Tracy Guzeman THE GRAVITY OF BIRDS and Kate Manning MY NOTORIOUS LIFE Joint Author Luncheon

09/03/2014 12:00 pm
09/03/2014 1:30 pm
Tracy Guzeman and Kate Manning will be at Bank Sqaure Books for an author luncheon on Wednesday September 3rd from 12:00 to 1:30pm. Please call 860-536-3795 to RSVP.  Join us for FREE OR $10 for lunch OR $20 for lunch and a copy of one of these great books! 
If you'd like to purchase the second book, you may do so at a 20% discount.
Description of THE GRAVITY OF BIRDS:
A debut novel already destined to be a book club favorite. "With its deft interweaving of psychological complexity and riveting narrative momentum, with its gorgeous prose and poetic justice, "The Gravity of Birds" is about sibling rivalry, tragedies, and resurrections. And it's irresistibly exquisite" ("San Francisco Chronicle"). 
Forty-four years after the brilliant young painter, Thomas Bayber, first meets Alice and Natalie Kessler, Bayber unveils a never-before-seen work, "Kessler Sisters"--a provocative painting depicting the young Thomas, Alice, and Natalie. Bayber asks Dennis Finch, an art history professor, and Stephen Jameson, an eccentric young art authenticator, to sell the painting. But their task becomes more complicated when the artist requires that they first locate Alice and Natalie, who seem to have disappeared. 
Told in alternating chapters that weave revelations about the sisters' past with clues Finch and Jameson discover in the present, this story sets three characters on a collision course with their histories, showing how families tear themselves apart and then try to bind themselves together again, not always creating the same fabric. "The Gravity of Birds" "combines the drama of warring sisters, the mystery of a missing painting, and the sorrow of lost love into a haunting elegy that will...leave you breathless" (Tiffany Baker, author of "The Little Giant of Aberdeen County").
Description of MY NOTORIOUS LIFE:
A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning’s My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages.

Axie’s story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day.

In vivid prose, Axie recounts how she is forcibly separated from her mother and siblings, apprenticed to a doctor, and how she and her husband parlay the sale of a few bottles of “Lunar Tablets for Female Complaint” into a thriving midwifery business. Flouting convention and defying the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights, Axie rises from grim tenement rooms to the splendor of a mansion on Fifth Avenue, amassing wealth while learning over and over never to trust a man who says “trust me.”

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Ryan O'Rourke BELLA LOST AND FOUND Book Signing

09/06/2014 10:30 am
09/06/2014 12:30 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description:
 
Lovable indoor cat Bella leaves her home in the lighthouse to have an adventure on the high seas. Her travels bring her to new friends and sights and, ultimately, return her to home. Full color.
 
 
 
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Cloris Kylie MAGNIFICENT: MARRIED OR NOT Book Signing

09/06/2014 2:00 pm
09/06/2014 4:00 pm
 
  
 
 
Description "I am protected, I am complete, I am joyful and I am hereby proclaiming that I learned all these things reading Cloris Kylie's new book, Magnificent...Married or Not." -Pam Grout, author of the New York Times bestseller E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality Your spouse walked away. You seek help, but your therapy sessions leave you feeling worse. You feel misunderstood by well-meaning friends and relatives who insist that you'll "find someone else." Your online search on divorce recovery paints a glum picture of your future. All you want is peace. You want to be empowered to emerge from the hole of despair you're in, and to regain control of your life. You want the answer to your main question: Is there hope for me? Magnificent ... Married or Not: Reaching your Highest Self Before, During, and After Divorce has the answer you're seeking. Based on the author's own healing journey, this practical and inspirational book is your personal guide to rescuing yourself from the pain of separation or divorce, and shifting to a life of meaning. Magnificent ... Married or Not allows you to use this most turbulent time in your life as a springboard to reach the highest and purest place: conscious contact with your Source. Once you've returned to the truth, you will heal-and then everything will be possible for you! "Cloris Kylie's breakthrough, master guide shows us how to be our best and to live in awareness during and after the breakdown of a marriage." -Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, author of PERCOLATE: Let Your Best Self Filter Through
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James R. Benn THE REST IS SILENCE Book Signing

09/06/2014 5:00 pm
09/06/2014 7:00 pm
James R. Benn will be at Bank Square Books on Saturday, September 6 from 5 - 7pm for a book signing with his latest release THE REST IS SILENCE, out on September 2.

The fog of war surrounding D-Day and Operation Tiger provides cover for one of Billy Boyle's grisliest investigations.

