Erin's Staff Favorites

Erin has been with Annie Bloom's since autumn 2015.

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Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941040492
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Published: Tin House Books - January 24th, 2017

Gilligan brilliantly weaves together three seemingly disparate lives into a rich tapestry that blends the past and present. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a Lithuanian family immigrating west mistakenly disembarks in Ireland. A young boy in 1950s Dublin forms an unlikely friendship with an older gentlemen who is obsessed with recounting the stories of his youth. And in present day London a young romance is fraught with religious tension. I won't soon forget these rich characters, the fascinating glimpse of a rarely told Irish history, nor the haunting feeling that the past is never really truly behind us.


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ISBN: 9781101971185
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 2017

Barnes employs the famous modernist Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich as his protagonist in his new novel. In stunning, crisp, methodical prose, The Noise of Time is divided into three sections, each focusing on a defining moment in Shostakovich's life--the first in 1936 after he finds himself denounced by Stalin, and the final in the 1960s, as he reflects on the relative time of peace in Russia and his appointment to the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation Union of Composers. Barnes charts Shostakovich's turbulent career, falling in and out of favor with Stalin, forced to balance the whims of a dictator while staying true to his art. A disquieting, beautiful, atmospheric novel, this powerful book will have you pondering the role of art and artist long after you've put it down.


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By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translator), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

The relationship between the narrator, a Hungarian writer, and her mysterious elderly housekeeper is bewitching. I wish more of Szabo's work were available in English.


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ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador USA - February 9th, 2016

An apt title for Cusk's elliptical novel about a writer traveling to Athens for a writer's conference. Cusk reveals little about the narrator, but creates an outline of who she is from the stories she is told by the people she meets. Memory, creativity, and the mystery of human connection are at the heart of this slim book.


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ISBN: 9781609807511
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Published: Seven Stories Press - July 25th, 2017

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Ongoingness: The End of a Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977658
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 6th, 2016

A quick, captivating book. Manguso is a master of the personal essay. Confronting her diary that she has kept for over twenty-five years, Ongoingness is a meditative contemporary memoir well-suited in its brevity and impressive in its scope. Without bogging down the reader with personal details of her life, Manguso's essay is instead a philosophical investigation of time, existence, and the impulse to document a life. Recommended for readers who enjoy Jenny Offill, Heidi Julavits, or Maggie Nelson.

— Erin


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By Marie Ndiaye, Jordan Stump (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781931883399
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Published: Two Lines Press - November 11th, 2014

When asked to write her memoir, award-winning French novelist Marie NDiaye produced, quite literally, a portrait of the color green. Green carefully, symbolically embodies women in NDiaye's life: green women haunt her memoir and they manifest as distant memories. In this beautiful, novella-length memoir the real mingles with the imagined, defying genre, and captivates the reader.

— Erin


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By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811225137
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 8th, 2016

How could it have all gone differently? In each of the five intermezzos punctuating this novel, award-winning German novelist, Jenny Erpenbeck, asks the reader to re-imagine the ending of a woman's life. The result is a beautiful, inventive novel about fate and contingency, as well as a unique chronicling of twentieth-century Europe. One of my favorite books of the year.

— Erin


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ISBN: 9781609806057
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Published: Seven Stories Press - June 16th, 2015

Nettel explores our relationships with the natural world in ways that are haunting, unexpected, and fascinating. She deftly creates full-bodied characters and poignant plots in just a few pages. One of the most original short story collections I've read

— Erin


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ISBN: 9780143127789
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 2015

Blending literary criticism and memoir, Nafisi's open and honest dialogue about the state of Liberal Arts in the United States is engaging to the very last page. Her argument is compelling and important: In order to foster creativity and imagination, fundamental components of our republic, we should be returning to key American novels. This book will stay with me for some time.

