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"It's been a long time since I read a novel with such charm, generosity, humor, daring, and brilliance. It is just splendid." -- Bobbie Ann Mason
Thirty years after her stepbrother's unsolved murder, a reluctant Mary Byrd Thornton is forced by a detective's call to return to her family and again confront the crime's irremovable stain.
This stunning debut--from the cofounder of the legendary Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi--is a work of fiction, but the murder is based on the still-unsolved case of Lisa Howorth's stepbrother, a front page story in the Washington Post. And yet this is not a crime novel; it is an honest and luminous story of a particular time and place in the South, where even calamitous weather can be a character, everyone has a story, and all are inextricably entwined.
With a flamboyant cast, splendid dark humor, a potent sense of history, and a shocking true story at its heart, Flying Shoes is a rich and candid novel from a fresh new voice about family and memory and one woman's flight from a wounded past.
About the Author
Lisa Howorth was born in Washington, D.C., where her family has lived for four generations. She moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where she married her husband, Richard, and raised their three children. They opened Square Books (named by Publishers Weekly as the 2013 Bookstore of the Year) in 1979. She received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2007. Her writing has appeared in Garden & Gun and the Oxford American. This is her first novel.
Shoes for the Moscow Circus is an atmospheric, lyrical
look behind the scenes of a number of Australian trades and industries,
many of which are fast disappearing in the modern world.
Arts writer Leta Keens, with photographer Oliver Strewe, visited
more than 25 factories and workshops - including an umbrella maker and
cricket ball factory, a taxidermist and a bicycle maker, a tannery and
a dolls' hospital - and discovered far more than simply the history
and processes involved in these trades.
With an engagingly readable
style, she also tells the stories of the characters who inhabit these
intriguing and often little known worlds.
About the Author
Leta Keens is a Sydney-based journalist who specialises in architecture, design and the arts. She started her career on the architecture and women's pages of a Fleet Street newspaper, and has since worked in Australia, Italy and the United States. She has edited several books, is the co-author of The Slow Guide to Sydney, and has written for a number of publications, including Harper's Bazaar, The Australian newspaper and Qantas in-flight magazine. For a number of years, she has been editor-at-large of the architecture and design magazine, Belle.
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