New in January: Roxane Gay, S. Andrea Allen, Adam Silvera, and Ellen Hart
Author: Edit Team
January 10, 2017
New month, new books! Check out what is fresh in January.
This month, Grove Press is releasing Difficult Women, a new short story collection from bestselling writer Roxane Gay.
From the publisher:
The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children and must negotiate the elder sister’s marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women in a scintillating collection reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.
Lambda Literary Award nominated author Adam Silvera’s new young adult novel History is All You Left Me (Soho Teen) explores one character’s struggle with overwhelming grief:
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
Pushkin Press is releasing The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale, by writer
Twenty-three-year-old Frits – office worker, daydreamer, teller of inappropriate jokes – finds life absurd and inexplicable. He lives with his parents, who drive him mad. He has terrible, disturbing dreams of death and destruction. Sometimes he talks to a toy rabbit.
This is the story of ten evenings in Frits’s life at the end of December, as he drinks, smokes, sees friends, aimlessly wanders the gloomy city street and tries to make sense of the minutes, hours and days that stretch before him.
Darkly funny and mesmerising, The Evenings takes the tiny, quotidian triumphs and heartbreaks of our everyday lives and turns them into a work of brilliant wit and profound beauty.
In A Failure to Communicate, writer S. Andrea Allen unpacks how women try and oftentimes fail to connect with one another:
A Failure to Communicate, S. Andrea Allen’s debut collection of short fiction and essays, focuses on a singular theme: communication, and how it, or the lack thereof, impacts Black women’s lives. The stories range from the humorous to the heartbreaking: one woman wins a bake-off because her co-worker misunderstands the contest; an overweight woman finally learns to love herself, even though it means leaving her girlfriend; a teenager reflects on his mother’s inability to discuss her depression; a woman realizes that her partner has been hiding a gambling addiction, and has to decide whether to help her or save herself. The women in these stories are often silenced, but Allen figures out a way to give them all a voice that demands to be heard.
This month sees the release of Fever in The Dark (Minotaur Books), a new book from acclaimed mystery writer Ellen Hart:
On their one year wedding anniversary, Fiona and Annie return home from a trip together to discover that their poignant proposal video has been posted on YouTube and has garnered hundreds of thousands of hits. The video is on the verge of going viral, and there’s enormous media interest in Fiona and Annie, as their fame comes just on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage across the country. As some of the attention starts to turn vicious, Fiona pulls in an old friend, private investigator Jane Lawless, to help separate the harmless threats from the potentially harmful.
As the media storm continues to grow, Fiona revels in the attention, but Annie is furious. Fiona has always known that Annie has secrets, but her newfound notoriety threatens to bring Annie’s past straight to their door. And then, when a murder occurs and Annie and Fiona are both suspects, it’s up to Jane to prove their innocence…although the more she learns, the more she starts to wonder whether they actually are innocent.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- The 5 by Iza Moreau, Black Bay Books
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay, Grove Atlantic
- Enigma Variations by André Aciman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale by Gerard Reve (author) and ,
- A Failure to Communicate by S. Andrea Allen, BLF Press
- Lunch with the Do Nothings at the Tammy Dinette by , Interlude Press
- The Year of Needy Girls by Patricia A. Smith
- Equality: What Do You Think about When You Think of Equality? edited by Paul Alan Fahey, Susan Reynolds, & Victoria Zackheim, Vine Leaves Press
- LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence: Lessons for Policy, Practice, and Research by Adam M. Messinger, University of California Press
- She and Her: Lesbian Sex Positions from Intimate and Sensual to Wild and Naughty by Shanna Katz, Amorata Press
- Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks edited by
- Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color edited by
- Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives by Leigh Gilmore, Columbia University Press
- The Queer Film Festival: Popcorn and Politics by Stuart Richards, Palgrave Macmillan
- Contemporary Issues and Future Directions in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Aging edited by Kristina M. Hash & Anissa Rogers Springer Publishing Company
- Futile Pleasures: Early Modern Literature and the Limits of Utility by Corey McEleney, Fordham University Press
- Gay Men, Identity, and Social Media: The Culture of Participatory Reluctance by Elija Cassidy, Routledge
- LGBTQ Stats: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People by the Numbers by Bennett Singer & David Deschamps, The New Press
- New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times edited by Oishik Sircar & Dipika Jain, Zubaan Books
- Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture by Mehammed Amadeus Mack, Fordham University Press
- Teaching LGBTQ Psychology: Queering Innovative Pedagogy and Practice by Theodore R. Burnes & Jeanne L. Stanley, American Psychological Association
- TransAntiquity: Cross-Dressing and Transgender Dynamics in the Ancient World edited by Domitilla Campanile, Filippo Carlà-Uhink, & Margherita Facella, Routledge
- Dreadnought: Nemesis by April Daniels, Diversion Publishing
- History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, Soho Teen
- Margot and Me by Juno Dawson, Hot Key Books
- Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley, Harlequin Teen
- Rez Runaway by Melanie Florence, Lorimer
- Starsong by Annabell Jay, Harmony Ink Press
- The Battle of Iron Gulch by R G Thomas, Harmony Ink Press
- The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins, Margaret K. McElderry Books
- Transphobia: Deal with it and be a gender transcender by j wallace skelton, Lorimer
- Ask, Tell by E. J. Noyes, Bella Books
- Buried Heart by Laydin Michaels, Bold Strokes Books
- Constellations by Meghan Diane, Bella Books
- Dare to Stay by Georgia Beers, Brisk Press
- Escape by Gun Brooke, Bold Strokes Books
- Into Thin Air by Jeannie Levig, Bold Strokes Books
- New Additions by Becky Harmon, Bella Books
- Night Voice by CF Frizzell, Bold Strokes Books
- The Butterfly Whisperer by Lisa Moreau, Bold Strokes Books
- The Devil’s Due by Ali Vali, Bold Strokes Books
- Erased by Robbi McCoy, Bella Books
- Passing Strange by
- Raging at the Stars by Lesley Davis, Bold Strokes Books
- She Wolf by Sheri Lewis Wohl, Bold Strokes Books
- Widows of the Sun-Moon by Barbara Ann Wright, Bold Strokes Books
- Afternoons in Paris by Janice Law, Open Road
- Boystown 9: Lucky Days by Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books
- Fever in The Dark by Ellen Hart, Minotaur Books
- Genuine Gold by Ann Aptaker, Bold Strokes Books
- Mystery in London by Zak Robar, Bookbaby
- A Quiet Death by Cari Hunter, Bold Strokes Books
- This Is My Body: Hearing the theology of transgender Christians by Christina Beardsley, Darton Longman & Todd Ltd
- Trans Voices: Becoming Who You Are by Declan Henry, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Image Comics
- Kindred Spirits on the Roof: The Complete Collection by Hachi Ito & Aya Fumio, Seven Seas