The Awakening - Kate Chopin

"The years that are gone seem like dreams—if one might go on sleeping and dreaming—but to wake up and find—oh! well! perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life." These words were spoken by Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's bold novella THE AWAKENING , realizing for the first time her own power and passions. First published in 1899, The Awakening caused a national scandal. Edna's decision to follow her heart and leave her family in search of personal freedom, was shocking to a public unaccustomed to such a sympathetic view of a sexually aware woman. As I read The Awakening (in today's lovely Melville House Edition, one of 37 titles in the fabulous Art of the Novella series), I was struck by Chopin’s gift for language and her rendering of Pontellier's world: a sun-baked Creole island and steamy, sensual New Orleans. Chopin's penetrating insight into Edna's mind lifts this story to its well deserved status as a classic. Exploring the themes of marriage, motherhood, and a woman's independence with candor and beauty, The Awakening is a must read.
The Awakening (The Art of the Novella) By Kate Chopin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935554127
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Melville House - August 31st, 2010

The Fates Will Find Their Way - Hannah Pittard

The Fates Will Find Their Way is among the best fiction débuts I’ve read. In fact, I became so totally engrossed that I finished it in one afternoon. While the plot seems straightforward—a young girl, Nora, disappears on Halloween night leaving her community to struggle and eventually move on—The Fates Will Find Their Way is a complex and moving meditation on youth and the stories we tell ourselves as we grow up. The events are recounted in the first person plural by the neighborhood boys who grapple with Nora's disappearance and for whom she remains a connecting thread as they age, have children and go on with their lives. The Fates Will Find Their Way is not to be missed.

Moondogs - Alexander Yates

Moondogs by Alexander Yates was a surprise from start to finish. Yates’ strange and wonderful debut novel follows Benico to Manila to recover his kidnapped father. The novel surges forward, propelled by the unforgettable characters Yates has masterfully infused with life: meth-head tweakers, ex-pats, ex-cops, cab drivers, prostitutes and one very, very mean rooster; as well as a secret government fighting force made up of Bruhos, people with superhuman skills. Yates is a gifted story teller and the core of this dynamic novel is a paean to family, to understanding and the importance of finding one's place in the world. At times heart racing and heart breaking, Moonndogs is a Bruho itself: exciting, sometimes dangerous, powerful and ultimately magical to behold.