Here at Algonquin, we like to think of ourselves as the baristas of books, and we’re serving up tasty titles for Fall at the publishing world’s annual book buffet — Book Expo America — this week. Take a sip of what’s brewing…
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison: Listen to me: everything you think you know, every relationship you’ve ever taken for granted, every plan or possibility you’ve ever hatched, every conceit or endeavor you’ve ever concocted, can be stripped from you in an instant. Sooner or later, it will happen. So prepare yourself.” —from The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
The Beach at Galle Road by Joanna Luloff: The lives of Sri Lankan natives and American Peace Corps workers intersect during a time of change and crisis in this accomplished collection of interconnected stories—a debut by an immensely talented young writer.
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro: On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.
Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach: At seventeen, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone.
Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus: Thomas Tessler, devastated by a tragedy, has cloistered himself in his bedroom and shut out the world for the past three years.
All This Talk of Love by Christopher Castellani: It’s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the last time she would ever see her parents, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. She locked those memories away, as if Santa Cecilia stopped existing the very day she left. Now, with children and grandchildren of her own, a successful family-run restaurant, and enough daily drama at home, Maddalena sees no need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage and unmended rifts of another life spill out.