There’s a lot of fresh content available on BookPage.com this week. Below, we offer a teaser: first lines from new reviews and features you won’t want to miss. Click the book titles to read more. (Don’t get mad at us if you start bursting your budget at the bookstore!)
- Interview with Alan Bradley about The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag
How many 70-year-olds can also claim the title of best-selling debut novelist?
- Review of The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
Meet Mary Quinn: 12-year-old orphan, thief and pickpocket, sentenced to die for her crimes.
- Review of So Much for That by Lionel Shriver
Lionel Shriver’s anticipated follow-up to The Post-Birthday World tackles a tricky subject: health care in the United States.
- Interview with Chang-rae Lee about The Surrendered
Although much of Chang-rae Lee’s fourth novel takes place during the Korean War and after the armistice in 1953, the author insists that The Surrendered is not a war story.
- Review of The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
Like last year’s critically acclaimed Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco X. Stork’s The Last Summer of the Death Warriors is the story of a teen faced with difficult choices before the start of a new school year.
Do any of the first lines tempt a deeper look at these titles?