Winter 2012 News

Madeline Miller‘s The Song of Achilles (Ecco) is one of Amazon.com’s Best Books of the Month for March, and the novel is featured as an Indie Next Pick. Newsday and USA Today both named The Song of Achilles a book to watch in 2012, and O Magazine calls the novel “spellbinding.” The Song of Achilles is also a Costco Buyer’s Pick in Canada. Read a profile of Madeline Miller, along with an interview, in the Wall Street Journal.

Birds of a Lesser Paradise (Scribner) by Megan Mayhew Bergman is featured as one of Amazon.com’s Best Books of the Month for March, and the collection is also a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. Birds of a Lesser Paradise has also been selected as an Indie Next Pick.

Will Allison‘s Long Drive Home (Free Press) is now available in paperback; The Daily Beast calls it “a book that once you pick up you won’t put down.”

Entertainment Weekly says Lauren Fox‘s Friends Like Us (Knopf) is “a funny, astute examination of the fragility of friendship.” People calls the book ”a strikingly wise exploration of the bonds people forge and break,” adding, “Fox delivers on plot, but it’s her insight, emotion, and eye for universal truths that make Friends Like Us memorable.” In a review on Amazon.com, Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, says “Lauren Fox is a smart, clever writer, with a heartbreakingly keen insight into human nature.”

James Renner‘s The Man From Primrose Lane (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top 10 Mysteries & Thrillers for Spring 2012. A starred review of The Man From Primrose Lane in Publisher’s Weekly says, “punctuated by moments of desperate tenderness, this unusually demanding and grim tale provokes troubling reflections on guilt and innocence, good and evil, revenge and redemption.” Read an interview with James Renner in Cleveland Magazine, and an excerpt of The Man From Primrose Lane over at io9.

Monstress (Ecco) a collection of short stories by Lysley Tenorio, is a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. Tenorio’s debut was also chosen as Slate.com’s Book of the Week, and the Los Angeles Times says “Tenorio has a talent for wringing universal sentiments from fine-bore, culture-specific scenes.”

Nichole Bernier‘s The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. (Crown) is one of BookPage’s Most Anticipated Books for 2012.

Kirkus calls Nick Dybek‘s When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man (Riverhead) ”literary fiction as morality play,” and says Nick Dybek is an “observant, appealing writer.” Read an interview with Nick Dybek, as well as a review of When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man at Granta.

Luis Urrea‘s Queen of America (Little, Brown) was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Vanity Fair says Urrea ”magically spins a vibrant, larger-than-life fiction based on the ‘Saint of Cabora,’” and the Wall Street Journal calls Queen of America ”colorful and exuberant.”

The Family Fang (Ecco) by Kevin Wilson is a selection for the TV Book Club in the UK. In a review for The Believer, Nick Hornby writes that The Family Fang is “ambitious, it’s funny, it takes its characters seriously, and it has soul—here defined as that beautiful ache fiction can bring on when it wants the best for us all while simultaneously accepting that most of the time, even good enough isn’t possible.”

Celeste Ng‘s “Girls at Play” is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. The story, originally published in the Bellevue Literary Review, now also appears in the anthology The Pushcart Prize XXXVI: The Best of the Small Presses.

Paula McLain‘s The Paris Wife is a Richard & Judy Pick for Spring 2012. The Paris Wife has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for one year.