May 2012 Indie Next List
Out now, the Indie Next List for May!
Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can browse at home and take it to your local indie.
On the cover. . .
On the cover of this month’s IndieNext list is THE LOLA QUARTET by indie favorite Emily St. John Mandel. In this novel, Gavin Sasaki is a young journalist who is fired in disgrace and upon returning home to Florida, begins an investigation to track down an old girlfriend and her daughter on the run from drug dealers.
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“In her latest, St. John Mandel shows how relationships formed in high school, so often fraught with drama, can ebb and flow and fade and come back to haunt. Among her characters, the perception of what's important and the potential impact of actions varies widely, and something as seemingly insignificant as a photograph can become riddled with layers of meaning, differing for each person who sees it. The writing is taut, the characters well wrought, and St. John Mandel's characteristic infusions of moral ambiguity and complexity remind us, as good novels should, of what it means to be human.” -- Emily Pullen, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA
Indie Next authors talk about their books...
|John Irving talks about his new novel, IN ONE PERSON, about which Libby Cowles from Maria's Bookshop writes, "There is no writer, living or dead, who better humanizes the quirky, the misunderstood, the 'different' than John Irving. Here, through his bisexual protagonist, Billy, he tenderly explores the way American attitudes toward sexuality have -- and have not -- evolved in the past half-century. A heartbreaking, hopeful, complicated, and gorgeous story.”|
|Shelter||A Land More Kind than Home|
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