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What’s new: Books by Louis Begley, Adam Hochschild and Shirley Barrett

"Rush Oh!" is the first novel by Australian

"Rush Oh!" is the first novel by Australian film director Shirley Barrett Credit: Little, Brown

 

KILL AND BE KILLED, by Louis Begley. The author of “About Schmidt” brings back Jack Dana, the Marine-turned-novelist of last year’s thriller “Killer, Come Hither.” The new novel pits Dana against a narcissistic billionaire who may be behind the death of his lover. Begley reads from “Kill and Be Killed” at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor on April 9, and at 192 Books in Manhattan on April 14,. (Doubleday, $25.95)

 

SPAIN IN OUR HEARTS: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, by Adam Hochschild. Ernest Hemingway may be the most famous American who decamped to Spain during the Civil War of the 1930s, but he wasn’t the only one. Hochschild examines the conflict — which led to Franco’s dictatorship — through the eyes of other U.S. nationals whose idealism led them to Europe to fight fascism. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30)

 

RUSH OH!, by Shirley Barrett. This Australian film director’s first novel — recently longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction — is set in the declining whaling community of Eden, New South Wales, in 1908. Narrated by the 19-year-old daughter of a whaler, the novel is full of historical details that feel straight out of Herman Melville; it’s also a charming coming-of-age tale. (Little, Brown; $25)

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