Books that I’m looking forward to reading in 2017

New Year,

new me,

new website endeavors, indeed.

2017 has already hit its stride and although I had planned to come out with this personal list on New Years, it is finally completed. I know a few will resonate while others are a little more on the DL (which I’m still hoping will make the impact they ultimately deserve).

 

Before I list the books under the month of their release, I’m going to mention that the first book I’ve embarked on for 2017 was SJ Sindu’s I Once Met You But You Were Dead.

It was the winner of Split Lip Magazine’s 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and, just like all the books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading from Split Lip Press, it was an amazing reading experience! Seriously, just sign me up to a lifetime of Split Lip Press books! 🙂

Sindu’s chapbook is also a great segue to first mention all the Split Lip Press books that are coming out this year and which you’d be crazy – crazy I tell you – to miss out!

I am most excited for this mini list of 2017 books because I love to support Split Lip Press, the authors (whose work I so fortuitously followed online through twitter) and Split Lip’s very own incredible, talented Managing Editor/Publisher, Amanda Miska (whose own writing I eagerly anticipate to see published just as deservedly as the books she helps bring to life).

 

Here’s Split Lip Press’ 2017 upcoming titles!!

Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena by Melissa Wiley (February 2017, available for pre-order until January 24th so get to it!)

Split Lip Magazine Anthology

Felt in the Jaw by Kristen Arnett

Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home by Shasta Grant

 

 

Here are the rest of the books that I’m looking forward to read in 2017:

January

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (January 3)

Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller (January 10)

The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is Dead by Chanelle Benz (January 17)

Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh (January 17)

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February

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker (February 14)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (February 14)

I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking by Leyna Krow (February 14)

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez (February 21)

Abandon Me by Melissa Febos (February 28)

Tell Me How It Ends (An Essay in Forty Questions) by Valeria Luiselli (February 28)

  

  

  

March

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System by Sonya Huber (March 1)

The January Children by Safia Elhillo (March 1)

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (March 7)

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (March 7)

Wait Till You See Me Dance by Deb Olin Unferth (March 21)

Sonora by Hannah Lillith Assadi (March 28)

Map to the Stars by Adrian Matejka (March 28)

  

  

  

April

Marlena by Julie Buntin (April 4)

A Little More Human by Fiona Maazel (April 4)

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah (April 4)

Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard (April 11)

Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke (April 18)

  

  


May

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki (May 9)

Large Animals by Jess Arndt (May 9)

The High Places by Fiona McFarlane (May 10)

Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley (May 16)

Isadora by Amelia Gray (May 23)

  

  

 

 

June

The Answers by Catherine Lacey (June 6)

Disasters in the First World by Olivia Clare (June 6)

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (June 13)

The Girl of the Lake by Bill Roorbach (June 27)

   Disasters in the First World: Stories by [Clare, Olivia]

  

 

July

Lessons on Expulsion by Erika L. Sánchez (July 11)

Made for Love by Alissa Nutting (July 4)

  

 

August

Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang (August 1)

Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter (August 8)

  

 

September

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (Fall 2017)

An advanced review copy of her novel released on Twitter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (October 3)

Dead Girls by Emily Geminder (October 17)

 

Well, this is my list so far. I’ll probably add more throughout the year as well. Any other suggestions?

Short Story of the Day – Day 32

Marie-Helene Bertino’s “Free Ham”

Free Ham

Day Thirty-Two

Marie-Helene Bertino tweet

This post was meant for the first day of the month! And what a way to celebrate the first day of February! On this day the editors of The Forge Literary Magazine decided to republish one of Bertino’s stories from her collection and first book, Safe As HousesGo read it! It’s the first story in her book and a great one to segue to the rest of her wildly inventive and hilarious stories!

P.S. This is my second time one of Bertino’s stories makes its way into the Short Story of the Day series (obviously she’s one of my favorites) so you should check that post as well if you missed it!

