News - Book Reviews

News - Book Reviews

THE SHADOW KING by Maaza Mengiste
October 21, 2019

Namwali Serpell, author of THE OLD DRIFT, gave a rave review of THE SHADOW KING in the New York Times. She says the novel “somehow manages to solve the riddle of how to sing war now. She doesn’t seek a narrow path between the straits of these artistic and ethical questions. Instead, she encompasses them in all their contradiction, laying them out in breathtakingly skillful juxtaposition.” W.W. Norton & Company published the book on September 24, 2019.

QUALIFICATION by David Heatley
October 12, 2019

Library Journal gave David Heatley’s QUALIFICATION a starred review. They write: "Readers will find themselves moved by this stunning memoir, and perhaps even grateful for the author’s refusal to shy away from depicting the complexity of his ongoing development as an artist and a human being.” Booklist also praised QUALIFICATION, calling it “unflinching” and adding that, “The payoffs and pitfalls of a lifetime spent in 12-step programs are portrayed with brutal candor.” Pantheon published the book on October 1, 2019.

TV NOIR: DARK DRAMA ON THE SMALL SCREEN by Allen Glover
October 1, 2019

In a starred review, Library Journal praises Allen Glover’s TV NOIR: “Each section could be a stand-alone show at a media museum or, better yet, a series at a dimly lit revival house. Essential for noir lovers, especially those who have exhausted the film canon and are hungry for more.” Abrams will publish the book on September 24, 2019.

EVERY OTHER WEEKEND by Zulema Renee Summerfield
October 1, 2019

EVERY OTHER WEEKEND is a featured selection in the New York Times Book Review’s paperback row. Summerfield’s debut novel chronicles the aftermath of a divorce through the eyes of precocious eight-year-old Nenny, and the Times calls it “exactly as gut-wrenching as it sounds." Little, Brown published the book on April 17, 2018.

MANHUNTERS by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña
October 1, 2019

In their upcoming book, Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña tell the true story of how they took down Pablo Escobar.
Publishers Weekly calls MANHUNTERS "Riveting. A must-read for anyone interested in one of the major campaigns on the war on drugs." St. Martin’s Press will publish the hardcover on November 12, 2019.

THE UNDYING by Anne Boyer
September 12, 2019

Anne Boyer’s memoir received a rave review in the New York Times. The reviewer Jennifer Szalai calls the book “extraordinary and furious” and writes “The pink ribbon, that ubiquitous emblem of breast cancer awareness, has long been an object of controversy and derision, but the poet and essayist Anne Boyer doesn’t just pull it loose, unfastening its dainty loop; she feeds it through a shredder and lights it on fire, incinerating its remains . . . Where Boyer finds a measure of hope is in pain — not in valorizing it (insufficient), or in conquering it (impossible), but in recognizing it as something that’s real and shared with others.” Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish the book on September 17, 2019.

THE LAST LEONARDO by Ben Lewis
August 27, 2019

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Cammy Brothers called Ben Lewis’ THE LAST LEONARDO “a page-turning tale about the most expensive painting of all time . . . populated by characters straight out of a thriller.” Ballantine published the book on June 25, 2019.

THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB by Craig Davidson
July 15, 2019

NPR ran a rave review of Craig Davidson’s new novel THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB. Reviewer Jason Heller had this to say about the coming-of-age story: “Immensely enjoyable, piercingly clever, and satisfyingly soulful, THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB is an exquisite little talisman of a book, one that doesn't flinch as it probes the dark underside of nostalgia.” Penguin Books published the book on July 9, 2019.

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
June 24, 2019

In a glowing review of IN WEST MILLS, The New York Times Book Review writes: “From the first page, Winslow establishes an uncanny authority and profound tone that belie the book’s debut status… He paints a community so tightknit and thorough it becomes easy to forget the people in it don’t exist, that no one will be playing music later tonight at Miss Goldie’s barnhouse juke joint, or traveling upbridge to Manning’s General Store for candy. Knot is as complex and endearing a protagonist as Zora Neale Hurston’s Janie.” Bloomsbury published the book on June 4, 2019.

June 17, 2019

Anne Boyer’s poetic rumination on cancer and the healthcare system, THE UNDYING, has received two starred advance reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Kirkus calls the book “a haunting testimony about death that is filled with life,” and PW writes that: “Boyer’s gorgeous language elevates this artful, piercing narrative well above the average medical memoir." FSG will publish the book on September 17, 2019.