Archive for the ‘New Releases 2009’ Category

9780345476029From the publisher:  “The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways–and with unexpected consequences–in acclaimed author Dan Chaon’s gripping, brilliantly written new novel.”

Await Your Reply–Chaon’s second novel, fourth book–was released today, and already it’s receiving favorable reviews.  Steve Almond writes in the L.A. Times, “Await Your Reply is a riveting thriller, chock-full of plot twists, and a sober meditation on the erosion of identity in the age of technology.”

The New York Times has posted an excerpt of AYP here, and just as he did with his first novel, You Remind Me of Me, Chaon opens the story with quite a hook.  I’ve ordered my copy and can’t wait to read the whole thing.

A few months back I watched Man on Wire, a documentary about Philippe Petit tightrope walking between the World Trade Center towers while they were still under construction.  The film blew me away, and I began searching the internet for more information on the man and his story.  While conducting my search, I came across a news release for an upcoming book that was said to be related: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.

From the publisher’s website:

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.

let-the-great-world-spin-0809-lgSince its late June release, I’ve read some fantastic reviews of this book.  The late great Frank McCourt (whose review can be read by clicking on the book title link above, and scrolling halfway down the page) said, “This is fiction that gets the heart thumping,” and, “this is a great New York book, not just for New Yorkers but for anyone who walks any sort of tightrope at all.”

And here’s a snippet of what Tom Junod, writer-at-large for Esquire, had to say about the book:

Let the Great World Spinis not Man on Wire; it is not the story of Philippe Petit, whom McCann inhabits but never names; not the story of another dancer suspended, by force of miracle, in thin air. Rather it is the story of the people on the ground and what it is like to be implicated in a freedom they can never attain.

To read Junod’s full review, click here.

Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders by Paul Maliszewski (1/5)
We Agreed to Meet Just Here by Scott Blackwood (2/2)
Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme by Tracy Daugherty (2/3)
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch (2/25)
Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey (3/10)
Sag Harbor: A Novel by Colson Whitehead (4/28)
Studs Terkel’s Working: A Graphic Adaptation by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle (5/1)
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill (5/7 – paperback)
The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno (5/11)
Ugly Man: Stories by Dennis Cooper (5/26)
My Father’s Tears and Other Stories by John Updike (6/2)
The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana by Rick Bass (7/1)
Harmony by Dean Bakopoulos (7/19)
Peace by Richard Bausch (8/1)
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (8/11 – paperback)
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (9/8)
The Humbling by Philip Roth (11/2)
Lt: A Memoir by Mary Karr (11/3)
The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov (11/3)
Prayer and Parable (short stories) by Paul Maliszewski (Fence Books – date TBD)

The End of the Straight and Narrow (stories) by David McGlynn (10/2008)
In the Devil’s Territory (stories) by Kyle Minor (11/2008)
Forgetting English (stories) by Midge Raymond (11/2008)

A Conservationist Manifesto (essays) by Scott Russell Sanders (2/27)
Drift and Swerve: Stories by Samuel Ligon (3/1)
Long Fall (novel) by Walter Mosley (3/24)
Unaccustomed Earth: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri (4/7 – paperback)
Nobody Move: A Novel by Denis Johnson (4/28)
Road Dogs: A Novel by Elmore Leonard (5/12)

The Thing Around Your Neck (stories) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (6/10)
Chronic City (novel) by Jonathan Lethem (10/13)

Life Goes to the Movies (novel) by Peter Selgin (Dzanc Books, 5/1)
How to Hold a Woman (novel in stories) by Billy Lombardo (Other Voices Books, 6/1)
Said and Done (short stories) by James Morrison (Black Lawrence Press, 6/1)
Misfits and Other Heroes (short stories) by Suzanne Burns (Dzanc Books, June)
Best of the Web 2009 (mixed genre) by Various Writers (Dzanc Books, July)
Kamby Bolongo Mean River (novel) by Robert Lopez (Dzanc Books, September)
What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (short stories) by Laura van den Berg (Dzanc Books, 10/1)
Other Resort Cities (short stories) by Tod Golberg (Other Voices Books, 10/1)
The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats (novel) by Hesh Kestin (Dzanc Books, November)
The Wilding (novel) by Benjamin Percy (Graywolf, late 2009)
Too Much Happiness (short stories) by Alice Munro (Knopf, 11/17)

Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips (1/6)
Water Dogs: A Novel by Lewis Robinson (1/13)
The Slide by Kyle Beachy (1/27)
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (2/1)
The Turtle Catcher by Nicole Helget (2/20)
American Rust by Philipp Meyer (2/24)
Gimmie Shelter by Mary Elizabeth Williams (3/3)
The Missing by Tim Gautreaux (3/3)
I’m Sorry You Feel That Way by Diana Joseph (3/5)
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower (3/17)
Don’t Cry by Mary Gaitskill (3/24)
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson (3/31)
All the Living by C.E. Morgan (3/31)
Once the Shore by Paul Yoon (4/1)
Waveland by Frederick Barthelme (4/7)
Lies Will Take You Somewhere by Sheila Schwartz (5/1)
Love and Obstacles by Aleksandar Hemon (5/14)

I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett (5/26)
The Signal by Ron Carlson (5/28)
Captive Audience by Dave Reidy (6/1)
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (8/25)
The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell (10/13)
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans (2010)

Someday Soon
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (??)
Long, Last, Happy by Barry Hannah (??)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin