• Vanishing Half
    Vanishing Half
    The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' story lines intersect?

    Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, THE VANISHING HALF considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

    ISBN: 9780349701455
    Publication date: 02/06/2020
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Bennett, Brit
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Vegetarian a Novel
    Vegetarian a Novel
    Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister's husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming - impossibly, ecstatically - a tree. Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

    ISBN: 9781846276033
    Publication date: 05/11/2015
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Kang, Han
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Verdict
    Verdict
    You set him free. But what if you were wrong?

    One morning, a jury summons arrives on Natalie's doorstep.

    She is one of twelve people to decide whether a man is innocent or guilty of a horrific crime.

    But in the weeks after the trial, Natalie can't shake the feeling that the verdict was a terrible mistake. That they let a guilty man walk free.

    So when she crosses paths with the accused by chance, she decides to do whatever it takes to find the truth.

    Because as Natalie knows, sometimes you have to take justice into your own hands . . .

    A dark, compulsive thriller about obsession and revenge, perfect for fans of Blood Orange and Apple Tree Yard.

    ISBN: 9781472129697
    Publication date: 18/02/2021
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Cooper, C. J.
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Victim
    Victim
    On the whole, it was easier than I had expected. Only once did I feel myself at risk. That was when the Inspector suddenly intervened. He said in a harsh voice: 'He married your wife, didn't he? Took her away from you some people might say. Nice piece of goods, too, by the look of her. Didn't you feel any grievance?'

    I had been expecting this question. I knew exactly what I would say.'

    The late, great P. D. James takes us inside the mind of a murderer.

    ISBN: 9780571351756
    Publication date: 03/01/2019
    Price: $9.99
    Author: James, P. D.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $9.99
  • Victim 2117
    Victim 2117
    In the heart-pounding new installment of the No.1 bestselling DEPARTMENT Q series, a terrifying international investigation reveals the complex backstory of one of the department's own - the enigmatic Assad.

    The newspaper refers to the dead body only as Victim 2117 - the two thousand, one hundred and seventeenth refugee to die in the Mediterranean Sea.

    But to three people, the victim is so much more, and the death sets off a chain of events that throws Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division led by Detective Carl Morck, into a deeply dangerous - and deeply personal - case: a case that not only reveals dark secrets about the past, but has deadly implications for the future.

    For a troubled Danish teen, the death of Victim 2117 becomes a symbol of everything he resents and is the perfect excuse to unleash his murderous impulses. For Ghallib, a brutal tormentor from the notorious prison Abu Ghraib, the death of Victim 2117 was the first step in a terrorist plot, years in the making. And for Department Q's Assad, Victim 2117 is a link to his buried past and to the family he assumed was long dead.

    ISBN: 9781786486165
    Publication date: 05/03/2020
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Adler-Olsen, Jussi
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Viennese Girl
    Viennese Girl
    In June 1940, the horror-struck inhabitants of Jersey watch as the German army unopposed takes possession of their island. Now only a short way from the English coast, the Germans plan their invasion.

    Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish girl from Vienna who fled to the isolation and safety of Jersey two years earlier to escape the Nazis, finds herself once more trapped, but this time with no way of escape.

    Hiding her racial status, Hedy is employed by the German authorities and secretly embarks on small acts of resistance. But most dangerously of all, she falls in love with German lieutenant Kurt Neumann -- a relationship on which her life will soon depend.

    A remarkable novel of finding hope and love when all seems at its darkest.

    ISBN: 9781760877927
    Publication date: 28/04/2020
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Lecoat, Jenny
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Villa Girls
    Villa Girls
    THE VILLA GIRLS is the story of four young women who decide that wherever they are in the world and whatever they're doing they'll meet every few years for a holiday together somewhere sunny. Despite life taking them in very different directions, their snatched days in the sun in little hidden villas are crucial to them all. Escape, celebration, recovery - over the years, the holidays change their lives.

    Rosie was always the odd one out - initially only invited as the others felt sorry for her, but it seems that in the end, she might be the one whose life is touched the most by her villa days. For it's there that she meets Enzo. The eldest son of an olive oil dynasty in southern Italy, he is being groomed to take over one day as head of the family.

    Rosie and Enzo have a holiday romance that seems set to become something more serious until she discovers he is not entirely what he seems. Years later they meet again and this time Rosie must decide how much she is prepared to compromise for the sake of love...

