When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
When merchant Antonio, senator Montressor Brabantio and naval officer Iago lure Fool Pocket — the widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia and the man who has consistently foiled their grand scheme for power and wealth — to Venice, the tables are quickly turned.
Joining a diverse group of visitors at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, Polish-American academic Clements Olin performs research while witnessing personal and political tensions erupting among his fellow participants.
Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amid a record-breaking heat wave and smallpox epidemic.
At the Chameleon club in Paris, Lou Villars, a star athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among its patrons, and as time passes, she experiences a transformation, sparked by tragic events, that warps her earnest desire for love and approval into something dangerous.
When Cecelia discovers a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, she is unable to resist and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.
The fifth collection by Lydia Davis,Can't and Won't includes pithy one-liners, exploratory observations and letters of complaint, including "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," in which a professor is stymied by her choices.
Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.
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