After his memoir Three Brothers, in Hard Like Water Yan Lianke returns to fiction with a novel that is at once a powerful interrogation of politics as well as a comic and moving love story of two revolutionaries that recalls Yan Lianke’s best-known and best-selling novel Serve the People!, for fans of The Sympathizer, The Orphan Master’s Son, and the works of Jung Chang and Mo Yan.
There has been a huge surge of interest in Yan Lianke’s writing after Jiayang Fan’s profile appeared in the New Yorker in October 2018. His dissenting voice is all the more important as Xi Jinping’s regime becomes ever more restrictive. Yan Lianke figures each year as a favored candidate for the Nobel Prize, and he deserves this highest of literary honors.
Yan was the first Chinese writer to win the Franz Kafka Prize, and has been twice short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize (most recently for The Four Books), as well as the Prix Femina Étranger, the Financial Times Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the Man Asian Literary Award.
On February 21, 2020, weeks before the first stay-at-home orders in the United States, Yan gave a lecture at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, entitled “What Happens After Coronavirus?”, which Literary Hub later published on March 11. The lecture urged his creative writing students to remember the ravages of Covid-19, stressing the importance of their own lived memories of trauma in the face of all-too-early calls for victory over the virus.
Yan’s previous novel, The Day the Sun Died, received extraordinary praise and media attention. He was interviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” the first time he has done national radio—NPR requested him despite the need for an interpreter and the challenges of setting up the interview in Beijing. Ron Charles wrote in the Washington Post that “Yan is one of those rare geniuses who finds in the peculiar absurdities of his own culture the absurdities that infect all cultures,” and the New York Times Book Review raved, “Yan’s subject is China, but he has condensed the human forces driving today’s global upheavals into a bracing, universal vision.” We expect similar major review attention for this first novel in two years from this world-class writer.
There has been film interest in The Day the Sun Died, including from Plan B Entertainment, Brad Pitt’s production company.
Three Brothers was an Amazon Best Book of the Month (Memoir), and received glowing review attention in the New Yorker, the Financial Times, Words without Borders, and more.
From the New York Times–bestselling author, “a breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller” starring four women who face life and death every day (Publishers Weekly). It’s the first of July, the most dangerous day of the year, as the interns fresh from med school show up for their first day at Angels of Mercy Hospital.New ER doctor Lydia Fiore finds herself losing the wrong patient—the Chief of Surgery’s son. To save her career, Lydia must discover the truth behind her patient’s death, even if it leads her into unfamiliar—and risky—territory, finding new friends, new love, and new enemies who will stop at nothing to silence her. Drawing from her own experiences as a pediatric ER doctor, New York Times–bestselling and Thriller Award-winning author CJ Lyons reveals the secrets of an urban trauma center in the first novel in this dramatic, compelling series. “All the best episodes of ER and Grey’s Anatomy squeezed into one breathtaking novel.” —HHI Magazine “A pulse-pounding adrenaline rush.” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Before She Disappeared “An exciting debut novel . . . Engrossing, intriguing.” —Heather Graham, New York Times–bestselling author of Danger in Numbers
There are many tales of the Frozen City, and not all of them tell of battles between rival wizards. Often, the greatest adventures are those that pit a wizard and his trusty warband against the myriad perils found amidst the ruins of Felstad.
This new supplement for Frostgrave presents rules for playing solo and cooperative games in which the focus shifts from the feuds of wizards to exploring the city, unlocking its mysteries… and surviving what is discovered. With guidelines for scaling game difficulty, dungeon crawls, monster generation, and more, as well as ten scenarios demonstrating these options, this volume offers players everything they need to venture alone – or with allies – into Frostgrave.
Why should wizards fight amongst themselves? There is plenty of treasure for all and the Frozen City is enemy enough!
Lilly Millbank is the new Mother Nature, the newly married young mum must now figure out how to navigate the minefield of intrigue and backstabbing that is part and parcel with the smooth transitioning of the four seasons, the eight petulant Kings and Queens that lord over them and the all-pervading destructive force of humanity. But with the constant menace of attack from the rogue elves she must learn quickly as a maniacal plot by the king of the summer elves has placed her family in danger and threatens to end millions of innocent lives.
Dorothy Richardson is existing just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist's office and living in a seedy boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood friend, Jane.
Jane has recently married a writer who is on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or Bertie, as they call him. Bertie appears unremarkable at first. But then Dorothy notices his grey-blue eyes taking her in, openly signalling approval. He tells her he and Jane have an agreement which allows them the freedom to take lovers, although Dorothy can tell her friend would not be happy with that arrangement.
Not wanting to betray Jane, yet unable to draw back Dorothy free-falls into an affair with Bertie. Then a new boarder arrives at the house- beautiful Veronica Leslie-Jones-and Dorothy finds herself caught between Veronica and Bertie. Amidst the personal dramas and wreckage of a militant suffragette march, Dorothy finds her voice as a writer.
“The action is quick-paced and interesting . . . fans of both fantasy and steampunk will find this is a great introduction to a promising series.” &mdashInD’taleA war is brewing between the worlds of fey and man . . . but only one can prevail. Find out which in this fantasy featuring nefarious plots, dashing knaves, and militant gnomes. When Sir Walter Conrad discovers a new energy source, one that could topple nations and revolutionize society, the race to dominate its ownership begins. But the excavation of this energy will have dire consequences for both humans and fey. For an ancient enemy stirs, awakened by Sir Walter’s discovery. Outcast half-fey Effie of Glen Coe is the empire’s only hope at averting the oncoming disaster. But she finds herself embroiled in the conflict, investigating the eldritch evil spreading throughout the Highlands. As she struggles against the greed of mighty lords and to escape the clutches of the queen’s minions, her comfortable world is shattered. Racing to thwart the growing menace, she realizes the only thing that can save them all is a truce no one wants.“Well-developed characters and plot make this historical fantasy a true pleasure to read and become lost in . . . A very unique and fascinating story. I definitely can’t wait for this series to continue!” —Cecily Wolfe, author of Throne of Grace“I really enjoyed this book. It’s unique . . . The writing was excellent, and the details the author added in didn’t just make the time period, but the whole world come to life.” —I Heart Reading
“A smart, deep, black magic carnie noir existential bloodbath” from the acclaimed author of Boon (Gemma Files, Shirley Jackson Award–winning author). In the shadow of World War II, the barren, dusty streets of Litchfield, Arkansas, are even quieter than usual, leaving hotel detective George “Jojo” Walker with too much time to struggle with his own personal demons. But everything changes when a traveling picture show comes to town. The film’s purveyors check into the hotel where Jojo works and set up a special midnight screening at the local theater. The curtain rises on a surreal carnival of dark magic and waking nightmares, starring Jojo and the residents of Litchfield, as madness, murder, and mayhem threaten to engulf them all . . . “A stunner of a story . . . Flat-out brilliant . . . Unfolds like petals of an exotic and scandalous black flower—each one gently opening to give the reader a distressing revelation . . . Powerful ideas, wrapped in a dark mantle of horror.” —My Haunted Library “If you like pulpy noir with a dose of existentialism mixed with some utterly bizarre horror, this book is for you.” —Fangoria “Genre mash-ups like this one are difficult to execute, but Kurtz navigates it deftly, with writing so visceral and evocative it feels less like reading a book and more like watching a film in real time.” —Literary Hub “While it echoes with the shadowy threatening of Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and the religious dread of Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel, the clearest voice here is Kurtz’s own cry into the existential abyss.” —Bracken MacLeod, author of Mountain Home
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