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1 Ali, Monica ALENTEJO BLUE
Black Swan 2007 0552155470 / 9780552155472 Paperback Very Good 
Alentejo Blue is the story of the Portuguese village of Mamarrosa told thro ugh the lives of those who live there and those who are passing through - m en and women, children and old people, locals, tourists and expatriates. For some, such as Teresa, a beautiful, dreamy village girl, it is a place f rom which to escape; for others - the dysfunctional Potts family - it is a way of running from trouble (but not eluding it). Vasco, a café owner who h as never recovered from the death of his American wife, clings to a notion that his years in America make him superior to the other villagers. One Eng lish tourist makes Mamarrosa the subject of her fantasy of a new life, whil e for her compatriots, a young engaged couple, Mamarrosa is where their dre ams finally fall apart. At the book's opening an old man reflects on his long and troubled life in this beautiful and seemingly tranquil setting, and anticipates the return of Marco Afonso Rodrigues, the prodigal son of the village and a symbol of this now fast-changing world. The homecoming is the subject of continuing speculation, and when Marco Afonso Rodrigues does finally appear, villagers, tourists and expatriates are brought together and jealousies, passions and disappointments must inevitably collide. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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2 Ali, Monica ALENTEJO BLUE
Scribner 2006 0743293037 / 9780743293037 First Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A tight clean hardcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib edition: Following her National Book Critics Circle and Los Angeles Times Book Award -nominated, bestselling debut, Brick Lane, Monica Ali's splendid Alentejo B lue "rewards readers with characters who etch themselves into one's memory" (People). Set in a small Portuguese village, Alentejo Blue is a story of displacement and modernization told through the lives of the locals and of people who a re just passing through. The residents of Mamarrosa whose ancestors occupy the graveyards are restless and struggle to make a living. They watch as to urists and expats move in. Monica Ali's characters are profoundly sympathetic. Her understanding of their dreams, desires, and disappointments is rare and moving. Alentejo Blue is evidence that Monica Ali is one of the most gifted voices of her generation. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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3 Ali, Monica BRICK LANE
Black Swan 2004 0552771155 / 9780552771153 Paperback Very Good 
Still in her teenage years, Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage w ith a disappointed man who is twenty years older. Away from the mud and hea t of her Bangladeshi village, home is now a cramped flat in a high-rise blo ck in London's East End. Nazneen knows not a word of English, and is forced to depend on her husband. But unlike him she is practical and wise, and be friends a fellow Asian girl Razia, who helps her understand the strange way s of her adopted new British home. Nazneen keeps in touch with her sister H asina back in the village. But the rebellious Hasina has kicked against cul tural tradition and run off in a 'love marriage' with the man of her dreams . When he suddenly turns violent, she is forced into the degrading job of g arment girl in a cloth factory. Confined in her flat by tradition and famil y duty, Nazneen also sews furiously for a living, shut away with her button s and linings - until the radical Karim steps unexpectedly into her life. O n a background of racial conflict and tension, they embark on a love affair that forces Nazneen finally to take control of her fate. Strikingly imagin ed, gracious and funny, this novel is at once epic and intimate. Exploring the role of Fate in our lives - those who accept it; those who defy it - it traces the extraordinary transformation of an Asian girl, from cautious an d shy to bold and dignified woman. 
Price: 450.00 JPY
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4 Ali, Monica BRICK LANE: A NOVEL
Scribner 2003 0743243307 / 9780743243308 First Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy, protected in a new br odart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Wildly embraced by critics, readers, and contest judges (who put it on the short-list for the 2003 Man Booker Prize), Brick Lane is indeed a rare find: a book that livest?p to its hype. Monica Ali's debut novel chronicles the life of Nazneen, a Bangladeshi girl so sickly at birth that the midwife?t first declares her stillborn. At 18 her parents arrange a marriage to Chanu, a Bengali immigrant living in England. Although Chanu--who's twice Nazneen's age--turns out to be a foolish blowhard who "had a face like a frog," Nazneen accepts her fate, which seems to be the main life lesson taught by the women in her family. "If God wanted us to ask questions," her mother tells her, "he would have made us men." Over the next decade-and-a-half Nazneen grows into a strong, confident woman who doesn't defy fate so much as bend it to her will. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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5 Ali, Monica BRICK LANE: A NOVEL
Scribner 2003 074326066X / 9780743260664 Paperback Very Good 
Minimum wear, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: After an arranged marriage to Chanu, a man twenty years older, Nazneen is t aken to London, leaving her home and heart in the Bangladeshi village where she was born. Her new world is full of mysteries. How can she cross the ro ad without being hit by a car (an operation akin to dodging raindrops in th e monsoon)? What is the secret of her bullying neighbor Mrs. Islam? What is a Hell's Angel? And how must she comfort the naÏve and disillusioned Chanu ? As a good Muslim girl, Nazneen struggles to not question why things happen. She submits, as she must, to Fate and devotes herself to her husband and d aughters. Yet to her amazement, she begins an affair with a handsome young radical, and her erotic awakening throws her old certainties into chaos. Monica Ali's splendid novel is about journeys both external and internal, where the marvellous and the terrifying spiral together. 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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6 Ali, Monica UNTOLD STORY
Scribner Book Company 2011 145165457X / 9781451654578 Paperback (08 Very Good 
When Princess Diana died in Paris's Alma tunnel, she was thirty-seven years old. Had she lived, she would have turned fifty on July 1, 2011. Who would the beloved icon be if she were alive today? What would she be doing? And where? One of the most versatile and bold writers of our time, Monica Ali h as imagined a different fate for Diana in her spectacular new novel, "Untol d Story." Diana's life and marriage were both fairy tale and nightmare rolled into on e. Adored by millions, she suffered rejection, heartbreak, and betrayal. Su rrounded by glamour and glitz and the constant attention of the press, she fought to carve a meaningful role for herself in helping the needy and disp ossessed. The contradictions and pressures of her situation fueled her incr easingly reckless behavior, but her stature and her connection with her pub lic never ceased to grow. If Diana had lived, would she ever have found pea ce and happiness, or would the curse of fame always have been too great? Fast-forward a decade after the (averted) Paris tragedy, and an Englishwoma n named Lydia is living in a small, nondescript town somewhere in the Ameri can Midwest. She has a circle of friends: one owns a dress shop, one is a R ealtor, another is a frenzied stay-at-home mom. Lydia volunteers at an anim al shelter and swims a lot. Her lover, who adores her, feels she won't let him know her. Who is she? "Untold Story "is about the cost of celebrity, the meaning of identity, and the possibility--or impossibility--of reinventing a life. Ali's fictional princess is beautiful, intrepid, and resourceful and has established a fragile peace. And then the past threate. 
Price: 550.00 JPY
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