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  • The Testament of Mary

    by Colm Toibin

    Scribner

    $19.99 List Price

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    Colm Tóibín -The Testament of Mary

    Given that he wrote a collection of short stories entitled Mothers and Sons, it's not surprising that Colm Tóibín has devoted a whole novel to the most famous pair in history. But his Mother of God is far from the sorrowing and yet accepting figure familiar to most of us: instead, Tóibín conjures a…

    Given that he wrote a collection of short stories entitled Mothers and Sons, it's not surprising that Colm Tóibín has devoted a whole novel to the most famous pair in history. But his Mother of God is far from the sorrowing and yet accepting figure familiar to most of us: instead, Tóibín conjures a woman who continues to grieve angrily many years after her son's crucifixion. Furious with Jesus' disciples and unwilling to participate in the version of history being assembled by the gospel writers, Tóibín's Mary is a powerful, unsparing figure— typical of her creator's singular imagination.

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    A Novel

    by Zadie Smith

    Penguin Press HC, The

    $26.95 List Price

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    Zadie Smith -NW

    It's seven years since Zadie Smith's last novel, the Orange Prize winning On Beauty, during which time the literary world's fascination with her has remained undimmed. Her new one tells the interwtined stories of a group of Londoners, linked by the council estate they grew up on, each trying to …

    It's seven years since Zadie Smith's last novel, the Orange Prize winning On Beauty, during which time the literary world's fascination with her has remained undimmed. Her new one tells the interwtined stories of a group of Londoners, linked by the council estate they grew up on, each trying to negotiate adult life in an era of arrested development. Driven Natalie, who reinvented herself as the world's idea of success, is coming off the rails; uncertain Leah is balking at the prospect of motherhood; for Nathan, it's been downhill since primary school. The complex topography of modern London is explored in a dazzling portrait of aspiration and apathy, change and continuity, the social and personal barriers between people and how they can be breached. As Smith threads together her character's inner and outer worlds, every sentence sings.

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