Colum McCann’s eighth novel turns the hyphen of Irish-American into an arrow pointing both ways. The heart of Transatlantic (Random House, $27), which opens with a harrowing 1919 flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in a Vickers Vimy, is the classic immigration tale. But when Lily Duggan, a Dublin housemaid, heads for America just as the potato blight is starting, her story is reported by Frederick Douglass, in Ireland on a lecture tour. Years later, the two meet in St. Louis, and Lily narrates that episode. As the novel moves around in time from the 1840s to 2011, characters recur, sons are shot in different civil wars, descendants multiply, and themes echo from one continent to the other. Eventually, Lily’s granddaughter marries an Irishman and moves to Belfast, bringing the family saga full circle. McCann has constructed the novel from seven interlocking sections, each one a tour de force of the precise, elegant prose that won him the National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin.

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Published: Random House - June 4th, 2013

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HHhH (Picador, $16,) by Laurent Binet, tells the true story of two heroic Czech patriots, Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, who parachuted behind enemy lines to assassinate Nazi, Reinhard Heydrich, the Butcher of Prague.  The title refers to the epithet ascribed to Heydrich: Himmler’s Hirn heist Heydrich, or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.”  Part historical fiction and part creative meta-fiction, Binet’s novel features a narrator who muses upon the nature of historical novels and the impossibility of objectivity. When he finally nears the end of his story, he finds ways to extend the telling so as not to lose contact with his fearless heroes—a narrative ploy that may sound odd, but one that really works.  HHhH is smart, playful, and engrossing.
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The third in M.L. Longworth’s excellent Provence series, Death in the Vines (Penguin, $15), is a mystery that takes serpentine twists while focusing on day-to-day life and the region’s encroaching suburbs. Longworth’s great investigator, Commissioner Paulik, along with his sometime partner, Marie Bonnet, and a local Judge, engage in deft interplay that brings readers close to the characters and the action—which involves both small events and a murder. As in her previous books, Longworth excels here at making the physical aspects of her novel as mouthwateringly real as her characters are familiar. Enjoy this intriguing taste of Provence this summer.
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Published: Penguin Books - May 28th, 2013

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