The Outlander - Gil Adamson

The Outlander (Harper Perennial, $14.99), by Gil Adamson, starts with a breathless chase scene: a woman who has just killed her abusive husband is being pursued by his two brothers, redheaded twins, determined to get revenge.  They track her from Idaho into the mountains of Montana where she receives help from an outdoorsman, a romantic figure who spends his life in the isolation of the wilds.  Adamson is a poet and she recounts the adventure of Mary Boulton with spare language, careful observation, and dry wit, creating a tale that resonates with excitement and beauty.

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ISBN: 9780061491344
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Published: Ecco - June 30th, 2009

The God of War - Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver brings a filmmaker’s well-paced plotting and vivid dialogue to her first novel. Set in 1978 and narrated by twelve-year-old Ares, ironically named after The God Of War (Simon & Schuster, $14), this is the story of two unconventional families and assorted strays living on the harsh edge of the California desert; a military testing ground on one side, the austere natural beauty of the Salton sea on the other, it’s a place where “there’s no such thing as careful. There’s luck. Good and bad.” Ares, however, tries hard to be careful. He struggles to protect his autistic younger brother, though he believes he is Malcolm’s greatest danger, sure that he caused his brother’s condition in an accident five years earlier. As Ares yearns for stability and for “possibilities instead of consequences,” Silver deftly dramatizes the confusions and frustrations of adolescence, and tells a riveting tale of lives lived in unforgiving terrain.

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ISBN: 9781416563174
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2009

Atmospheric Disturbances - Rivka Galchen

A man comes home and finds that his wife is missing. A woman who looks like her is in her place, but Leo is sure that this Rema is an imposter—“a simulacrum.” Rivka Galchen’s ingenious first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances (Picador, $14), isn’t so much about identity theft as it is about identity slippage. How do we recognize people? How do we know those we think we know—and how do we know what we know? Leo is a psychiatrist and he narrates his quest for the real Rema with utter rationality. He has evidence, explanations, theories. Yet what looks like a reasonable approach to his problem could as plausibly be delusion or a breakdown. Is Leo detached from reality, or has he discovered a new level of it in the messages from the secretive (and deceased) Dr. Tzvi Gal-Chen and the Royal Academy of Meteorology? This is a complex and fascinating riddle of a novel, with prose as startling as the story.

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ISBN: 9780312428433
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Published: Picador - April 27th, 2009