When an unidentified corpse washes ashore at Slapton Sands on England's southern coast, US Army Captain Billy Boyle and his partner, Lieutenant Piotr "Kaz" Kazimierz, are assigned to investigate. The Devonshire beach is the home to Operation Tiger, the top-secret rehearsal for the approaching D-Day invasion of Normandy, and the area is restricted; no one seems to know where the corpse could have come from. Luckily, Billy and Kaz have a comfortable place to lay their heads at the end of the day: Kaz's old school chum David lives close by and has agreed to host the two men during their investigation. Glad for a distraction from his duties, Billy settles into life at David's family's fancy manor, Ashcroft, and makes it his mission to get to know its intriguing cast of characters.

Just when Billy and Kaz begin to wrap up their case, they find themselves with not one soggy corpse on their hands but hundreds following a terrible tragedy during the D-Day rehearsal. To complicate things, life at Ashcroft has been getting tense: secret agendas, buried histories, and family grudges abound. Then one of the men meets a sudden demise. Was it a heart attack? Or something more sinister?




About the Author

James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, Billy Boyle, was named one of the top five mysteries of 2006 by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee. Subsequent books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and been listed as the Bookpage Mystery of the Month. Two have been tagged as a "Killer Book" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. A librarian for many years, Benn lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut, with his wife, Deborah Mandel.




Praise For The Rest Is Silence

Praise for The Rest Is Silence

“This Billy Boyle World War II mystery is an exceptionally written book . . . the plot and historical sights and sounds are top-notch. Whether a reader holds WWII books or suspense books close to their heart, this one will be a true find.”
—Suspense Magazine

“Benn offers a thrilling mix of fact and fiction in his ninth whodunit featuring Boston cop-turned-army investigator Billy Boyle. The affable and capable Boyle continues to grow as a character, and Benn effectively uses the impending Allied invasion of Europe as the background for the whodunit plot.”
—Publishers Weekly 

"A double-edged sword of a novel. A ripping murder mystery and a meditation on the terrible costs of war—hidden and otherwise.”
—Reed Farrel Coleman


Praise for A Blind Goddess, the previous Billy Boyle WWII Mystery


"James Benn has written a gripping and entertaining mystery, but also . . . realistically and sensitively explores the rarely discussed race relations and power struggles in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II Britain."
—Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope mystery series

"One of Mr. Benn's best books of the series . . . A pleasure to read."
—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"[Benn] achieves an impressive authenticity of time and place . . . without sacrificing a sense of underlying urgency, and it’s his engaging characters, complex whodunit(s), and subtle humor that will sustain the more traditional mystery reader. Those who are first initiated to Billy Boyle with A Blind Goddess will find it hard to resist the desire to revisit the author’s earlier offerings."
Examiner.com

"[An] excellent eighth Billy Boyle whodunit . . . The superior plot and thoughtful presentation of institutional racism directed against American soldiers about to risk their lives for their country make this one of Benn’s best."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Benn's thoroughly researched exploration of segregation in the wartime armed services is revealing and sensitively handled. Another nice mix of human drama and WWII history."
—Booklist

"A Blind Goddess is a gripping, exciting entry in this outstanding series . . . The disparate storylines are clever and credible in their setup and execution, resulting in a superior mystery that fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy."
Mysterious Reviews

"James R. Benn is getting even better . . . [A Blind Goddess] is all a big bag of delicious intrigue if you love World War II-era stories. Definitely a series you should look into.”
Bookgasm

“A good and disturbing read. Highly recommended.”
I Love a Mystery


Praise for the Billy Boyle series

“This book has got it all—an instant classic.”
—Lee Child

“Terrific . . . Razor sharp.”
—Joseph Finder

“Full of action, humor and heart.”
—Louise Penny

“Spirited wartime storytelling.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“A fast-paced saga set in a period when the fate of civilization still hangs in the balance.”
Wall Street Journal

“Consistently entertaining.”
WWII Magazine

“Stark and poignant.”
—Denver Post

“Benn's Billy Boyle mysteries are always entertaining, filled with riveting characters, and beautifully plotted stories.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Benn does a superb job of simultaneously capturing the personal anguish of war and creating a splendid adventure novel.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

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Elaine Violette Book Signing

09/07/2014 1:00 pm
09/07/2014 3:00 pm

 


 

Elaine Violette will be at Bank Square Books on Sunday August 10 from 1 - 3pm for a book signing.

