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Romans en anglais
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1er trimestre 2009

Girl in a blue dress
Gaynor ARNOLD (Great Britain)
Tindal Street Press
- ANG R ARN
Alfred Gibson’s funeral has taken place at Westminister Abbey, and his wife of twenty years, Dorothea, has not been invited. The Great Man favours his children and a clandestine mistress over his estranged wife. Dorothea revisits their early courtship before the birth of too many children snapped her vitality, and discovers the devious nature and hypnotic power of this celebrity author. Now she needs to face her grown up children, and worse, her nemesis of ten years, the charming Miss Ricketts. This is a re-telling of the lives of Charles and Catherine Dickens.

Laws of dreams
Peter BEHRENS (Canada)
Canongate
- ANG R BEH
It is 1846, the height of the Great Hunger, and young Fergus is forced to grow up fast. Following the destruction of his home, he loses not only his family but everything he has ever loved. So begins an epic journey from innocence to experience that takes him from the west coast of Ireland to the docks and bordellos of Liverpool, and across the Atlantic. Along his journey he will meet bandit chiefs and railway navies, ’pearl boys’ and daring girls, and the willful Molly, who will teach him the ways of the world.

From A to X : a story if letters
John BERGER (Great Britain)
Verso
- ANG R BER
In a dusty, ramshackle town lives A’Ida. Her insurgent lover Xavier has been imprisoned. Resolute, sensuous and tender, A’Ida’s letters to the man she loves tell of daily events in the town, and of its motley collection of inhabitants whose lives flow through hers. But the area is under threat, and as a faceless power inexorably encroaches from outside, so the smallest details and acts of humanity an intimate dance, a shared meal assume for A‘Ida a life-affirming significance, acts of resistance against the forces that might otherwise extinguish them.

Meaning of night
Michael COX (Great Britain)
J. Murray
- ANG R COX
A cold October night, 1854. In a dark passageway, an innocent man is stabbed to death. So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver, book lover, scholar and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness. This seems the stuff of dreams, until a chance discovery convinces Glyver that he was right : greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. And he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he now knows is rightfully his.

State of fear
Michael CRICHTON (United States)
Harper Collins
- ANG R CRI
In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor. In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications. In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters of New Guinea. And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means. Thus begins Michael Crichton’s exciting and provocative techno-thriller.

Lost dog
Michelle DE KRETSER (Australia)
Chatto & Windus
- ANG R DEK
An intimate and subtle look at Tom Loxley, a well-intentioned but solipsistic Henry James scholar and childless divorcé, as he searches for his missing dog in the Australian bush. While the overarching story follows Tom’s search during a little over a week in November 2001, flashbacks reveal Tom’s infatuation with Nelly Zhang, an artist tainted by scandal-from her controversial paintings to the disappearance and presumed murder of her husband, Felix, a bond trader who got into some shady dealings.

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