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Enon by Paul Harding

akid, September 17, 2013

Emotionally, Enon is not an easy novel to read. Some readers may have a hard time sympathizing with Charlie's overwhelming grief due to the dangerous choices he makes and how it overtakes his whole life. Others may tire of his self-reflection and stories. But I think that if you decide to commit to reading Enon, you will not regret it. It's not going to be light-hearted fluff, but it will open up to your scrutiny a man slowing being consumed by his grief.

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The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann
The Stockholm Octavo

akid, September 17, 2013

The Stockholm Octavo is an excellent historical novel, set during the final years of King Gustav III, before he was assassinated in 1793. He was a great king for Sweden and ushered in an era of enlightenment when he decreased the power of the nobility and increased that of the commoners. This of course set him up for a target by nobles who were not happy with this state of affairs.
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Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
Dissident Gardens

akid, September 17, 2013

Another quirky and beautifully written novel from esteemed Brooklyn novelist Jonathan Lethem. His new book, surprisingly focuses on three generations of American communists in Queens and NYC. The novel's structure seems like an interlinked collection of short stories that highlight indelible moments of the characters' lives against the backdrop of turbulent times in the 20th century.
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