The Paris Review is putting together a collection of short stories called Object Lessons: the Paris Review presents The Art of the Short Story. Writers discuss their favorite short stories – Dave Eggers on James Salter, Ann Beattie on Craig Nova, David Means on Raymond Carver, and that’s just a few of the notables, on sale 10-12 from Picador.
Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber, (HMH) is on sale now, and is a gem of a package, but where it falls in my pile, I can’t say.
The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann, (Ecco 11-12), this will be a big fall book, think big and sexy, complicated and weird. Like an escape to someplace you think you visited in a dream.
The Nostalgist, Griffin Hansbury, (MP, 9-12), this looks interesting, and comes from a UK publisher; how I got it is a mystery. It just showed up, and it’s a 9-11 book.
Smoking hot cover for Cold Light, by Jenn Ashworth, (Morrow, 10-12), it sounds like Gone Girl, but maybe a little sexier. It’s English, we know they’re naturally sexy.
The Elephant Keeper’s Children, the new book by Peter Hoeg, long awaited I hear, and it sounds pretty badass. Other Press will publish it in October of this year.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, (FSG 10-12), this sounds like a lot of fun. It’s about a real live bookstore! The cover is impressively dour, but it’s got great copy, “literary adventure…like Murakami”.
These Things Happen, by Richard Kramer, (Unbridled, 11-12), he is the guy who brought us ThirtySomething and My So-Called Life. It’s a quirky Manhattan tale of love, sex and liberals, and boasts a damn fine package.
And finally; a snappy little police procedural from across the pond called Hollow Man by Oliver Harris, a TPO, on sale next month from Harper. If I weren’t reading the Dave Eggers right now, I’d probably devour this, as it looks real tasty.