March CHAPTERS (3/17):
Hala Alyan is an award-winning Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Colorado Review. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband.
Salt Houses explores “a Palestinian family caught between present
and past, between displacement and home.” It is a “sweeping,
intimate, achingly beautiful tale of exile and diaspora” that “slices
right through an infamous cultural divide. Lyrical and heartbreaking,
Salt Houses is a remarkable debut novel that challenges and humanizes
an age-old conflict we might think we understand—one that asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home
April CHAPTERS (4/21):
Emma Cline was the winner of The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize in 2014. She is from California.
The Girls is the story of Evie, a woman who is haunted by the summer of 1969, when she was a lonely fourteen-year- old growing up in Northern California. One day she sees a girl at a park, a girl with a gang of other girls who seem free and alive. She is mesmerized by them, Suzanne in particular. She is quickly drawn into their soon-to- be infamous cult and meets the man who is its charismatic leader. As her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.
When Emma Cline read Helter Skelter as a teenager she wasn’t interested in Manson but was fascinated by the girls themselves. Girls who looked like people she knew. Cline grew up with four sisters. She describes that time in their house as a never-ending adolescence.Cline knew she wanted to write about young girls as they start to experience power for the first time in their lives, with no real understanding of how to use it or what it means—how that desire to be seen and known makes you vulnerable. In her debut novel, Cline perfectly captures the voice of an adolescent girl who is desperate to be accepted—the girl who cannot let go of that person who first noticed her. With razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight, The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction—and an unforgettable portrait of girls, and of the women they become.
May CHAPTERS (5/19):
Emma Straub is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Vacationers, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection, Other People We Married. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Conde Nast Traveler, and she is a contributing writer for Rookie. Straub’s work has been published in fifteen countries.
In Modern Lovers, Emma Straub brings the same lovable dysfunction that she brought to the Post Family in The Vacationers, only this time the family is a family of friends. The Millions has likened the novel’s backdrop to a Noah Baumbach film, though Brooklyn Magazine points out that what Straub does with this familiar literary milieu “is smart and fresh, offering new insights into the lives of people all around us.” Like in The Vacationers, Straub again brings her keen observation and subtle wisdom to a story of relationships that explores ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth and the shock of middle age, all while maintaining throughout that perfect balance of amusement, substance and tenderness. Elle confirms that Modern Lovers “has the smart, cool sensibility of Straub’s other novels,” and promises that “you’re sure to love this one just as much.”
June CHAPTERS (6/16):
Karina Glaser is a former teacher and is currently a contributor to Book Riot. She lives in Harlem, New York City with her husband, two daughters, and assortment of rescued animals. One of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can’t go anywhere without a book. Her debut novel, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, is a sweeping family story that is as lively, diverse, and noisy as any street in Harlem. Reminiscent of The Penderwick series, this beautiful tale is a modern classic in the making that highlights the connections we make and the unexpected turns life can take.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street will be published in Fall, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.