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Short Story of the Day – Day 31

Akhil Sharma’s “Cosmopolitan”

Cosmopolitan

Day Thirty-One

“After walking for nearly two hours, Gopal sat on a bench and ate an ice cream cone while reading an article in Cosmopolitan about what makes a good lover. He had seen the magazine in CVS and, noting the article mentioned on the cover, had been reminded how easily one can learn anything in America.”

This post was meant for the last day of the month!

Short Story of the Day – Day 30

Stephanie Vaughn’s “Dog Heaven

dog heaven

Day Thirty

Love, love, love this story. I’m so thankful that Tobias Wolff had chosen this story for a New Yorker Fiction podcast selection because I would’ve probably never encounter it any other way. This story definitely made me get Vaughn’s collection, Sweet Talk, which contained the story, and many others which were equally great. A hard copy reading is so much better than online reading. Definitely a must-read. Listen to Wolff read it. The New Yorker Fiction podcast is free and easy to download on iTunes!

Short Story of the Day – Day 29

Derek Palacio’s “Sugarcane”

Sugarcane

Day Twenty-Nine

“He tried telling Eduardo that many sicknesses could be frailties of the mind. He’d explained the little white capsules with a false name, Diocyclin, which he gave out to the ambiguously ill. He even broke one in front of the boy to show him how it was just water inside.”

Once more, I’ve tapped into the stories anthologized in the 2013 edition of The O. Henry Prize Stories, again (Kelly Link’s was the first), to show my affection for Derek Palacio’s story “Sugarcane” which does a great job of showcasing how writing can be done well.

So a little background info on Palacio: he’s the co-director, with Claire Vaye Watkins!, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada and his debut novel, The Mortifications, is coming out later this year!

Palacio’s story does a great job of putting its focus on the complex character that is Armando, the town’s doctor. He is a man, who despite his important service to the community, is “not privileged beyond his standard cup of sugar”, a commodity that is given once a week and thus, of high value and importance in the story.

Living in Cuba and under communist rule, Armando also lives under a government that makes no distinction in his profession, despite being trained as a surgeon, or in giving him a just reward as a means of compensation. Palacio makes great use of flashbacks to speak on Armando as a teacher and his teacher-student relationship with Eduardo, the boy who ends up interning with him in hopes of going to university and becoming a surgeon. I’ll hold my tongue on the rest of the plot so definitely check it out!

P.S. I was looking around the internet for any mentions of this story and ran into a great “writing craft and literary criticism website” called Great Writers Steal. Check them out as well! There’s a great post on Palacio’s story that further explores what to look forward to in the story and more importantly, what one can “steal” to become a better writer! #WriteOn

Short Story of the Day – Day 28

Kathryn Chetkovich’s “Appetites”

Appetities story

Day Twenty-Eight

So this morning I really wanted and was in need of inspiration, so guess what I had in store to revisit? That’s right, my copy of The Best American Short Stories 1998. Man, that anthology sure is the best. I’d like to thank Professor Crandall, one of Fairfield’s great teachers, for the book recommendation.

The 1998 edition was a real eye opener in terms of exploring my love of the short story form. There’s a lot of great stories that I like to come back for reference or inspiration. Today, Kathryn Chetkovich’s story was on my mind. A lot of my admiration goes out to it, the way she handles the prose so fluidly and with ease really makes it a perfect story to read. To vividly see what a short story can do — it sure makes my heart flutter with enthusiasm to replicate the same.

1998 BASS

My copy of the 1998 BASS edition. My precious 🙂

Short Story of the Day – Day 27

Shelly Oria’s “New York 1, Tel Aviv 0”

Shelly Oria story

Day Twenty-Seven

“We look like two friends at a lit event, not like two-thirds of a three-way couple.”

As the end of January comes to a close, I’m quickly wrapping up the books I’ve started for 2016. Shelly Oria’s short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv O has been on my TBR list since last year but at last, enough was enough and I’ve pulled it as my next read.

The first story in the collection, and with the same title as the book, “New York 1, Tel Aviv 0” is a story of carefully constructed characters involved in a three-way affair. I’m prone to give away further details and possibly ruining the major plot so I’ll just leave it at that, for now…