News - Book Reviews
News - Book Reviews
Georgia Clark’s IT HAD TO BE YOU received a wonderful review from Library Journal. They write: “Clark creates a quilt of diverse love stories, overlapping and meandering warmly throughout New York City. Each story Clark tells packs an emotional punch.” Emily Bestler Books will publish the novel on May 4, 2021.
BORN READY by Jodie Patterson received an enthusiastic starred review from Kirkus. They write: “Warmth and pride in identity radiate from the pages, brightened by the expressive, lively illustrations…This representation of a Black family and transgender child (author Patterson is Penelope’s mother) shines with joy and affirmation…A triumphant declaration of love and identity.” Crown Books for Young readers will publish the book on April 20, 2021.
Kirkus Review hails Jonathan Parks-Ramage’s YES DADDY as an “emotionally complex debut” and a “well-formed coming-of-age story, both erotic and chilling.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish the book on May 18, 2021.
Olivia Laing’s EVERYBODY received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. They praise the book an "impassioned and provocative study," and a "lucid foray into some of life’s deepest questions astonishes." W.W. Norton will publish the book May 4, 2021.
Alex McElroy’s debut novel THE ATMOSPHERIANS received a lovely review from Publishers Weekly. The reviewer writes: “McElroy’s impressive debut novel (after the chapbook DADDY ISSUES) lands a well-crafted jab at toxic masculinity and attempts to control it...[making] hay with the miasma of contemporary culture.” Atria Books will publish the novel on May 18, 2021.
The San Francisco Book Review published a rave review of Kiese Laymon’s HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA. They write: “Laymon’s collection of essays reaches the pinnacle of truth-telling that only essayists with this author’s candor and depth can achieve. Most of us don’t deserve the honesty that Laymon serves on the page, but it’s what the reader receives: plain truth, often painful, thoroughly unvarnished. Laymon engages the reader intellectually about collective pain emanating from various streams of violence against Black life: systemic, structural, and interpersonal. More importantly, his prose evokes a visceral reaction: one that inspires empathy, underscoring great love for humanity.” Scribner published the book on November 10, 2020.
NOW BEACON, NOW SEA by Christopher Sorrentino was blurbed by author Rick Moody. He writes: "Few, if any, are the memoirs of mothers and sons that are as excoriating and unforgettable as Christopher Sorrentino’s. Written equally in wrath and powerfully and patiently illuminated love, Sorrentino‘s account of filial anguish will linger long in memory. What an imperative contribution to the memoir form and to our literature generally. I could not admire this book more." Catapult will publish the book on September 7, 2021.
THE ONES WHO DON’T SAY THEY LOVE YOU by Maurice Carlos Ruffin was blurbed by LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND author Rumaan Alam. He writes: "Some are funny, some poetic, others near heartbreaking, but the true hallmark of Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s stories is an interest in what language can do. This is the work of a playful and exuberant writer who is always a joy to read." One World will publish the book on August 17, 2021.
EVERYYTHING NOW by Rosecrans Baldwin received a glowing blurb from INTERIOR CHINATOWN author Charles Yu. He writes: “With a novelist's eye and a searching curiosity, Rosecrans Baldwin has created a sprawling work that explores a place and its people, as well as culture, history, geography and ecology. A feat of imagination that fed my mind, heart and soul." The book was also blurbed by theLAnd Magazine Editor-in-Chief Jeff Weiss, who writes: “[T]he rare work that understands L.A. for its Sphinx-like inscrutability and complex history. It refuses to lapse into cheap stereotype or inherited cliché, yet remains skeptical of the cultish lure and sunbaked weirdness. This is the meticulously reported and three-dimensional contemporary history that the city needs." MCD will publish the book on June 15, 2021.
Diane Johnson’s LORNA MOTT COMES HOME received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. They write:
“Johnson makes a welcome return to her wheelhouse in this propulsive domestic dramedy of manners…[Her] usual razor-sharp prose and astute observations are on full display as she tweaks comic incidents arising out of her characters’ relationships. This provocative family chronicle resolves in a poignant ending with prospects for a promising sequel. The author’s fans are in for a treat.” Knopf will publish the novel on June 29, 2021.