Recent Work By TNB Editors

Available from Dzanc Books

Sign up now to receive your copy! (Sign-up deadline for this title: October 15, 2017.)

Subscription Options

 

“Gritty, ghostly, poetic [. . .] I’d bet a fifth of the top-shelf stuff it will be considered one of the best debuts of the year.” –Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Heavenly Table

Jordan is a country musician living in the shadow of his father, legendary bluegrass musician Walker Bayne. A man who has made a lifetime of poor decisions, Jordan bounces between dive bars, accruing women and drinking himself to the brink of disaster.

When he returns home to the Ozarks for his twin brother’s wedding, Jordan uncovers a dark vein in the Bayne family history: going back to the end of the Civil War, every generation of Bayne men have been twins―and one twin has always murdered their father.

As old tensions resurface and Jordan searches for a way to escape his family’s legacy, a mysterious hill dweller and his grotesque partner stalk the brothers’ every move, determined to see the curse through to its end. Praised by Donald Ray Pollock as “one of the best debuts of the year,” Middleton establishes himself as a novelist in good company with Brian Panowich and Smith Henderson, yet in a category all his own.

By TNB Editors

TNB Notes

We’re pleased to announce that we have some new additions to our editorial staff. Rachael Warecki is our new fiction editor, and Seth Fischer will be helming nonfiction.  They will be curating material for their respective sections, featuring excerpts and self-interviews from a range of deserving authors. Very excited to have them both onboard.  Please join us in welcoming them to the fold!

Now playing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Karl Geary. His debut novel, Montpelier Parade, is available from Catapult.

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Now playing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Lisa Lucas. She is the executive director of the National Book Foundation, which will be hosting its annual National Book Awards ceremony on November 15, 2017, in New York City.

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Now playing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Chiara Barzini . Her debut novel, Things That Happened Before the Earthquake, is available now from Doubleday.

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Now playing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of the debut novel  A Kind of Freedom, available from Counterpoint Press.

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Now playing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Alex Gilvarry. His new novel, Eastman Was Here, is available now from Viking. It is the official September pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

 

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Available from Eamon Dolan

Sign up now to receive your copy! (Sign-up deadline for this title: September 15, 2017.)

Subscription Options

 

What’s really happening behind closed doors on America’s college campuses?

“With rigorous reporting, brilliant observations and a rare absence of bias, Grigoriadis has written a fascinating and moreover an important book about a complex, controversial phenomenon. Blurred Lines is poised to become the definitive work about sex, consent, and campus life in our era.” —Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects Of Discussion.

A new sexual revolution is sweeping the country, and college students are on the front lines. Women use fresh, smart methods to fight entrenched sexism and sexual assault even as they celebrate their own sexuality as never before. Many “woke” male students are more sensitive to women’s concerns than previous generations ever were, while other men perpetuate the most cruel misogyny. Amid such apparent contradictions, it’s no surprise that intense confusion shrouds the topic of sex on campus.

Vanessa Grigoriadis dispels that confusion as no other writer could by traveling to schools large and small, embedding in their social whirl, and talking candidly with dozens of students – among them, both accusers and accused– as well as administrators, parents, and researchers. Her unprecedented investigation presents a host of new truths. She reveals which times and settings are most dangerous for women (for instance, beware the “red zone”); she demystifies the welter of conflicting statistics about the prevalence of campus rape; she makes a strong case that not all “sexual assault” is equivalent; and she offers convincing if controversial advice on how schools, students, and parents can make college a safer, richer experience. The sum of her fascinating, fly-on-the-wall reportage is a revelatory account of how long-standing rules of sex and power are being rewritten from scratch.

Now playing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Ben Loory. His new story collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, is available from Penguin.  

This is Ben’s second interview for the program. He first appeared on Christmas Day, 2011, in Episode 29.  

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Now playing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Jared Yates Sexton, author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, available from Counterpoint Press.

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Matthew Zapruder is the guest. He is a poet, editor, translator, and the author of a new book called Why Poetry, available now from Ecco.

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Get Brad Listi’s sporadic email newsletter.

Jarett Kobek is the guest. His new novel, The Future Won’t Be Long, is available from Viking. 

This is Jarett’s second time on the program. His first guest appearance was on February 3, 2016, in Episode 399

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Get Brad Listi’s sporadic email newsletter.

Available from Viking

Sign up now to receive your copy! (Sign-up deadline for this title: August 15, 2017.)

Subscription Options

An ambitious new novel set in the literary world of 1970s New York, following a washed-up writer in an errant quest to pick up the pieces of his life.

One of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2017 and BuzzFeed’s Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer

“With his second book, Gilvarry establishes himself as a writer who defies expectation, convention and categorization. Eastman Was Here is a dark, riotously funny and audacious exploration of the sacred and the profane—and pretty much everything in between.” —Téa Obreht, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife

The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman, a public intellectual, accidental cultural critic, washed-up war journalist, husband, and philanderer; finds himself alone on the floor of his study in an existential crisis. His wife has taken their kids and left him to live with her mother in New Jersey, and his best work feels as though it is years behind him. In the depths of despair, he receives an unexpected and unwelcome phone call from his old rival dating back to his days on the Harvard literary journal, offering him the chance to go to Vietnam to write the definitive account of the end of America’s longest war. Seeing his opportunity to regain his wife’s love and admiration while reclaiming his former literary glory, he sets out for Vietnam. But instead of the return to form as a pioneering war correspondent that he had hoped for, he finds himself in Saigon, grappling with the same problems he thought he’d left back in New York.

Following his widely acclaimed debut, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Alex Gilvarry employs the same thoughtful, yet dark sense of humor in Eastman Was Here to capture one irredeemable man’s search for meaning in the face of advancing age, fading love, and a rapidly-changing world.

Fiona Helmsley is the guest. Her new essay collection, Girls Gone Old, is available from We Heard You Like Books.

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.

Get Brad Listi’s sporadic email newsletter.

Now playing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Siel Ju. Her new novel-in-stories, Cake Time, is available from Red Hen Press.

Get the free Otherppl app.

Listen via iTunes.

Support the show at Patreon or via PayPal.