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The Palace Of Illusions

Author: Kim Addonizio
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
ISBN: 1593765428
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In her new collection, gifted poet and novelist Kim Addonizio uses her literary powers to bring to life a variety of settings, all connected through the suggestion that things in the known world are not what they seem. In “Beautiful Lady of the Snow,” young Annabelle turns to a host of family pets to combat the alienation she feels caught between her distracted mother and ailing grandfather; in “Night Owls,” a young college student’s crush on her acting partner is complicated by the bloodlust of being half-vampire; in “Cancer Poems,” a dying woman turns to a poetry workshop to make sense of her terminal diagnosis and final days; in “Intuition,” a young girl’s sexual forays bring her closer to her best friend’s father; and in the collection’s title story, a photographer looks back to his youth spent as a young illusionist under the big tent and his obsessive affair with the carnival owner’s wife. The stories in this collection have appeared in journals ranging from Narrative Magazine to The Fairy Tale Review, and include the much loved "Ever After," which was featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts." Distracted parents, first love, the twin forces of alienation and isolation: the characters in The Palace of Illusions all must contend with these challenges, trafficking in the fault lines between the real and the imaginary, often in a world not of their making.

Palast Der Hoffnung

Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ISBN: 9783453290266
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Die schöne Prinzessin Panchali bzw. Draupadi aus dem altindischen Heldeneopos äMahabharataä, Gattin der 5 Pandava-Brüder, erzählt die bewegte Geschichte ihres Lebens und das ihrer Familie.

The Palace Of Illusions

Author: Chitra Divakaruni
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330478656
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The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half-history, half-myth, and wholly magical; narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the five Pandava brothers, we are -- finally -- given a woman's take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata Tracing Panchaali's life -- from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and Panchaali's secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy -- The Palace of Illusions is a deeply human novel about a woman born into a man's world -- a world of warriors, gods and the ever manipulating hands of fate. ‘A mythic tale brimming with warriors, magic and treachery’ Los Angeles Times ‘A radiant entree into an ancient mythology . . . Charming and remarkable’ Houston Chronicle ‘A woman’s look at crime and punishment, loyalty, promises, love and vengeance . . . With The Palace of Illusions, Divakaruni has proven that her storytelling talents put her right up there with the best’ Miami Herald

Alles Ber Lulu

Author: Jonathan Evison
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462304658
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»Eine anrührende und lustige Liebesgeschichte« Brigitte Fleisch und Bodybuilding – das sind die beiden Leidenschaften, denen Big Bill und die beiden Zwillingsbrüder Doug und Ross frönen. Will, kurzsichtig und Vegetarier, hat es schwer in dieser Familie, in der zu Thanksgiving gleich mehrere Truthähne im Ofen schmoren. Als Lulu mit ihrer Mutter in die Familie zieht, fängt Will sofort Feuer: Obwohl er erst neun Jahre alt ist, weiß er, dass Lulu und er zusammengehören. Inniges Vertrauen und gemeinsame Interessen machen die beiden Heranwachsenden unzertrennlich. Doch als Lulu nach den Sommerferien in einem Cheerleading-Camp wieder nach Hause kommt, will sie nichts mehr von Will wissen. Doch der lässt nicht locker. »Als hätte sich Holden Caulfield ins Hotel New Hampshire verirrt« NDR

One Amazing Thing

Author: Chitra Divakaruni
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1401394957
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An acclaimed novel by the author of The Mistress of Spices, and Before We Visit the Goddess. Jhumpa Lahiri praises: "One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures; what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room." Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city. Most customers and even most office workers have come and gone, but nine people remain. A punky teenager with an unexpected gift. An upper-class Caucasian couple whose relationship is disintegrating. A young Muslim-American man struggling with the fallout of 9/11. A graduate student haunted by a question about love. An African-American ex-soldier searching for redemption. A Chinese grandmother with a secret past. And two visa office workers on the verge of an adulterous affair. When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull, trapping these nine characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive. There's little food. The office begins to flood. Then, at a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, "one amazing thing" from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself. From Chitra Divakaruni, author of such finely wrought, bestselling novels as Sister of My Heart, The Palace of Illusions, and The Mistress of Spices, comes her most compelling and transporting story to date. One Amazing Thing is a passionate creation about survival--and about the reasons to survive.