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April 29, 2022

SIRENS & MUSES, Antonia Angress’ forthcoming debut novel, received warm early praise from Electric Lit and Kirkus Reviews. Electric Lit included the novel on its listicle of “The Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books for Summer 2022” alongside a glowing review, which reads: “Donna Tartt’s THE SECRET HISTORY meets Meg Wolitzer’s THE INTERESTINGS in this entrancing portrait of three young artists who meet at an elite college at the height of the Occupy movement. Angress so deftly portrays the splendor and squalor of trying to create something great in the face of rampant capitalism, of love and lust in the face of tooth-and-claw competition.” Meanwhile, Kirkus’ review praises the novel as “an intriguing exploration of art and wealth spearheaded by messy, engrossing characters,” adding: “[SIRENS & MUSES] does an admirable job of parsing such difficult issues as the role of capitalism in art, and references to events such as the Occupy movement give the novel real-world context. The main characters have believable flaws and nuances, and the narrative is adept at interrogating the power imbalances in both the characters’ personal relationships and in an art world rife with sexism and classism.” Ballantine Books will publish the novel on July 12, 2022.

April 29, 2022

SORROW AND BLISS by Meg Mason was shortlisted for the prestigious 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction, which aims to “empower all women to raise their voice and own their story, shining a spotlight on outstanding and ambitious fiction by women from anywhere in the world, regardless of their age, race, nationality or background.” The winner will be announced on June 15. Harper published the book on February 9, 2021.

April 29, 2022

VERY COLD PEOPLE by Sarah Manguso received a stunning review from The Guardian. Reviewer Johanna Thomas-Corr raves: “When I finished VERY COLD PEOPLE, I felt my whole body unclench. In the process of reading this creepy coming-of-age tale, I seemed to have trapped a nerve in my shoulder – it’s that tense...VERY COLD PEOPLE is so different from anything else I’ve read that it feels a bit fatuous to compare it to other works of fiction. We often talk about writers getting under the skin of their characters, but Manguso has a forensic interest in hair follicles, rashes, effluvia and infected cuts…It’s a masterclass in unease. I must confess that I was relieved when the novel was over but it was so skillful, so strange and so unique that I suspect it will stay with me for a very long time.” Hogarth published the novel February 8, 2022.

April 29, 2022

Lucy Corin's THE SWANK HOTEL received a rave review from The Millions. They write: “[I]f Corin’s early books are high-concept experiments (or collections of high-concept experiments) that transcend their concepts, her latest, THE SWANK HOTEL is—in scope, formal ambition, and linguistic sorcery—something else entirely…It’s monumental in the way of fractals: inward looking, but infinite. And in addition to being a scathing, often hilarious critique of consumerism, SWANK might also be the most precise and illuminating novel about psychosis and (attempted) suicide since Mrs. Dalloway…Corin toggles amongst psyches with Woolfian delicacy, complexity, and dexterity.” Graywolf Press published the novel on October 5, 2021.

April 29, 2022

Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s GOD has been shortlisted for the UK’s 2022 Wolfson History Prize. The judges praise the book as “[o]riginal and courageous,” adding: “This ambitious yet readable discussion of the physicality of God enhances our understanding of the history of monotheistic religions and Western culture.” The winner will be announced on June 22. Knopf published the book on January 25, 2022.

April 29, 2022

The Nation published the titular poem from Maggie Millner’s forthcoming debut collection COUPLETS online and in the magazine’s May issue. Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish the collection on February 7, 2023.

April 22, 2022

Delia Ephron’s memoir LEFT ON TENTH will make its debut on The New York Times Bestseller list for the week of May 1. The book will debut at number 4 on both the Hardcover Nonfiction and the Combined Print & E-book Nonfiction lists. Little, Brown and Company published the book on April 12, 2022.

April 22, 2022

The New York Times Book Review featured Samantha Hunt’s nonfiction debut, THE UNWRITTEN BOOK, on its shortlist “Mourning Songs for Lives, and Art, That Could Have Been.” Reviewer Kat Chow writes: “Samantha Hunt’s memoir is a provocative meditation on family and haunting….The reader’s mind reels, in an experience similar to the unfurling of memory and its excavation.” The Washington Post also lauded the book, with reviewer Jake Cline praising: “THE UNWRITTEN BOOK is a memoir and essay collection that finds beauty in impermanence…Hunt gazes into [the] darkness, but she never stops looking for the cracks... It’s a measure of Hunt’s generosity — to the reader, but also to herself — that her answers to [her] questions evolve throughout the book.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on April 5, 2022.

April 22, 2022

Nada Alic’s short story “Daddy’s Girl,” from her forthcoming collection BAD THOUGHTS, was published as the cover story for This is Badland magazine’s “To Be Free” issue. The magazine praises the short story as “witty, dark, vulnerable, sharp-edged, [and] weird.” Vintage will publish BAD THOUGHTS on July 12, 2022.

April 22, 2022

James Spooner’s THE HIGH DESERT received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The reviewer raves: “Spooner, the filmmaker behind the Afro-Punk documentary and festivals, debuts with a graphic memoir as abrasive and revelatory as his chosen music…[T]his grabbing, angsty coming-of-age tale offers a sidewalk view of a creative subculture. It’s also a poignant ode to the power of music to fill voids left by family and circumstance, with provocations thrumming on race and identity that sound out like a smashed guitar.” Harper will publish the book on May 17, 2022.