David Constantine is well known in Britain for his award-winning poetry, translations and fiction. "In Another Country: Selected Stories" is his literary debut in the United States. The 17 stories in the collection are 17 rich, unusual narrative adventures.
Here's a debut novel published by one of my fav publishing houses, Biblioasis. They send me unusually good books, and this time's no exception. "Malarky" by Anakana Schofield offers a unique perspective on an Irish woman's reaction to her husband's affair and her son's homosexuality. It's powerfully addictive.
Here's a memoir that's pure pleasure, written by a literary author and Hollywood screenwriter. The name-dropping is terrific fun, but the stories Bruce Jay Friedman shares in "Lucky Bruce" are the best.
A collection of short stories by a Canadian author arrived in the mail this week, and I couldn't put it down. Then, I found my nose deep into Newfoundland territory as I read reviews about Michael Crummey's new novel. Amidst the Canadians, also, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Here's what I know of these three upcoming books.