Paris Echo - Sebastian Faulks

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"Paris Echo" by Sebastian Faulks

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The Book

Here is Paris as you have never seen it before – a city in which every building seems to hold the echo of an unacknowledged past, the shadows of Vichy and Algeria.American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both are susceptible to the daylight ghosts of Paris. Hannah listens to the extraordinary witness of women who were present under the German Occupation; in her desire to understand their lives and through them her own, she finds a city bursting with clues and connections. Out in the migrant suburbs, Tariq is searching for a mother he barely knew. For him, in his innocence, each boulevard, Métro station and street corner is a source of surprise.In this urgent and deeply moving novel, Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance, and identity. With great originality and a dark humour, Paris Echo asks how much we really need to know if we are to live a valuable life.

About the Author

Sebastian Faulks was born in 1953, and grew up in Newbury, the son of a judge and a repertory actress. He attended Wellington College and studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, although he didn’t enjoy attending either institution. Cambridge in the 70s was still quite male-dominated, and he says that you had to cycle about 5 miles to meet a girl. He was the first literary editor of “The Independent”, and then went on to become deputy editor of “The Sunday Independent”. Sebastian Faulks was awarded the CBE in 2002. He and his family live in London.

  

Idaho - Emily Ruskovich

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"Idaho" by Emily Ruskovich

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The Book

One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, and sing snatches of songs as they while away the time.But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.

About the Author

Emily Ruskovich grew up in the mountains of northern Idaho. She graduated from the University of Montana and received an MA in English from the University of New Brunswick and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was the 2011–2012 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope, One Story, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. She was a 2015 winner of the O. Henry Award for her story “Owl.”

Independent Bookshop Week Competition!

indiebookshopweek-instagram-1We have much to celebrate this year at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop with it being our 30th year of bookselling, being named the #Nibbies Irish Independent Bookshop of the Yearand being voted in an Irish Times public vote as Ireland’s Favourite Independent Bookshop.To celebrate this success and Independent Bookshop Week, we at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop are looking to give away a special prize to one lucky winner; a €250 voucher; a Charlie Byrne’s poster; a pair of Charlie Byrne’s socks (his or hers); a Charlie Byrne’s tote bag; and your very own Tiny Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop.To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is buy a book in our shop during Independent Bookshop Week, 15-22 June, 2019.That’s it, it’s that simple. Buy a book from us we will reward one lucky winner with plenty more (limited to one entry per person).The winning name will be drawn from our competition suitcase by Charlie on Saturday 22nd June at 6pm and announced on our Facebook, Twitter (@ByrnesBooks) and Instagram (@charliebyrnesbookshop) accounts.We hope you use this Independent Bookshop Week to pay us a visit or call into another independent bookshop near you and celebrate all the magic books and independent bookshophave to offer.