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"When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist."CIRCE (from Madeline Miller, the author of SONG OF ACHILLES) ar...
08/30/2017

"When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist."

CIRCE (from Madeline Miller, the author of SONG OF ACHILLES) arrives April 10, 2018. 👑

A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE by John Gregory Brown is a Finalist for  the 20th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awar...
08/18/2017

A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE by John Gregory Brown is a Finalist for the 20th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards! 🙌 http://ow.ly/ZlN430eut2C

"Andrew Greer's LESS is smart, humane and laugh-out-loud funny.”
08/07/2017
11 New Books We Recommend This Week

"Andrew Greer's LESS is smart, humane and laugh-out-loud funny.”

Suggested reading from editors and critics at The New York Times.

In LESS, "Andrew Sean Greer's evocations of the places Arthur visits offer zesty travelogue pleasures." The New York Tim...
07/31/2017
‘Lights On, Rats Out’

In LESS, "Andrew Sean Greer's evocations of the places Arthur visits offer zesty travelogue pleasures." The New York Times

Cree LeFavour talks about her new memoir, and Andrew Sean Greer discusses his new novel, “Less.”

“Anyone who’s ever been part of a tight-knit gaggle of girls in high school will get all the feels when reading Jill...
07/27/2017
These Are the Beach Reads You Need to Buy (Or, Um, Download) This Summer

“Anyone who’s ever been part of a tight-knit gaggle of girls in high school will get all the feels when reading Jill Eisenstadt's FROM ROCKAWAY."

“If you’re at all involved in finance you’ll enjoy this look at the 2008 crash.” On Anna Pitoniak's THE FUTURES

via Bravo

With summer comes the beach and with the beach comes sand and sun and well, lots of seaside fun. But while the beach can offer swimming and playing and snoozing for some, to me, it’s the best place ever to catch up on reading—with the sound of crashing waves as your soundtrack and the sun tanning yo...

"Like Arthur, Andrew Sean Greer’s LESS is excellent company. It’s no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderf...
07/26/2017
Around the World in 50 Years

"Like Arthur, Andrew Sean Greer’s LESS is excellent company. It’s no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful." The New York Times

To mark a major birthday (and avoid an ex-lover’s wedding), the hero of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel “Less” embarks on a long journey.

Andrew Sean Greer is not responsible for the missing of any subway stops. (Looking at you, Adam Haslett.)
07/25/2017

Andrew Sean Greer is not responsible for the missing of any subway stops. (Looking at you, Adam Haslett.)

"When I found the story of the twins in CHILDREN OF THE FLAMES by Lucette Lagnado, I started hearing an imagined echo, a...
07/24/2017
Interview with MISCHLING author Affinity Konar

"When I found the story of the twins in CHILDREN OF THE FLAMES by Lucette Lagnado, I started hearing an imagined echo, a kind of conversation between a pair of twins who were determined to survive. But I didn’t imagine that it would be a book, and I didn’t consciously set out to write it for years."

"There’s also a complexity to this bond that we often overlook."

"LESS is philosophical, poignant, funny and wise, filled with unexpected turns...Although Andrew Sean Greer is gifted an...
07/20/2017
‘Less,’ by Andrew Sean Greer

"LESS is philosophical, poignant, funny and wise, filled with unexpected turns...Although Andrew Sean Greer is gifted and subtle in comic moments, he’s just as adept at ruminating on the deeper stuff. His protagonist grapples with aging, loneliness, creativity, grief, self-pity and more.” San Francisco Chronicle

[...] is the quandary faced by the charming, middle-aged hero of “Less,” the latest novel by San Francisco author Andrew Sean Greer (“The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells,” “The Story of a Marriage,” “The Confessions of Max Tivoli”). [...] he’s feeling shaken by the invitation he has just received to...

