In the Works

Brandon del Pozo, Chief of Police in Burlington, VT and formerly a Senior Officer in the New York City Police Department, is writing NO ONE ELSE IS COMING to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book will be part memoir, part historical narrative of policing in New York City and, ultimately, a reflection on the art of being a cop.

a simple favor USA chilling debut thriller from Darcey Bell, A SIMPLE FAVOR, about how a single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes. Stephanie, a widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in suburban Connecticut, was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive. Emily asks Stephanie for a small favor – to pick up her son after school. But Emily doesn’t come back… A SIMPLE FAVOR is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense, a twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Harper will publish in March 2017.

alomar_the teeth of the combAuthor of FULLBLOOD ARABIAN, Osama Alomar has a new collection, THE TEETH OF THE COMB & OTHER STORIES. Personified animals (snakes, wolves, sheep), natural things (a swamp, a lake, a rainbow, trees), mankind’s creations (trucks, swords, zeroes) are all characters in this collection. They aspire, they plot, they hope, they destroy, they fail, they love. These wonderful small stories animate new realities and make us see our reality anew. New Directions will publish THE TEETH OF THE COMB & OTHER STORIES in April 2017.

Erin Saldin, the author of the dark and gripping THE GIRLS OF NO RETURN, has a new novel, THE FLATLINERS CLUB, about a group of high school friends, mostly seniors, in an awesomely beautiful resort town, where wealthy weekenders treat them like losers.  Told in four alternating points of view over the course of one summer, the teenagers face a malicious drug addict, arrogant wealthy vacationers, arson, and falling in love for the first time. But, it’s the secrets that they keep from each other that test the limits of their friendship. Simon Pulse will be the publisher.

Author of OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, Stephen McCauley‘s new novel, MY EX-LIFE, is  about a formerly married couple who haven’t seen each other in decades—David, who has spent the last twenty years as a gay man who helps spoiled San Francisco teens get into colleges, and Julie, a now twice-divorced mom who has become a middle-aged pot-head and in order to get by has turned her falling-apart house into a B&B—and what happens when they find themselves living together again. Amy Einhorn at Flatiron Books will be publishing MY EX-LIFE.

prose_mister monkeyFrom New York Times bestselling author Francine Prose comes MISTER MONKEY, an ingenious, darkly humorous novel that follows the exploits and intrigue of a constellation of characters affiliated with an off-off-off-off Broadway children’s theater production. Mister Monkey—a children’s musical about a Curious-George-like pet chimpanzee (adopted from the wild) who picks pockets as a party trick—is the kind of beloved schmaltz that survives far past its prime. As each chapter reveals an increasing depth of connections between the disparate characters in the cast, Prose—with her trademark wit and verve—takes on everything from the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin to the absurdity of child-raising in contemporary Manhattan, and eventually delves into humanity’s most profound mysteries: art, ambition, childhood, aging, and love. Harper will publish in October 2016.

Gary Shteyngart moves to thriller territory with his next fiction.  HOTEL SOLITAIRE tells the story of a young woman who works in finance, travels the world and searches for her brother, who has mysteriously disappeared. At its heart, the novel is a family drama set in the high-stakes world of global finance, moving from upstate New York to Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai. It’s about how power is disseminated in the world today and what happens when a spreadsheet jockey trades in her Excel for a Glock 22. The publisher will be Random House.

From Jess Row, the author of the provocative YOUR FACE IN MINE, comes WHITE FLIGHTS, a book of critical and autobiographical essays that together form a meditation on whiteness in American fiction and culture, from the end of the civil rights movement to the present. Graywolf Press is the publisher.

canty_the underworldKevin Canty’s previous novel EVERYTHING was called “one of those stunning rare novels with beautiful language, an intriguing structure and a gripping narrative” by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. His new novel, THE UNDERWORLD, is set in a small struggling working-class town in Idaho dominated by the silver mine around which the town developed.  Through multiple points of view, Canty tells the story of a community in the aftermath of a deadly mine disaster. Canty powerfully conjures a whole world in this one. Norton will publish THE UNDERWORLD in Spring 2017.

