September 15, 2011
We're thrilled to bring you two electrifying new titles by debut authors in this issue of Buzzing About Books:
- Justin Torres explores brotherhood and identity in his coming-of-age novel, We the Animals
- Erin Morgenstern's love story between two illusionists, The Night Circus, is full of enchantment and practical magic
We hope you enjoy Buzzing About Books. Please let us know what you think!
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
|We the Animals |
by Justin Torres
Fiction / 144 pages / Hardcover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / September, 2011
The stories in We the Animals, the details, are made up, though everyone seems to want to believe they're true. I think this is because the family these characters are based on is my own family, a very real family. So I understand these characters so well, and I can put them in any situation and describe how they would react in a convincing manner. It's true that my mother would get pretty frustrated and confused, she worked a lot of nights, she worked hard, and it's true that my father sometimes beat us, it's true that we danced a lot in our house, and that we loved each other in complicated, messy ways. But the details, the story, are my creation.
I hope you enjoy the book and see the truth in it -- not the events as reality, but the relationships, the emotions, the beauty.
JUSTIN TORRES IS GIVING AWAY 5 COPIES OF WE THE ANIMALS. ENTER TO WIN A COPY.
About We the Animals:
A blistering debut novel that is a brilliant exploration of a close, complicated family and the struggle between brotherhood and becoming an individual.
Reviews of We the Animals:
"Torres unleashes We the Animals, a gorgeous, howling coming-of-age novel that will devour your heart."
"[We the Animals] is a knock to the head that will leave your mouth agape. Torres is a savage new talent."
To learn more visit Justin's Facebook page or visit the publisher's website.
Justin Torres is available to speak with your book club. Contact Justin to arrange a discussion.
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
Fiction / 400 pages / Hardcover
Doubleday / September, 2011
The Night Circus began as a detour during an entirely different manuscript, a circus dropped into a storyline that was going nowhere, that was far more interesting than anything occurring around it. Early drafts contained a great deal of atmosphere and very little else. It is not an exaggeration to say that every page changed completely from that first draft to the finished book. Like a painting that has an entirely different sketch hidden under layers of pigment.
What I discovered through revision after revision was that the novel needed something to tie all the elements together, a nice wrought-iron fence to keep everything contained. The competition between Celia and Marco ended up serving that function, and as I quickly realized, all of the characters directly involved were already in place, it just took me a while to figure out that it was all, indeed, a game.
I started with a circus, and it turned into a story about choices and love, and finding the shades of grey between the black-and-white. And, of course, that is what it was always meant to be.
ERIN MORGENSTERN IS GIVING AWAY 5 COPIES OF THE NIGHT CIRCUS. ENTER TO WIN A COPY.
About The Night Circus
Already an international publishing sensation, set to publish in 30 countries and soon to be a major motion picture from the team that brought us Twilight, The Night Circus is a sensory masterpiece written by newcomer Erin Morgenstern. In this mesmerizing debut, a thrilling competition between two illusionists becomes a star-crossed love story, set within an enchanted circus at the turn of the 19th century. Combining an intoxicating love story with sparkling descriptions of practical magic, The Night Circus is a singular, hypnotic, spell-casting story.
Reviews of The Night Circus
"Escapism at its finest. If the aroma of popcorn, caramel, and a burning bonfire doesn't leave you bewitched, then a whirlwind climb through the enchanting Cloud Maze or a stroll through the lush and charming Ice Garden will. Morgenstern's Circus is the stuff that dreams are made of, and nothing short of a wild ride."
"A giant, magical story destined for bestsellerdom. This is an electric debut."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Visit Erin's website, follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and read an excerpt of The Night Circus.