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Q&A | February 27, 2014

Rene Denfeld: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Rene Denfeld



Describe your latest book. The Enchanted is a story narrated by a man on death row. The novel was inspired by my work as a death penalty... Continue »
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Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
Little Wolves

Nancy S, April 9, 2014

Using myths and legends as framework, Little Wolves examines themes like: the oppressive nature of small towns, inter-generational tragedy, and the quest for self-knowledge. The characters are richly and realistically drawn but then, in an instant, can assume almost mythic dimensions. If you need a book with all the ends tied up neatly, you may not be satisfied with Little Wolves. But if you are drawn to mysteries within mysteries, especially those dark mysteries of the heart, then this is the book for you
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The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
The Panopticon

Nancy S, August 6, 2013

The Panopticon should be required reading for anyone working with children and youth. The protagonist, Anais, had committed a number of petty offenses (and possibly one serious crime) while living in foster care, group juvenile facilities, and on the streets. She entered the Panopticon awaiting conviction and incarceration. What stuck me was, how do you punish a teenager who has experienced such neglect, violence and abuse? Her life had been hell, what power did the state have to hurt her? The novel presents a challenge for the reader; get past the language, the drug use, the violence and discover the strange and wonderful child waiting inside. The Panopticon (where they can observe you all the time) lacked the ability to reveal Anais' humanity. So Jenni Fagan in her terrific book made us see. If the ending seemed a little unreasonably happy, that was okay with me - and Anais certainly deserved it.
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The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
The Illusion of Separateness

Nancy S, July 20, 2013

I read this book as an uncorrected proof.Powell's had tucked in into the box with an Indiespensible selection and I am so pleased I had an opportunity to read it. "The Illusion of Separateness" is fairly short but the story is strong and weaves together the lives of unforgetable characters from WWII to the present. "The Illusion of Separateness" is a beautiful and haunting read.
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Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell
Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

Nancy S, March 30, 2013

How refeshing to read a book about animals that includes both evolutionary biology and heart. Most books involving animal intellegence focus on how they measure up to human genius but Virginia Morell chooses instead to explore the uniqueness of animal minds and emotions. She tracks down scientific research being done all over the world that indicates animals have thoughts, feelings, laughter and dreams. I found particularily compelling the relationships that develop between the animals and the humans that sudy them in captivity and in the wild. What a great book!
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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea by Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

Nancy S, January 2, 2013

The Orphan Master's Son would be my vote for the most intriguing book I read in 2012. It crosses so many genres,it is a political thriller, a mystery novel, an adventure yarn, a work of historical fiction and ultimately an old fashioned romance. The book is a novel but provides insight into the lives of people struggling to just survive, let alone find happiness under an oppressive political regime.
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