Chang-Rae Lee's novels are renowned for their grace and restraint, their careful dissections of their characters' inner lives, but he boldly steps outside his comfort zone in the haunting On Such a Full Sea, a dystopian tale that recalls the work of Cormac McCarthy and Kazuo Ishiguro. Here Lee weaves multiple plots into an ambitious epic showcasing a fearless fish-tank-diver heroine as she treks across a devastated landscape.
From the jacket: In Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa, Celeste Price, a smoldering 26-year-old middle-school teacher in Florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and sociopathically determined seduction of a 14-year-old student. The lowdown: Really raunchy, really disturbing, really un-put-down-able. Oh, and if you spring for the hardcover, the jacket is covered in black velvet.
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