Jonathan Safran Foer
“Here I am”
Jonathan Safran Foer
Fans have been waiting for this book by an American writer known to everyone since the bestseller “Extremely Strong and Incredibly Close” for more than ten years. The result is an epic novel about the fate of a family forced to undergo a painful transformation. The main characters are Jacob and Julia Bloch. They lived in marriage for 16 years, raised three children and did not notice how they allowed domestic problems to crowd out romantic feelings. Difficulties with the older generation, betrayals and difficult relationships with children who ask uncomfortable questions quickly break into their daily lives. Now the couple is on the verge of divorce, which for both is equivalent to the end of the world. But Foer is not that simple. He plunges the reader into the whirlwind of experiences of two people who were once close, their suffering from a life poorly lived taking place against the backdrop of escalating military conflict in the Middle East. The connection between generations is destroyed, destinies collapse, and with them the usual path of the family.
“Figures of Light”
A moving and penetrating novel by Scottish writer Sarah Moss deals with the problem of the relationship between a mother and an unwanted child. The reader simultaneously unfolds a feminist work, saturated with fine art, and a book about the illusion of love. The main character, young Allie, like her sister May, has spent her life trying to win her mother’s approval, but she is busy saving those in need and doesn’t realize the suffering. of her daughter. Helping the fallen, at home, a woman becomes a tyrant under the guise of decency, keeping her family in fear. Even when Alli receives a medical scholarship and becomes one of the first women to study science, she is met with indifference. “Figures of Light” is about the fact that sometimes our path to ourselves and freedom turns out to be full of pain, but as soon as we take a step in the right direction, life itself will show us the way.
A dynamic and cinematic novel by the young Russian writer Pavel Manylov: a presentation of the timeless classics about fathers and sons, but adapted for modernity. Intertwined generations in his book – the naive 70s and 80s, the turbulent 90s, when it was not easy to distinguish right from wrong, and the uncertain ones, just beginning the 2000s. The main character, Kostya, grows up in a small provincial town in a family of doctors His father is a respected local cardiologist who drowns his stress in alcohol at night. Complete lack of money, hunger, everyday problems – the young fifth-year student Kostya knows for sure that he deserves more than his parents and that everything will be different for him. But the elegant 90s drag the young man into a whirlwind of dangers, from which it is only possible to get out with the help of his own father, so incomprehensible, distant and strange.
“What do we know about each other”
What We Know About Each Other is a moving book that could bring anyone to tears. James Gould-Bourne is an American screenwriter, so his first novel is like a movie: easy to read, but leaves a lot of emotion behind. This is a tender and humorous story about the reunion of a father and a son who have drifted away from each other. Danny’s life has fallen apart: unemployment, debt, and his own 11-year-old son, Will, hasn’t said a word since his mother’s death. Desperate, the man buys an old panda costume with his last money to earn money in the park. But things take an unexpected turn when one day Will talks to a panda doll in the park, unaware that his father is inside. Now Danny will not only have to get out of the crisis and improve his life, but also not lose the trust of the person he loves the most: his son.
French writer and diplomat Leila Slimani’s novel The Ideal Nanny won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2016. Literary critics compared it to the acclaimed thriller Gone Girl, and in 2019 it was even filmed by director Lucy Borleto. The book itself is written based on a high-profile real case: in 2012, a brutal murder of two minors took place in an elite apartment in Manhattan. The main characters in the book are Paul and Miriam, who have decided to hire a nanny for their children. They meet Louise, who seems like the perfect candidate: she’s great with kids, an excellent cook, and always willing to stay for a couple of hours. But little by little, the working relationship between the family and the nanny turns into a painful codependency, which is about to become a disaster.
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