Little, Brown and Company
07/20/2017

Little, Brown and Company

Say hello to Lee of Lee Boudreaux Books 😻 #MeetLittleBrown

🔮 WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE EIGHT? I wanted to be Lucy Pevensie. Period.👑

🏄 WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY? I am writing a letter to go in an ARC. 📝 The more you love a book, the harder it is to say everything you want to say about it! Today’s assignment is impossible because the book is CIRCE 🔱 by Madeline Miller, who wrote THE SONG OF ACHILLES and I love these fabulous novels so much I am completely tongue-tied. 👅 I often try the old Tom Sawyer trick and see if I can hornswoggle other people into write my ARC letters. So far I’ve been lucky enough to have Stephen King do the job (for THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE by David Wroblewski) and Daniel Handler (for LESS 👖 by Andrew Sean Greer). So, Rick Riordan, if you’re reading this…👋

⚡ WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR MEMOIR BE? Right after my daughter was born, I started joking that it would have to be called "Everything They Told You is True and You're Not Going to Be Any Different." 💃 But that was eight years ago! I’m better rested now and I’m sure I’d deserve a jollier title! Maybe it would be called "Put Down the Damn Book and Go Outside For A Little While!" which was my mother’s constant refrain when I was a child.🌳

🏆 DO YOU HAVE A RULE ABOUT FINISHING BOOKS? I have almost no rules about anything. Except driving: don’t tailgate. 🚙 If I loved a book as a child, I wouldn’t let myself skim a single word, even “the”. I’d go back over sentences and read them again if I felt I’d given them short shrift. I have since been liberated from such compulsions and I don’t feel obliged to finish something if it’s not genuinely holding my interest.😎

😘 WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MEETING YOU DO FOR WORK EVERY WEEK? Hahahaha! I hate meetings. All meetings. Even if they were my idea. My favorite event of the week is when a meeting cancels!🙋

“Andrew Sean Greer has honed a narrative mode for Less that is an enjoyable convergence of old-style dear-reader story...
07/18/2017
Andrew Sean Greer Travels The Worn Road Of Self-Discovery With New Eyes

“Andrew Sean Greer has honed a narrative mode for Less that is an enjoyable convergence of old-style dear-reader storytelling and sharply funny commentary….Greer, and Less, show an admirable love of words: their power, their quirkiness and especially how even the most basic words, in the right combination, can ache of everyday travails."

Just a few months shy of 50, a mid-level author arranges a world literary tour for himself to avoid going to his ex-boyfriend's wedding.

"What makes a good beach read? For me, it’s mainly about practicality. Leave the heavy tome at home. Avoid the minuscu...
07/11/2017
Swell Author Jill Eisenstadt Shares Her Picks for Essential Summer Reading

"What makes a good beach read? For me, it’s mainly about practicality. Leave the heavy tome at home. Avoid the minuscule print (though that’s advice for everywhere). Don’t bother with anything you’d care about getting stained with sunscreen or sandwich drippings. Wind, wet, sand, salt—such conditions require a book you can wrangle. Break the spine, throw the sopping towel over it accidentally, or fold down pages when your bookmark vanishes. Other than that, it’s a matter of your current mood. So have a good assortment handy—old and new, serious, light, something in between. Content-wise, I tend to go for sweltering settings or themes, but that’s personal. There can be no bad beach books because, thank Poseidon, books don’t need charging or batteries. Here are some picks for summer 2017..." Jill Eisenstadt on Barnes & Noble

Jill Eisenstadt's debut, From Rockaway, was bound by the nihilistic routines of a trio of lifeguards who spend their summers surveying New York's Rockaway Beach. Though still young, their lives already seem decided, split between watching the waves and working blue-collar jobs in the cold months. He

Jill Eisenstadt's SWELL is the perfect summer read! Buy it:
07/04/2017

Jill Eisenstadt's SWELL is the perfect summer read! Buy it:

What a delicious place to read about SWELL!"In Jill Eisenstadt's SWELL, you'll get the scent and flavor of Rockaway even...
06/30/2017
Cooking with the New York Times

What a delicious place to read about SWELL!

"In Jill Eisenstadt's SWELL, you'll get the scent and flavor of Rockaway even if you're in a hammock outside of Seattle, and that is just great. That is the joy of it, right there."

