Ottuagenaria e tormentata dai rimorsi, Giglio Bianco ripensa al proprio passato e a Fiore di Neve, l'amica scomparsa da molti anni che ha avuto un ruolo cruciale nella sua esistenza. Poiché le rimane solo il dono del tempo, vuole onorarlo raccontando la storia della sua laotong - la compagna di parole segrete - e del tragico equivoco che ha amaramente segnato un legame lungo una vita. Ha inizio così una vicenda di intensa drammaticità ambientata nella Cina del XIX secolo, quando mogli e figlie ancora avevano i piedi bendati e vivevano in uno stato di isolamento pressoché totale. Allora le donne di una remota contea dello Hunan ricorrevano a un codice segreto per comunicare tra loro. Si scambiavano lettere tracciate a pennello sui ventagli o messaggi ricamati sui fazzoletti, e inventavano racconti, sfuggendo così alla propria reclusione per condividere speranze, sogni e conquiste. Un viaggio a ritroso orchestrato con magistrale realismo verso un periodo della storia cinese commovente e doloroso insieme, che all'attenzione ai particolari storici e di costume fonde una capacità evocativa straordinaria. Un romanzo lirico e carico di emozioni che analizza una delle relazioni umane più forti e misteriose: l'amicizia femminile.
Le ragazze di Shanghai
Author: Lisa See
Nella Shanghai di fine anni Trenta, una «Parigi d’Oriente» in pieno fermento culturale, le sorelle Pearl e May vivono una vita agiata e serena. Hanno ventuno e diciotto anni e sono molto unite, pur essendo diversissime: Pearl, nata nell’anno del drago, è tenace e ha uno spiccato senso del dovere, mentre May, nata nell’anno della pecora, ha un carattere più docile. La loro famiglia, grazie alle attività del padre, gode dei privilegi della borghesia di Shanghai: una bella casa, servitori a disposizione e denaro per comprare abiti eleganti e frequentare i locali alla moda. Le due sorelle non hanno bisogno di lavorare e fanno le modelle per hobby, posando per un giovane pittore. Fino a che tutto cambia. Fino a che, un giorno infausto, il padre perde l’intero patrimonio al gioco e si vede costretto a vendere le proprie figlie, dandole in spose a due fratelli cinesi che vivono a Los Angeles. Mentre i bombardamenti giapponesi imperversano sulla loro città, Pearl e May intraprendono un viaggio lungo e travagliato che le porterà nel Sud della Cina e poi, attraversato il Pacifico, nella Città degli Angeli. Qui, nei sobborghi di Chinatown, avrà inizio per loro un nuovo capitolo: la ricerca infaticabile dell’amore in un matrimonio con uno sconosciuto, l’insidioso richiamo di Hollywood, la lotta quotidiana contro le discriminazioni e la nascita di una nuova vita in cui riporre speranze che si credevano perdute...
Author: Lisa See
Publisher: Random House
“Lisa See begins to do for Beijing what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did for turn-of-the-century London or Dashiell Hammett did for 1920s San Francisco: She discerns the hidden city lurking beneath the public facade.” –The Washington Post Book World In the depths of a Beijing winter, during the waning days of Deng Xiaoping’s reign, the U.S. ambassador’s son is found dead–his body entombed in a frozen lake. Around the same time, aboard a ship adrift off the coast of Southern California, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Stark makes a startling discovery: the corpse of a Red Prince, a scion of China’s political elite. The Chinese and American governments suspect that the deaths are connected and, in an unprecedented move, they join forces to see justice done. In Beijing, David teams up with the unorthodox police detective Liu Hulan. In an investigation that brings them to every corner of China and sparks an intense attraction between the two, David and Hulan discover a web linking human trafficking to the drug trade to governmental treachery–a web reaching from the Forbidden City to the heart of Los Angeles and, like the wide flower net used by Chinese fishermen, threatening to ensnare all within its reach. “A graceful rendering of two different and complex cultures, within a highly intricate plot . . . The starkly beautiful landscapes of Beijing and its surrounding countryside are depicted with a lyrical precision.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review “Murder and intrigue splash across the canvas of modern Chinese life. . . . A vivid portrait of a vast Communist nation in the painful throes of a sea change.” –People “Fascinating . . . that rare thriller that enlightens as well as it entertains.” –San Diego Union-Tribune A Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Mary Costello
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman's life, from an important new writer Tess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day. A single mother. A nurse. A quiet woman, who nonetheless feels things acutely—a woman with tumultuous emotions and few people to share them with. Academy Street is Mary Costello's luminous portrait of a whole life. It follows Tess from her girlhood in western Ireland through her relocation to America and her life there, concluding with a moving reencounter with her Irish family after forty years of exile. The novel has a hypnotic pull and a steadily mounting emotional force. It speaks of disappointments but also of great joy. It shows how the signal events of the last half century affect the course of a life lived in New York City. Anne Enright has said that Costello's first collection of stories, The China Factory, "has the feel of work that refused to be abandoned; of stories that were written for the sake of getting something important right . . . Her writing has the kind of urgency that the great problems demand" (The Guardian). Academy Street is driven by this same urgency. In sentence after sentence it captures the rhythm and intensity of inner life.
Sixteen-year-old Julia meets Caleb and finds herself becoming vicious and more animal-like than human. She gets angry at her English teacher and attacks a classroom full of students. Her father then reveals to her that she is a werecat who can shape shift into a white tiger.
Cesare is a seventy-seven-year-old widower and cynical troublemaker, a man who has always struggled to care for others and has given up trying. Aside from an intermittent fling with a nurse called Rossana, he avoids contact with his neighbours and even his own children. One day, the enigmatic Emma moves into the neighbouring flat with her strange and sinister husband. Suspecting there is more to their relationship than meets the eye, Cesare decides to investigate. This new sense of purpose awakens his appetite for life, and he soon finds himself risking everything for a future he had never thought possible.
Good Morning, Midnight
Author: Lily Brooks-Dalton
Publisher: Random House
For readers of Station Eleven and The Snow Child, Lily Brooks-Dalton’s haunting debut is the unforgettable story of two outsiders—a lonely scientist in the Arctic and an astronaut trying to return to Earth—as they grapple with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SHELF AWARENESS AND THE CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS • COLSON WHITEHEAD'S FAVORITE BOOK OF 2016 (Esquire) Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone. At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home. As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives? Lily Brooks-Dalton’s captivating debut is a meditation on the power of love and the bravery of the human heart. Praise for Good Morning, Midnight “Stunningly gorgeous . . . The book contemplates the biggest questions—What is left at the end of the world? What is the impact of a life’s work?”—Portland Mercury “A beautifully written, sparse post-apocalyptic novel that explores memory, loss and identity . . . Fans of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora will appreciate the Brooks-Dalton’s exquisite exploration of relationships in extreme environments.”—The Washington Post “Ambitious . . . Brooks-Dalton’s prose lights up the page in great swathes, her dialogue sharp and insightful, and the high-concept plot drives a story of place, elusive love, and the inexorable yearning for human contact.”—Publishers Weekly “Beautiful descriptions create a sense of wonder and evoke feelings of desolation. . . . Brooks-Dalton’s heartfelt debut novel unfolds at a perfect pace as it asks readers what will be left when everything in the world is gone.”—Booklist “Good Morning, Midnight is a remarkable and gifted debut novel. Lily Brooks-Dalton is an uncanny chronicler of desolate spaces, whether it’s the cold expanse of the universe or the deepest recesses of the human heart.”—Colson Whitehead “With imagination, empathy, and insight into unchanged and unchangeable human nature, Lily Brooks-Dalton takes us on an emotional journey in this beautiful debut.”—Yiyun Li “A truly original novel, otherworldly and profoundly human . . . Good Morning, Midnight is a fascinating story, surprising and inspiring at every turn.”—Keith Scribner
On Gold Mountain
Author: Lisa See
Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world. 82 photos.
Author: Pietro Bembo
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press
Author: Maria Susanna Cummins
Abandoned and mistreated, little Gerty is an angry and sometimes violent child, but is taken in by the gentle, virtuous lamplighter. From his gentle behavior Gerty learns how to curb her anger and let her virtue shine forth.
On Gold Mountain
Author: Lisa See
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
In 1867, Lisa See's great-great-grandfather left China in search of riches on the 'Gold Mountain', the Chinese name for the promised land of America. His son Fong See later built a mercantile empire and married a Caucasian woman, in spite of laws that prohibited unions between the races. Through sheer endeavour and entrepreneurial genius he became one of the most successful Chinese men in the country. Over the decades, each generation of the See family strived to grasp their dreams, realise their ambitions and overcome their disappointments and sorrows. This sweeping chronicle of five generations of a Chinese-American family encompasses stories of adventure and heartache, racism and romance, secret marriages and sibling rivalries. On Gold Mountain is a powerful social history of two cultures meeting in a new world.
Author: James J. Sheridan
Vampire Fight Club
Author: Larissa Ione
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Previously published in Supernatural New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione tempts you into the darkly irresistible world of Demonica, populated by angels and demons, shifters and humans, all with a thirst that must be quenched . . . When a wave of violence that hits too close to home forces shapeshifter and underworld nurse Vladlena Paskelkov to go undercover, her first stop is a haven of vice—with a dangerously sexy vamp in charge . . . Legendary, jaded, Nathan Sabine is the manager of Thirst, a wildly popular vampire club—and secret underground blood arena. But Nathan, a rare daywalker, possesses other, even more explosive secrets, as does his beautiful new medic, Vladlena. The one thing they can’t conceal is the lust that simmers between them . . . Now, in an underworld divided by revelry and violence, debauchery and vengeance, Nate and Lena will discover which risks are worth taking—and which desires demand surrender . . .
Author: Joseph LeDoux
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Anxiety is the most prevalent psychiatric problem of our time. Decades of research have gone into probing its mysteries and developing treatments. But what if we’ve been thinking about fear and anxiety in the wrong way for all these years? This is the groundbreaking premise behind a wave of new research, led by the lab of renowned neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux. He believes that fear and anxiety are not innate states, simply waiting to be unleashed in the brain. Rather they are assembled experiences, and that has huge implications for patients. By mapping brain circuits, LeDoux explains the origins of anxiety disorders and reveals discoveries that can restore sufferers to normality. As impressive as it is timely, Anxious is a comprehensive survey of cutting-edge research revolutionising the way we treat our most pressing mental health issue.