First lady of Greenpoint letters Kate Christensen will be dropping this new novel, focused on a fifty-something poet and his fractured family in and around the infamous Franklin Street building The Astral, in June. Expect fascinating, intricate characters and the name-checking of plenty of neighborhood institutions; perhaps reading this at the counter of Peter Pan Donuts wouldn’t be the worst idea you ever had.
Rebecca Wolff, who graduated from the ber-impressive Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was founding editor at the excellent lit mag Fence, goes big in this debut novel, out in June, about a teenage New England girl named Ginger who’s a bit young for her age until some new folks move into town and everything changes. If nothing else, this may inspire you to develop your own new, creepy, slightly obsessive friends for the summer. If not now, when?
Rules of Civility
New York-based I-Banker Amor Towles makes his literary debut in July with Rules of Civility, the story of Katey Kontent, a twenty-something in 1938 who rises from the typing pool to dizzying social heights, meeting all sorts of New York characters along the way. We have a habit of reading and re-reading Fitzgerald each summer and Rules, out in July, seems like just the thing to spice up the erudite, seersucker-clad mix.