Fall 2013 News

Publishers Weekly‘s Top 10 Authors on Their Favorite Books of 2013 included Jesmyn Ward’s selection of Justin St. Germain‘s memoir Son of a Gun (Random House) as her top pick, referring to his debut as “a gracefully muscled and important memoir.”

TaraShea Nesbit‘s forthcoming debut novel The Wives of Los Alamos (Bloomsbury, February 2014) was chosen as an Indie Next pick for March, as well as a selection and an Indies Introduce Debut Author. A Publishers Weekly starred review calls The Wives of Los Alamos “engrossing, dense, and believable.”

Joshua Ferris‘ forthcoming third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Little, Brown and Co. May, 2014) was selected as one of The Millions’ most anticipated books of 2014, along with The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez (Knopf, June, 2014) and Labor Day: Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, April, 2014), a forthcoming anthology edited by Anna Solomon and Eleanor Henderson. Cristina Henríquez was also named one of the Face to Watch in 2014 by the LA Times, which calls The Book of Unknown Americans “a sweeping and ambitious work.” Additionally, the novel was noted in the Chicago Tribune’s The Year Ahead in Books and Time Out Chicago’s Books to Read in 2014.

P.S. Duffy’s recently published debut novel The Cartographer of No Man’s Land (Liveright/Norton) has been called “a compelling story” by the Washington Post, an “astonishing debut” by AmericaReads.com, and The Rumpussays that it “demonstrates Duffy’s tremendous promise as a novelist.” Additionally, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land has been given the top spot in Red Letter Reads’ Top 10 Books of 2013, and was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article on ‘The WWI Book Barrage.’

Kelly Braffet‘s third novel, Save Yourself (Crown), was included in the Knox News list of The Best Crime Fiction of 2013, as well as being named one of the Publishers Lunch best books of 2013, where Sarah Weinman called it “tough yet deeply empathetic.”

A short story by Amy Brill, author of The Movement of Stars (Riverhead), was recently published in One Story magazine, issue number 184.

Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise (Scribner), recently published a piece called ‘The Vegetarian Matriarch on Thanksgiving’ on Salon, as well as a story called Expression Theory in the Fall (online) edition of Tin House.  She also has upcoming stories in The Kenyon Review and Agni.

Tova Mirvis’ third novel, Visible City (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is set to publish this March, and Publishers Weekly calls it “an intimate story,” while Booklist says “Mirvis focuses her artful prose on the inner lives of modern women and those they love as they face the possibilities of change.”

Kathleen Kent, author of The Outcasts (Little, Brown), contributed a story to the recently published anthology Dallas Noir (Akashic Books), which the Dallas Morning News says has “an unsettling, slightly creepy presence that is not just appropriate but completely necessary for a collection of noir fiction.”

The Washington Post included Lauren Grodstein’s recently published third novel, The Explanation For Everything (Algonquin Books), on their list of Notable Fiction of 2013, calling it a “smart, assured novel.”

Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife (Ballantine) was included on the Publishers Weekly 2013 Longest-Running Bestsellers list after twenty-seven weeks on the trade paperback 2013 top-25 lists.