News - Book Reviews
News - Book Reviews
THE PARIAH, the first installment in Anthony Ryan’s next epic trilogy, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. They write: “Ryan impresses with this fantasy trilogy opener…[He] makes buy-in easy thanks to three-dimensional characters and intelligent prose that grips from the opening sentence…Gritty and well-drawn, this makes a rich treat for George R.R. Martin fans.” Orbit will publish the book on August 24, 2021.
Alex McElroy’s debut novel THE ATMOSPHERIANS has received its second starred review. Library Journal calls the book “[a] droll tale of self-examination and self-help run amok, culminating in an unexpected conclusion. Highly recommended.” Atria Books will publish the novel on May 18, 2021.
Adam Soto’s debut novel, THIS WEIGHTLESS WORLD, has received an incredible endorsement from Kawai Strong Washburn, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS. Washburn raves: “At once utterly ambitious, moving, and intimate, THIS WEIGHTLESS WORLD stretches from domestic protests to centuries-distant planets, all while exploring the delicate hopes of its characters. I couldn't stop reading. The ending was unforgettable. I can't believe Soto pulled it off!” Astra House will publish the novel on November 9, 2021.
James Han Mattson’s REPRIEVE has received another wonderful blurb, this time from SHELTER author Jung Yun. Yun calls the book “[a] timely, devastating story about intersecting lives drawn to a dark and frightening place,” adding that it “is the rare novel that will make your heart pound with terror while it aches with grief.” William Morrow will publish the book on October 5, 2021.
Samantha Silva’s forthcoming LOVE AND FURY received a glowing full-page review from Ms. Magazine. Halley Sutton writes: "There's no one way to be a woman in the world. But the blueprint that Mary attempts to leave for her daughter in LOVE AND FURY - independent thinking, education for the purpose of enriching the mind and not for capturing a husband, equality between the sexes as the only way to attain freedom within partnerships - is a blueprint for all…LOVE AND FURY is a beautifully written call to all of us to fill our own brief time with as much love, wisdom, suffering and. most important, beauty as possible." Flatiron Books will publish the novel on May 25, 2021.
2034 by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis received a glowing review from The Wall Street Journal. They write: “It is hard to write in great detail about what ensues in this novel without giving away the drama of its denouement. Suffice it to say that there is conflict and catastrophe on a large scale, and it unfolds, as major conflicts tend to, with surprising twists and turns…This is not a pessimistic book about America’s potential, but the picture of the world it paints before the central conflict will be a difficult one for many to accept, albeit one well supported by facts: The wealth and power of the U.S. are in relative decline, especially compared with a rising Asia’s.” Penguin Press published the novel on March 9, 2021.
Xiaolu Guo’s A LOVER’S DISCOURSE received a glorious review from Commonweal Magazine. The reviewer writes: “In Guo’s telling, we belong either to a world someone else speaks into being, or we are locked out of it… Where can we belong if we feel separated from ourselves, if language divides us from a shared reality with others? How real can we be without common ground? In the end, what holds Guo’s narrator together is not definition but negotiation—the linguistic clashes, corrections, and concessions that build her hybrid voice.” Grove Press published the novel on October 13, 2020.
Lucy Ives’s story collection COSMOGONY was chosen as a Paris Review Staff Pick. Reviewer Jane Breakell writes: “[The] stories acknowledge that yes, things that seem awful are only human, but also, knowing this intellectually doesn’t really make it any easier emotionally. What does make it bearable—for this reader—is a beautifully honed sense of the absurd, which kept me smiling throughout much of this collection.” Soft Skull published the book on March 9, 2021.
BookPage has awarded Vince Granata’s EVERYTHING IS FINE a starred review, calling it “riveting”: “Granata writes with compassion, reflection and unsparing honesty of not only his brother’s metamorphosis but also his own transformation after the crime—how he was finally able to find his way back to his life, memories and love of his brother.” Atria Books will publish the memoir on April 27, 2021.
Audrey Clare Farley’s biography of Ann Cooper Hewitt, THE UNFIT HEIRESS, received a stellar review from Lady Science. The reviewer raves: “The most indicting feature of Farley’s book is not America’s eugenic past but America’s eugenic present…We don’t live on the ruins of eugenics; we live within it, twisting its language when the talk of ‘race’ and ‘genes’ is no longer publicly popular. This is a reality that many institutions, scientists, and everyday people in the U.S. have not reckoned with. In drawing a throughline from past to present, Farley forces readers to do so.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on April 20, 2021.