| Author : Nick Dybek Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Literary Price : $12.99 Release Date : 2018-06-12 Description : <b>“<i>The Verdun Affair</i> is ravishingly beautiful, and as much about love as about war. Nick Dybek is a storyteller of great power.” —Paula McLain, author of <i>The Paris Wife</i> and <i>Circling the Sun</i></b><br /><br />A sweeping, romantic, and profoundly moving novel, set in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in the 1950s, about a lonely young man, a beautiful widow, and the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together even as it tears them apart.<br /><br />In 1921, two young Americans meet in Verdun, the city in France where one of the most devastating battles of the war was waged. Tom is an orphan from Chicago, a former ambulance driver now gathering bones from the battlefield; Sarah is an expatriate from Boston searching for the husband who wandered off from his division and hasn’t been seen since. Quickly, the two fall into a complicated affair against the ghostly backdrop of the ruined city. Months later, Sarah and Tom meet again at the psychiatric ward of an Italian hospital, drawn there by the appearance of a mysterious patient the doctors call Douglas Fairbanks (after the silent film actor)—a shell-shocked soldier with no memory of who he is. At the hospital, Tom and Sarah are joined by Paul, an Austrian journalist with his own interest in the amnesiac.<br /><br /> Each is keeping a secret; each has been shaken by the horrors of war. Decades later, Tom, now a successful screenwriter, encounters Paul by chance in LA, still grappling with the questions raised by this gorgeous and incisive novel: How to begin again after unfathomable trauma? How to love after so much loss? And who, in the end, was Douglas Fairbanks?<br /><br /> From the bone-strewn fields of Verdun to the bombed-out cafés of Paris, from the riot-torn streets of Bologna to the riotous parties of 1950s Hollywood, <i>The Verdun Affair </i>is a riveting tale of romance, grief, and the far-reaching consequences of a single lie.|
| Author : Nick Dybek Genre : Mysteries & Thrillers Books Fiction & Literature Price : $4.99 Release Date : 2012-04-12 Description : Every fall, the men of Loyalty Island sail from the Olympic Peninsula up to the Bering Sea to spend the winter catching king crab. Their dangerous occupation keeps food on the table but constantly threatens to leave empty seats around it.<br />To Cal, Alaska remains as mythical and mysterious as Treasure Island, and the stories his father returns with are as mesmerizing as those he once invented about Captain Flint before he turned pirate. But while Cal is too young to accompany his father, he is old enough to know that everything depends on the fate of those few boats thousands of miles to the north. He is also old enough to feel the tension between his parents over whether he will follow in his father's footsteps. And old enough to wonder about his mother's relationship with John Gaunt, owner of the fleet.<br /><br />Then Gaunt dies suddenly, leaving the business in the hands of his son, who seems intent on selling away the fishermen's livelihood. Soon Cal stumbles on evidence that his father may have taken extreme measures to salvage their way of life. As winter comes on, his suspicions deepening and his moral compass shattered, he is forced to make a terrible choice.|
| Author : Nick Dybek Genre : Fiction & Literature Books Literary Price : $12.99 Release Date : 2014-08-28 Description : <b>Un roman d'apprentissage à la frontière du bien et du mal...</b>
<br />Dans le Grand Nord américain, non loin de l'Alaska, les hommes de Loyalty Island partent chaque automne pêcher le crabe royal. Pendant plusieurs mois, ils bravent l'océan, au péril de leur vie, pour ramener ce qui permettra à leurs familles de survivre. Alors, quand John Gaunt, le riche propriétaire de la flotte, se meurt, c'est toute une communauté qui est menacée de disparaître.
<br /><br /> Chez les Bollings, ce décès imminent exacerbe les tensions entre les parents de Cal. Henry, son père, est obnubilé par le sort de l'entreprise, dont l'unique héritier des Gaunt ne se soucie guère. Il est prêt à tout pour sauver son avenir et celui des autres marins. Tout. Y compris les actes les plus inavouables.
<br /><br /> Mais Cal devine ses projets. Dès lors, le garçon se retrouve confronté à un insoluble dilemme. Doit-il dénoncer le héros de son enfance, ou se taire ? Des années plus tard, Cal, désormais adulte, est toujours hanté par ce choix...
<br /><br /> Un roman puissant, au style riche et évocateur, qui explore avec intelligence le bien, le mal et les multiples nuances qui les lient l'un à l'autre.|