2016 Paperback Fiction

2016 odyssey bookshop holiday newsletter


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A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062363244
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 10th, 2016

Recipient of the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award, A Head Full of Ghosts isn't a book where the horror is a monster that goes bump in the night or a murderous villain in the dark. Rather we get a self-aware book that exposes the horror genre while revealing itself. The horror here is in misunderstanding and maltreatment of mental illness and in the exploitation of celebrity culture. 15 years ago, young Merry survived a tragedy surrounding her older sister’s misunderstood developing schizophrenia, events captured in part by a reality TV show and the rest now shared through interviews with a best-selling author. Don't go in with preconceptions of what the story is, let it show you.  ~Tegan

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Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682303191
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Published: Diversion Books - October 18th, 2016

This team of humor-writing alums of The Onion are back with another twisted love letter to those vintage choose your own adventure books. This time, the second-person protagonist that the reader “plays” as is all set for a nice, relaxing vacation only for a hurricane to destroy his travel plans, leaving him with a variety of impromptu choices—and none of them will end well! As you read, the most innocuous decisions will quickly spiral into unpredictably wild disasters. The dark comedy will make you laugh, and also make you more appreciative of your own family and life. A clever diversion for immature mature audiences only! ~Ann

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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316386555
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Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - October 18th, 2016

Lee Boudreaux is my favorite editor in the book business, and this is the first book she acquired under her own imprint.  It’s the story of the 1999 World Trade Organization riots in Seattle, told from points of view varying from protestors, to the police, to a third-world delegate who is desperate to get his country into the WTO. This gripping debut explores what it means to put your life on the line and makes us ask ourselves how far we would go to protect a cause you’re passionate about. ~Emily

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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977412
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

This novel in verse begins with the death of a wife and mother, told through the eyes of her surviving husband, her two sons, and, unexpectedly, a Crow. Crow, one part trickster god, one part guardian, and wholly unpredictable, descends upon this fractured family to watch over them in their grief and guide them back to the land of the living. Some of Porter’s phrases and descriptions startled me with their clarity and undid me with their simple and unexpected poignancy. ~Emily


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Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812987232
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 4th, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son moves from strength to strength in his first short story collection.  All of these stories are strong and dark – just the way I like my chocolate – ranging from a pair of North Korean defectors longing to return home, to an insomniac doctor who walks the streets at night while contemplating the journey of his wife’s slow and agonizing death, to a Katrina refugee who desperately searches the underbellied neighborhoods of New Orleans for the mother of his child. Not for the faint of heart, these stories are all darkly satisfying and complete. ~Emily

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Fates and Furies: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

Groff’s most ambitious work to date chronicles a marriage of two golden children, Lotto and Matilde, as they navigate the world of adulthood, including professional successes and losses as well as (non)parenthood.  With prose as lush as ever and with human insights that verge on the uncanny, Gross tells two very different versions of this marriage, one from Lotto’s point of view (Fates) and one from Matilde’s(Furies) that, when they come together, become something greater than the whole. ~Emily