Fall 2011 News
The Family Fang (Ecco) by Kevin Wilson is a Barnes and Noble Discover pick for Fall 2011. The Family Fang was also chosen as one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 of 2011 and as a Barnes and Noble Best of 2011. The novel is also one of Amazon.com’s Top 100 books of 2011. Bookpage and Booklist also selected the novel as one of the year’s best. Nick Hornby selected The Family Fang as one of his favorite books from 2011 in the Guardian, and Ann Patchett selected the novel as one of her top reads for both Salon.com and Southern Living. Screen rights to the novel have been optioned by Olympus Films and Blossom Films; the project will be developed as a starring vehicle for Nicole Kidman.
Bret Anthony Johnston’s “Soldier of Fortune” is included in The Best American Short Stories 2011 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). “Soldier of Fortune” was first published in Glimmer Train. Bret’s essay “Danny Way and the Gift of Fear”, originally published in Men’s Journal, is included in The Best American Sports Writing 2011 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Megan Mayhew Bergman‘s “Housewifely Arts” is also included in The Best American Short Stories 2011 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). “Housewifely Arts” was first published by One Story, and is part of Megan’s collection Birds of a Lesser Paradise, forthcoming from Scribner in 2012. Publishers Weekly calls Birds of a Lesser Paradise a “stellar debut.”
Publishers Weekly says Lauren Fox‘s Friends Like Us (Knopf) is “funny and bittersweet… a thoughtful, delicate book.” Booklist writes, “the hard emotional truths go down easily amind the smart, rapid-fire wit. A pure if heartbreaking pleasure.” Kirkus also says Friends Like Us is “moving… artfully written.”
Madeline Miller‘s debut novel, The Song of Achilles (Bloomsbury UK) was selected by Amazon as one of the top 50 books of 2011 in the UK. In the US, The Song of Achilles (Ecco) also received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which says the novel “masterfully brings to life an imaginative yet informed vision of ancient Greece.” The novelist Donna Tartt picked The Song of Achilles as her Book of the Year in the Times (UK), calling it “captivating… a hard book to put down.” Read an essay by Madeline Miller, written for the Guardian on her top 10 classical books, here.
Paula McLain‘s The Paris Wife (Ballantine) won the 2011 Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award in the Historical Fiction category. The novel was also selected as one of Barnes & Noble’s Best of 2011, and as one of Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2011. Read a Goodreads interview with Paula here. Film rights to The Paris Wife have been optioned by Amber Entertainment.
The paperback edition of Kathleen Kent‘s The Traitor’s Wife (Reagan Arthur Books / Little, Brown) debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. The book was originally published as The Wolves of Andover.