The New York Times Cooking is the best recipe discovery site for browsing years of Times recipes, searching for your favorite ingredients, and watching how-to Cooking videos. NYT Cooking makes it easy to find both healthy and sophisticated recipes – to challenge your skills with recipes by Sam Sifto...

“Van Reet’s writing walks a tightrope of terror and beauty. A scene of battle reads both like a horror novel and poe...
06/29/2017
First Draft Book Club: Brian Van Reet plunders ‘Spoils’ of war

“Van Reet’s writing walks a tightrope of terror and beauty. A scene of battle reads both like a horror novel and poetry…But therein lies Van Reet’s strengths as a writer: He never shies from focusing his poet’s eye just outside the comfort zone.” First Draft Book Club

The First Draft Book Club meets Wednesday, June 28 to discuss Brian Van Reet's debut novel "Spoils."

"With tremendous tenderness, Jill Eisenstadt captures the traumatized Rockaway of the early 2000s in swirling Technicolo...
06/28/2017

"With tremendous tenderness, Jill Eisenstadt captures the traumatized Rockaway of the early 2000s in swirling Technicolor....A whimsical portrait of a still-raw community."
―Kirkus Reviews

Buy SWELL: http://ow.ly/xakw30cQujq

"All words have a pitch that is right or wrong in the sentence and the sentences also need to sound rhythmically correct...
06/22/2017
Jill Eisenstadt and Darcey Steinke on Writing, Motherhood, and Brooklyn

"All words have a pitch that is right or wrong in the sentence and the sentences also need to sound rhythmically correct. I revise them obsessively. To be honest, this is not just a normal due diligence kind of obsession but a sickness that has held me back as well. In my mind, SWELL is not just an opera but a lengthy insane prose poem." Jill Eisenstadt on writing SWELL

I have known Jill Eisenstadt for nearly 30 years. We met in the early 1990s when we were both young novelists living in a Brooklyn that was not yet a literary mecca. Her first novel From Rockaway, …

Jill Eisenstadt's SWELL is "the literary comeback of the year," says Rolling Stone.
06/19/2017
Culture Index: 'Oh, Hello' on Netflix, 'Black Panther' Trailer and More

Jill Eisenstadt's SWELL is "the literary comeback of the year," says Rolling Stone.

Jill Eisenstadt made a splash in the literary world in the Eighties with her debut From Rockaway, then followed it up with a book of short stories in 1991, Kiss Out. Since then, sadly, no books have emerged from the outer-borough native. Now, in 2017, she's returned to the fiction world, revisiting…

Brian Van Reet's SPOILS is "a nuanced departure from the usual plot-driven war thriller...At a time when political rheto...
06/15/2017
A subtle novel of the war in Iraq

Brian Van Reet's SPOILS is "a nuanced departure from the usual plot-driven war thriller...At a time when political rhetoric is exacerbating divisions worldwide, this is a novel with an urgent message."

If the first casualty of war is truth, the second is moral certainty

Excited for Andrew Sean Greer's LESS? Follow @less_a_novel on Instagram to see what Less is up to before his big pub day...
06/13/2017

Excited for Andrew Sean Greer's LESS? Follow @less_a_novel on Instagram to see what Less is up to before his big pub day, 7/18: www.instagram.com/less_a_novel/

"I always had Arthur Less, but the novel was different—it was a wistful, quiet, poignant book about a man walking arou...
06/12/2017
Andrew Sean Greer on Writing and Winning

"I always had Arthur Less, but the novel was different—it was a wistful, quiet, poignant book about a man walking around San Francisco. I wrote bits and pieces and couldn’t seem to figure out what was wrong. Then I realized: Who could feel sad about this guy? He’s absurd! I threw it all out, waited about a month. Then I sat down and wrote this episode. It’s the third chapter in the book, but it’s where I found what I really wanted to do with my character. Torture him, I guess? And reward him." Andrew Sean Greer in The New Yorker

In “It’s a Summer Day,” the novelist explores how literary prizes evolve to serve themselves—but that doesn‘t mean writers don‘t yearn for them.

