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Sultry Moon

by Mempo Giardinelli

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Lovers of literary form and accomplishment, those with an existentialist bent, or anyone still haunted by Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, will devour Sultry Moon, a near-perfect example The Novella.  Concentrated, lean, and powerful, this winner of Mexico's National Book Award takes place over three days and four chapters.  Ramiro Bernardez, successful and polished, returns from studies abroad to begin a highly-anticipated career in law.  Over the course of a dinner party, however, he falls in love with his host's daughter and becomes a rapist and murderer, on the run from his crime and psychologically invisible to himself.  Erotic, horrifying, and breathlessly intense, Giardinelli has created nothing short of a masterpiece. 

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Silver Thaw

By Anderson, Catherine

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Perennially popular Anderson begins a new series called "Mystic Creek."  After making a break from her abusive husband, Amanda moves to Oregon with her young daughter.  Her cathartic habit of handwriting her secrets and tossing them to the wind might just change her life, however.  Amanda doesn't know that Jeb Sterling is reading them .......... and that Jeb will stop at nothing to help her.