Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday Finds


The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
is shocking, exciting and deeply affecting in its evisceration of how one hideous event brings two alien cultures into collision: the lawless predation of an oil-frenzied corner of Nigeria, and the ordered suburbia of Kingston-upon-Thames.





Call Me Ahab by Anne Finger intricately embroiders vivid new lives for a range of characters from art and literature whose stories we think we already know. Captain Ahab, Goliath, Vincent Van Gogh, Helen Keller, Frida Kahlo, the dwarf from a Velazquez painting, and Shakespeare's Gloucester- all magically shift shapes, eras, and places in Anne Finger's astonishing and stirring prose. These elegant stories rewrite the lives of the unusually embodied, imbuing them with magic and depth to show us how we collectively misrecognize what it means to inhabit a body that looks and works apart from the ordinary.

15 comments:

Sassy Brit said...

The cover for The Other Hand is fab! I adore it!

Hope you enjoy both books. Finger - that's rather unusual for a name isn't it? :)

Have a great weekend! My Friday Fill in can be found HERE!

And here's my Friday Find

Beth F said...

I'm with Sassy! I love that cover too.

BooksPlease said...

Call Me Ahab attracts me more than The Other Hand, in fact it looks very promising.

jlshall said...

Both of those sound interesting. I'm definitely going to look around for Call Me Ahab. Nice finds!

bermudaonion said...

Both of these look good!

Jo-Jo said...

Oh these both look great! Thanks for sharing them. My friday find is here.

naida said...

great finds!
happy reading :O)
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Dar said...

These both sound really good. My Friday Finds is here.

avisannschild said...

These both sound intriguing to me too!

Diane said...

These books look really good; thanks for pointing them out.

Alyce said...

I think The Other Hand looks really good!

Beth F said...

I have an award for you here.

Scrap girl said...

I have The Other Hand in my pile to read. I have heard such great things about it and I am really looking forward to it.

Staci said...

Those look like interesting books!!