Eka Kurniawan's Beauty Is a Wound is described as an "epic Indonesian novel," and coming in at just under 500 pages, that seems appropriate. It's first sentence reads,"One afternoon on a weekend in March, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years." Say what? The book's author is a young man from West Java and it is translated by Annie Tucker, an award winning translator from Los Angeles.
The Autumn Balloon is a memoir from Kenny Porpora whose most vivid childhood memory is every autumn watching his mother "scribble heartbroken messages on balloons, one for each family member they'd lost to addiction, and release them above Long Island." Kenny found a way out, somehow, and eventually graduated from an Ivy League university. The books is described as "a beautifully written testament to the irreplaceable bonds of family."
And lastly, it's Michael Punke's The Revenant, a novel given a second life by the highly successful film of the same name. The copy I have here was purchased by the library in September 2002, and I suspect that it has seen more daylight in the last 90 days or so than it saw in the previous decade. It begins this way: "They were abandoning him. The wounded man knew it when he looked at the boy, who looked down, then away, unwilling to hold his gaze.
That's it. Four more books to add to an already overburdened TBR list. And I love it.