and more interesting than just a tale of crumbling riches. And I really just want a novel about Aunt Tuffy.

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ISBN: 9780525654919
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

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Whether she's telling a very short story about a mother and a daughter discussing animal cruelty while on vacation, or a longer story about a trio of celebrities on a road trip to escape New York during 9/11, Grand Union shows that Zadie Smith is as adept with short fiction as she is with the novel. For a form of literature that always seems to enhance the faults of lesser writers, for Zadie Smith, short stories only make her shine brighter than ever.

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ISBN: 9780525558996
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Published: Penguin Press - October 8th, 2019

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Loosely based on the events that took place during the Orange revolution in Ukraine in the winter of 2004, Independence Square follows the lives of the politicians, protesters and diplomats involved, one way or another. Alternating chapters cover the occurrences during the revolution and the results of it some 13 years later. A British diplomat caught in the middle of it all, politics, manipulation, intrigue, corruption, betrayal; battles won but lives ruined. It's a thriller that will have you turning the pages, and wondering who was it that won; was it the people on the streets or the figures pulling the strings from the shadows?

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ISBN: 9781643133256
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Published: Pegasus Books - February 4th, 2020