A Growing Desire to Write

When Elaine Violette, formally Elaine Lassen, was old enough to hold a pen, she began to write creatively though her first attempts, in her estimation, only a mother could love. As a teenager she enjoyed spinning stories for friends, which usually included a romantic hero and a heroine who could tame him. She admits to having had a savior complex. Marriage and four children later, she returned to college and began her career as a high school English teacher. One of her most rewarding accomplishments is being a founder of the Vernon Teen Network. The adults and teenagers involved worked diligently with the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department to create the Vernon Teen Center which has been in operation since 1988. As the years went by, she published poetry and short stories for educational journals and human interest articles and book reviews for a local newspaper, but her writing took a back seat to her career. Reading and writing comments on students’ papers took up most of her time, but the yearning to someday write a novel remained.

A lifetime resident of Connecticut, Elaine moved to the Connecticut shoreline in 2000, and continued high school teaching. In her spare time, she found that one of the blessings that came with the surf and sand was the growing desire to write that novel. Since most of her reading was for study and preparation for teaching Shakespeare, Chaucer, and a slew of other classics commonly read in high school, when vacation came she’d relax with Historical Romances.
Appreciation for Historical Romances and Regencies

What she most appreciates about the Historical Romance genre, particularly the traditional Regency novels, is that they can be read my mature teenagers as well as adults. “As with television,” Elaine says, “too many popular novels detail and exploit the most horrific crimes. On television, the evil deeds of the smallest percentage of our society get the most news coverage and can cause trauma and haunting memories for sensitive viewers.” Elaine believes there are many readers out there who prefer less ruthless and vivid reality and still enjoy sweet romances and happy endings. Not to say that her novels exclude criminal intrigue, but reformation of character and romantic suspense steals the thunder from the villains. She’s proud to say that although most Historical Romance is read by women, men have read and enjoyed her novels since they contain enough harrowing situations, treachery and intrigue to keep them interested.

Now retired from high school teaching, she teaches public speaking part time at a local community college. She holds a BS in English Education from the University of CT and an MS in Educational Leadership from Central CT State University.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Charter Oak Romance Writers, and Connecticut Romance Writers of America.

 

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Laird Hunt NEVERHOME and Matthew Thomas WE ARE NOT OURSELVES Joint Author Luncheon

09/10/2014 12:00 pm
09/10/2014 1:30 pm

Laird Hunt and Matthew Thomas will be at Bank Square Books from 12:00 to 1:30pm on August 10th for an author luncheon. Sign up to attend for FREE, or $10 for lunch, $30 for lunch and one of these great books.  If you want to purchase the second, you can do so for 20% off.
Please call 860-536-3795 to rsvp.
Description of NEVERHOME: 
She calls herself Ash, but that's not her real name. She is a farmer's faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. NEVERHOME tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.

Laird Hunt's dazzling new novel throws a light on the adventurous women who chose to fight instead of stay behind. It is also a mystery story: why did Ash leave and her husband stay? Why can she not return? What will she have to go through to make it back home?
Description of WE ARE NOT OURSELVES:
Destined to be a classic, this "powerfully moving" (Chad Harbach, "The Art of Fielding)," multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a "masterwork" (Joshua Ferris, "Then We Came to the End"). 
Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. 
When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she's found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn't aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream. 
Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future. 
Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away. 
Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, "We Are Not Ourselves "heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.
In gorgeous prose, Hunt's rebellious young heroine fights her way through history, and back home to her husband, and finally into our hearts.
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Circle at the Square - September Meeting

09/11/2014 7:00 pm


MY BRILLIANT FRIEND

by Elena Ferrante

Thursday, September 11 at 7pm


Join us for our next meeting of Circle at the Square, where we will discuss MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante.

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, this rich, intense, and generous-hearted story gives a meticulous portrait of two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

Click here to purchase the book from us online.

Will you be able to join us? Please RSVP for the September gathering by clicking the link below.  Please note, unless you provide us with your name/email in the survey, your response remains anonymous. 

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Please RSVP below if you can join us or let us know if you are unable to make it.

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Nina Sankovitch SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED Author Luncheon

09/12/2014 12:00 pm
09/12/2014 1:30 pm

Nina Sankovitch will be at Bank Square Books from 12:00 to 1:30pm on Friday, September 12th for an author luncheon. RSVP required: Join us for free OR $10 for lunch OR $30 for lunch and a hard cover copy of the book.

Please call 860-536-3795 to RSVP. 

The author of the much-admired "Tolstoy and the Purple Chair" goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter.


Witty, moving, enlightening, and inspiring, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" begins with Nina Sankovitch's discovery of a trove of hundred year- old letters. The letters are in an old steamer trunk she finds in her backyard and include missives written by a Princeton freshman to his mother in the early 1900s. Nina's own son is heading off to Harvard, and she hopes that he will write to her, as the Princeton student wrote to his mother and as Nina wrote to hers. But times have changed. Before Nina can persuade her child of the value of letters, she must first understand for herself exactly what it is about letters that make them so significant--and just why she wants to receive letters from her son. Sankovitch sets off on a quest through the history of letter writing--from the ancient Egyptians to the medieval lovers Abelard and Heloise, from the letters received by President Lincoln after his son's death to the correspondence of Edith Wharton and Henry James.


