June brings the arrival of two new books from my agenting corner of the sky.
The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman is about as fully furnished an historical novel as you are likely to read. The one line pitch: a serial killer in Colonial America. Here’s a review fromUSA Today. You will feel absolutely transported to the Dutch Colony of Manhattan, you will be amazed at how deftly Jean weaves in the history and artifacts of the day into a seamless story you can’t put down. In it you will find a dissolute killer, a strong young woman trader, a British spy, a seven foot slave, a jilted suitor, and a morally corrupt Orphanmaster among others! It’s also really scary. “The Orphanmaster is a sweeping novel of great and precise imaginative intelligence; it’s also the most entertaining and believable historical novel I’ve read in years. Jean Zimmerman is a debut novelist who already writes like an old master. Read any page of The Orphanmaster and you’ll become an instant fan.” – Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life and Chang and Eng
Please get your adult diapers handy for David Yoo’s The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever. The one line on this: An hilarious collection of essays about cultural stereotypes and Yoo’s resolute insistence on defying all of them. No violin, no SATs off the charts, no straight A’s and pocket protectors. More, it’s about internalized racism and assimilation. But it never gets preachy or full of itself. Yoo’s self-deprecating humor and genius for comic timing keep you turning pages. “Reading THE CHOKE ARTIST is like watching someone get kicked in the nuts-in a good way. Yoo makes us laugh and wince and relive the horrific, hilarious agony of being young.”-Annie Choi, author of Happy Birthday or Whatever And from the Tiger Mom herself, Amy Chua: “I loved this book and couldn’t put it down! It’s raw, startling, laugh-out-loud funny.”
Guys, were you to judge a book by its cover, what would you say?
P.S. If you have a chance to read either or both! books, please spread the word, leave bitchin’ ass comments on Amazon, etc. Thanks so much. It’s actually good to be back and thanks for dropping by while I was mini-golfing and keeping the thread going. And yes, I prevailed. Love, Betsy
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