V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
American War by Omar El Akkad
American War imagines a near future in which climate change has altered the very shape of the United States, leading to a second civil war. But this is not an issue book. It's a brilliantly written novel with a host of issues forming the bedrock of a captivating story. The protagonist, Sarat, who we watch grow up throughout this sweeping epic, is shaped by events and circumstances around her in ways that will leave you thinking. The writing is accessible and insightful, and the topics -- war, the environment, the experience of refugees -- are brought home in real and sometimes haunting ways. -- Len Vlahos, owner
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer