Fiction - In Store

Mat Johnson and Kimbilio: Houston

Join Mat Johnson (LOVING DAY), Sanderia Faye (THE MOURNER’S BENCH), Talisha Shelly, Julia Brown, and Adrienne Perry for a stirring evening of fiction. Hosted by Fady Joudah (ALIGHT). Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Kirk Lynn - RULES FOR WEREWOLVES

$25.95
ISBN: 9781612194769
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Published: Melville House Publishing - October 13th, 2015

In the tradition of Colson Whitehead's ZONE ONE a visionary debut novel about shelter, escape, family, violence, and dumpster-diving

It's the story of a restless group of young squatters. They ve run away from their families and their pasts, questing after knowledge of their most wild selves, roaming the half-empty suburbs of America, occupying the homes of the foreclosed or vacationing, never staying in one place long enough to attract attention, while shoplifting beer at the local Speedy Stop. They re building a new society with new laws, and no one will stand in their way.

But utopias are hard work, and as RULES FOR WEREWOLVES unfolds, these young revolutionaries discover that it's much easier to break laws than to enforce them. Narrated in the shifting perspectives of the pack,RULES FOR WEREWOLVES follows a community of drifters on the move, who seek a life in a wilderness that, by definition, has no room for them, and a freedom for which they may not be entirely prepared.

Kirk Lynn's debut novel is a hilarious and deeply moving story of people trying and failing to create a new life. At once a fractured fairy tale and a haunting vision of American disaffection, RULES FOR WEREWOLVES marks the arrival of a fierce new talent.


Scott Wilbanks - THE LEMONCHOLY LIFE OF ANNIE ASTER

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781492612469
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 4th, 2015

Annabelle Aster doesn't bow to convention-not even that of space and time-which makes the 1890s Kansas wheat field that has appeared in her modern-day San Francisco garden easy to accept. Even more peculiar is Elsbeth, the truculent schoolmarm who sends Annie letters through the mysterious brass mailbox perched on the picket fence that now divides their two worlds.

Annie and Elsbeth's search for an explanation to the hiccup in the universe linking their homes leads to an unsettling discovery-and potential disaster for both of them. Together they must solve the mystery of what connects them before one of them is convicted of a murder that has yet to happen...and yet somehow already did.


Dave Parsons - REACHING FOR LONGER WATER & Cliff Hudder - PRETTY ENOUGH FOR YOU

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ISBN: 9781680030327
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Published: Texas Review Press - June 30th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781680030389
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Published: Texas Review Press - June 15th, 2015

Noelle August - BOUNCE

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ISBN: 9780062331106
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 25th, 2015

Following in the bestselling tradition of Molly McAdams and J. Lynn, this final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers and their sizzling attraction for each other.

Playing the occasional club gig just isn t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who's trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth's a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler's newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she ll land the lead role or that she ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her a kiss that feels very real and not at all acted.

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother's home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother's newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that's tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.


Michael Pitre - FIVES AND TWENTY-FIVES

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ISBN: 9781620407554
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - May 5th, 2015

It's the rule--always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead.

Fives and twenty-fives mark the measure of a marine's life in the road repair platoon. Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel. Their mission lacks the glory of the infantry, but in a war where "every" pothole contains a hidden bomb, road repair brings its own danger.

Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there's Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture--from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of "Huck Finn "he carries--is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country.

Returning home, they exchange one set of decisions and repercussions for another, struggling to find a place in a world that no longer knows them. A debut both transcendent and rooted in the flesh, FIVES AND TWENTY-FIVES is a deeply necessary novel.


Pierre Lemaitre - THE GREAT SWINDLE

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ISBN: 9781623659035
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Published: Maclehose Press Quercus - September 22nd, 2015

The year is 1918, the war on the Western Front all but over. An ambitious officer, Lieutenant Henry D'Aulnay-Pradelle, sends two soldiers over the top and then surreptitiously shoots them in the back to incite his men to attack the German lines.

When another of D'Aulnay-Pradelle's soldiers, Albert Maillard, reaches the bodies and discovers how they died, the lieutenant shoves him into a shell hole to silence him. Albert is rescued by fellow soldier, the artist Edouard Pericourt, who takes a bullet in the face. The war ends and both men recover, but Edouard is permanently disfigured, and fakes his death to prevent his family from seeing him as a cripple. In gratitude for Edouard's rescue, Albert becomes the injured man's companion and caregiver.

Finding that the postwar gratitude for the soldiers' service is nothing more than lip-service to an empty idea, the two men scramble to survive, ultimately devising a scam to take money for never-to-be-built war memorials from small towns. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Pradelle has married Edouard's sister Madeline and is running a scam of his own that involves the exhumation of war victims.

In this sorrowful, heart-searching novel, the interwoven lives of these three men create a tapestry of the human condition as seen through the lens of war, revealing brutality and compassion, heroism and cowardice, in equal measure.

Presented in partnership with the Cultural Service at the French Consulate in Houston


Fiston Mwanza Mujila - TRAM 83

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ISBN: 9781941920046
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - September 15th, 2015

Two friends, one a budding writer home from Europe, the other an ambitious racketeer, meet in the only nightclub, the Tram 83, in a war-torn city-state in secession, surrounded by profit-seekers of all languages and nationalities. TRAM 83 plunges the reader into the modern African gold rush as cynical as it is comic and colorfully exotic, using jazz rhythms to weave a tale of human relationships in a world that has become a global village.

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (b. 1981, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo) is a poet, dramatist, and scholar. TRAM 83 is his award-winning and raved-about debut novel that caused a literary sensation when published in France in August 2014.

Presented in partnership with the Cultural Service at the French Consulate in Houston


Melissa DeCarlo - THE ART OF CRASH LANDING

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ISBN: 9780062390547
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 8th, 2015

Broke and knocked up, Mattie Wallace has got all her worldly possessions crammed into six giant trash bags and nowhere to go. Try as she might, she really is turning into her late mother, a broken alcoholic who never met a bad choice she didn't make.

When Mattie gets news of a possible inheritance left by a grandmother she's never met, she jumps at this one last chance to turn things around. Leaving the Florida Panhandle, she drives eight hundred miles to her mother's birthplace the tiny town of Gandy, Oklahoma. There, she soon learns that her mother remains a local mystery a happy, talented teenager who inexplicably skipped town thirty-five years ago with nothing but the clothes on her back. But the girl they describe bears little resemblance to the damaged woman Mattie knew, and before long it becomes clear that something terrible happened to her mother. The deeper Mattie digs for answers, the more precarious her situation becomes. Giving up, however, isn't an option. Uncovering what started her mother's downward spiral might be the only way to stop her own.


Ellen Urbani - LANDFALL

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ISBN: 9780988265776
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Published: Forest Avenue Press - August 11th, 2015

Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani's breathtaking novel, LANDFALL, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose's quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud's battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother. These unforgettable characters give voice to the dead of the storm and, in a stunning twist, demonstrate how what we think we know can make us blind to what matters most.


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