News - Book Reviews

News - Book Reviews

July 30, 2021

DEAR CYBORGS author Eugene Lim’s next novel, SEARCH HISTORY, has received its first trade review—a starred review from Kirkus. They praise: “Lim’s ability to balance the fantastical with the heartfelt is what ultimately makes this book resonate. Lim brings together the mundane and the extraordinary to powerful effect.” The novel has also received no shortage of stunning blurbs. INSURRECTO author Gina Apostol writes: “Surveying our planetary wreck on Eugene Lim’s craft is to see our survival more clearly—through friendship’s grief, through love’s quest, through the bereaved trust that survivors must sustain in art.” Meanwhile, COUNTERNARRATIVES author John Keene raves: “SEARCH HISTORY, Eugene Lim’s new masterpiece, is a novel of such richness, inventiveness, and strangeness that it rewards multiple readings. Lim has found a way to capture both the pointed specificity of the internet and its Borgesian infiniteness, in order to tell a picaresque tale about race and American culture, artificial intelligence, artmaking, storytelling, and so much more. Oh, and then this is also a novel about a dog! SEARCH HISTORY is utterly original, from its opening pages to its final sentences.” Coffee House Press will publish the book on October 5, 2021.

July 30, 2021

PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST by David Hoon Kim received a glowing review in The Financial Times. They hail it as a "haunting and surreal debut [with] vividly drawn characters,” adding: “With a confidence rare for a debutant, Kim trusts readers to make the connections between the novel’s seemingly disparate scenes and to attend to the ripples that hint at turmoil just beneath the tranquil surface of Henrik’s prose…PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST, with its patchwork plot, otherworldly visitations, and high-wire performance of a tonal flatness that just fails to conceal the anguish beneath will likely try the patience of some readers too far. Those willing to immerse themselves in its mysterious and forlorn landscapes will be amply rewarded by this startlingly original debut.” Farrar, Straus, and Giroux will publish the novel on August 3, 2021.

July 30, 2021

The Wall Street Journal published a rave review for EVERYTHING NOW by Rosecrans Baldwin. They write: “In his deeply empathetic and insightful book EVERYTHING NOW, Rosecrans Baldwin opts not to grasp for some unifying theory of Los Angeles that will sort it all out for readers. EVERYTHING NOW gives us dark glimpses of an impending apocalypse—the ever-expanding homeless population, the recurrent eco-cataclysms—then introduces us to a handful of resilient Angelenos doing their best to buck the tide of indifference that seems to have crept into the political and social life of the place like a toxic marine layer…Like the city, the stories in Rosecrans Baldwin’s EVERYTHING NOW have no rigid order. But the book is stronger for these digressions. An elegant and unflinching observer, Mr. Baldwin digs up an invisible city under layers of pop-culture mythologizing and media cliches.” MCD published the book on June 15, 2021.

July 23, 2021

Booklist praised TOGETHER WE WILL GO by J. Michael Straczynski in a starred review, calling the book “a conversation starter…compulsively readable, replete with compelling characters, surprising twists, and heady themes.” Gallery/Scout Press published the novel on July 6, 2021.

July 23, 2021

CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota received glowing reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, who deem the book an "intimate page-turner with a deeper resonance as a tale of oppression, independence and resilience,” and from the Star Tribune, who praise Sahota as “a talented prose stylist...[of] many gorgeously crafted passages.” Viking published the novel on July 13, 2021.

July 23, 2021

Derek B. Miller's forthcoming novel HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK received a rave review in The New York Times. Reviewer Sarah Weinman writes: "I am convinced that Derek B. Miller’s HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK was expressly tailored to my tastes and that I am its ideal reader. I suspect others will feel the same way; it’s that kind of book...In less confident hands the many moving parts would collapse into a jumble. Miller, however, juggles each element effortlessly. His character portraits are indelible, often heartbreaking. At times this novel moved me to tears, the highest possible compliment." Mariner Books will publish the novel on July 27, 2021.

July 16, 2021

Colleen Kinder's forthcoming LETTER TO A STRANGER has earned its first (starred) review from Publishers Weekly: "The power of brief encounters is illuminated in this moving collection from essayist and editor Kinder...with the globe-trotting writers covering the gamut from strangers who offered a sense of safety or a sense of chaos. Bright and hopeful, this anthology is sure to delight avid travelers." Algonquin Books will publish the collection on October 5, 2021.

July 9, 2021

Kent Babb’s forthcoming ACROSS THE RIVER has received its first starred review, from Kirkus: “Washington Post reporter Babb isn’t interested in delivering a play-by-play analysis of Edna Karr High School’s 2019 [football] season. More significantly, he offers well-rounded portraits of the personalities involved with the team: the coaches, players, fans, and the city as a whole… A penetrating, wide-screen story of what it means to mentor under the toughest of circumstances.” HarperOne will publish the book on August 10, 2021.

July 9, 2021

The New York Times Book Review named Joss Lake's FUTURE FEELING as one of its "New and Noteworthy" titles for early July. Soft Skull published the book on June 1, 2021.

July 9, 2021

BookPage praises TOGETHER WE WILL GO by J. Michael Straczynski, calling it “a 21st-century epistolary novel” with a “late plot twist [that] is satisfying, intensifying the characters’ bonds.” Gallery/Scout Press published the book on July 6, 2021.