Copperhead

Copperhead

Alexi Zentner

Literature & Fiction

"One of the bravest, most bracing novels I've read in years." —Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkJessup's stepfather gave him almost everything good in his life—a sober mother, a sister, a sense of home, and the game of football. But during the years that David John spent in prison for his part in a brutal hate crime, Jessup came to realize that his stepfather is also a source of lethal poison for his family. Now it's Jessup's senior year, and all he wants to do is lay low until he can accept one of the football scholarships that will be his ticket out of town. So when his stepfather is released from prison, Jessup is faced with an impossible choice: condemn the man who saved his family or accept his part in his family's legacy of bigotry. Before he can choose a side, Jessup will cause a terrible accident and cover it up—a mistake with the power to ruin them all.Told with relentless honesty and a ferocious gaze...
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Touch

Touch

Alexi Zentner

Literature & Fiction

NOMINEE 2011 -- Scotiabank Giller PrizeTouch begins with Stephen, an Anglican priest, returning from Vancouver to the northern BC town of Sawgamet where he grew up, just in time for his mother's death. Sawgamet was founded by Stephen's grandfather Jeannot, when he heard a voice in the woods calling his name and his dog, Flaireur, refused to take another step. Back then, as Stephen remembers it from the stories passed down to him, men were giants, or even gods, striving to tame the land. The world of Sawgamet was enchanted, alive with qallupilluit and ijirait, sea-witches and shape-shifters; Jeannot saw caribou covered with gold dust and found gold nuggets the size of boulders. Sometimes winter refused to end, and blizzards buried the whole town in snow for months at a time. Sawgamet was a place where Jeannot had to kill a man twice and then carry the bones around with him, bound in cloth, to make sure he stayed dead.Years later, with...
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The Lobster Kings

The Lobster Kings

Alexi Zentner

Literature & Fiction

The follow-up to Touch, New Face of Fiction Alexi Zentner's immaculately reviewed debut, The Lobster Kings is as entertaining a summer read for fans of Pat Conroy as it is a literary read for fans of John Irving. There is no sophomore slump here: Zentner has delivered a follow-up that is just as literary as Touch, but even more commercial, with more action, and more romance. The Lobster Kings takes place on fictional Loosewood Island, somewhere off Maine and the Maritimes, and a ruggedly pastoral outpost claimed by both the United States and Canada. For generations it has been unofficially ruled by a family called the Kings, since the legendary Brumfitt Kings came over from Ireland with the bountiful lobsters "making a road with their backs." But modern times bring modern problems, and the waters off Loosewood Island are starting to be poached by James Harbor, a rival community. With the health of current patriarch Woody Kings fading,...
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