Named a Best Book of the Year by Esquire, The Millions, Harper's Bazaar, and BuzzFeed, David Hoon Kim's PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST was released this week to a glowing review in the New York Review of Books, who deem it a “ doleful, beautifully written study of the confused yearnings and scars of exile. . . Imperfect and meandering, but full of meticulously rendered thinking, Kim’s telling is a fine way out.” In their review, the Chicago Review of Books calls the novel "remarkable . . . Kim is an excellent sentence-level writer, eschewing both floweriness and over-simplicity. He treads lightly, but there are never any missteps, and his intelligence shines through in the easy flow of his prose.” FSG published the novel August 3, 2021.
2021 Booker Prize-finalist Sunjeev Sahota's CHINA ROOM continues to garner enthusiastic praise. The New Yorker reviewed the novel, writing that "Sahota is an enormously gifted writer… a bold storyteller who seems to have learned as many tricks from TV as from Tolstoy, and has a jeweler’s unillusioned eye for the goods." And in their review, the Wall Street Journal writes, “CHINA ROOM forges telling and skillful connections between the two very different eras, showing the ways that a place—a house, a room—can store up pieces of a remarkable past and release them, generations later, when someone comes looking.” Viking Books published the novel July 13, 2021.
In a Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews calls ON GIRLHOOD, edited by Glory Edim, “a profound, prismatic collection.” “Collecting the stories of literary giants—Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston—and contemporary authors including Camille Acker and Amina Gautier, the book presents an expansive, decades-spanning view of Black girlhood. Organized around the themes of innocence, belonging, love, and self-discovery, the collection is genuinely riveting; the stories narrate the lives of indelible characters with humor, irony, and immense skill.” ON GIRLHOOD publishes October 26, 2021 from Liveright.
The Financial Times, Mirror, and Channel 4 News are reporting the story behind the landing of British Airways Flight 149 in Kuwait City on the cusp of Iraq’s invasion, as exposed at length in Stephen Davis’s new book, OPERATION TROJAN HORSE. OPERATION TROJAN HORSE published July 22nd from Bonnier Books in the UK. It will publish September 7th in the US as FLIGHT 149 from PublicAffairs Books.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand chose Georgia Clark’s delightful rom-com, IT HAD TO BE YOU, as the July pick for her Literati book club. Clark and Hilderbrand hosted a live event via Crowdcast to discuss Clark’s book, as well as other smart, elevated beach reads that are perfect for the summer. Emily Bestler Books published the novel on May 4, 2021.
CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota has been longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. The judges praise: "Weaving together two timelines and two continents, CHINA ROOM struck us as a brilliant twist on the novel of immigrant experience, considering in subtle and moving ways the trauma handed down from one generation to the next. In crisp, clean prose, and with a dash of melodramatic action, Sahota turns these heavy themes into something filled with love, hope and humour." The shortlist will be announced on September 14, and the winner will be revealed in a ceremony on November 3. Viking published CHINA ROOM on July 13, 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.
THE ONES WHO DON'T SAY THEY LOVE YOU by Maurice Carlos Ruffin was featured in the AV Club's preview of must-reads for August. The reviewer writes: “Sometimes a story—or any short piece of writing—can get by on the strength of a single scrap of language, be it an unusual description or surprising line of dialogue. In the title short story of Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s debut collection, such a moment comes just after a john approaches a young sex worker on the street and wonders aloud why he’s the only one there. ‘I’m the onliest one you need,’ he hauntingly responds. In THE ONES WHO DON'T SAY THEY LOVE YOU—which follows Ruffin’s novel WE CAST A SHADOW, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner and the PEN/Open Book Awards—the writer traces the lives of a cast of characters living on the margins in his hometown of New Orleans.” One World publishes the book August 17, 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.
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.