the kite-runner

9/17/2010

 
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The Kite-Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead Books. Moving, unforgettable, unputdownable. Afghanistan thirty years ago, a friendship between two boys, a fragile father-son relationship. Childhood choices which influence adult lives. Set in Afghanistan in the 1970's and later in America, this is ultimately a story about love, redeeming,  forgiveness and acceptance, written with tenderness and empathy. Bought used at Compendium Bookstore, 3,50 euro. 
 

true north

9/15/2010

 
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True North, Jim Harrison, Grove Press books

Michigan has been home to Jim Harrison for most of his life, and with this extaordinary work he has written a novel about his homeland. The story of a family torn apart and a man engaged in profound reckoning with the damage scarred into the American soil. An epic tale that pits a son against the legacy of his family's desecration of the earth, and his own father's more personal violations, a beautiful and moving novel that speaks to the territory in our hearts that calls us back to our roots.

Bought: used hardback, Compendium bookshop, 4 euro