Jill Eisenstadt's first book, FROM ROCKAWAY, was published 30 years ago by Alfred A. Knopf and edited by Terry Adams. Au...
06/07/2017
Homecoming: Jill Eisenstadt ends long hiatus as novelist

Jill Eisenstadt's first book, FROM ROCKAWAY, was published 30 years ago by Alfred A. Knopf and edited by Terry Adams. Author and editor were reunited for SWELL, which published this week.

“She’s so good at embracing absurdity," Adams said.

NEW YORK (AP) — Before she could finally complete that third novel, Jill Eisenstadt had to break a self-imposed rule: no more books set in her native Queens. Blame i

“Rockaway Beach is granted the sort of soulful reflection that knocks you flat.”  The New York Times on Jill Eisenst...
06/06/2017
Just Another Nutty June Weekend in the Rockaways

“Rockaway Beach is granted the sort of soulful reflection that knocks you flat.” The New York Times on Jill Eisenstadt's SWELL.

In Jill Eisenstadt’s comic novel “Swell,” a Manhattan family seeks safety in the Rockaways after 9/11. Fat chance.

"Anna Pitoniak's THE FUTURES is a fascinating take on the New York 20-something novel.” via PureWow
06/05/2017
8 Breezy Summer Books to Read If You Loved “Big Little Lies”

"Anna Pitoniak's THE FUTURES is a fascinating take on the New York 20-something novel.” via PureWow

The book was one of our favorite summer reads of all time. But it's the recent HBO miniseries version (Emmys for Reese, Nicole and Shailene, please) that has us craving some similarly smartly plotted, breezy page-turners. If you find yourself in the same predicament, here are eight books that will k...

Starting TODAY MISCHLING will be featured on Target's Cartwheel app, with a 25% discount! Do you use Cartwheel?
05/28/2017
Cartwheel by Target

Starting TODAY MISCHLING will be featured on Target's Cartwheel app, with a 25% discount! Do you use Cartwheel?

"Andrew Sean Greer, the author of wonderful, heartfelt novels including THE CONFESSIONS OF MAX TIVOLI, THE IMPOSSIBLE LI...
05/26/2017
Looking for great summer reading? These 10 books should be on your list

"Andrew Sean Greer, the author of wonderful, heartfelt novels including THE CONFESSIONS OF MAX TIVOLI, THE IMPOSSIBLE LIVES OF GRETA WELLS and THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE, shows he has another powerful weapon in his arsenal: comedy. And who doesn’t need a laugh right about now?”

Want to know the 10 best books of the summer? We pick ’em for you (and yes, Michael Connelly is on the list).

"Honoring your desire to write about what scares you most is important." Affinity Konar, author of MISCHLING
05/24/2017
Author Q&A: Affinity Konar, “Mischling”

"Honoring your desire to write about what scares you most is important." Affinity Konar, author of MISCHLING

To celebrate the paperback release of the amazing and emotional read, “Mischling,” I got a chance to ask author Affinity Konar some questions about the novel. I am a big fan of her debu…

"What pushes DESPERATION ROAD to Great Novel status is the beauty of Michael Farris Smith's prose. The great Ron Rash wa...
05/23/2017
Bitter Southerner Summer Reading Roundup 2017

"What pushes DESPERATION ROAD to Great Novel status is the beauty of Michael Farris Smith's prose. The great Ron Rash wasn’t kidding when he called the book 'elegantly written.'"

Elizabeth Poliner's AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING is a finalist for the 2017 Library of Virginia's People’s Choice Award...
05/22/2017
Voting for the 2017 Library of Virginia Literary Awards

Elizabeth Poliner's AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING is a finalist for the 2017 Library of Virginia's People’s Choice Award in Fiction.

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05/20/2017
CWA Dagger Longlists

Michael Farris Smith's DESPERATION ROAD has been shortlisted for Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger! 👏 👏 👏

The CWA Gold Dagger The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press) Dead Man’s Blues by Ray Celestin (Mantle) The Girl Before ...

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05/19/2017
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"It’s war’s humanness, not its monstrosity, that bothers me the most." SPOILS author Brian Van Reet via The Guardian

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