BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock's The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll."
In Malerman's chilling debut, an apocalyptic reality befalls a Michigan river community—and who knows how much of the rest of civilization—in the form of creatures that cause people who merely look at them to go mad and kill themselves. Read full book review >
STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Mandel's solid writing and magnetic narrative make for a strong combination in what should be a breakout novel."
Survivors and victims of a pandemic populate this quietly ambitious take on a post-apocalyptic world where some strive to preserve art, culture and kindness. Read full book review >

THE INVENTION OF EXILE by Vanessa Manko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"A top-notch debut, at once sober and lively and provocative."
A man separated from his family for years reckons with his isolation in Manko's debut, a superb study of statelessness. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"'What would Anita Brookner do?' asks one of Mantel's protagonists. The answer, we'd like to think, is this: She'd read Mantel's latest, and she'd delight in it."
Best known for historical novels such as Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring up the Bodies (2012), Mantel proves herself a skilled practitioner of short fiction as well.Read full book review >
THE OTHER LANGUAGE by Francesca Marciano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"And so it goes—each of Marciano's stories is a gem, with fully realized characters wistfully and beautifully captured through dialogue that is both pensive and poignant."
Nine closely observed stories of growing up, dislocation and family relationships. Read full book review >

THE KILLER NEXT DOOR by Alex Marwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Marwood—whose first novel, The Wicked Girls (2013), won an Edgar Award—proves she's got staying power in this addictive tale."
Marwood's second novel tells a taut, fascinating tale that's not for the weak of stomach. Read full book review >
A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING by Eimear McBride
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"McBride's debut garnered the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize in 2013 and the Baileys Women's Prize for fiction in 2014—and deservedly so. This is exhilarating fiction from a voice to watch."
A fresh, emotionally raw debut from Irish-born, U.K.-based author McBride. Read full book review >
THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"McCracken's skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume."
These nine stories from fiction and memoir author McCracken (An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, 2008, etc.) excavate unexplored permutations of loss and grief. Read full book review >