The new novel by the author of I Smile Back, now a film starring Sarah Silverman.
The acclaimed author of I Smile Back, Amy Koppelman is a novelist of astonishing power, with a sly, dark voice, at once fearless and poetic. In Koppelman’s new novel, Dr. Susanna Seliger is a renowned psychiatrist who specializes in treatment-resistant depression. The most difficult cases come through her door, and Susa is always ready to discuss treatment options, medication, and symptom management but draws the line at engaging with feelings. A strict adherence to protocol keeps her from falling apart.
But her past is made present by one patient, Jim, whose struggles tear open Susa’s hastily stitched up wounds, revealing her latent feeling that she could have helped the people closest to her, especially her adored, cool, talented graffiti-artist brother. Spectacularly original, gorgeously unsettling, HESITATION WOUNDS is a novel that will sink deep and remain—like a persistent scar or a dangerous glow-in-the-dark memory.
What People are Saying about Hesitation Wounds:
“Hesitation Wounds reads like a fever dream, or the last second of a deeply feeling woman’s life. It is full of brilliantly observed pain and truth. It is an in-depth unblinking report on the deepest of all bonds, familial love. It is spare but it is also somehow full. Its truths are so sharp I began to read with my head slightly averted, as if expecting the next blow. She is way more unflinching than you or me. Her language is simple, deceptively so, the further she goes, as if depth stole oxygen and there was only so much breath left for words, so they had better be true. And they are true. It’s a jagged, dangerous, beautiful book that affirms life even as it affirms the impossibility of life. Like Beckett, she can’t go on, she will go on.” (David Duchovny, author of Holy Cow)
“Amy Koppelman has wrangled into the world a marvel of a book in terms of language and character and story. It should find her the audience she’s long deserved.”
(Mary Karr, The New York Times bestselling author of The Liar’s Club and Lit)
“Fearless, unflinching, entrancing”
(Thomas Beller, author of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist)
“Who are we without the ones we love? Amy Koppelman’s brilliant latest is richly sympathetic, and deeply moving, and truly, like that one lone star sparkling in the darkest sky. Gorgeously written, the novel is so hypnotic that you don’t dare risk taking your eyes from the page.”
(Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You)
“Readers who like psychological fiction and don’t expect a conventional narrative will appreciate Koppelman’s exploration of the struggle to come to terms with loss.” (Booklist)
“[Koppleman’s] a novelist of astonishing depth and power, with a dark and haunting voice that is both lyrical and fearless.”
“Somber and absorbing.” (Interview.com)
“In her spare but richly layered third novel, Amy Koppelman explores what happens when a life ruptures with the trauma of loss ― and what happens with the sutures knitting that wound begin to unravel.”
“Koppelman’s newest novel stares at me. I’m drawn towards its unflinching gaze.” (The Quivering Pen)
About the Author:
Amy Koppelman is a graduate of Columbia’s MFA program. Her writing has appeared in The New York Observer and Lilith. She lives in New York City with her husband, Brian Koppelman, and their two children. Her previous novels are A Mouthful of Air and I Smile Back, slated for the Toronto Film Festival and general release in Fall 2015.
Amy also wrote ‘I Smile Back’ which was adapted into a film in 2015 starring actress/comedian Sarah Silverman. Sarah was recently nominated for a SAG award based on her performance of Laney.
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I Smile Back
Now a major motion picture starring Sarah Silverman in her dramatic-acting debut, and Josh Charles, I Smile Back tells the affecting tale of Laney Brooks, a mother and wife on a self-destructive streak. She takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Lurking beneath Laney’s seemingly composed surface is the impulse to follow in her father’s footsteps, to leave and topple her family’s balance in the process.
The film adaptation of I Smile Back premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the prestigious US Dramatic competition. Silverman’s affecting dramatic turn in the lead role has garnered praise in film trade reviews as “tremendous,” “terrific,” and “awards worthy,” and will inspire an onslaught of attention upon the film’s national theatrical release.
What People are Saying about ‘I Smile Back’
“Powerful. Koppelman’s instincts help her navigate these choppy waters with inventiveness and integrity.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Koppelman explores with ruthless honesty a woman come undone.”
“Koppelman mostly writes from inside Laney’s disillusioned mind, ricocheting between the quotidian details of wife and motherhood and big-picture musings, forming exquisite stand-alone tone poems.”
From Publishers Weekly
This crushing novel by the author of A Mouthful of Air is a shocking portrait of suburban ennui gone horribly awry. Laney Brooks, approaching middle age in Short Hills, N.J., appears to have it all: doting husband, two beautiful children, the big house with a kidney-shaped pool. But beneath the facade of upper-middle-class perfection, Laney’s life descends into a chasm of indiscriminate sex and drug and alcohol abuse. Koppelman’s prose style is understated and crackling; each sentence is laden with a foreboding sense of menace, whether she’s describing a sunny Florida resort or the back alley of a seedy strip mall. Laney’s self-debasement can be a bit over-the-top at times, but like a crime scene or a flaming car wreck, it becomes impossible not to stare. (Dec.)
