Food writer and editor Sanaë Lemoine’s debut novel, THE MARGOT AFFAIR, received a glowing review in the New York Times one week out from its publication. Drawing parallels between the book and the work of Rachel Cusk, Ian McEwan, and Françoise Sagan, critic Sarah Lyall raves: “Even when Margot is at her most misguided, the reader aches for her. Lemoine . . . writes in lush, lyrical prose that perfectly captures the heightened emotion and confusion of being a young woman with a bruised heart and limited experience.” Hogarth will publish the book on June 16, 2020.
Former New Yorker staff writer and investigative reporter Becky Cooper’s true crime masterpiece, WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE, has earned fantastic blurbs in the lead-up to its fall publication. Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow calls it “[a] stunning achievement,” declaring that “this stirring narrative, with its heart-stopping finale, forces us to ponder the very nature of historical truth.” Meanwhile, Jeff Guinn, bestselling biographer of Charles Manson and Jim Jones, had this to say: “For decades, the acknowledged Big Three among True Crime books have been IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote, HELTER SKELTER by Vincent Bugliosi and THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG by Norman Mailer. Now it's the Big Four, because Becky Cooper's WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE deserves inclusion in this exalted company.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on November 10, 2020.
Ms. Magazine featured LAST TANG STANDING on their list of reads for June 2020, calling it “a super-fun romantic comedy with robust characters and witty repartee.” Additionally, Slate included the title on their “Quarantine Summer Reading List.” G. P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on June 9, 2020.
AGE LATER by Nir Barzilai received a positive review in Library Journal’s June issue. They call it a “thoughtful take on aging that should be of interest to all concerned with the overlap between health and aging." St. Martin’s Press published the book on June 16, 2020.
Literary Hub selected Tara Isabella Burton’s STRANGE RITES for their list of “9 New Books to Read in June.” VOL. 1 BROOKLYN also featured the book in their “June 2020 Book Preview,” and write: “There are few writers working today who are better at chronicling the overlap of culture and religion than Tara Isabella Burton. Her new book STRANGE RITES brings a panoply of belief systems and devotions together into one place, showcasing the numerous ways in which people have utilized faith and belief to make sense of the contemporary world.” PublicAffairs published the book on June 16, 2020.
Book Riot selected MINOR FEELINGS by Cathy Park Hong as part of their “10 Under 10” list, which includes their ten favorite audiobooks under ten hours. They call the essays “illuminating and rigorous,” noting Hong’s “crisp and precise” narration. Additionally, Real Simple and Rutgers University both recommend MINOR FEELINGS for their lists of must-read books about race. Rutgers calls it an “anti-racist manifesto [with] unflinching assessments of quotidian, startlingly normalized racist violence that characterizes the United States.” Teen Vogue also included the book in their list of “13 Books by Asian and Pacific Islanders That Should be Required Reading.” One World published the book on February 25, 2020.
The African Speculative Fiction Society has nominated THE OLD DRIFT for their Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African. The winner will be announced in the fall. Hogarth published the book on March 26, 2019.
De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s IN WEST MILLS is a June 2020 Indie Next List “Now in Paperback” selection. Bloomsbury originally published the book on June 4, 2019, and published the paperback edition on June 16, 2020.
In their piece about BEA's virtual events, the New York Times highlighted one of the most powerful moments of the expo—Sally Kim, editor-in-chief of Putnam, showing Robert Jones, Jr. a mock-up of his debut novel, THE PROPHETS. They state: "Jones's emotional reaction, seen intimately up close in his home office, would likely not have been as powerful in the hangar-like Javits Center." G.P. Putnam’s Sons will publish the book on January 5, 2021.
Hannah Orenstein’s next rom-com, HEAD OVER HEELS, has made summer reading round-ups from O, The Oprah Magazine, PopSugar, Bustle, and Goodreads, among others. Atria Books will publish the book on June 23, 2020.