Articles tagged "Amelia Gray"
Publishers Weekly’s editors recently selected their Best Books of Summer 2017, including these seven Macmillan titles:
Staff Picks (full list)
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
“About that thing on the cover—is it a genetically modified bird-of-paradise? Some cousin of the odoriferous corpse flower? I was intrigued from the moment I saw it, as is Rachel, the postapocalyptic scavenger who finds the improbably sentient and mutable creature—who ‘smelled of beach reeds on lazy summer afternoons and, beneath the sea salt, of passionflowers’—while picking through the fur of the gargantuan flying bear that terrorizes her devastated city. And then things start to get weird.” — Carolyn Juris, features editor
ISADORA by Amelia Gray
“Gray’s most recent book, the story collection GUTSHOT, was weird as hell and as visceral as its title. Whose life would be better for her to fictionalize, then, than that of notorious mother of modern dance Isadora Duncan? An openly bisexual communist and atheist in an era that condemned all three, Duncan was famous for wearing long, flowing scarves even up until her death, when her scarf got caught in one of the axles of the car she was riding in. Flung from the vehicle, Duncan died of a broken neck—a tragic end that will surely make for a riveting finale in Gray’s novel.” — John Maher, assistant news editor
Fiction (full list)
THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder
Ginder takes family dysfunction to its hysterical limit in this joyously ribald novel about siblings Alice and Paul begrudgingly attending the lavish wedding of their half-sister, Eloise, in England. Lovesick Alice and Paul—both in doomed relationships—see Eloise as the snotty daughter of a rich dad, and Donna, their mother, as a coldhearted widow who ditched all remnants of their father after his death. During the boozy pre-wedding days, the resentment and secrets come tumbling out in outbursts and hilariously bad decisions. readmoreremove
What is a gem? A gem is a title that we hadn’t necessarily been tracking but the superlative praise rolling in is telling us to take a second look!
Amelia Gray’s collected stories in GUTSHOT, which is receiving wonderful praise, is just that gem:
“Strange, fable-like, and physical, Gray’s stories are driven by uncanny forces and set in organic yet unnatural worlds. Gray dazzlingly renders the wide array of human experience in these potent, haunting stories.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review
“The best of Gray’s stories find that balance between devastation and humor and navigate an uneasy territory with agility; in this book, there are many that reach that mark.” — Kirkus Reviews
"CURL UP ON MY LAP. LET ME BRUSH YOUR HAIR WITH MY FINGERS. I AM SINGING YOU A LULLABY. I AM TESTING FOR STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS IN YOUR SKULL."
According to their website the Dylan Thomas Prize is "an international literary award aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide. Established in response to the enormous international phenomenon of new writing by young authors, the Prize recognises the obvious ambitions of those writers as reflected in the marked popularity of creative writing classes."
Congratulations, Amelia! The shortlist will be announced in September; we'll have our fingers crossed until then.
Yesterday's AAP Librarians' Sneak Peek Book Preview was the perfect way to spend a rainy Wednesday!
Of the titles I presented (see below), THE INQUISITOR, THREATS, TRIGGERED, and MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND prompted the strongest audience reactions (mostly ooo's, ewww's, and oh my's!). Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag: #aapbookbuzz!
- LOVE IN A NUTSHELL | Evanovich, Janet | 978-0-312-65131-2
- COME HOME | Scottoline, Lisa | 978-0-312-38082-3
- HOME FRONT | Hannah, Kristin | 978-0-312-57720-9
- ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART | Green, Jane | 978-0-312-59182-3
- THE INQUISITOR | Smith, Mark Allen | 978-0-8050-9426-8
- AVAILABLE DARK | Hand, Elizabeth | 978-0-312-58594-5
- HEART OF A KILLER | Rosenfelt, David | 978-0-312-59837-2
- ASHES TO DUST | Sigurdardottir, Yrsa | 978-0-312-64174-0; 978-1-250-00493-2
- CLOUDLAND | Olshan, Joseph | 978-1-250-00017-0
- THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE | Renner, James | 978-0-374-20095-4
- THREATS | Gray, Amelia | 978-0-374-53307-6
- THE CAT SITTER’S PAJAMAS | Clement, Blaize | 978-0-312-64313-3
- NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT | Babson, Marian | 978-0-312-33240-2
- GYPSY BOY | Walsh, Mikey | 978-0-312-62208-4 (YA crossover)
- TRIGGERED | Wortmann, Fletcher | 978-0-312-62210-7 (YA crossover)
- THE STARBOARD SEA | Dermont, Amber | 978-0-312-64280-8 (YA crossover)
- HEMLOCK GROVE | McGreevy, Brian | 978-0-374-53291-8 (YA crossover)
- JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY | Mignola, Mike | 978-0-312-64473-4 (YA crossover)
- MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND | Hale, Shannon | 978-1-60819-625-8
- THE DARKENING FIELD | Ryan, William | 978-0-312-58651-5
- CHILDREN OF WRATH | Grossman, Paul | 978-0-312-60191-1
BOOKS FOR TEENS | See info under Books for Teens
There should be a partial recording of the event out soon (unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties near the end), so stay tuned!
We owe a big thanks to Becca of the AAP and Erica at Random House for putting the event together and to all the librarians that came out and joined us!