Our preview of books first published overseas
'Waking Lions' was released in Israel in 2014 but is available in America starting Feb. 28.
Trans. by Megan McDowell
Spain: 2012 | Random House Mondadori
U.S.: March 7, 2017 | Coffee House Press
A young aspiring journalist, addicted to fast food, overweight, and fearful that his teeth are about to fall out, is travelling by car through the Atacama Desert with the father he rarely sees. In this slim, economical novel by a young Chilean writer who has won two major prizes in his home country, the strangely detached ...
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Claire Contreras is a New York Times bestselling author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated into seven different languages. She lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband, two boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats. When she's not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.
Can you describe your start as an author? What was your first book, and how did you go about publishing it?
The first book that I published ...
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.” So says—well, the devil, or at least an earthly representative of his Luciferness, in Bryan Singer’s 1995 film The Usual Suspects. But what if the devil were to appear on Earth and not be terribly shy about making his presence known? That’s the provocative premise of Mikhail Bulgakov’s much-loved novel The Master and Margarita, which first appeared in book form a quarter-century after the ...
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What happens when a child is charged with murder? Well, it depends. Salacious procedural episodes aside, these cases are so rare that there’s little precedent for how to proceed. When Tiffany D. Jackson came across one such story, of a 10-year-old girl in Maine charged with manslaughter for allegedly shoving pills down the throat of an infant her mother was babysitting, she immediately saw a story in it, but she added a twist: what if the girl might be innocent ...
Thanks to social media, many people have thriving relationships with folks they’ve never actually met in person—online interactions that would have seemed unimaginable just a few generations ago. Here are a few notable novels, all reviewed by Kirkus Indie, which put these modern types of connections front and center:
Steve McManus’ debut thriller, Red Flag, reviewed last year, focuses on Danny Kasho, a blogger for California-based crime-news website City of Angels/Dead on Arrival, or CODA. He investigates a murderer ...
Talking to debut novelist Andrew Hilleman
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When debut authors talk about their struggles to get published, their stories usually boil down to a dramatic tale of numbers, despite the literary context: X number of writing workshops they attended, X number of years spent working on the debut, X number of rejections from agents or publishers. Andrew Hilleman, whose electric, compelling debut novel, World, Chase Me Down, is out today, has numbers that are more memorable than most. This 332-page novel based on the real-life kidnapping in ...
Quips on our radar
Michael Chabon, courtesy of Benjamin Tice Smith
“[There might have been] a cartoon of someone vomiting.”
—Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, on the humiliating experience of breaking into his college literary journal’s office and discovering his defaced poetry submission in the reject pile, in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“If you want to blame me [for] the death of Christmas, be my guest.”
—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants, who bought $23,000 worth ...
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Time is fleeting. Time flies. There’s never enough of it. With apologies to Irma Thomas, the greatest interpreter of the song “Time Is On My Side,” it’s really not.
We modern humans are bound to clocks, to having to be particular places at particular moments, to occupying certain points of the space-time continuum at, well, certain points. But thus has it ever been—for, writes New Yorker staffer Alan Burdick in his new book Why Time Flies, we humans of ...