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Romans en anglais
Nouvelles acquisitions
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.

Julius Winsome
Gerard DONOVAN (Ireland)
Faber and Faber
- ANG R DON
Julius Winsome lives in a cabin in the hunting heartland of the Maine woods, with only his books and his dog for company. That is until the morning he finds that his dog has been shot dead - and not by accident. Gerard Donovan weaves an extraordinary tale of revenge that is also a tender and heartbreaking paean to lost love. Narrated by the unforgettable voice of Julius himself - at once compassionate, vulnerable and threatening - it reads like a timeless, lost classic.

Ministry of special cases
Nathan ENGLANDER (United States)
Faber and Faber
- ANG R ENG
Kaddish Poznan chips the names off gravestones for a living, removing traces of disreputable ancestors for their more respectable kin. His wife Lillian works in insurance, earning money when people live longer than they fear. Set in a tumultuous Buenos Aires on the cusp of a military coup, the couple’s own turbulent relationship is held together by their role as parents dedicated to a teenage son. As Argentina’s Dirty War unfolds around them, it threatens to overwhelm the infectious, mad energy of their lives.

Engleby
Sebastian FAULKS (Great Britain)
Vintage
- ANG R FAU
Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a ’traditional’ school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education. Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power. One of his contemporaries unaccountably disappears, and as we follow Engleby’s career, which brings us up to the present day, the reader has to ask : is Engleby capable of telling the whole truth ?

Lay of land
Richard FORD (United States)
Bloomsbury
- ANG R FOR
It is fall, 2000 and Frank Bascombe has arrived at a state of optimistic pragmatism that he calls the Permanent Period of life. Epic mistakes have already been made, dreams downsized, and Frank reflects that now at least there are fewer opportunities left in life to get things wrong. But the tranquility he anticipated is not to be. In fact, as Thanksgiving dinner with his children and first wife nears, the Permanent Period proves as full of possibility as life had ever been.

Afgan
Frederick FORSYTH (Great Britain)
Bantam
- ANG R FOR
When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they are primed for action - but what can they do ? They know nothing about the attack. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it’s impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless ...The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a 25-year veteran of war zones around the world, a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before - pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs.

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