Posts by: J.A. Tyler

Kind One

“Kind One,” by Laird Hunt

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Released from Coffee House Press in September 2012 and recently honored as one of four PEN/Faulkner Award finalists, Laird Hunt’s Kind One is a crushing and beautiful book. Taking place over the span of a century, 1830-1930, Kind One weaves together the lives of Linus Lancaster, his second wife Ginny, and his five farm and house hands, following how they brawl and bend from Indiana to Kentucky, through death and abuse, and into a future loaded with loss, defiance, and perseverance.

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“HHhH,” by Laurent Binet

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Winner of the 2010 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman and translated from the French by Sam Taylor, Laurent Binet’s novel HHhH centers around the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, referenced in the title as “Himmlers Hirn heist Heydrich,” or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich,” and said to be one of the most dangerous men in Hitler’s cabinet, “the Butcher of Prague.” But HHhH is not a history book, though it isn’t entirely fiction either,

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