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Laney, beautiful, married with two children and a seemingly fine suburban life, feels only impending doom shadowing her and everyone else’s life. She finishes many sentences in her mind with “and then you die,” and comes to know that “nothing bad needs to happen for her to feel sad.” So she misbehaves: drinks too much, uses drugs, and sleeps around. Her husband, ever patient, copes and sends her to rehab, but nothing connects or fills the hole left by her father’s abandonment long ago. She always expects failure and loss. Koppelman has visited this area before with a more sympathetic character in A Mouthful of Air (2003). Koppelman’s writing is expressive and nuanced, so the reader recognizes Laney’s pain, but doesn’t feel it. And perhaps that is the point. Her separation from everyone, even the reader, is her strongest characteristic. Her aloneness gives her the distance she both wants and fears. Therefore this potent novel is captivating in the way watching a car wreck might be. It is not easy or comfortable or for the faint of heart. –Danise Hoover
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A Mouthful of Air
A Mouthful of Air begins a few weeks after Julie Davis’s suicide attempt and on the eve of her son’s first birthday. Desperate to lead a “normal” life, Julie tries to be thankful for the good things: her comfortable lifestyle, her doting husband and her healthy little boy. But her emotional demons are unrelenting, and the battle is being quietly lost
What people are saying about ‘A Mouthful of Air’
From Publishers Weekly
Lean, minutely detailed and frighteningly convincing, this polished debut explores the mind of Julie Davis, a privileged 26-year-old New Yorker suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth to her son, Teddy. The novel begins just after she tries to commit suicide, soon before Teddy’s first birthday. Back from the hospital and home with her husband, Ethan, and Teddy’s live-in nurse, Georgie, Julie struggles to feign normality, continually reassuring herself that she can function perfectly well: “She will empty the stroller and pay for what she has. She will tell Ethan to bring home bottled water or just use water from the tap.” The plot moves along the grooves of her depressed, circular thinking, fed by small, ordinary developments: a Knicks game, a Tupperware party, a trip to the grocery store with Teddy, a move to the suburbs. Tranquil as her life is on the outside, her mind never rests, constantly struggling with the voice in her head that she describes as a “skeptical, mocking, bitter person furious she is alive.” Memories of childhood with her father intrude often. He called her Flower, but treated her and her mother roughly, leaving many scars. Another frequently heard voice is that of her mother whose motto is “If you look happy and pretty, then you are happy and pretty.” Ethan is patient and thoughtful, though he has odd lapses, calling his formerly bulimic wife “Tiny.” Koppelman skillfully builds suspense as Julie battles with her demons, conjuring up an airless, oppressively stifling world. Though all signs point to the disturbing ending, it still comes as a surprise.
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This effective first novel portrays the deep and abiding depression of a young wife and mother, newly returned to her family after a suicide attempt. Julie’s life shows that love, money, privilege, and position are no guarantee of happiness, and that there is no logic to depression. So visceral is Koppelman’s prose, the reader truly feels the depths of Julie’s spirit and the toll of her continual struggle to keep herself afloat. Although living in the present and benefiting from today’s psychopharmacology, Julie seems remarkably untouched by the tremendous changes in women’s lives since the 1960s. She marries very young, has no career, and becomes a mother right away. Her being out of sync with society emphasizes how out of touch she is with feelings of success or contentment. Unexpectedly pregnant again, she must give up the drugs that have helped her survive and risk all for the baby. Despite an air of melodrama at the end, this tragic tale, though difficult to read, is worth the effort. Danise Hoover
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Sally must deal with the grief of losing her father, a man she knew very little about. After the funeral she takes time out to be alone and reflect on her life.
To find out the truth about him, she first has to make amends with her estranged mother and half-sisters, who she hasn’t spoken to for almost twenty years.
In the meantime, Mr Leriche from Interpol opens a fascinating old case file, about a stolen painting potentially worth millions. Before long Sally finds herself in the middle of a criminal investigation. Having discovered she is the sole beneficiary to her father’s estate, she must decide whether to develop the business or walk away.
Reflections is an emotional journey.
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The Braille Club
Welcome to the Braille Club, where blindfolds are mandatory and members play sensual games of pleasurable endurance. Three couples take part in this exclusive, secret club for very different reasons…with very different results.
Benedict Harrison was a master of detachment…
Benedict’s first experience with the Braille Club changed his life forever when a mysterious woman reawakened his emotions and his passion. He encounters the darkly erotic Siena Waters again, and they begin a tumultuous affair and a business partnership, but what will happen if the true nature of their relationship is revealed?
Gabriella Ballantyne’s marriage is in trouble…
Her husband Max has grown cold, and Gabriella seeks out the Braille Club and its decadent delights in an effort to reawaken their hearts and strengthen their marriage. But when she presents him with his own membership card, she sees only revulsion in his eyes. Gabriella must use everything she’s learned from the club in a last-ditch effort to reconnect with Max and resurrect their love.
Abbey Marshall needs an escape from her cheating husband…
Abbey begins sensory lessons at the Braille Club, hoping it will help her regain control of Steve and prevent his straying. When the unthinkable happens, she is consumed with the need to learn the identity of Steve’s latest mistress. Left reeling and with her sanity in jeopardy, a chance visit from her husband’s former teammate might be her last chance to find the answers she needs.
At the Braille Club, the elite membership walks in the dark in order to find the light…they need to be blind before they can see. They’re ready—are you?
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THE UNIQUE PREMISE AND THE 3D CHARACTER PROFILES KEPT ME HOOKED. It’s not often that I use the word ‘original’, but it’s merited in this case. Kerr has crafted a well-written story around a unique idea, and both the writing style and the execution deliver flawlessly.
Each chapter is preceded by a small informational briefing about the Braille Club, and this was invaluable to getting a feel for just how strange the circumstance is. The book reminded me in part of David Foster Wallace’s almost encyclopedic descriptions of people and places, going into minute detail. In as much as The Braille Club is a world, these descriptions helped to make it real for me.
Without ruining too much, The Braille Club is as much about sexual awakening as it is sexual re-awakening, with couples attending to rekindle their marriages, or trying to rediscover the passion they once felt for each other.
Not at all the kind of book I would normally pick up, but the unique premise and the 3D character profiles kept me hooked. Would thoroughly recommend to a lover of any genre.
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When I set out to write these books, I wanted to create something that mirrored exactly the kind of books I like to read. My top picks are always originals featuring strong male and female protagonists with attitude. Benedict is detached and an enigma until he meets Siena. She turns his world upside down and he suddenly reconnects. I can’t tell you how many readers tell me how they were gripped by their story. How they loved the originality of the Braille Club, the other two stories running through the book and the mix of characters!
The Braille Club Series books are a great mix of genres. Although sensuality plays a big part, there is also intrigue and a touch of thriller.Overall, the Braille Club series is designed to keep you turning the pages – for those adventurous enough to try…
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RETURN OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT BY SUSAN BUCHANAN
Christmas is just around the corner when Star begins working at Butterburn library, but not everyone is embracing the spirit of the season.
Sixteen-year-old Arianna’s mock exams are looming and she’s feeling under pressure. With her father living abroad and her mother working three jobs, she doesn’t have much support at home.
The bank is threatening to repossess Evan’s house, and he has no idea how he’s going to get through Christmas with two children who are used to getting everything they want.
Patricia’s cliché of a husband, after 23 years of marriage, has announced he’s moving out of the family home, and moving in with his secretary.
Daniel is doing the work of three people in his sales job, as well as looking after his kids and his wife. Pulled in too many different directions, he’s feeling stressed out.
Can Star, the library’s Good Samaritan, help set them on the path to happiness this Christmas?
ABOUT SUSAN BUCHANAN
Susan Buchanan lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their two children. She is the author of three other novels: The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. Return of the Christmas Spirit is her fourth book. She is currently working on her fifth book, What If.
Susan is also a proofreader, editor, and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows, and eating out – not necessarily in that order!
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‘The Persistence of Memory’ is Uttara’s third book. ‘A Model House’ (Indialog, 2003) was her debut novel, while her second book, ‘Blue Blood’ (2011, Penguin India), a collection of short stories, was long-listed for the 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. You can read more about Uttara and her writing on her website.
About The Persistence Of Memory: Through a quarter-century of memories that connect – and separate – three childhood friends, this novel examines mid-life issues and sheds light on the changing values of India’s middle class. Inder, Leena and Raja were best friends in high-school until one event separated them forever. Twenty-five years later, they meet at a class reunion, each one bearing a secret. At the reunion, buried memories resurface, forcing them to confront their untruths – and the mystery of a shared one. Persistence is the story of three people striving for redemption at the mid-point of their lives as they realize how the past is always present.
After bringing out two books through traditional publishing, for her third, Uttara decided to enter the brave new world of e-publishing. Persistence is currently only available in its Kindle version on Amazon.com (including India).
What can you do when those around you are as messed up as you are?
Do you realize that we all have irrational personal quirks – some barely noticeable, others more intrusive?
How do you cope in a dysfunctional family, where the search for affection leads to rejection or, at best, indifference?
Navin found a way in his own set of obsessive rules of cleanliness.
This is a story about life and love amidst psychological issues like obsessions, anorexia, hoarding, and kleptomania.
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What should a fifty-year-old woman do when she gets pregnant?
Any decision which she may take will result in unwanted repercussions.
But what does her husband want?
But DOES IT MATTER WHAT SHE WANTS?
Will the fact that Asha is an Indian woman living in Ireland make a difference to her decision?
Whichever decision she will take may be wrong or … wrong.
It is about life: full of surprises, crazy decisions and finally an unexpected turn of events.
There is a taste of Irish realities and Indian tradition and culture.
Humorous linguistic situations are enriched by the presence of Maria from Poland.
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