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News - Book Reviews

LIFELINES by Heidi Diehl
April 18, 2019
Heidi Diehl has received great trade reviews for her debut novel LIFELINES. Of the book, Kirkus writes, “Richly textured… A serious, nuanced portrait.” Publishers Weekly calls it “[an] elegant debut… This complex, intimate story memorably portrays what it looks like to reckon with one’s choices and to feel both uncertainty and peace.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish the book on June 18, 2019.
EXHALATION by Ted Chiang
April 10, 2019
Vulture has named Ted Chiang’s upcoming story collection EXHALATION one of its most anticipated fiction books of the spring: “Each of [Chiang’s] devastating stories mines little pieces of humanity from unexpected points of view.” Vintage will publish the book on May 7, 2019.
WHAT MY MOTHER AND I DON’T TALK ABOUT by Michele Filgate
April 10, 2019
Michele Filgate’s anthology, featuring essays by Kiese Laymon, Andre Aciman, Leslie Jamison, Carmen Maria Machado, and more, has received starred advance reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Library Journal. "These essays, each one exceptional on its own, encompass both love and writing at their most vulnerable, and could power entire cities with their electricity,” Booklist writes; Library Journal praises them as “stories to be savored,” and Kirkus calls the collection “moving Mother’s Day reading for the fearless and brave.” Simon & Schuster will publish the book on April 30, 2019.
WE CAST A SHADOW by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
February 1, 2019

NPR Books calls WE CAST A SHADOW “stunning and audacious,” stating “there's a lot going on in WE CAST A SHADOW, but Ruffin proves to be a master at juggling the numerous characters and storylines. It's a fast-paced and intricately plotted book.”

INSURRECTO by Gina Apostol
January 4, 2019

The New York Times Book Reviewer Jen McDonald calls INSURRECTO “brilliant” and praises Apostol as a “magician with language.” Soho Press published the book on November 13, 2018.

I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU by Kelsey Miller
November 9, 2018

Bust reviewed Kelsey Miller’s I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU, stating, “it's hard to believe that any thinkpiece or retrospective will be more nuanced, considered, or better-researched.”
Hanover Square Press published the book on October 23, 2018.

HEAVY by Kiese Laymon
November 2, 2018

“HEAVY is a gorgeous, gutting book that’s fueled by candor yet freighted with ambivalence,” writes Jen Szalai in an enthusiastic New York Times review of Kiese Laymon’s memoir. “This generous, searching book explores all the forces that can stop even the most buoyant hopes from ever leaving the ground.” Scribner published the book on October 16, 2018.

INSURRECTO by Gina Apostol
October 26, 2018

Gina Apostol’s new book, INSURRECTO, was chosen as the cover of Publishers Weekly. In the boxed and starred review, they said of the book, “This is a complex and aptly vertiginous novel that deconstructs how humans tell stories and decide which versions of events are remembered… Apostol’s layers of narrative, pop culture references, and blurring of history and fiction make for a profound and unforgettable journey into the past and present of the Philippines.”

LATE AIR by Jaclyn Gilbert
October 26, 2018

Booklist called Jaclyn Gilbert’s debut novel LATE AIR, “Emotional but never melodramatic… Difficult to put down.” Little A will publish the book on November 13, 2018.

THE LAST COWBOYS by John Branch
October 18, 2018

Ian Frazier of the New York Review of Books says, “Branch, a New York Times reporter, paints the big Utah canvas as skillfully as he drypoints the cowboy minutiae.” W.W. Norton published the book on May 15, 2018.