Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What's Coming

Fall Books Already

BEA starts in one month, and Publishers Weekly has a good rundown on the galleys booksellers will want to grab.

The ones that caught my eye include:
The Given Day
Dennis Lehane (Morrow, Sept.)
Pitch: Bestselling author's epic novel of two families, white and black, set in 1918 Boston captures the nation's political unrest.
Buzz: Brad Parsons: “Lehane's crossover into film and TV has expanded his readership.” Burton: “I'm a Lehane fan but was disappointed that this isn't a mystery. There's some interesting history, but it's predictable, which is a surprise coming from him.”

Phillip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, Sept.)
Pitch: Reigning literary lion's tale of a young man from Newark, N.J. who attends college in Ohio during the Korean war.
Buzz: Parsons: “I have a feeling this could be the galley to grab at BookExpo.” Burton: “Oh, Roth. He hates women, so I hate him!”

Francine Prose (HarperCollins, Sept.)
Pitch: A wrenching story about adolescence, family and first love narrated by a young girl, with echoes of Vertigo and Pygmalion.
Buzz: Burton: “Her last two nonfiction books have gotten a lot of buzz. I think she's ready to break out.”

The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own.
David Carr (Simon & Schuster, Sept.)
Pitch: New York Times columnist Carr on his years as a crack addict, in recovery, as a cancer patient and a single parent.
Buzz: Parsons: “Could appeal to fans of A Million Little Pieces, Tweak and Beautiful Boy. Carr plays with his own harrowing memories and recollections of those affected by his addiction.”


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