Sort of New Releases: 8/27
Tomorrow, our day is devoted to author photos for debut writers, Smoky Lynx and Charlaine LeRoux. So, I'm posting the new release blog a day early.
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
This debut, set in Colombia during the height of Pablo Escabar's reign, Fruit of the Drunken Tree tells the stories of sisters, Chula and Cassandra, who live in essentially a gated community. Meanwhile, right outside, kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations are the norm. When their mother hires a teenager to work as their live-in-maid, Chula attempts to befriend Petrona.
Petrona and her family live in a guerrilla-occupied slum. While working for Chula's family is a great opportunity, Petrona worries about her family. The story is told from the point of view Chula and Petrona who, while drastically different, are drawn together.
From the synopsis:
"In lush prose, Rojas Contreras has written a powerful testament to the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation."
Boom Town by Sam Anderson
Sam Anderson is a staff writer for the New York Times magazine. In this debut, he delves into the history of Oklahoma City. From pro-basketball to the Flaming Lips to civil rights activists, Anderson breaks down the tapestry that is Oklahoma City. And the cover is dope.
What's Jimmy Pat Up To?:
He's made a commercial for his new novel, Texas Ranger. While wearing a cowboy hat. No, ma'am. It's fifteen seconds and basically like, "If you took three of my other books and smooshed them together, you'd get Texas Ranger." We don't have to, JP, you already did.
My Pick of the Week:
Fall: An Ermahgerd Merstery by debut authors Smoky Lynx and Charlaine LeRoux
This book is hitting the virtual shelves next Tuesday. If you're looking for some '902 nostalgia mixed with mysterious mysteries and a whole lot of silliness, this is the book for you. We recently signed these authors and I'm pretty excited for them. This is the first book in a four-part series and follows Kimmy Livengood as she navigates her first year of junior high while also finding dead bodies on the regular. It's funny. It's clever. It's actually a good mystery. So, check it out!
And stayed tuned to our Facebook and Instagram tomorrow; Lynx and LeRoux are taking over!