"What we have in these stories is actually something less like a childhood photograph, or juvenilia, or apocrypha, and more like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you’ve read a dozen times has an extra chapter you’ve somehow never noticed. These stories don’t feel different; they feel like just her."
TOP OF THE TBR PILE I’m fascinated at least in theory by a sub-subcategory that I am unofficially calling millennial fiction. First on my list is Maxwell Neely-Cohen’s debut, Echo of the Boom, which will be coming to Cloud libraries soon via our recent agreement with Perseus/Constellation, which distributes the author’s publisher, Rare Bird Books. (Check out the reading soundtrack on Large Hearted Boy.)
Strengthening my interest in this vein of angst is the paperback/ebook release of Kate Zambreno’s Green Girl, which garnered numerous accolades from no less than Roxane Gay, James Greer, and Elissa Schappell when it was first published by a small press in 2011. HarperCollins is giving it this second push.
From the marketing:
"Zambreno’s heroine, Ruth, is a young American in London, kin to Jean Seberg gamines and contemporary celebutantes, by day spritzing perfume at the department store she calls Horrids, by night trying desperately to navigate a world colored by the unwanted gaze of others and the uncertainty of her own self-regard."
I’d be lying if I said the eye shadow didn’t grab me either. I’m a Gen X’er with a Bowie fixation, after all.
Can’t Be Long Now
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Rule of thumb: if they’ve gone live with them, they’ll be live with us soon. Grove Atlantic comes to the Cloud via Perseus/Constellation. Many more small presses to follow.
"Latinos still look for books on immigration and how-to books, but they also want to read the classics and the latest Spanish translations of authors like Gillian Flynn and John Green."
This year marks the first centenary of World War I, and I have been ruminating on titles to mark the occasion. From our Canadian partners come a new edition of Peregrine Acland’s classic All Else Is Folly: A Tale of Passion and War (Dundurn Press), known for its realistic depiction of life in the trenches; and John Wilson’s Wings of War, tailored for juveniles.
John Boyne’s The Absolutist (Other Press) tells the tale of two soldiers’ intense bond and doomed love, and then there’s Ford Madox Ford’s saga about duty to the extreme, Parade’s End, which was recently made into an HBO movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch, who epitomizes the stiff upper British lip.