HHhH - Laurent Binet and Sam Taylor

HHhH (Picador, $16,) by Laurent Binet, tells the true story of two heroic Czech patriots, Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, who parachuted behind enemy lines to assassinate Nazi, Reinhard Heydrich, the Butcher of Prague.  The title refers to the epithet ascribed to Heydrich: Himmler’s Hirn heist Heydrich, or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.”  Part historical fiction and part creative meta-fiction, Binet’s novel features a narrator who muses upon the nature of historical novels and the impossibility of objectivity. When he finally nears the end of his story, he finds ways to extend the telling so as not to lose contact with his fearless heroes—a narrative ploy that may sound odd, but one that really works.  HHhH is smart, playful, and engrossing.
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By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781250033345
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Published: Picador - July 23rd, 2013

The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Jinni (HarperCollins, $26.99) is an utterly captivating and descriptively evocative historical novel. Chava and Ahmad are folkloric beings who, at the close of the 19th century, have unwittingly accompanied new immigrants from Poland and Syria to New York City. Upon arrival, when each finds himself alone in this incomprehensible foreign land, the golem, Chava, reacts with caution and tries to blend into the Jewish community, while the jinni, Ahmad, chafes at the restrictions and wishes to recapture his former glory. As with any new immigrants, this pair finds the journey enriched by companionship with those they meet, exploration of how they came there, and the dangers and discoveries their destiny reveals. This debut fiction by Helene Wecker will be enthusiastically embraced by fans of The Night Circus, Let the Great World Spin, and The Invisible Bridge.

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ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013

Toby's Room - Pat Barker

With her now classic Regeneration trilogy, Pat Barker became synonymous with World War I-era historical fiction. Toby’s Room (Doubleday, $25.95) returns to several characters Barker introduced in Life Class, and here she intertwines their stories with that of the development of reconstructive surgery. In her latest powerful depiction of the era, Barker shows that the war’s traumatic effects spared no one, whether civilian or soldier. This is especially true for Elinor Brooke, feminist painter, sister of a doctor missing and presumed dead in France, and former lover of two wounded soldiers—one of whom she believes knows more about her brother’s fate than he’s telling. All Slade-trained artists, Elinor and the wounded men struggle to understand a world that offers both aesthetics and violence, and the war teaches them lessons no classroom ever could about how to see and portray the truth they find in a torn-up landscape or a ravaged human face.