Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fresh Ink: Spotlight on Debut Books of All Kinds

Siem Sigerius is a beloved, brilliant professor of mathematics with a promising future in politics. His family—including a loving wife, two gorgeous, intelligent stepdaughters and a successful future son-in-law—and carefully appointed home in the bucolic countryside complete the portrait of a comfortable, morally upright household. But there are elements of Siem's past that threaten to upend the peace and stability that he has achieved, and when he stumbles upon a deception that’s painfully close to home, things begin to fall apart. A cataclysmic explosion in a fireworks factory, the advent of internet pornography, and the reappearances of a discarded, dangerous son all play a terrible role in the spectacular fragmentation of the Sigerius clan.

A riveting portrait of a family in crisis and the ways that even the smallest twists of fate can forever change our lives, Bonita Avenue is an incendiary, unpredictable debut of relationships torn asunder by lies, and minds destroyed by madness.

Read an excerpt HERE.

Peter Buwalda: Facing the Paradox of Success

Praise for the book:
"Buwalda's magnificent first novel offers proof of Tolstoy's dictum that 'every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' Three uniquely unreliable voices narrate this darkly humorous familial drama...Their interweaving narratives, which hop between the Netherlands, Shanghai, Belgium, and California, chart the years between the rise and fall of their outwardly successful but privately dysfunctional family." ~Publishers Weekly 

“This award-winning debut novel is flat-out extraordinary. The rich layer of detail would be impressive if applied to one topic, but Buwalda creates multiple complex worlds around vastly different subjects…An outstanding literary suspense story that will appeal to a wide range of readers.” ~Library Journal 

“Buwalda’s debut…becomes increasingly compulsive reading as it nears its dark close…This tumultuous saga of a family breaking down…is an international bestseller and award winner. A significant literary achievement.” ~Booklist
"Dazzling...[A] giddily twisting family drama." ~Penthouse

“One wild ride: a swirling helix of a family saga that swerves from gross-out sex comedy to pitch-black revenge tragedy as twist after twist reframes what we know about its dysfunctional cast…manic… as toe-curling as early Roth, as roomy as Franzen and as caustic as Houellebecq. Don’t let me forget to mention Jonathan Reeder’s note-perfect English translation.” ~Telegraph 

"No way that this is a debut novel, is your first impression when you start reading Bonita Avenue––but it is! An instant literary classic, loaded with suspense, by a brilliant and truly original writer." ~Herman Koch, author of The Dinner

“A literary sensation…[A] crazy-paving, jigsaw puzzle...Addictive...A considerable achievement …Bonita Avenue is an entertaining end in itself, and evidence that Buwalda is just getting started.” ~Independent

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