THE MERCIES by Kiran Millwood Hargrave won immediate and overwhelming praise upon its publication. USA Today praised the author’s adult debut as “an absorbing account of women finding power and grace and love even under the most harrowing circumstances.” Emily Barton of the New York Times Book Review writes: “THE MERCIES is among the best novels I’ve read in years. In addition to its beautiful writing, its subject matter is both enduring and timely.” Little, Brown and Company published the book on February 11, 2020.
Kate Zambreno’s next novel DRIFTS has received two starred reviews in advance of its May publication. Kirkus called the book “a lyrical, fragmentary, and heartfelt story about the beauty and difficulty of artistic isolation,” and Publishers Weekly praised it as “a captivating deconstruction of the writer’s process that will reward readers in search for meaning.” Riverhead Books will publish the book on May 19, 2020.
Sanaë Lemoine’s exciting debut, THE MARGOT AFFAIR, has received two new gorgeous bits of praise. Hermione Hoby, author of NEON DAYLIGHT, calls it “poised, coolly beguiling, and deeply compelling,” and SEVERANCE author Ling Ma finds it to be “[a] deeply immersive novel about the ways in which your family may fail you.” Hogarth will publish the book on June 16, 2020.
Mary Pauline Lowry’s THE ROXY LETTERS has received two new stellar reviews. Booklist dubs its protagonist “far more than a cooler Bridget Jones—she’s a big-hearted, awkward, uproariously funny woman whose endearing antics and odd-yet-relatable struggles will resonate with millennial and Gen X readers,” and Kirkus notes that the book “[b]ursts with quirky spirit and gleeful comic energy.” Simon & Schuster will publish Lowry’s sophomore novel on April 7, 2020.
Ted Chiang’s "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom" from his collection EXHALATION is a finalist for the 2019 Nebula Awards. The winners will be announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America on May 31, 2020. Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.
Cathy Park Hong’s MINOR FEELINGS received enthusiastic reviews from NPR and the Chicago Review of Books. NPR describes it as “a major reckoning, pulling no punches . . . with cascading consequences,” while the Chicago Review of Books calls it “an urgent consideration of identity, social structures, and artistic practice.” Hong was interviewed by The Atlantic, which describes MINOR FEELINGS as “artful and rigorous, powerful and profound” and by Salon, which praises her “sharp wit and radical transparency.” Lit Hub also featured MINOR FEELINGS on their list of “10 shiny new books you should pick up this week,” lauding it as “an incisive book from one of our best poets and writers.” One World published the book on February 25, 2020.
Ariana Reines’ collection A SAND BOOK, which was longlisted last year for the National Book Award and praised by The New Yorker as “a psychedelic epic,” is now the winner of the 2020 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Given to one exceptional mid-career poet each year, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is one of the most prestigious prizes in poetry. Tin House published the book on June 18, 2019.
TIME Magazine correspondent Charlotte Alter’s THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR published this past Tuesday to fantastic reception. The New York Times writes: “Thanks to Alter’s timely book, we can have a better understanding of why an entire generation was set back and what’s driving it now.” Thus far, the author has been featured on MSNBC Live, Morning Joe, and The 11th Hour with Brian Williams to discuss the ways in which a new generation of political leadership is transforming American Democracy. Alter also made an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss the phenomenon of young voters’ support of socialism. Viking published the book on February 18, 2020.
MINOR FEELINGS received a glowing review from the New York Times. They write: “The poet Cathy Park Hong begins her new book of essays with a bang . . . MINOR FEELINGS is studded with moments [full of] candor and dark humor shot through with glittering self-awareness.” Several publications have called MINOR FEELINGS a best or most anticipated book of February (TIME, Bustle, The Millions, All Arts, Read It Forward), spring (Newsweek), or the year (Esquire, Hypebae, BookPage, Reading Women). One World will publish the book on February 25, 2020.