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:
There There by Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange pulls no punches!
A sticky web of stories from self-labeled "urban Indians," all on their way to the first Big Oakland Powwow, There There heralds a mighty new voice in contemporary Native American literature. This book was emotional, exciting, and so accessible - all readers, from high schoolers to nonagenarians, will find a character in it who speaks to them. And it grapples with problems close to home, from opioid addiction, gun violence, and gentrification, to struggles with family ties and identity. Prepare yourself for an unflinching, faceted view of a big, gritty city and the Native people who make it. Pick up this book and say you knew Orange when. -Lainie Formby, Associate Frontlist Buyer
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