Monday, December 17, 2012

5 Breakout Brooklyn Book People of 2012

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 5:00 AM

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Brooklyn is the lit capital of the world, which means it's home not only to large numbers of established novelists with several books to their name but also to many of the unpublished kind. Every year, a lucky few of them release their first book; these are five of our favorites from 2012. [photo]


Kathleen Alcott
The 24-year-old Park Sloper released in September her first novel, The Danger of Proximal Alphabets, a beautifully written book about best friends as close as family growing apart as they age after an act of violence.

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Lauren Belski
In November, Crumpled Press published the Prospect Lefferts Garden writer's debut Whatever Used to Grow Around Here, an endlessly underlinable short-story collection about the weight of pasts both personal and historical. [photo]

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Marie-Helene Bertino
The University of Iowa Press published the Windsor Terrace resident and former One Story editor's first story collection Safe as Houses in October. When we saw her read at Franklin Park that month, she was hilarious and lovely. [photo]

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Karen Thompson Walker
The Park Slope-dwelling former editor at Simon & Schuster received a seven-figure advance for her ballyhooed debut The Age of Miracles, high-concept sci-fi about a girl coping with life on an Earth whose rotation is slowing. [photo]


Adam Wilson
The loser-hero of Wilson's hilarious first novel Flatscreen spends most of the book in his bathrobe, wandering around his Massachusetts hometown, banging chicks and getting fucked up with the hard-partying paraplegic former television-star who bought his parents' house.

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