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Single, Carefree, Mellow

Essential reading for short story and fiction lovers, this is an exceptionally humorous collection by a talented new writer. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/14.]

Love Me Back

An unsympathetic and disturbing look at a lost woman's search for connection—via sex and drugs—among a group of dysfunctional restaurant workers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/24/14; see also "Summer Best Debuts," First Novels, LJ 7/14.]

Panic in a Suitcase

A touching and darkly funny first novel that is sure to be adored by readers everywhere. Very highly recommended.

All That Is Solid Melts into Air

McKeon's thrilling writing is matter-of-fact but emotionally powerful, and his convincing characters precisely depict the perseverance of the human spirit in the darkest of times. A promising debut; highly recommended.


Zeh is exceptional at building tension, and her use of shifting viewpoints keeps the reader guessing to the end. A darkly comic thriller that is impossible to put down.

Boy, Snow, Bird

Oyeyemi, who has an eye for odd details, casts a spell with words and crafts a dreamlike world out of ordinary characters and circumstances in this intelligent and bewitching novel. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/13.]


This immensely entertaining and illuminating book transports the reader back in time while confronting the timeless matters of courage, sacrifice, race, gender, love, and death. Exceptionally readable and highly recommended.

Dirty Love

Filled with heartbreak, slices of happiness, and unrelenting hope, this expertly crafted collection depicts human weakness and our amazing capacity for forgiveness. Dubus fans will embrace this latest work, as will lovers of the short story and fiction. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/22/13.]

The Cartographer of No Man's Land

Duffy's Nova Scotian roots trace back to over 250 years, and clearly the author has done her research to write a gripping World War I story told from two fronts, France and Canada. Essential reading for historical fiction lovers and war story fans alike; very highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/29/13.]

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