Howard norman's the bird artist, the first book of his Canadian trilogy, begins in 1911. Its narrator, fabian vas is a bird artist: He draws and paints the birds of Witless Bay, his remote Newfoundland coastal village home.
The Museum Guard: A NovelPicador #ad - Now thirty, defoe works with Edward as a guard in Halifax's three-room Glace Museum. Orphaned by a zeppelin crash at age nine, Nova Scotia, DeFoe Russet was raised in a Halifax, hotel by his magnetic uncle Edward. Set against the impending events of world war ii, the museum Guard, the second book of his Canadian trilogy, explores the mysteries of identity and self-determination, and the desire to step out of the ordinary into an alluring and dangerous sphere of action.
. Everything changes when imogen, jewess on a street in Amsterdam, inspired by the arrival of a painting, abandons Halifax for the ennobled life she imagines for the painting's subject—even amid the growing perilousness of being a Jew in Amsterdam. He and his uncle disturb the silence of the museum with heated conversations that prove them to be "opposites at life.
The Museum Guard: A Novel #ad - Away from the museum, defoe courts the affection of Imogen Linny, the young caretaker of the small Jewish cemetery.
The Northern Lights: A NovelPicador #ad - In the frozen wilderness of northern Manitoba, fourteen-year-old Noah Krainik lives with his mother and cousin. With his quirky, lonely land—the domain of Cree Indians, Pelly Bay, trappers, cheerful best friend, missionaries, he explores this exotic, and fugitives from the modern world. It is there in the northern lights movie theatre—with a Cree family taking up residence in the projection booth, and the reappearance of his elusive father—that Noah becomes an adult.
When tragedy strikes, noah must go on alone, discovering a new life in the south and the bustling of Toronto.
I Hate to Leave This Beautiful PlaceMariner #ad - His life story continues in places as far-flung as the arctic, where he spends part of a decade as a translator of Inuit tales—including the story of a soapstone carver turned into a goose whose migration-time lament is “I hate to leave this beautiful place”—and in his beloved Point Reyes, California, as a student of birds.
. The originality of his telling here is as surprising as ever. Washington post“these stories almost seem like tall tales themselves, but Norman renders them with a journalistic attention to detail. Amidst these bizarre experiences, he finds solace through the places he’s lived and their quirky inhabitants, human and avian.
I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place #ad - The new Yorker. The events of a single episode of Howard Norman’s superb memoir are both on the edge of chaos and gathered superbly into coherent meaning. Years later, in Washington, D. C. An act of deeply felt violence occurs in the form of a murder-suicide when Norman and his wife loan their home to a poet and her young son.
. A wise, riskily written, beautiful book. Michael ondaatjehoward norman’s spellbinding memoir begins with a portrait, both harrowing and hilarious, of a Midwest boyhood summer working in a bookmobile, in the shadow of a grifter father and under the erotic tutelage of his brother’s girlfriend.
The Overstory: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Winner of the pulitzer prize in fiction shortlisted for the man booker prizenew york times bestseller A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Oprah Magazine, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 "The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, Newsweek, Time, period.
Ann patchettthe overstory, winner of the 2019 pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.
The Overstory: A Novel #ad - From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours―vast, interconnected, resourceful, slow, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us.
Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and LabradorVintage #ad - In theatre of fish, john gimlette vividly describes the dense forests and forbidding coastlines and recounts the colorful and often tragic history of the region. Used book in Good Condition. Leavened with irreverence and affection, this is an irresistible portrait of life in extremis. Newfoundland is one of the most intriguing places in North America, a land of breathtaking but cruel beauty, populated by some of the saltiest, oddest characters you’ll ever find.
. He introduces us to the inhabitants, deserters, from the birds and moose to the descendants of the outlaws, and fishermen who settled this eastern edge of North America.
What Is Left the DaughterMariner Books #ad - An utterly stirring novel. Howard norman, the museum guard, widely regarded as one of this country’s finest novelists, returns to the mesmerizing fictional terrain of his major books—The Bird Artist, and The Haunting of L—in this erotically charged and morally complex story. The suicides cause wyatt to move to small-town Middle Economy to live with his uncle, aunt, and ravishing cousin Tilda.
Actual historical incidents—including a german u-boat’s sinking of the Nova Scotia–Newfoundland ferry Caribou, on which Aunt Constance Hillyer might or might not be traveling—lend intense narrative power to Norman’s uncannily layered story. This is howard Norman at his celebrated best. Used book in Good Condition.
It’s a confession that speaks profoundly of the mysteries of human character in wartime and is directed, with both despair and hope, to an audience of one. Wyatt’s account of the astonishing—not least to him— events leading up to his fathering of a beloved daughter spills out twenty-one years later.
What Is Left the Daughter #ad - Seventeen-year-old wyatt hillyer is suddenly orphaned when his parents, jump off two different bridges—the result of their separate involvements with the same compelling neighbor, within hours of each other, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress. Setting in motion the novel’s chain of life-altering passions and the wartime perfidy at its core is the arrival of the German student Hans Mohring, carrying only a satchel.
Sweetland: A NovelLiveright #ad - Its slow decline has finally reached a head, with the mainland government offering each islander a generous resettlement package― the only stipulation being that everyone must leave. Winner of the cbc bookie award for fiction winner of the newfoundland & labrador book award finalist for the the BMO Winterset Award Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award An Audie Awards FinalistThe epic tale of an endangered Newfoundland community and the struggles of one man determined to resist its extinction.
The scarcely populated town of Sweetland clings to the shore of a remote Canadian island. For fans of the shipping news, michael crummey’s prose conjures up the mythical, sublime world of Sweetland’s past amid a storm-battered landscape haunted by local lore. As one by one his neighbors relent, he recalls the town’s rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters.
Sweetland: A Novel #ad - Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the island, is determined to refuse. In a spare style that belies “huge emotional depth and heart” celeste Ng, Crummey masterfully weaves together the past and present, author of Everything I Never Told You, creating in Sweetland a spectacular portrait of one man’s battle to survive as his world vanishes around him.
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DevotionMariner Books #ad - For david, the simple fact was love at first sight. Like many of howard norman’s celebrated novels, 1985, Devotion begins with an announcement of a crime: on August 19, David Kozol and his father-in-law engaged in “assault by mutual affray. Norman sets out to explore a great mystery: why seemingly quiet, contained people lose control.
Their love affair, "a fugue state of amorous devotion, " turned into a whirlwind romance and marriage. Used book in Good Condition. For maggie, the attraction was similarly sudden and unprecedented in intensity. So what could possibly enrage david enough that he would strike at the father of his new bride? why would william, be so angry at the man who has just married his beloved only child, a gentle man who looks after an estate—and its flock of swans—in Nova Scotia, Maggie? And what would lead Maggie to believe that David has been unfaithful to her? In his signature style—haunting and evocative—Norman lays bare the inventive stupidities people are capable of when wounded and confused.
Devotion #ad - Fans of howard norman, the internationally acclaimed author of the hunting of l and the bird artist and a two-time National Book Award finalist, a totally compelling air of mystery spread over our workaday world, will find in this novel—an intense and intriguingly unconventional love story—all the hallmarks of this masterly writer: sparkling yet spare language, and ability to capture the metaphorical heartbeat at the center of our lives.
Fiction. At its core, and, of course, filial love at its most tender, Devotion is an elegantly constructed, hate, never sentimental examination of love: romantic love and its flip side, love for the vast open spaces of Nova Scotia. David and maggie's story seemed straightforward enough; they met in a hotel lobby in London.
Next Life Might Be KinderHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - For another, almost every evening, sam has begun “seeing” Elizabeth—not only seeing but holding conversations with her, and watching her line up books on a small beach. What at first seems simply hallucination born of terrible grief reveals itself, evening by evening, as something else entirely. Next life might be kinder is a story of murder, the afterlife, desperate faith, and of love as absolute redemption—from one of our most compelling storytellers at the height of his talents.
Fiction. Sam’s life afterward is complicated. For one thing, in a moment of desperate confusion, he sells his life story to a Norwegian filmmaker named Istvakson, known for the stylized violence of his films, whose artistic drive sets in motion an increasingly intense cat-and-mouse game between the two men.
Next Life Might Be Kinder #ad - The sparks are immediate, erotically charged, leading quickly to a marriage that is dear, and brief. In howard norman’s spellbinding and moving novel, the gleam of the marriage and the circumstances of Elizabeth’s murder are revealed in heart-stopping increments. After my wife, elizabeth church, was murdered by the bellman Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me.
Sam lattimore meets elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, in an art gallery. Used book in Good Condition.
The Haunting of L.Picador #ad - Young peter duvett has accepted a job as an assistant to the elusive portraitist Vienna Linn, in the remote town of Churchill, Manitoba. From the bestselling author of the bird artist, adultery, the final book in his Canadian trilogy with The Bird Artist and The Museum Guard: a novel about spirit photographs, and murderIt is 1927.
Fiction. Across canada, in london, linn has been arranging and photographing gruesome accidents for the private collection, of a Mr. Falling under the spell of vienna’s brilliant and beautiful wife, the uneasy ménage à trois moves to Peter’s native Halifax, Kala Murie, where he reluctantly comes to share Kala’s obsession with spirit photographs as Vienna’s violent art reaches a terrifying climax.
The Haunting of L. #ad - Radin heur—theirs is a macabre duet of art and violence. When peter arrives on the night of his employer’s wedding, his life changes in ways he scarcely could have imagined. Used book in Good Condition.