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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Livings, Fine, Kushner, and More

Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from Jack Livings, Julia Fine, Rachel Kushner, and more—that are publishing this week.

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The Blizzard Party by Jack Livings

Here’s what  about : “Livings, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize winner for the story collection  returns with a brilliant debut novel centering on a woman’s memories of a fatal blizzard that occurred in her childhood..) Hazel pieces together backstories of the pivotal players who attended the party, including the neurotic Erwin, transformed by guilt over a WWII experience; Caldwell, an astute lawyer plotting his suicide before succumbing to dementia; Turk Brunn, who runs an amusement park where visitors sign up to experience various forms of simulated abuse; and Turk’s father, Lazlo, a linguistic virtuoso whose research inadvertently made him psychotic. Livings’s genius resides in his ability to weave these disparate threads together through banal events (a Christmas tree jammed into an apartment’s garbage chute; the selling of a painting; a brawl in a diner), illuminating an intricate pattern that, for Hazel, predestines a dénouement that is startling to the reader. Livings calls to mind the work of as he brings insight into the way events and circumstances shape his characters’ lives. This is one to savor.”

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