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Curtis Sittenfeld - Sisterland - Ikerország
Kate és Violet ikertestvérek, akiknek az élete szoros kapcsolatuk ellenére is nagyon különböző vágányon halad. Mindketten különleges képességgel születtek, amelyet gyerekkorukban azonos mértékben alkalmaztak is: erős megérzés ez, egyfajta természetfeletti tudás emberekkel, helyzetekkel, a jövő történéseivel kapcsolatban. Felnőve azonban nagyon másképpen viszonyulnak különös adottságukhoz: míg Kate minden igyekezetével azon van, hogy elnyomja, és normális, hétköznapi életet éljen, addig Vi a maga teljességében kibontakoztatja, és médiumként keresi kenyerét. Azután egy őszi napon Vi számára nyilvánvalóvá válik egy közelgő földrengés lehetősége, testvére pedig megérzi a katasztrófa pontos dátumát. Olyan információ ez, amelyet nem tarthatnak meg maguknak, hiszen meg kell adni a lehetőséget, hogy az emberek fölkészüljenek a túlélésre. Nagy médianyilvánosságot kap tehát a jóslat, és a feszültség szinte tapinthatóvá válik, ahogy a megjelölt dátumhoz közeledünk. Valóra válik-e a jóslat, és mindent elnyel a föld? Vagy tévedés az egész, és Vi megszégyenül az egész kisváros előtt? És bármelyik lehetőség következik is be, lehetséges-e a túlélés a testvérek és családjuk számára?
Curtis Sittenfeld - American Wife
On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, “almost in opposition to itself.” A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck. So more than a decade later, when she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly gave him a second look: She was serious and thoughtful, and he would rather crack a joke than offer a real insight; he was the wealthy son of a bastion family of the Republican party, and she was a school librarian and registered Democrat. Comfortable in her quiet and unassuming life, she felt inured to his charms. And then, much to her surprise, Alice fell for Charlie. As Alice learns to make her way amid the clannish energy and smug confidence of the Blackwell family, navigating the strange rituals of their country club and summer estate, she remains uneasy with her newfound good fortune. And when Charlie eventually becomes President, Alice is thrust into a position she did not seek–one of power and influence, privilege and responsibility. As Charlie’s tumultuous and controversial second term in the White House wears on, Alice must face contradictions years in the making: How can she both love and fundamentally disagree with her husband? How complicit has she been in the trajectory of her own life? What should she do when her private beliefs run against her public persona? In Alice Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld has created her most dynamic and complex heroine yet. American Wife is a gorgeously written novel that weaves class, wealth, race, and the exigencies of fate into a brilliant tapestry–a novel in which the unexpected becomes inevitable, and the pleasures and pain of intimacy and love are laid bare.
Curtis Sittenfeld - Sin compromiso
Libro estrella en The New York Times, Sin compromiso es una elegante y divertida reescritura en clave moderna de Orgullo y prejuicio. Libro estrella en The New York Times, Sin compromiso es una elegante y divertida reescritura en clave moderna de Orgullo y prejuicio. Nada en el mundo podría haber preparado a Lizzy Bennet, treintañera de buena familia que trabaja en una revista femenina, y a su hermana mayor, Jane, monitora de yoga a punto de cumplir los cuarenta, para el panorama que se encuentran al volver a Cincinnati: la enorme casa de estilo Tudor en la que se criaron se cae a pedazos y toda su familia parece envuelta en una crisis sin solución. Las hermanas menores, Kitty y Lydia, están demasiado ocupadas con sus ejercicios de crossfit y sus paleodietas como para buscar trabajo. Mary, la mediana, está sacándose su tercera carrera on-line y apenas sale de su cuarto. Y la señora Bennet solo piensa en una cosa: cómo casar a sus hijas. Con la entrada en escena de Chip Bingley, un atractivo médico que ha participado en un reality para buscar pareja, y su amigo, el neurocirujano Fitzwilliam Darcy, la vida de todos los miembros de la familia Bennet dará un giro completamente inesperado...En Sin compromiso, que homenajea y revisa con desenfado la obra maestra de Jane Austen, Sittenfeld lanza una nueva y re...
Curtis Sittenfeld - Sisterland
Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief. From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny. Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today.
Curtis Sittenfeld - You Think It, I'll Say It
A suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie. A high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. A shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmate’s seemingly enviable life. Curtis Sittenfeld has established a reputation as a sharp chronicler of the modern age who humanizes her subjects even as she skewers them. Now, with this first collection of short fiction, her “astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers’ heads” (The Washington Post) is showcased like never before. Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we’re all thinking—if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.
Curtis Sittenfeld - Eligible
From the bestselling author of Prep, American Wife and Sisterland comes this brilliant retelling of Austen’s classic set in modern day Cincinnati. The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good daughters. They’ve come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home, and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development. Once they are under the same roof, old patterns return fast. Soon enough they are being berated for their single status, their only respite the early morning runs they escape on together. For two successful women in their late thirties, it really is too much to bear. That is, until the Lucas family’s BBQ throws them in the way of some eligible single men . . . Chip Bingley is not only a charming doctor, he’s a reality TV star too. But Chip's friend, haughty neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, can barely stomach Cincinnati or its inhabitants. Jane is entranced by Chip; Liz, sceptical of Darcy. As Liz is consumed by her father’s mounting medical bills, her wayward sisters and Cousin Willie trying to stick his tongue down her throat, it isn’t only the local chilli that will leave a bad aftertaste. But where there are hearts that beat and mothers that push, the mysterious course of love will resolve itself in the most entertaining and unlikely of ways. And from the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Pride & Prejudice is catapulted into our modern world singing out with hilarity and truth.
Curtis Sittenfeld - Prep
Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition. Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding school’s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel. As Lee soon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive teenagers who spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own clever shorthand. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of–and, ultimately, a participant in–their rituals and mores. As a scholarship student, she constantly feels like an outsider and is both drawn to and repelled by other loners. By the time she’s a senior, Lee has created a hard-won place for herself at Ault. But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity within the community is shattered. Ultimately, Lee’s experiences–complicated relationships with teachers; intense friendships with other girls; an all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who is less than a boyfriend and more than a crush; conflicts with her parents, from whom Lee feels increasingly distant, coalesce into a singular portrait of the painful and thrilling adolescence universal to us all.
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