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The Amateur Paperback – January 7, 2015
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
About the Author
Trace Farrell is the author of three novels, Each Time You Carry Me This Way, The Bear, and The Ruins, winner of the New York University Press Prize for Fiction. Visit tracefarrell.com.
Trace Farrell's first novel, The Ruins, was awarded the New York University Press Prize for Fiction and received strong critical praise:
“This magical novel is rich in plot and characters as well as a skillful use of language that is nothing less than musical” Library Journal
“Demonstrating a vein of perversity all her own, Farrell makes a strong bid to join the company of elite postmodern comic writers like Coover and Pynchon” Publishers WeeklyPraise for The Bear "A riot." —Annie Dillard
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But these lives---or life---because at times one wonders if the same person----girl/woman---has not been slit asunder at the stitches of her life, parts on display and trial, only half surviving... make for a better story than, say, Wilder's famous little meditation on the lives of seemingly random travellers come together on an ancient, doomed bridge. The Bridge of San Luis Rey was less psychologically liquid than Farrell's. At the end of that book, the Abbess observes: "There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning." The bridge falls, the house burns... the river runs on. For all its predictability, no one is "professional" at fate. The Amateur is fine literary pastry, a Bismarck pregnant with sweet and bitter secrets.