AQUARIUM

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by David Vann

When a young girl befriends an elderly man at the Seattle Aquarium, explosive secrets and monstrous emotions are revealed.  Vann writes about darkness and violence, and he does it beautifully in each of his powerful, difficult novels.

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ALL MY PUNY SORROWS

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by Miriam Toews

Elf is beautiful, happily married, a concert pianist.  Her sister Yoli is not even close.  Yet it's Elf who has, once again, attempted suicide.  Smart, compassionate and, despite the sad and serious subject, really funny.

(fiction)

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OUTLINE

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by Rachel Cusk

  Faye, a writing instructor, engages in ten conversations.  Although she mostly just listens, we do learn a bit about her.  The people around her talk a lot!  A meditation on how we present ourselves.

(fiction)

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