'Electro-shock prose that broods with the human need for introspection and the futile fight against it... This is a debut that will beat up your heart.'David Whitehouse, award-winning author of Bed
David Price always wished life would blow up in his face. And then it did. His mother died. The urge to paint left him. Then Sarah came his way, followed by Pete, a psychiatric outpatient. Now David spends his time worrying about Sarah’s eating habits, visiting her terminally ill sister and working as Pete’s carer.When Pete’s odd behaviour starts to leave David fearing for his own safety, he is shocked to discover that Sarah knows the reason why but will not disclose it. What is about to happen will change everything.Funny, moving, compelling and wholly original, A Map of Nowhere leaves us wondering just how well it’s possible to know others and, indeed, ourselves.
Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews, and the Washington Post Book World. From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering and Actress, this is a collection of sharp, unpredictable short fiction about people struggling to connect in an increasingly disconnected world.Yesterday’s Weather shows us a rapidly changing Ireland, a land of family and tradition, but also, increasingly, of organic radicchio, cruise-ship vacations, and casual betrayals. An artisan farmer seethes at the patronage of a former Catholic-school classmate, now a successful restaurateur; a bride cheats on her rich husband with an old college friend—a madman who refuses his pills, disappears for weeks on end, and plays the piano like a dream. These and other stories make up a volume that is “astonishing: moving, emotionally accurate, sly, and laugh-out-loud funny” (O, The Oprah Magazine). “A dazzling collection.” —Time Out
If you were lucky enough to have caught a performance on David Sedaris's most recent sold-out, 34-city tour, you already know that David Sedaris Live For Your Listening Pleasure is a must-have album! If you didn't hear it live and in person, then you're in for a treat-hilarious brand-new recordings from performances in Denver, New York, Durham, LA, and Atlanta, in one convenient audiobook collection, on sale November 24 for only $17.98.From the bold feral rabbits of his French backyard to the eating habits of a carnivorous bird Down Under, Live For Your Listening Pleasure takes listeners on a veritable tour of natural wonders, beginning with a fable, "Cat and Baboon," and moving on to the peculiarly American habitat of the "big-box" store."Sedaris's sparkling essays always shimmer more brightly when read aloud by the author. And his expert timing, mimicry and droll asides are never more polished than during live performances in front of an audience." Publishers Weekly, Starred Review - When You Are Engulfed in FlamesTrack Listing:1: Cat and Baboon (Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado)2-5: Author, Author (Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City)6-8: Innocence Abroad (Durham Performing Arts Center, in Durham, North Carolina)9-13 Laugh, Kookaburra (Royce Hall, UCLA in Los Angeles, California)14-16: Diary Entries (Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia)
Tuttwyler, Ohio, is the perfect Midwestern town. Beautiful square. Gazebo dripping with gingerbread. Leafy streets lined with big white houses. Even the town’s annual summer festival is perfect. It commemorates the unfortunate clubbing death of the Indian princess Podewedka, by the town’s founding fathers, John and Amos Tuttwyler, back in 1803. The only thing that’s not perfect is Howie Dornick’s house. It’s right on the parade route and it hasn’t been painted in years. But that’s going to change, now that D. William Aitchbone is chairman of the Squaw Days Committee. You can bet on that! But Bill Aitchbone has to tread carefully. Howie, after all, is the illegitimate son of local war hero Artie Brown. Howie finally does paint his house. But not white like all the others. He paints it the most obnoxious shade of green imaginable. Howie’s really in hot water now. Then Hugh Harbinger sees Howie’s green house. Hugh was once New York City’s most famous color designer. Before going off the deep end, he created 300 different shades of black! He’s determined to make a comeback. Determined to make “Serendipity Green” the most popular color ever. Serendipity Green not only lampoons America’s small town festivals, it lowers the boom on big city trendiness as well. It is irreverent and iconoclastic and simply irresistible.
Tara, Katherine, and Fintan, friends since adolescence, are full proof that eccentricity is the spice of life. Strikingly different, yet worryingly similar, they all moved from rural Ireland to London to 'seize the day', or something like that. Now in their early thirties, success, on the surface, has made little change. The impressive, coolly controlled Katherine's a successful accountant, who doesn't really mind being nicknamed 'Icequeen' by her male colleagues. Computer expert Tara's a compulsive dieter whose mission in life is to find a lipstick that doesn't come off, and fashion guru Fintan's aim seems to be to make everyone else's life more interesting - one way or another.A W. F. Howes audio production.
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