Currently enjoying What the Family Needed by Steven Amsterdam, 3/13, a novel about a regular family troubled by super powers, of all things, and it’s a deeply human novel.
The Cost of Living by Rob Roberge, Dzanc Books 4/13, this seems like a book that could easily get overlooked, but maybe not now.
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, Ron Currie, Jr. Viking 2-13, I haven’t tried RCJr, but I feel like this is the one, just have to settle down and read it.
The Mothers by Jennifer Gilmore, Scribner 4-13, I’ve been a fan for so long, I think she deserves a hit.
Mark SaFranko has a new book called No Strings, Black Coffee Press, on sale now. I really like Mark, and his books are nasty pieces of work, check him out.
Todd Robinson has just published The Hard Bounce, from Tyrus Books, on sale now, it’s a little crime novel, and comes the from the creator of Thuglit magazine.
Lionel Shriver’s new one, Big Brother, Harper 6/13, I’ve tried and tried with Lionel, but We Need to Talk About Kevin, (the fifty pages I read) left me wanting to read her less.
Rupert Thomson has a novel coming from Granta called Secrecy. I don’t know why he’s not a household name. Ever read Soft…? Wow!
Three that need to be read: A Sport and A Pastime by James Salter, I know, I know. At least I have a copy, now there is no excuse. Ride A Cockhorse, Raymond Kennedy, NYRB, on sale now. I feel like anything can happen to me with these two, like I might turn into someone else if I actually sit down with them. And Lawrence Osborne’s latest, The Forgiven, Joyce at Three Lives swears by this book, I feel truly left out for not having read it.
Oh, and the new collection of essays by James Wood, The Fun Stuff. I picked this up because he takes a close look at The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.
Wait… Tom Rachman has just submitted a new novel to his editor; and I’m DYING to read it. And this just arrived, Woke Up Lonely by the masterful Fiona Maazel, Graywolf Press 4-13.