    ISBN: 9781869714529
    Publication date: 08/12/2020
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Pellegrino, Nicky
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Vintner's Luck
    Vintner's Luck
    A tale of love, wine and angels, The Vintner's Luck was published in 1999 around the world in numerous editions and languages. It won the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, where it also received the Readers' Choice and Booksellers' Choice awards, was longlisted for the 1999 Orange Prize, and won the 2001 Tasmania Pacific Prize. Burgundy, 1808. One night Sobran Jodeau, a young vintner, meets an angel in his vineyard: a physically gorgeous creature with huge wings that smell of snow, a sense of humour and an enquiring mind. Every year on the midsummer anniversary of the date, they meet again. Village life goes on, meanwhile, with its affairs and mysteries, marriages and murders, and the vintages keep on improving through the horrors of the Napoleonic wars, and into the middle of the century, as science marches on, viticulture changes, and gliders fly like angels. Elizabeth Knox is the author of ten novels most recently The Absolute Book a trilogy of autobiographical novellas, three fantasy novels for young adults, and a collection of essays. She has received many honours, including the 1988 PEN Best First Book Award for After Z-Hour, the 2006 Esther Glen Award for New Zealand children's literature for Dreamhunter, and an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Award for Young Adult Literature in 2008 for Dreamquake. She held the Victoria University of Wellington Writers Fellowship in 1997, and the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship in Menton in 1999. She was an inaugural New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2000, and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002. She lives in Wellington with her husband and son.

    ISBN: 9781776562312
    Publication date: 12/09/2019
    Edition: NE
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Knox, Elizabeth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Visit from the Goon Squad
    Visit from the Goon Squad
    The Hachette Essentials series comprises a collection of titles that are regarded as modern classics. A carefully and lovingly curated selection of distinctive, ground-breaking fiction and non-fiction titles published since 1950. Timeless. Relevant. Passionate. Unified as a series - distinctive as books. A good book is great. A great book is essential.

    Jennifer Egan's spellbinding novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an ageing former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.

    We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist's couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later, we learn the genesis of her turmoil when we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend.

    We meet Bennie Salazar at the melancholy nadir of his adult life-divorced, struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son, listening to a washed up band in the basement of a suburban house-and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, shy and tender, revelling in San Francisco's punk scene as he discovers his ardour for rock and roll and his gift for spotting talent. We learn what became of his high school gang-who thrived and who faltered-and we encounter Lou Kline, Bennie's catastrophically careless mentor, along with the lovers and children left behind in the wake of Lou's far flung sexual conquests and meteoric rise and fall.

    A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to Powerpoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both-and escape the merciless progress of time-in the transporting realms of art and music. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.

    ISBN: 9781472154958
    Publication date: 25/06/2019
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Egan, Jennifer
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Vox
    Vox
    `This book will blow your mind.' PRIMA

    `Intelligent, suspenseful, provocative, and intensely disturbing - everything a great novel should be.' LEE CHILD

    `A novel ripe for the era of #MeToo.' VANITY FAIR

    `Thought-provoking and set to dominate dinner party chats.' COSMOPOLITAN

    `A dazzling debut.' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

    `A truly compulsive novel.' STYLIST

    `Thought-provoking and thrilling. I was left speechless!' WOMAN & HOME

    `The book of the moment!' MARIE CLAIRE

    `A fast-paced, twisting thriller that left me speechless.' DAILY MAIL

    Silence can be deafening.

    Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.

    Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you're a woman.

    Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.

    For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning...

    [100 WORD LIMIT REACHED]

    ISBN: 9780008300678
    Publication date: 01/03/2019
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Dalcher, Christina
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Wake
    Wake
    One sunny spring morning the Tasman Bay settlement of Kahukura is overwhelmed by a mysterious mass insanity. A handful of survivors find themselves cut off from the world, and surrounded by the dead. As they try to take care of one another, and survive in ever more difficult circumstances, it becomes apparent that this isn't the first time that this has happened, and that they aren't all survivors and victims - two of them are something quite other. And, it seems, they are trapped with something. Something unseen is picking at the loose threads of their characters, corrupting, provoking, and haunting them. WAKE is book about what it really means to try to do your best, about the choices and sacrifices we face in order to keep a promise like I will take care of you. It is a book that asks: 'What are the last things left when the worst has happened?' It is a book about extreme events, ordinary people, heroic compassion--and invisible monsters.

    ISBN: 9780864737700
    Publication date: 01/11/2013
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Knox, Elizabeth
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Wake Siren: Ovid Resung
    Wake Siren: Ovid Resung
    A powerful, feminist retelling, Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung channels the fierce, textured voices of the women in Ovid's Metamorphoses, as they claim their stories and challenge the power of myth

    I am the home of this story. After thousands of years of other people's tellings, of all these different bridges, of words gotten wrong, I'll tell it myself.

    Seductresses and she-monsters, nymphs and demi-goddesses, populate the famous myths of Ovid's Metamorphoses. But what happens when the story of the chase comes in the voice of the woman fleeing her rape? When the beloved coolly returns the seducer's gaze? When tales of monstrous transfiguration are sung by those transformed? In voices both mythic and modern, Wake, Siren revisits each account of love, loss, rape, revenge, and change. It lays bare the violence that undergirds and lurks in the heart of Ovid's narratives, stories that helped build and perpetuate the distorted portrayal of women across centuries of art and literature.

    Drawing on the rhythms of epic poetry and alt rock, of everyday speech and folk song, of fireside whisperings and therapy sessions, Nina MacLaughlin, the acclaimed author of Hammer Head, recovers what is lost when the stories of women are told and translated by men. She breathes new life into these fraught and well-loved myths.

    ISBN: 9780374538583
    Publication date: 19/11/2019
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Maclaughlin, Nina
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
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