Interesting Upstart Debuts
by Edan Lepucki
Lepucki’s post-apocalyptic novel got a pre-sale boost from Stephen Colbert’s campaign against Amazon on behalf of Hachette. It’s a much-deserved shout-out:
California is an arresting, haunting number, punctured by the broken remnants of the American dream.
(Random House, September)
Panic in a Suitcase
by Yelena Akhtiorskaya
n+1 favorite Akhtiorskaya’s debut novel traces two decades in the life of a Russian immigrant family settling in Brooklyn, drawn from the author’s own experience as an Odessa native raised in Brighton Beach.
We Are Not Ourselves
by Matthew Thomas
When Simon & Schuster snapped up Matthew Thomas’ tender tale of a family crashing against the rocks of a debilitating illness, he was teaching high school in New York. His advance, upwards of a million dollars, raised eyebrows in the publishing establishment, and guarantees that this novel will be a hot conversation topic.
(Simon & Schuster, August)
2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas
by Marie-Helene Bertino
The tale of a sassy aspiring jazz singer nine-year-old who stumbles into one of Philadelphia’s iconic music joints, Brooklyn College MFA Bertino’s enchanting first novel is a loving portrait of her hometown as much as an after-school adventure.
by Lindsay Hunter
Hunter already has two collections of vivacious, gothic short stories out, the sort of voice-driven morsels that lead the literary establishment to keep an eye out. Ugly Girls tackles a subject much in debate these days, the vicissitudes and vistas of a deep female friendship, in this case between characters Perry and Baby Girl.