New in August: Matthew Gallaway, Sara Taylor, John Boyne, and Alistair McCartney
Author: Edit Team
August 10, 2017
New month, new books!
This month, Fiction Advocate is releasing #Gods, a genre-bending novel from critically acclaimed author Matthew Gallaway.
From the publisher:
A young boy wanders into the woods of Harlem and witnesses the abduction of his sister by a glowing creature. Forty years later, now working as a New York City homicide detective, Gus is assigned to a case in which he unexpectedly succumbs to a vision that Helen is still alive. To find her, he embarks on an unorthodox investigation that leads to an ancient civilization of gods and the people determined to bring them back.
In this colossal new novel from the author of The Metropolis Case (“breathes new life into the relationship between art and life”—New York Times), the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice collides with a new religion founded by three corporate office workers, creating something beautiful, illogical, and overwhelming. Part sex manifesto, part religious text, part Manhattan noir—with a dose of deadly serious, internet-inspired satire—#gods is a sprawling inquest into the nature of faith and resistance in the modern world.
From the publisher:
After a fight with Alex’s father, Ma pulls Alex out of bed and onto a pilgrimage of self-discovery through her own enthralling past. Guided by a memory map of places and people from Ma’s life before motherhood, the pair travels from Virginia to California, each new destination and character revealing secrets, stories, and unfinished business. As Alex’s coming-of-age narrative unfolds across the continent, we meet a cast of riveting and heartwarming characters including brilliant Annie, who seeks the help of Ma and Alex to escape the patriarchal cult in which she was raised, and the tragic young Marisol, whose dreams of becoming a mother end in heartbreak.
Slowly, Alex begins to realizes that the road trip is not a string of arbitrary stops, but a journey whose destination is perhaps Ma’s biggest secret of all. Told from the perspective of Alex, a teenager who equates gender identification with unwillingly choosing a side in a war, and written with a stunningly assured lyricism, The Lauras is a fearless study of identity, set against the gorgeously rendered landscape of North America.
Author Alistair McCartney’s new book, The Disintegrations (University of Wisconsin Press), is a lyrical and haunting inquiry into the ways our mortality can shape and warp us.
From the publisher:
“I know nothing about death, absolutely nothing,” asserts the narrator of this inventive autobiographical novel. Yet he can’t stop thinking about it. Detached from life in Los Angeles and his past in Australia, uncomfortable around other humans, he researches death on the Internet; mulls over distant and intimate stories of suicides, serial killers, and “natural deaths”; and wanders about LA’s Holy Cross Cemetery. He’s looking for answers, all the while formulating his own disquieting philosophies.
Within this dizzying investigation into the mystery of death is another mystery: who is the companion igniting these memories? This enigmatic novel blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction, story and eulogy, poetry and obituary. Wry yet somber, astringent yet tender, The Disintegrations confronts both the impossibility of understanding death and the timeless longing for immortality.
New York Times best-selling author John Boyne’s latest novel The Heart’s Invisible Furies (Hogarth) is a queer examination of Ireland in the 1940s:
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.
At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- #Gods by Matthew Gallaway, Fiction Advocate
- The Disintegrations: A Novel by Alistair McCartney, University of Wisconsin Press
- The Heart’s Invisible Furies: A Novel by John Boyne, Hogarth
- If I Had the Wings: Short Stories by Helen Klonaris, Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
- In His Eyes by Larry Benjamin, Beaten Track Publishing
- The Lauras by Sara Taylor, Hogarth
- Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe: Mobilizing against Equality edited by Roman Kuhar & David Paternotte, Rowman & Littlefield International
- Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas by David Collins, University of North Texas Press
- The Gang’s All Queer: The Lives of Gay Gang Members by Vanessa R. Panfil, NYU Press
- Queercore: Queer Punk Media Subculture by Curran Nault, Routledge
- Queer European Cinema: Queering Cinematic Time and Space by Leanne Dawson, Routledge
- Sex Rules!: Astonishing Sex Roles from Around the World by Janice Z. Brodman, Mango
- Sports Journalism and Coming Out Stories: Jason Collins and Michael Sam by William P. Cassidy, Palgrave Macmillan
- The Trans Partner Handbook: A Guide for When Your Partner Transitions by Jo Green, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads: Everything You Need to Know About LGBTQ Parenting But Were (Mostly) Afraid to Ask by Eric Rosswood, Mango