The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is DeadChanelle Benz also has a short story collection titled THE MAN WHO SHOT OUT MY EYE IS DEAD. Benz brings true authentic feeling both to her characters and the extraordinary, wide-ranging settings where her stories reside—everything from a dark, McCarthy-esque Old West that appears in her story “West (of the known)” to 16th century England in an askew pastiche of Early Modern English told from the perspective of a monk at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries. The book will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in Winter 2017.

From Chanelle Benz, an O. Henry Prize winner, comes a debut novel titled THE GONE DEAD. A big, atmospheric novel, THE GONE DEAD is set in Southern Mississippi and centered on a woman who returns to the town she left at a young age to sort out the mysteries in her life and the mysteries of her long-estranged father’s death. Ecco/HarperCollins will be the publisher, with an expected publication date in 2017.

Kirstin Valdez Quade‘s untitled first novel is an expansion of her New Yorker story, “The Five Wounds.”  It opens during Semana Santa (Passion Week) in a small town in northern New Mexico.  Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Passion procession, and he is preparing for this role, which he believes will redeem him and transform his life, when his pregnant fourteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up on his doorstep. Written in alternating third-person points of view, it is a book about the limitations of faith, as the characters discover that their pasts can be a source of both destructive pain and also great sustenance, and that the binds of family are not a birthright but must be constantly made anew. The publisher will be W. W. Norton.

Jess Row‘s first novel, YOUR FACE IN MINE, was praised as “flat-out brilliant” by the Los Angeles Times. His next will be THE NEW EARTH, about a fractured Manhattan family of eccentrics, intellectuals and spiritual seekers who reunite for the wedding of their only living daughter, an immigration lawyer, to an undocumented immigrant from Chiapas. THE NEW EARTH captures the transformative journey of a broken family over a decade after the tragic death of a little girl. The publisher will be Ecco.

From Hugh Raffles (the author of INSECTOPEDIA) comes STILL LIFE, a book exploring the many lives of stone. It draws on fieldwork in places ranging from Scotland to China, Java to New Mexico, and Brazil to Morocco.  Raffles examines powerful stones in Dante, Wagner, Michelangelo, and Ovid, on the Hajj, inside Buddhist temples, and at the Jewish cemetery in Berlin. He finds rocks that were once alive—were sea creatures and wood—and rocks that are somewhere in between. STILL LIFE  examines stones that are both massive and distant and comprise the galaxies, planets, those that travel as continents and meteors, and those most intimate to us—the stone that forms in our bladder and kidneys and makes up our bones. Pantheon is the publisher.

JIMMY NEUROSIS is a coming-of-age memoir by James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Rodale’s Organic Life magazine. It charts the author’s drastic transformation from punk adolescent to celebrated culinary editor. He was born in Mountain View, California, dropped out of high school at 15 and plunged into the burgeoning punk rock/drugs/sex scenes of 1970’s San Francisco and New York. He later went to graduate school in film studies and made his way to a career in writing and magazines (among them, Vogue, LA Weekly, The Village Voice and Sassy, as well as Saveur, where he was editor-in-chief). It’s fascinating and extraordinarily moving to see how, after the dramatic destruction of these key years, Oseland discovers within himself the creative threads that ultimately lead him to renown in the magazine and food worlds. The publisher will be Ecco.

Aryn Kyle‘s second novel (following the breakout debut THE GOD OF ANIMALS), HINTERLAND is the story of a turbulent platonic friendship between a married father and the gifted, troubled, charismatic woman he’s known since college, and how her sudden death — one he feels he should have saved her from — changes the course of his life and that of his family. Aryn Kyle is the author of THE GOD OF ANIMALS, her bestselling and highly-acclaimed first novel, which was praised as “so strong, startling, and moving…it is impossible to forget” by The Boston Globe, and the story collection, BOYS AND GIRLS LIKE YOU AND ME. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages. The publisher will be Riverhead Books.

When Harvey Sachs‘ first book, a biography of TOSCANINI, was published in 1978, it was proclaimed as the best book on the subject. He is now at work on a new biography for W. W. Norton, which draws on an extraordinary amount of new material, including 1,200-plus hours of tapes of Toscanini talking to family and friends, the archives of several key opera houses, starting with La Scala, and, above all, the Toscanini family’s archives, which were still in limbo in the ’70s. Sachs has written for the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement (London), La Stampa, Corriere della Sera, Guardian, Observer and dozens of other newspapers and periodicals.