Thursday, June 10, 2010

Debut Novels in Paperback

This June, Harper Perennial is overflowing with first novels that are already getting a lot of attention and wonderful reviews.

LAKE OVERTURN by Vestal McIntyreLake Overturn is a lovingly rendered portrait of small-town America. Vestal McIntyre knows his people intimately—how they speak, their manners and customs; but, most importantly, he knows their troubled hearts, and he plumbs the depths of those hearts with remarkable empathy and wisdom.”—Ron Rash, author of Serena

Read the first chapter.

THE QUEEN OF PALMYRA by Minrose Gwin“The most powerful and also the most lyrical novel about race, racism, and denial in the American South since To Kill a Mockingbird.”—Lee Smith, author of On Agate Hill

Read the first chapter.

COMMUTERS by Emily Gray Tedrowe“Tedrowe explores the reconfigurations of a family and the strange alliances that can occur between young and old, love and work. And she writes brilliantly about money…. A deeply satisfying debut.”—Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street

If you've met a character in any of these books that you feel strongly about—why not write him or her a letter? Ben Greenman, an editor at The New Yorker and the author of the upcoming books What He's Poised to Do: Stories and Celebrity Chekhov, has just launched a very clever and fun blog named Letters with Character: Letters Written to Fictional Characters by Actual People. It is an interactive literary environment in which Greenman encourages people to submit letters to their favorite literary characters.

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