The Wall Street Journal praises Matt Bell’s APPLESEED. “You can take Mr. Bell’s book as warning or vision of hope, as myth or blueprint for the future,” writes the reviewer. “Either way, it’s everything sci-fi should be." This follows months of early buzz and outstanding reviews for the novel. APPLESEED was an IndieNext Pick and an Amazon BOTM. Esquire ran the first serial excerpt on 7/6/21. Finally, a glowing review was published in The New York Times Book Review: “Bell has achieved something special here. ‘Appleseed,’ a highly welcome addition to the growing canon of first-rate contemporary climate fiction, feels timely, prescient and true. Custom House published the book on July 13, 2021.
Publishers Weekly has awarded a starred review to Craig Davidson’s second short story collection CASCADE: “Throughout, the author displays deep empathy and conveys emotional resonance. The result is a blissful, wholly satisfying assemblage of cinematic stories, sure to please Davidson’s fans and attract newcomers.” W.W. Norton will publish the book on October 26, 2021.
Author of DEAR CYBORGS Eugene Lim’s next book, SEARCH HISTORY, has received its second starred review, this time from Publishers Weekly! “[P]rofound and casually bonkers,” the reviewer says of Lim’s latest. “This brilliant sui generis takes storytelling to new heights.” Coffee House Press will publish SEARCH HISTORY on October 5, 2021.
DARK WATERS by Katherine Arden is an Amazon “Best Book” of August 2021. Arden’s third middle grade tale spins a spellbinding web for its readers. Critically acclaimed and adored by teachers and students alike, the latest entry in the Small Spaces series was praised by Kirkus: “Arden skillfully blends a creature feature with a survival tale, taking the series into new territory without deviating from its successful formula. The deliberate pacing maintains a palpable sense of dread, equally anxiety-inducing and terrifying. . . Another deliciously hair-raising entry in a series that continues to make a huge splash.” G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers published the book on August 3, 2021.
David Hoon Kim sat down for an interview with Ploughshares to discuss his debut novel, PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST. Ploughshares writes that "PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST is as much about Blatand and the characters around him as it is about the city itself, as much about the narrative momentum created through his wanderings as it is about the languages that carry and charge through him. Kim has created a novel that captures the experience of knowing another language, another culture, and yet still feeling at bay from it—of finding oneself mired in loss and grief, in belonging and not, attenuated to the struggle and attuned to ghosts who refuse to be done with us.” FSG published the novel on August 3, 2021.
New York Times bestselling debut novel, THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. continues to be featured on many LGBTQ+ summer reading list roundups. TheGrio featured the novel on their Pride summer list, calling THE PROPHETS “spectacular. . . An intimate, poetic, queer love story and a detailed and excruciating portrait of life on a Mississippi plantation. Jones excels at ensemble storytelling, treating each character with compassion while also being brutally unsparing about the system they’re living under and the harmful compromises people living under this system sometimes made to survive.” TheBody.com also featured the novel on their list of 5 Essential Summer Reads by Queer Authors. Putnam Books published the novel on January 5, 2021.
Jennifer Marie Brissett’s upcoming novel received a starred review from Kirkus who write The author’s updated take on a classic myth is both clever and entertaining. Tor Books will publish on October 12, 2021.
The latest novel by L. Alison Heller received a starred review in Booklist, who write “With its imaginative plot, charismatic characters, and wealth of dramatic revelations, this addictive tale is one of those novels that demands to be gobbled up in a single sitting.” Flatiron Books will publish on October 5, 2021.
Christopher Sorrentino's forthcoming memoir received a great review in Shelf Awareness. The reviewer describes the book as "Sagacious and heartbreaking . . . Christopher Sorrentino has written a stunning, gutting memoir about his life as the son of a chronically depressed mother and a celebrated writer father."
Catapult publishes the memoir on September 7, 2021.
Deadline, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter announced on August 3 that Carola Lovering’s TELL ME LIES has received a full season order from Hulu, with Emma Roberts executive producing, and Lovering herself serving as consulting producer. This series will be the first project launched via Belletrist’s first-look deal with Hulu, and Grace Van Patten is set to star in the lead role. Atria published TELL ME LIES on June 12, 2018, and St. Martin’s published Lovering’s latest novel, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, on March 2, 2021.