Sloan (Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore) follows a workaholic who,
when she finds herself responsible for the fate of her local bakery,
“encounters a secret place where food and technology meet”.
SANFORD J GREENBURGER ASSOCIATES
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
US publisher: Little Brown, July
This debut novel is set on a remote island, and is narrated by a group of girls who
start questioning “the rules that bind them, and the island that constrains them”.
ICM PARTNERS (HANDLED BY UK-BASED CURTIS BROWN)
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
US publisher: Nan Graham, October
The newest novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author is, CB says, a
“noir-ish thriller” set in 1930s and ’40s New York.
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
US publisher: Knopf, September
The Academy Award–winning actor’s short story collection is built,
loosely, around photographs of typewriters from his personal collection.
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
US publisher: Bantam, June
The first in a new series from the bestelling author follows an FBI agent
named Jane Hawk out to avenge her husband’s suspicious death.
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
US publisher: Archetype, November
Ritter (star of such shows as Jessica Jones) offers up a work of psychological
suspense in which, Inkwell says, a woman is “forced to confront her past
in the wake of small-town corruption”.
JANKLOW & NESBIT (HANDLED BY CULLEN STANLEY
South and West by Joan Didion
US publisher: Knopf, March
In these extended excerpts from the author’s notebooks, readers get a glimpse,
the agency explains, “into the mind and process of a legendary writer”.
Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
US publisher: FSG, October
The debut short story collection from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author
explores topics he has traversed in his celebrated novels, J&N says, such
as “the crises of adolescence” and “what it means to be an American in
JEAN V NAGGAR LITERARY AGENCY
Ecstasy: A Novel of Alma Mahler by Mary Sharratt
US publisher: HMH, spring 2018
A work of historical fiction about the wife of Gustav Mahler; Alma was a
muse to some of the early 20th century’s most famous artists, including
painter Gustav Klimt and poet Franz Werfel.
Ziggy by Lexi Freimann
US publisher: Ecco
A debut novel from an Australian with an MFA from Columbia, Ziggy is
a literary satire about an Australian schoolgirl coming of age and
confronting the maze of identity politics, intersectional feminism and
A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond Villareal
US publisher: Little, Brown, 2018
This debut novel delivers an oral history of a rising vampire race. The
book, which has already been optioned for film (by Fox), features a range
of narratives from the CDC to a Vatican librarian to TMZ.
A contemporary love story through the parallel lives of Princess Diana
and Wallis Simpson.
The Innocent Mistress by Elle Croft
UK publisher: Orion
If you were being framed for murder, how far would you go to clear your name?
The Fall of the House of Byron by Emily Brand
UK publisher: John Murray
The narrative history of Lord Byron’s ancestors, who were just as eccentric
and drawn to scandal as the famous poet.
Operation Chaos by Matthew Sweet
UK publisher: Picador
The Americans who refused to fight in Vietnam, and the CIA operatives
who followed them to Sweden.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by
UK publisher: 4th Estate
How to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman.
The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt
US publisher: Norton, September
The Pulitzer–winning author examines how the brief tale of Adam and Eve in
the King James Bible came to shape longstanding conceptions of human origin.
ELYSE CHENEY LITERARY ASSOCIATES
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Retook Russia by Masha Gessen
US publisher: Riverhead, fall
Gessen (The Man Without a Face) follows four people born at a time
when Russia seemed to be on the brink of democracy, but who instead
saw their country retreat to “a devastating new strain of autocracy”.
THE CLEGG AGENCY
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
US publisher: Penguin Press, fall 2018
Set against the backdrop of the 2000 presidential election, this novel,
from a Booker nominee, follows a young woman who attempts a yearlong hibernation with the help of an off-the-grid therapist.
DEFIORE & COMPANY
The Pisces by Melissa Broder
US publisher: Random/Hogarth, summer 2018
The debut novel from the poet and essayist follows a doctoral student
who, while writing her dissertation, finds herself spending her nights on
the beach, falling for a merman.
FOUNDRY LITERARY + MEDIA
Gracious by Kelly Williams Brown
US publisher: Rodale, April
Brown (Adulting) spoke to people across the country—from everyday folks to
celebrities—about being gracious, or, as Foundry put it, how to practise “the
arts of kindness, thoughtfulness, good manners, humanity, and basic decency”.
THE GERNERT COMPANY
Sourdough by Robin Sloan
US publisher: FSG, September
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