Sankovitch uncovers and defines the specific qualities that make letters so special, examining not only historical letters but also the letters in epistolary novels, her husband's love letters, and dozens more sources, including her son's brief reports from college on the weather and his allowance.


In this beautifully written book, Nina Sankovitch reminds us that letters offer proof and legacy of what is most important in life: love and connection. In the end, she finds, the letters we write are even more important than the ones we wait for.

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One Book One Region Author Visit at Ledyard High School

09/13/2014 10:00 am

If all of eastern Connecticut were to read one book, which would it be?

Librarians, educators and community members gather each year with that simple assignment – pick one book that 500,000 or so people who live east of the Connecticut River can read and talk about.
2014 ~ The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
The Dirty Life

The Dirty Life

Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of Kristin’s discovery of the pleasures of physical work, that good food is at the center of a good life, and ultimately of love.

The book chronicles Kristin and Mark’s adventures creating Essex Farm, a 500 acre draft horse-powered farm that produces a full diet for 200 people.

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Second Annual Local Authors Expo - - Entries Requested

09/13/2014

Second Annual Local Authors Expo

The Second Annual Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library Local Authors Expo will be held on Saturday, September 13 (rain date Saturday, September 20) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the picturesque grounds of the Library. 

 The following authors will be available to discuss their books:  Samuel Baez, Jean Baur, Nancy D. Butler, Ruth Crocker, Marilyn Davis, Michael de Angeli, Ann Sloan Devlin, Ted Dubay, Jennifer Emerson, Mary-Anne Hall, Mary Hendrickson, Pat Kelbaugh, Susan Kietzman,  Deborah Lennon, Michael Marciano, Janina Nawarskas, Joan Nelson, Kathleen O’Beirne, Tish Rabe, Jeffrey Richards, Patricia Stamm, Christine Sylvester, Tommy Thomason, Douglas Thompson, Michelle Vigue, Julie Wakely,  Richard White, and Leslie Woods. 

The authors represent many genres of writing, from children’s fiction to adult non-fiction, fantasy to memoir.  Several of the authors have reached national recognition and others are more locally known but all will be available to discuss their books; most will have copies available for purchase and signing.


The Local Authors Expo is a way for people to meet talented authors who live in the area. This event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact the Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library St., Mystic CT at 860-536-7721 or the Library Facebook page or website www.mysticnoanklibrary.org. 

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Jeffrey Eugenides at La Grua Center

09/13/2014 5:00 pm

 

Each year, the James Merrill House Committee invites a distinguished speaker to deliver The Annual James Merrill Lecture. This year will be the ninth in our series and will feature noted author and essayist, Jeffrey Eugenides. It will be held at the La Grua Center on Water Street in Stonington, CT, on Saturday, September 13th at 5pm. The reading, as all James Merrill House Committee events, is free and open to the public.

Contact

For more information, contact the James Merrill House writer@jamesmerrillhouse.org

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- See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2014/9/13/5/00/pm/89-eugenides#sthash.kJ5JJMW2.dpuf

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Vanessa Manko THE INVENTION OF EXILE Author Luncheon

09/16/2014 12:00 pm
09/16/2014 1:30 pm
Vanessa Manko will be at Bank Square Books from 12:00 to 1:30pm on Tuesday, September 16th for an author luncheon. Please call 860-536-3795 to rsvp.
Description of THE INVENTION OF EXILE:
Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, an inventor, an immigrant from Russia to Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1913, where he gets a job at a rifle factory. At the house where he rents a room, he falls in love with a woman named Julia, who becomes his wife and the mother of his three children. When Austin is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee, retreating with his new bride to his home in Russia, where he and his young family become embroiled in the Civil War and must flee once again, to Mexico.

While Julia and the children are eventually able to return to the U.S., Austin becomes indefinitely stranded in Mexico City because of the black mark on his record. He keeps a daily correspondence with Julia, as they each exchange their hopes and fears for the future, and as they struggle to remain a family across a distance of two countries. Austin becomes convinced that his engineering designs will be awarded patents, thereby paving the way for the government to approve his return and award his long sought-after American citizenship. At the same time he becomes convinced that an FBI agent is monitoring his every move, with the intent of blocking any possible return to the United States.

