Two From The New Yorker “Briefly Noted”/ Latest Book Deals (Courtesy of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 13 May 2010)

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the “Briefly Noted” section of the 26 April 2010 New Yorker:

Rat, by Fernanda Eberstadt

Rat is a “fifteen-year-old girl, all elbows and moods, who enjoys a sunburned and barefoot life in the South of France with her eccentric mother and adopted brother. (Self would willingly read anything, anything about the South of France, dear blog readers.   Even if it were just a shred of writing, even if it were just the merest scrap, so long has this place existed as a Paradise of her Imagination)

Something Red, by Jennifer Gilmore

Jennifer Gilmore’s second novel is about a family in which “Dad toils for the government and is haunted by the man he might have been; Mom attends self-actualization seminars; and rebellion is left to the kids, one of whom enrolls in a college course titled American Protest!”

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Latest e-letter from Publishers Weekly has announcement of the following deals:

Fiction Debuts

  • Bonnie Nadzam’s Lamb, “tracing the monstrous transformation of a middle-aged man . . .  as he turns his attention to an awkward 11-year-old girl,” to the Other Press.
  • 2010 Bellwether winner Naomi Benaron’s Running the Rift, about “about a young Rwandan man training for his ultimate dream, the Olympics, amid the rising tensions of Rwanda,” to Algonquin.


  • Orange Prize shortlisted author Monique Roffey’s The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, “set in postcolonial Trinidad, an exploration of political unrest in the wake of colonial rule,” to Penguin for publication in August 2011.
  • blogger Laurel Ann Nattress’s anthology of “Austen-inspired short stories,” which includes original fiction by Stephanie Barron, Frank Delaney, Karen Joy Fowler and Diane Meier, to Ballantine.


  • Sex therapist, sociologist, and contributor to Psychology Today Dr. Marty Klein’s Sexual Intelligence:  What We Really Want From Sex and How to Get It, “explaining how to better communicate about sex, how we can accept our preferences and desires without feeling self-conscious, and how to restore a sense of erotic partnership with our mate,” to Harper One, for publication in 2012.

There were other deal announcements, such as Lisa Fain’s The Homesick Texan Cookbook,  “based on a blog of the same name, documenting her trials recreating Mexan food in Manhattan” but, alas, self’s wrist is aching and she needs to get ready for bed.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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