by Jeffrey Marshall
A modern tableau about money and power set in New York and London. Two powerful men, a bank chief executive and a New York tabloid publisher, are at odds over a loan that would keep the publisher afloat. Enter a ruthless Russian oligarch with an offer of a financial life raft to the publisher – a scheme uncovered by a dogged financial journalist who smells of a big story.
The book takes us into the wood-panelled meeting rooms and lavish penthouses of New York’s elite and shows us their way of life, their desires and their weaknesses. The author carefully details the reporter’s story, which ties the main characters together in what becomes a superb front-page expose. Along the way, the reader not only sees financial deceptions, but also sexual blackmail, strong and principled female characters, and a fast-paced and often satirical take on the corrupting influences of wealth and power.
“Laughing My Way Through Stage Three”
The author is highly qualified to tarnish the golden years and she does so with the usual wit and wisdom we’ve come to expect. Following his first two award-winning books, “How Old Am I As A Dog’s Age and How To Complain When There’s Nothing Wrong”, this collection of hilarious essays comments on his personal, yet very relatable, journey to through the decades.
With wit and candor, Goldfein discusses her non-rotating left rotator cuff, her horror of losing inches instead of pounds, and the indignity of buying a bathing suit. Susan has become the hilarious new voice of “women of a certain age” and she reminds us how refreshing it is to step back and have a good laugh at our own expense.
A Tunisian diaspora poet explores the nature of loss as his life tragically falls apart in this critically acclaimed novel.
After countless professional disappointments, Tariq Abbassi fled Tunisia with his wife for a new life in France, where he intends to flourish as an experimental poet. But soon, he struggles to keep his family together. His uncompromising ambition and unbridled anger, however, eventually lead to an emotional breakdown, and Tariq soon finds himself completely alone when his wife takes the children and leaves.
This abandonment is only the first of a series of unspeakable tragedies that befall him. Reeling from his devastating loss while trying to cope with a traumatic brain injury, Tariq finds his already tenuous grasp of reality slipping away from him.
“The Power of Being Seen”
A poignant memoir about someone who was a product of the foster care system in the 1950s, showing how the inability of adults to truly see and hear others can change a life. Author Roger Saillant describes his journey, constantly doubting himself and asking himself: “Why does nobody want me? Did I do something wrong?’ He lives on a farm where all that matters is whether the job is done, regardless of the typical experiences of a growing child.
Saillant describes feelings of abandonment and despair, but the good values instilled by many caring adults make it a story of optimism, courage and inspiration. “Roger understands the impact kind people have had on him. Those who saw him and assured him he mattered will live in him forever,” critic Kathleen Alfiero said.