- A Recent History of Lesbian and Gay Psychology: From Homophobia to LGBT by Peter Hegarty, Routledge
- Cuba’s Gay Revolution: Normalizing Sexual Diversity Through a Health-Based Approach by Emily J. Kirk, Lexington Books
- The Gay Science: Intimate Experiments with the Problem of HIV by Kane Race, Routledge
- Inclusion in the American Military: A Force for Diversity by David Rohall, Morten G. Ender, & Michael D. Matthews, Lexington Books
- Lesbian, Queer, and Bisexual Women in Heterosexual Relationships: Narratives of Sexual Identity by Ahoo Tabatabai, Lexington Books
- Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals Becoming Parents or Remaining Childfree: Confronting Social Inequalities by Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, Lexington Books
- The Look of a Woman: Facial Feminization Surgery and the Aims of Trans- Medicine by Eric Plemons, Duke University Press Books
- Marginal Bodies, Trans Utopias by Caterina Nirta, Routledge
- New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times edited by Oishik Sircar & Dipika Jain, Zubaan Books
- The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory by Emma Heaney, Northwestern University Press
- Trans and Sexuality: An existentially-informed enquiry with implications for counseling psychology by Christina Richards, Routledge
- Representing Queer and Transgender Identity: Fluid Bodies in the Hispanic Caribbean and Beyond by Alexandra Gonzenbach Perkins, Bucknell University Press
Young Adult and Children’s
- The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian, Balzer + Bray
- Dolphins in the Mud by Jo Ramsey, Harmony Ink Press
- Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens, HarperTeen
- Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, Sourcebooks Fire
- Raise It Up by Nick Wilgus, Harmony Ink Press
- Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Kathy Dawson Books
- The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember, Harmony Ink Press
- Venturess by Betsy Cornwell, Clarion Books
- We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson, Dial Books
- A Fugitive’s Kiss by Jaime Clevenger, Bella Books
- The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian, Balzer + Bray
- Back Home by RJ Scott, Pride Publishing
- Controlled Burn by Erin McLellan, Riptide Publishing
- Eating Life by Burnett Beth, Sapphire Books Publishing
- Echo Point by Virginia Hale, Bella Books
- Fire Dancer by Micheala Lynn, Bella Books
- Freedom to Love by Ronica Black, Bold Strokes Books
- Planning for Love by Erin Dutton, Bold Strokes Books
- The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian, Avon Impulse
- Sidebar by Carsen Taite, Bold Strokes Books
- Southern Comfort by Skyy, Urban Renaissance
- The Storm Lords by Ravon Silvius, DSP Publications
- Sweet Boy and Wild One by T L Hayes, Bold Strokes Books
- To Be Determined by Mardi Alexander & Laurie Eichler, Bold Strokes Books
- Tournament of Shadows by S A Meade, Pride Publishing
- True Colors by Yolanda Wallace, Bold Strokes Books
- Unexpected by Jenny Frame, Bold Strokes Books
- Visiting Hours by Tagan Shepard, Bella Books
- Worth Waiting For by Wendy Qualls, Lyrical Shine
- Physique Pictorial Volume 42 by Bob Mizer Foundation, Bob Mizer Foundation
- Dali by E M Hamill, Ninestar Press
- House of Fate by Barbara Ann Wright, Bold Strokes Books
- Salvation by A M Black, Supposed Crimes
- A Lamentation of Swans by Valerie Bronwen, Bold Strokes Books
- Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon, HQ
- Chasing Ghosts by M K Hardy, Ninestar Press
- Daring and Decorum: A Highwayman Novel by Hogue Lawrence, Supposed Crimes
- The Scholarship by Jaime Maddox, Bold Strokes Books
- A Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Muslim’s Hajj of Defiance by Parvez Sharma, BenBella Books
- He’s Always Been My Son: A Mother’s Story about Raising Her Transgender Son by Janna Barkin, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Hung Like a Seahorse: A Real-Life Transgender Adventure of Tragedy, Comedy, and Recovery by Quinn Alexander Fontaine, Babypie Publishing
- A New Man: Lesbian. Protest. Mania. Trans Man by Charlie Kiss, Matador
- Self-Made Woman: A Memoir by Denise Chanterelle DuBois, University of Wisconsin Press
- Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity by Gregory Coles, IVP Books
- We’re Queer And We Should Be Here: The perils and pleasures of being a gay football fan by Darryl Telles, Mereo Books
- a banner year. by Iris Appelquist, EPM
- Accidental Splendour of the Splash by Gerry Potter, Flapjack Press
- Bad Ideas by Michael V. Smith, Nightwood
- Hanging On Our Own Bones by Judy Grahn, Arktoi Books
- Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell, Andrews McMeel Publishing
- The Road Between by Courtney Peppernell, Andrews McMeel Publishing
- Rummage by Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa, Little A