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.
Family of Lies
By Monroe, Mary
The ever-popular Mary Monroe (God Don't Like Ugly, 2000) is back with a tale of family deceit and gold-digging drama. Having gone from rags to riches, Vera Lomax is not about to lose her husband's fortune ... not to his hush-hush mistresses and certainly not to their children. Hold on to your seat as Vera schemes and gambles to get what she wants.