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Der große italienische Roman über eine unvergessliche Freundschaft Elisa und Beatrice begegnen sich in einer Sommernacht am Strand. Sie werden beste Freundinnen und doch könnten sie kaum unterschiedlicher sein: Eli lebt versunken in einer Welt von Büchern, während Bea es genießt, sich öffentlich zu inszenieren und tägliche neue Bilder von sich ins Internet zu stellen. Sie wird zum Star, der davon träumt, über die sozialen Netzwerke mit tausenden von Bildern von Italien aus die Welt zu erobern. Bis sie eines Tages spurlos verschwindet und Eli vor der Frage steht, wer ihre Freundin, die jeder auf der Welt zu kennen glaubt, wirklich ist. Der Bestseller aus Italien erzählt die turbulente Geschichte einer Freundschaft im Zeitalter der sozialen Medien.
Francisco Goldman’s first novel since his acclaimed, nationally bestselling <i>Say Her Name</i> (winner of the Prix Femina étranger), <i>Monkey Boy</i> is a sweeping story about the impact of divided identity— whether Jewish/Catholic, white/brown, native/expat—and one misfit’s quest to heal his damaged past and find love.<p> Our narrator, Francisco Goldberg, an American writer, has been living in Mexico when, because of a threat provoked by his journalism, he flees to New York City, hoping to start afresh. His last relationship ended devastatingly five years before, and he may now finally be on the cusp of a new love with a young Mexican woman he meets in Brooklyn. But Francisco is soon beckoned back to his childhood home outside Boston by a high school girlfriend who witnessed his youthful humiliations, and to visit his Guatemalan mother, Yolanda, whose intermittent lucidity unearths forgotten pockets of the past. On this five-day trip, the specter of Frank’s recently deceased father, Bert, an immigrant from Ukraine – pathologically abusive, yet also at times infuriatingly endearing – as well as the dramatic Guatemalan woman who helped raise him, and the high school bullies who called him “monkey boy,” all loom. <p> Told in an intimate, irresistibly funny, and passionate voice, this extraordinary portrait of family and growing up “halfie,” unearths the hidden cruelties in a predominantly white, working-class Boston suburb where Francisco came of age, and explores the pressures of living between worlds all his life. <i>Monkey Boy</i> is a new masterpiece of fiction from one of the most important American voices in the last forty years.
Part revenge tale, part fairytale, The Harpy is an electrifying story of marriage, infidelity and power by the author of the #1 Indie Next Pick, The End We Start From , Megan Hunter Lucy and Jake live in a house by a field where the sun burns like a ball of fire. Lucy has set her career aside in order to devote her life to the children, to their finely tuned routine, and to the house itself, which comforts her like an old, sly friend. But then a man calls one afternoon with a shattering message: his wife has been having an affair with Lucy’s husband, Jake. The revelation marks a turning point: Lucy and Jake decide to stay together, but make a special arrangement designed to even the score and save their marriage—she will hurt him three times. As the couple submit to a delicate game of crime and punishment, Lucy herself begins to change, surrendering to a transformation of both mind and body from which there is no return. Told in dazzling, musical prose, The Harpy is a dark, staggering fairy tale, at once mythical and otherworldly and fiercely contemporary. It is a novel of love, marriage and its failures, of power, control and revenge, of metamorphosis and renewal.
An urgent, millennial love story, in the vein of Sally Rooney’s NORMAL PEOPLE, but from a Black male perspective, OPEN WATER will appeal to readers of Ocean Vuong’s ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS, ORDINARY PEOPLE by Diana Evans, Claudia Rankine’s CITIZEN, and Zadie Smith’s NW, as well as fans of early James Baldwin, the work of Ta-Nahesi Coates, and the Oscar-winning film MOONLIGHT. OPEN WATER explores big themes— race, class, sexuality, masculinity, and what it means to be seen—and could not be more relevant today. 26-year-old Nelson’s star is already on the rise: his short story “Pray” is a finalist for the BBC Short Story Award (previous alumni of the award include Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel and Jon McGregor) and was broadcast on air narrated by Zadie Smith’s brother, rapper and actor, Ben Bailey-Smith. The BBC will also run a series of Nelson’s original photographs commissioned especially for the story. Nelson has connections with literary stars like Paul Beatty, Raymond Antrobus, Candice Carty-Williams, Kei Miller, Eley Williams, and Lucy Caldwell to name but a few and we expect support from them and writers like Bernadine Evaristo, Nadia Owusu, Brandon Taylor, and more This is the British literary debut of 2021: rights were acquired by Vintage UK in a hotly contested nine-way auction and they will publish as their lead title in February 2021. Rights also sold in Itlay to Atlantide and Russia to Eksmo, with Grove nimbly acquiring early in a preempt. Nelson has nonfiction work forthcoming in THE WHITE REVIEW (Fall 2020) and in Spring 2021 will begin work on an audio installation commissioned by The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, in collaboration with BBC Sounds, Chisenhale Gallery and DAZED Magazine. (The installation, centered on the intimacies of a house party from a Black British lens, will be on physical display in the museum and will also run online).