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Brass

Brass by Xhenet Aliu
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Jan 23, 2018 | 304 Pages
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“Lustrous . . . a tale alive with humor and gumption, of the knotty, needy bond between a mother and daughter . . . [Brass] marks the arrival of a writer whose work will stand the test of time.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“The writing blazes on the page. . . . The narrative is also incredibly funny, sly, and always popping with personality. . . . So much about the book is also extraordinarily timely, especially when it focuses on class and culture, and what they really mean. . . . Yes, we might be lost from who and what we really are. But, as this audacious novel shows, we can—and we must—keep struggling to make our own place in the world.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“[A] lyrically insightful debut novel by Xhenet Aliu, telling in sharp, pithy parallel narratives the story of a waitress in small-town Connecticut who falls in love with a charismatic Albanian immigrant and the story of her grown daughter, likewise feeling trapped in that same small town and seeking answers about her past. Aliu makes both these stories immediately touching and weaves them together in ways that are surprising without being sappy.”The Christian Science Monitor

“Full of humor, love, and empathy, Brass is a stunner of a debut, making us excited for all still to come from Aliu.”Nylon
 
“Aliu writes a story of love, family, and the search for an origin story, set against the decaying backdrop of a post-industrial town.”The Millions

“In mordant, biting prose, [Xhenet Aliu] interweaves the stories of a mother and a daughter living in a fading Connecticut town they both hopelessly long to escape from.”HuffPost

“A boldly witty and astute inquiry into the nature-versus-nurture debate, the inheritance of pain, and the dream of transcendence.”Booklist (starred review)

“This glimmering debut novel reflects on mother-daughter connections, abandonment and resilience, and dreams that endure despite the odds.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Deftly written in a style that is evocative of time and place, this universal story of the search for home is well translated into the blue-collar world of Elsie and Lulu.”Library Journal (starred review)

“The unforgettable mother and daughter at the center of Brass are as bright and tough as the metal itself, and Xhenet Aliu depicts their parallel journeys with equal parts grit and tenderness. Brass is a fierce, big-hearted, unflinching debut.”—Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere
 
“Xhenet Aliu is ferociously talented. She’s written a story so scathingly honest with characters so perfectly real, it left me breathless with admiration. There is no false sentiment here, no misplaced word, just a novel that pulses with a restless energy, a novel that pulses with life.”—Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

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