This series opens up a world of ideas through host Terry Tazioli's discussions of the latest books and his conversations with noted authors. Following each interview, Seattle Timesbook editor Mary Ann Gwinn (former VP of the National Book Critics Circle) joins Tazioli to explore the literary themes of that week's book and to recommend related authors and other reading material.
Joyce Carol Oates' The Sacrifice (#421) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates returns with an incendiary novel that illuminates the tragic impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and power on innocent lives and probes the persistence of stereotypes, the nature of revenge, the complexities of truth, and our insatiable hunger for sensationalism.
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Stein's A Sudden Light (#422) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
The author of The Art of Racing in the Rain pens a new novel, this one centering on four generations of a once terribly wealthy and influential timber family who have fallen from grace. Spellbinding and atmospheric, A Sudden Light is rich with unconventional characters, scenes of transcendent natural beauty, and unforgettable moments of emotional truth that reflect Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation-a triumphant work of a master storyteller at the height of his power.
Jane Smiley, Some Luck (#411) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
A prize-winning American novelist, essayist and nonfiction writer, Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "A Thousand Acres," a retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear story on an Iowa farm.
Dennis Lehane's World Gone By (#423) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane vividly recreates the rise of the mob during World War II with a psychologically and morally complex novel of blood, crime passion, and vengeance. Dennis Lehane vividly recreates the rise of the mob during a world at war, from a masterfully choreographed Ash Wednesday gun battle in the streets of Ybor City to a chilling, heartbreaking climax in a Cuban sugar cane field. Told with verve and skill, World Gone By is a superb work of historical fiction from one of "the most interesting and accomplished American novelists" (Washington Post) writing today.
Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale (#424) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Set during World War II, Hannah tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France. With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
David Treuer's Prudence (#425) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Powerful and wholly original, Treuer delivers a story of desire, loss, and the search for connection in a riven world of race and class in a supposedly more innocent era. On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn returns to his family's rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he joins the war as a bombardier, headed for the darkened skies over Europe. Awaiting him at the Pines are those he's about to leave behind: his hovering mother; the distant father to whom he's been a disappointment; the Indian caretaker who's been more of a father to him than his own; and Billy, the childhood friend who over the years has become something much more intimate.