Amazon has selected Lauren Ho’s LAST TANG STANDING as a “Best Book” of the month in their Romance category. The novel has also been featured on summer reading lists by both BookPage and the Minneapolis Star. G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on June 9, 2020.
Book two of Anthony Ryan’s Seven Swords Series, THE KRAKEN’S TOOTH, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. They write: “Ryan masterfully combines vivid characterization and understated worldbuilding . . . Readers will eagerly await the next in the series.” Subterranean will publish the book on September 30, 2020.
Ted Chiang is a finalist for four 2020 Locus Awards, nominated in the Best Collection category for EXHALATION, the Best Novella category for “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom,” the Best Novelette category for “Omphalos,” and the Best Short Story category for “It’s 2059, and the Rich Kids are Still Winning.” Knofp published his short story collection, EXHALATION, on May 7, 2019.
Kirkus calls Bradley Garrett’s BUNKER an “[i]ntriguing and often entertaining reading on a phenomenon that seems timeless,” praising Garrett as “a capable writer with a crisp, detailed, visual quality to his work.” The book provides an inside look at “prepper” communities around the world that are building bunkers for a possible apocalypse. Scribner will publish the book on August 4th, 2020.
FEEL BETTER IN 5 by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee sold more than 10,000 copies in 24 hours in the UK—the largest Kindle Daily Deal sale ever for Penguin Random House UK. BenBella Books will publish the U.S. edition on September 1, 2020.
Larry Watson’s THE LIVES OF EDIE PRITCHARD is one of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “71 Books for Summer Reading in 2020”. Algonquin Books will publish the book on July 21, 2020.
Wayne Koestenbaum was interviewed by Sasha Frere-Jones for Bookforum. He describes Koestenbaum’s FIGURE IT OUT as “a manual for maintaining curiosity and highlighting ‘scrutinized acts,’” adding that “[t]asting a word, inhaling a disagreement, melting syntax – these are skills you can learn from Wayne.” Soft Skull Press published the book on May 5, 2020.
The Washington Post describes Elliot Ackerman’s RED DRESS IN BLACK AND WHITE as “shrewd [and] intricately plotted,” while the Associated Press calls it “a tense tale from Turkey . . . [that] is taut, balanced between order and chaos, just like Istanbul in that summer of 2013.” Additionally, the novel is a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice selection this week. They write: “Ackerman’s fourth novel abandons his customary war narratives for a different sort of drama, an entirely absorbing territory of intrigue and tricks.” Knopf published the book on May 26, 2020.
Amazon chose EVERYONE KNOWS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Kyle McCarthy as one of its top ten books of the month. In a rave review, they write: “This twisted coming of age tale, taut as a thriller, written with glittering, precise prose, holds you in its spell right up to the surprising but perfect ending.” Ballantine Books published the book on June 23, 2020.
IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow has made the 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing shortlist for fiction. The prize is “intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.” Winners and finalists will be announced in late summer/early fall. Bloomsbury published the book on June 4, 2019.