Written on: August 24th, 2009 by: in Reviews
Await Your Reply, the new novel by Dan Chaon, author of You Remind Me of Me, is published tomorrow by Ballantine. It was reviewed by Janet Maslin last week in the New York Times, and oddly enough, I had read it a few days before as a review copy.
One of the perks of being a librarian, and certainly a perk of attending conferences such as the American Library Association annual conference, is that you get galleys and review copies of forthcoming titles from various publishers- they hope that you will talk them up to your patrons, order extra copies for your library, and generally do some marketing for them, and with some titles it’s an absolute pleasure to do that, almost a duty! Last year, for example, I received a galley of Neal Stephenson’s new novel Anathem, and spent the next few months busily pressing it into the hands of bemused friends.
This year I was impressed by the newest memoir from Mary Karr, Lit, which is scheduled for a November release, Jonathon Troppers This is Where I Leave You, which was released two weeks ago and is well worth reading, and Brom’s Child Thief, a dark and gothic reimagining of the Peter Pan story which also is released tomorrow, and is definitely not for children.