These are the books I am most excited to hand-sell and recommend this spring. Please check back as I am sure this list will grow.
“My Name is Lucy Barton,” by Elizabeth Strout
This is a beautiful elegy to the imperfect love between mothers and daughters and an insightful examination of a writer’s internal life by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge.” Simply written and deeply affecting, this is a gem of a book with valuable advice for aspiring authors written into the story.
Due out January 12, 2016 through Random House
“The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” by Melanie Benjamin
Live the secrets that made Truman Capote’s “La Côte Basque 1965” the scandal of the 1975. Meet Babe and Bob Paley and the posh literati of New York City’s social elite circa 1950s and 1960s. Follow the arc of Capote’s rising star and his plummet into alcoholism and loneliness. A fun yet thoughtful examination of an enigmatic literary legend.
Due out January 26, 2016 through Delacorte Press (Random House)
Magical realism gives way to absurdism in this novel that straddles life and death: The occupants of The Burrow are neither alive nor dead, awake or dreaming—but are, perhaps, the subjects of a scientific study. They are the vehicles through which Krusoe explores the very nature of existence, how we construct our lives and what we take with us when we die.
Due out January 27, 2016 through Tin House Books
Authors Nicole Krauss and Michael Faber are already talking about the incendiary, deceptively simple prose in German writer Jenny Erpenbeck’s “The End of Days.” One woman. Many lives. The narrative structure follows one woman through multiple reincarnations and explores the fraught history of Jewish-German history during the 20th century. Reminiscent of “Life After Life,” by Kate Atkinson, as well as works by Jo Walton and Claire North.
Due out (in paperback) February 8, 2016 through New Directions Publishing (W.W. Norton & Company)
Nelly Dean is the stalwart second (and primary) narrator of Emily Bronte’s classic “Wuthering Heights,” who reveals very little about her own life and feelings outside the context of the doomed lovers. Return to the faded grandeur of Heathcliff’s ill-gained manor via the servant’s stairs as Nelly Dean takes up the thread of her own story in the this creatively wrought debut. Nelly’s petted childhood, her adolescence as a slighted servant and her adulthood as matron of the hearth renders the tragic story of Heathcliff and Catherine a mere footnote and introduces a new heroine to the canon that already includes Catherine Earnshaw, Elizabeth Bennet and Emma Woodhouse.
Due out February 8, 2016 through Pegasus Books (W.W. Norton & Company)
“Reader, I murdered him,” confesses Jane Steele, her smile as hard as the metal she’s named for. This Victorian gothic novel is dedicated to Jane Eyre and Nicholas Nickelby, also orphans (or half-orphans) who survive—and rise above—untenable circumstances. Steele is an unforgettable heroine, Jane Eyre in steam-punk London.
Due out March 22, 2016 through G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Random House)
With “Atmospherisic Disturbances” Galchen brought readers a marriage on either the brink of insanity or dissolution: Convinced his wife is a simulacrum, Dr. Leo Liebenstein embarks on a journey to bring her home, a quest worthy of Don Quixote. With her 2014 short story collection, “American Innovations,” Galchen refashioned classic, masculine stories with female protagonists. Her latest collection of stories, essays and lists promises to be incisive, insightful and creatively wrought examination of womanhood, motherhood and the relationship between writers and their worlds.
Due out May 16, 2016 through New Directions Publishing (W.W. Norton & Co.)