Austin and Julia's struggles build to crisis and heartrending resolution in this dazzling, sweeping debut. The novel is based in part on Vanessa Manko's family history and the life of a grandfather she never knew. Manko used this history as a jumping off point for the novel, which focuses on borders between the past and present, sanity and madness, while the very real U.S.-Mexico border looms. The novel also explores how loss reshapes and transforms lives. It is a deeply moving testament to the enduring power of family and the meaning of home.
About the Author
Vanessa Manko earned her MFA in creative writing from Hunter College. She has taught writing at NYU and SUNY Purchase. An excerpt of her novel was published in Granta's winter 2012 issue. Originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, Manko now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For The Invention of Exile…
New York Magazine:
“The summer’s surest candidate for lit-hit crossover.”

Vanity Fair:
“Manko’s debut thrums with longing.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred):
“A superb study of statelessness…Manko brings plenty of energy to this tale…Manko is a tremendous stylist, using clipped, simple sentences to capture Austin’s mindset as his confidence in escape erodes but never entirely fades; Manko’s shift in perspective toward the end of the book reveals just how much the years of exile have weathered him. She deeply explores two complicated questions: What is the impact of years of lacking a country? And how much does this lack reside in our imaginations? A top-notch debut, at once sober and lively and provocative.”

Publishers Weekly:
“[A] fine fiction debut… The beating heart of Manko’s story is Austin’s determination to be reunited with his family.”

Booklist:
“Manko’s debut is a potent examination of the costs of pride and fear as well as the redemptive power of familial bonds.” 

The Independent (UK): "Breathless.... Manko's prose and pacing are remarkably assured, rapid when traversing oceans and decades, unbearably tense when Voronkov attempts to re-enter America. 'Paper is stronger than one realises,' is a refrain based in part on the author's family history. With these indelible pages, Manko does her ancestors proud." 
Salman Rushdie, author of Joseph Anton and Midnight's Children:
"Vanessa Manko's beautifully written and deeply affecting first novel is the story of a man stranded by history in a strange land, torn away by politics and paranoia from the people he loves, exiled and trapped behind an invisible frontier he dares not cross. Manko ranges expertly between Russia, the USA and Mexico to weave her absorbing tale of emigration, deportation, desperation, paranoia, and finally, improbably, love. The novel reminds one, at times, of Kafka, Ondaatje, and even, in its powerful evocation of marooned isolation, Robinson Crusoe. A brilliant debut."

Colum McCann, author of Transatlantic and Let the Great World Spin:
“Vanessa Manko is a voice for the years to come. Her first novel, The Invention of Exile, is an ambitious tale of a Russian émigré in Mexico City. It is an unflinching portrait of how our lives are structured around the complications of geography, beauty and chance, and, at its core, it is a story about those who live in the double shadows of home and history.”

Siri Hustvedt, author of What I Loved and The Summer Without Men:
“The Invention of Exile is an achingly immediate, sensuous, and psychologically acute novel about a man whose life has been suspended by the madness of American politics. The book moves deftly between past and present and from one consciousness to another to create a narrative of high emotional tension that turns on the fate of its exiled central character, the Russian born 'Austin.' Manko’s tender, compassionate, and wise portrait of this man, who waits and waits and waits to return to the life he was meant to live, continues to reverberate inside me. I suspect I will carry him around with me for years to come.”
Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name:
"Only writing like Vanessa Manko's, so finely tuned to subtle and nearly inexpressible emotions, to the whispers of deepest loneliness, to the inner-life of a man cut-off from family and country by the capricious machinery of politics and prejudice, can draw such a secret, marginal, puzzling life out of the shadows, and give it the vivid force and poetry of a universal myth. The novel's depiction of Austin [Voronkov] is so intimate and moving that I felt, as I read, that I was living his desperate life myself. The Invention of Exile is a beautiful, bewitching and profound novel."

Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Distrubances:
"Vanessa Manko's fantastically ambitious and rewarding novel, The Invention of Exile, lovingly and carefully details the terrible but wondrous twining of one man's fate with Russian, Mexican and American history."

Betsy Detwiler, founder of Buttonwood Books in Cohasset, MA:
“Vanessa Manko is a true artist with words. Every locale, every scene, every emotion and interaction of characters is vividly created, all through observation of the small details and habits of daily life. The pain of exile, the loneliness, the futility of Austin Voronkov's efforts to reclaim his life, the injustice of the events which have brought him to his desperate existence; all these weigh more heavily as the story of his months and years brings the tension to a heartbreaking pitch. The ending is so right. On the one hand, so anticlimactic, on the other so fraught with the understanding of what lies ahead for Austin. Manko's writing is stunning, and she is able to move so beautifully between past and present. This is an unforgettable debut.”

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