News in August 2022
News in August 2022
Danielle Steel’s latest novel, THE CHALLENGE, made its debut on The New York Times Bestsellers list for the week of September 4, 2022, appearing at #2 on Print Hardcover Fiction and #8 on Combined Print & E-Book Fiction. Delacorte Press published the book on August 16th, 2022.
THE FURROWS was featured on the AV Club’s roundup of September must-reads. Cat Auer writes: “Novelist Namwali Serpell follows her spectacular sci-fi/historical fiction THE OLD DRIFT with an undulating, enthralling tale of death and rebirth…An unexpected perspective and plot twist near the halfway point reinvigorate the story with fresh tension and direction, with Serpell utterly unafraid to fuse and forge genres, turning up the levels of suspense, mystery, and even romance.” Hogarth will publish the novel on September 27, 2022.
Rachel Aviv’s highly anticipated debut STRANGERS TO OURSELVES continues to be lauded ahead of its publication. BookPage featured the book on their Fall 2022 Preview, writing: “Rachel Aviv’s first book explores questions of self-knowledge and mental health, subjects she’s previously examined in her award-winning journalism for The New Yorker. STRANGERS TO OURSELVES offers sensitive case histories of people whose experiences of mental illness exceed the limits of psychiatric terminology, diagnosis and treatment—including the author’s own experience of being the youngest child in the U.S. to receive a diagnosis of anorexia. After being hospitalized for a failure to eat or drink, she met anorexic girls twice her age and learned to mimic their strategies for losing weight. But which came first: the diagnosis or her symptoms? This contradiction between psychiatric terminology and lived experience is the core issue driving Aviv’s book, which also examines Western psychiatry’s long history of ignoring the link between racial violence and mental illness. It’s a sharp, compassionate and necessary investigation, not to be missed.” STRANGERS TO OURSELVES was also featured on most-anticipated lists from Goodreads and Kirkus. Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish the book on September 13, 2022.
Elliot Ackerman’s THE FIFTH ACT was featured in The Sunday Telegraph. Matthew Leeming writes: “Elliot Ackerman, a former US marine who served in Afghanistan for eight years and the author of some acclaimed novels, is interesting because he is both an intellectual and a man of action. In his new book, THE FIFTH ACT, he tells the story of the ‘clusterf---‘ unfolding as he holidays in Venice with his children. This conjunction of banality and evil is very striking.” Penguin Press published the book on August 9, 2022.
Namwali Serpell’s highly anticipated THE FURROWS is garnering amazing press and reviews ahead of its September release. Serpell was featured on the cover of Poets & Writers’ September issue, with an incredible profile on the author about her stellar literary and academic career. Renée H. Shea writes: “Namwali Serpell conjures the roiling nature of grief in a powerful narrative that explores memory, loss, and black identity without resting on what she calls the ‘meaningless platitude’ that art promotes empathy...Resisting knee-jerk empathy that is an end in itself and refusing to presume she has the answers to big questions of loss and injustice, Serpell offers that satisfying difficulty in THE FURROWS that unsettles readers as it draws them in. If it’s disquieting, all to the good.” GQ, Kirkus, and Goodreads also featured the novel on their must-read roundups. Hogarth will publish the novel on September 27, 2022.
BLACK DOG, the 62nd book in the Stone Barrington series, will make its debut on The New York Times Bestseller list for the week of August 21, 2022. It will debut at #15 on the Hardcover Fiction list, and #10 on the Combined Print & E-Book Fiction list. G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on August 2, 2022.
Elliot Ackerman’s THE FIFTH ACT received a wealth of critical acclaim leading up to its publication this week. A glowing review from Booklist reads: “[A] powerful testimony…Ackerman’s tales are compelling and heartfelt; this title will stand the test of time as a warning against further military misadventures.” Ackerman sat down in conversation with Kori Schake of The Washington Post to discuss the book, which Schake describes as a “searing condemnation of both the conduct and abandonment of the war effort.” The Atlantic published an op-ed by Ackerman titled “The Rivalry That Defines America: How the U.S. dealt with Russia in Afghanistan is informing how Russia is dealing with the U.S. in Ukraine.” Lastly, Amazon Books selected THE FIFTH ACT as one of its Editors' Picks in the Best History category. Penguin Press published the book on August 9, 2022.
Tanaïs sat down with BOMB magazine for an in-depth discussion about their memoir, IN SENSORIUM. Interviewer Evan Nicole Brown raves: “On its face, IN SENSORIUM is a lyrical memoir about fragrances, their histories, and the resilience of the American Bangladeshi Muslim novelist and perfumer’s motherland. The book is ultimately a sundial—a totem of light and shadow that changes gradually the longer you look at it. IN SENSORIUM is a way of organizing time—the history of a people, a place, a family, a life—guided by scent and the essence of memory.” Harper published the book on February 22, 2022.
Tomi Obaro’s dazzling debut novel DELE WEDS DESTINY was highlighted by Amazon Books Editorial Director Sarah Gelman on CBS Mornings with Gayle King for a piece on Summer beach read recommendations. Gelman calls DELE WEDS DESTINY “beautiful” and “evocative.” Knopf published the book on June 28, 2022.
Carlene Bauer’s stellar novel GIRLS THEY WRITE SONGS ABOUT was reviewed in The New Yorker’s Briefly Noted. They write: “This prickly-coy novel centers on two women who move to New York in the nineteen-nineties to become writers—or, as one of them, the narrator, puts it, ‘to be seen as an overpoweringly singular instance of late-twentieth-century womanhood.’ Bauer is a crackerjack chronicler of the slide into humility which follows ravenous early adulthood, when ‘we felt that we owed the books we’d read proof that we were as open and free as they had commanded us to be.’” Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the novel on June 21, 2022.