— Erin


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ISBN: 9781590518403
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Published: Other Press (NY) - February 28th, 2017

Goran Rosenberg's memoir is a testament to the relationship between fathers and sons and to the enduring presence of the past. Setting out to explore his own childhood, Rosenberg discovers that his story cannot be told without first telling his father's--a man whose life inhabits two worlds, the before and after, born from the dark events of twentieth-century Europe. Rosenberg's writing is stunning and unsparing; while he addresses his father directly--the book is deftly written in the second person--A Brief Stop On the Road From Auschwitz addresses us all, making this truly an unforgettable and important book that should be read widely.

— Erin


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ISBN: 9780802122940
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Published: Grove Press - November 11th, 2014

Stepping into the mind of an obsessive literary introvert, who has devoted seventy years to building intimate relationships with books rather than with people, is not as claustrophobic of a reading experience as one might imagine. Instead, Aaliya's single-minded passion serves as a lens through which we experience the evolution of a city and her life as a Beiruti. Alameddine's novel is a delicate rendering of a reader's soul--a rumination on how art and literature function in our lives. For readers who appreciate books about books.

— Erin


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ISBN: 9780345802507
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

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My Brilliant Friend, Book One: Childhood, Adolescence Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

Please forgive the 1980s soap opera-esque cover designs, as Elena Ferrante's four Neapolitan novels are literary masterpieces. Stunning in scope and execution, Ferrante renders the lives of two Neapolitan women with precision, care, and complete honesty. Following Lena and Lila's friendship from their 1950s girlhood to their old age, she simultaneously tells the story about the transformation of a friendship, a neighborhood, and a nation.

— Erin


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ISBN: 9781594633959
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 19th, 2016

Armed with a head full of fairy tales, the young narrator in Eliza Granville's first novel navigates the rocky political terrain of mid-twentieth-century Austria. Adult readers shold not be deterred by such a young narrative voice, Granville's mastery at weaving stories within stories is the mark of a true storyteller, and her work is a beautiful rumination on the power of imagination and the stories we tell ourselves. For readers who enjoyed Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See."

— Erin


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ISBN: 9781101903438
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Published: Hogarth Press - June 9th, 2015

McBride's inventive style that builds on the Joycean stream of consciousness and her fearless prose, jolt the reader into a challenging yet rewarding reading experience. A psychologically unsparing, chilling Bildungsroman from a brilliant Irish novelist. Not for the faint of heart.

— Erin


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By Frans G. Bengtsson, Michael Chabon (Introduction by), Michael Meyer (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781590173466
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Published: New York Review of Books - July 6th, 2010

An epic tale of Vikings written in the enchanting tone of an old Norse saga. Bengtsson is a well versed historian and delivers an historical, candid nod to our Viking ancestors. An incredibly enjoyable read.

— Erin


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ISBN: 9780802124739
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781451643367
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 6th, 2012

These perfectly crafted short stories - both in length and character development--complement each other with their thoughtful traces of self-discovery and reflections on the natural world. Bergman captures the surprising and uncanny moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, for better or worse.

— Erin


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By Leo Maxim, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781782270423
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Published: Pushkin Press - October 28th, 2014

Maxim Leo is (well, was) a third generation East German citizen whose relatives were the inspired men and women who formed the GDR. His approachable and engrossing memoir not only reveals a human side to the invasive political machine, but charts the rise and fall of the East German state. An excellent book.

— Erin


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ISBN: 9781400034413
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Published: Vintage - March 8th, 2005

Although hesitant to embark on the undertaking, the Emissary of the Bishop of Iceland becomes a keen observer of subtle absurdities happening at the the Snaefells Glacier, which become highly entertaining. I laughed out loud while reading this book; the cast of clergymen set on a frigid theater of the absurd is a wonderful mixture of intellect, philosophy, fairy tale, and down right good humor. It is fun, engaing, and a great introduction to Laxness's incredible body of work (which is slowly becoming available in English).

— Erin


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ISBN: 9780865478169
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Published: Faber & Faber - July 1st, 2014