Summer & Fall Reads / by Alyson Sinclair

A quick preview of the wonderful book projects I'm working on this Fall. Questions? Requests? Feel free to email me at A limited number of hardcopy ARCs available now and (as always), I can be more generous with media review e-copies. Catapult's Fall titles available on Edelweiss and FSG's Tale of Shikanoko series on NetGalley

Happy Summer to you all! -Alyson

JANE ALISON’s forthcoming autobiographical novel Nine Island (out from Catapult, SEPTEMBER 2016) takes place in the lush setting of Miami, FL in a formerly upscale condo building now past its prime. After traveling up and down I-95 following a lover, the narrator contemplates whether or not she should “retire” from love.

NINE ISLAND is a crackling incantation, brittle and brilliant and hot and sad and full of sideways humor that devastates and illuminates all at once.
— Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
Evocative, sad, at times funny, and never completely without hope, a story that studies what it means to be alone later in life.
— Kirkus Reviews

AMY KURZWEIL’s debut graphic memoir Flying Couch (out from Catapult Books, OCTOBER 2016) tells the stories of three unforgettable women. Amy weaves her own coming-of-age as a young Jewish artist into the narrative of her mother, a psychologist, and Bubbe, her grandmother, a World War II survivor who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto by disguising herself as a gentile. 

Beautiful and strong.
— Miriam Katin, author of Letting it Go and We Are On Our Own
Flying Couch is a moving, intricate story of identity and family history.
— Ariel Schrag, author of Adam
I read Flying Couch in one sitting, without moving, literally laughed and literally cried.
— Rachel Fershleiser, co-editor of the NY Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning

In PETER ORNER’s nonfiction release Am I Alone Here? (out from Catapult Books in NOVEMBER 2016) the critically acclaimed writer shares his life’s lessons as found in reading (and writing). Each of these essays, in their depth, shared human experiences, and contagious passion for books, will resonate equally with voracious readers and writers. Orner reads and writes wherever he finds himself—in a hospital cafeteria, a canoe in northern Minnesota, the Las Vegas Cafe in Albania, or on a bus in Haiti. Stories have always been his lifeblood, as they are the only way he has been able to make sense of a chaotic life. His father’s death, his divorce, an unexpected pregnancy—all are seen, one way or another, through the lens of literature. The result is what Orner calls 'a book of unlearned criticism that stumbles into memoir.'

I don’t mind calling Peter Orner’s humane and wonderful AM I ALONE HERE? a great book. It is lucid about literature and recklessly frank about life. With humor and candor, it punctures the ambivalence about literature in this moronic age and gives us a dynamic reason to go on reading and writing.
— Thomas McGuane, author of Crow Fair: Stories
This book, thank god, defies any category. It’s partly an ode to reading, partly a memoir of Chicago and family, partly a travelogue, and often it’s all of these things in one four-page essay. Orner reads Cheever in Albania, thinks about Salinger in Haiti, salutes his father from a taqueria in San Francisco. Although some will want to dive in randomly and skip around, reading these exquisite essays in order allows the book to develop a momentum and cumulative power that sneaks up on you and knocks you back.
— Dave Eggers

LIAN HEARN's Tale of Shikanoko series (all 4 books out from FSG Originals in 2016) is literary epic storytelling—set in ancient Japan with warriors, demons, and the occasional dragon. Think Shogun meets Lord of the Rings! Fans of Lian Hearn's bestselling Tales of the Otori series should be extra excited for the return of her fierce imagination. 

The 1st book Emperor of the Eight Islands was published on April 26th, 2016, book 2 Autumn Princess, Dragon Child just went on sale June 7th, book 3 Lord of the Darkwood will come out August 9th, and book 4 (the final in the series) The Tengu's Game of Go will complete the series on Sept. 27th, 2016

A thrilling, fast-paced fantasy with plot twists, political intrigue, romance, and a richly detailed setting.
— Karin Thogersen, Library Journal
Addictive . . . Hearn’s characters grab you by the hand on page 1 and whisper, ‘Follow me.’ It’s a pleasure to obey.
— Kelly Luce, author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail
The Tale of Shikanoko is “truly remarkable, wholly magical, and a gift for whomever is willing to take the ride.
— Bookish
Lian Hearn’s mythic Japan fully unfurls, expansive and engrossing, rendered in crystal-clear prose that reads like the translation of a book from outside of time. This kind of story, written with this kind of craft, has become rare. There are fugitive royals and evil monks; there is forest magic and high politics. The swords all have names. There’s a name for this genre, even if you don’t see the label stuck to shelves much anymore. The word for The Tale of Shikanoko is: adventure!
— Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore