On the day of its anticipated release, NOW BEACON, NOW SEA: A SON'S MEMOIR by Christopher Sorrentino was reviewed in the New York Times. They write: “NOW BEACON, NOW SEA is perhaps more straightforward than [Sorrentino's] voicey, plotty novels, and his memoir indulges in novelistic and cinematic flourishes — cascading lists, lyrical still lifes — only occasionally. . . Acute, intimate and exceedingly fair, Sorrentino’s memoir is a post-mortem that examines not the causes of his parents’ deaths but the endurance and effects of their confounding marriage." Esquire also featured the memoir on their list of the Best Books of Fall 2021, deeming it an “unflinching look at the mother who terrified, confounded, and enraged him . . . . Mothers and sons have rarely been captured with such dark intimacy as in NOW BEACON, NOW SEA, an open wound of grief and regret.” Catapult published the memoir September 7, 2021.
Maggie Nelson's highly anticipated essay collection, ON FREEDOM: FOUR SONGS OF CARE AND CONSTRAINT, is featured on Vogue Magazine's list of the Best Books To Read This Fall. They write: "Nelson’s probing inquiry sits on equal footing with her effortlessly fluid prose, which moves between first-person, anecdotal stories and intense critical examination with the utmost readability. Ultimately Nelson’s approach is one that seeks liberation and transcendence, whether sexual, narcotic, or purely biological—something that radiates palpably from her writing, even when she delves into some of the darkest corners of the human psyche.” ON FREEDOM was also featured on Kirkus Review's list of 150 Most Anticipated Fall Books. Graywolf Press publishes the book on September 7, 2021.
On the day of its highly anticipated release, THE ONES WHO DON'T SAY THE LOVE YOU, Maurice Carlos Ruffin's sophomore work, was reviewed in the New York Times. They reviewer writes: "Ruffin writes with the clipped motion of the best comic books, and the unsparing tenderness of a poet. Readers enamored with the relentless lyricism of his novel may be surprised to find a gentler voice guiding these stories, without judgment. This softness is exactly what binds these patchwork chronicles into a vibrant and true mosaic of a place.” Ruffin also sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where he discussed his writing and love for his hometown New Orleans, Louisiana. One World published the book August 17, 2021.
The New York Times bestselling novel OF WOMEN AND SALT by Gabriela Garcia is selected as one of Book Page's Best Debut Books so far in 2021. Flatiron Books published the novel on March 30, 2021.
The New York Times bestselling novel THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. is selected as one of Book Page's Best Debut Books so far in 2021.Putnam published the novel January 5, 2021.
THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton was selected by Wild author, Cheryl Strayed for her Literati's Cheryl Strayed Wild Reads Book Club September Pick. Cheryl described the novel as a "polyphonic powerhouse of a novel reads like a rock and roll biography so authentic you’ll find yourself longing to download the music (that doesn’t exist)...Dawnie Walton skillfully takes the reader on a wildly entertaining and illuminating journey that spans the past five decades, offering both an intimate history lesson and a profound rumination on questions about pop culture that remain relevant now." 37 Ink published the novel March 30, 2021.
PHALLACY by Emily Willingham is a Nonfiction Finalist for the 2020 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards, recognizing outstanding books published in 2020 written by Texas authors. PHALLACY published September 22, 2020 from Avery.
The Pariah by Anthony Ryan published in the US and UK the week of August 23, 2021. From the bestselling author of Blood Song, The Pariah is the first entry in a new epic fantasy series filled with action, intrigue and magic. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly writes “The author makes buy-in easy thanks to three-dimensional characters and intelligent prose that grips from the opening sentence…This makes a rich treat for George R.R. Martin fans." Orbit published the book on August 24, 2021.
Gordy Sauer’s debut novel CHILD IN THE VALLEY published August 24, 2021 from Hub City Press. For his publication rollout Sauer was profiled by the Columbia Daily Tribune. Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News wrote, “Sauer is an assured new literary voice from Texas. His careful control of narrative, and convincing sculpting of the central character in particular, make this reader look forward to his future efforts.” And in a pre-pub review Publishers Weekly praised the novel as a “riveting cautionary tale of greed set during the California gold rush…an accomplished literary western.” Hub City Press published the novel on August 24, 2021.
Author of NEON IN DAYLIGHT Hermione Hoby’s second novel, VIRTUE, has received a wonderful review in the Times Literary Supplement. Calling the book “skillful” and “sharp,” the reviewer raves, “The chance to describe the specific beauty and badness of the world at a particular time keeps this story vital.” VIRTUE was also featured in the New York Times’ “At Home” newsletter as a recommended read. Riverhead published the novel on July 20, 2021.