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Pub Day Shout-Outs! for December 8, 2020, featuring Clayton, Faber, and Mans McKenny

by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)


Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!


Editor Dhonielle Clayton's A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology


Description from Publisher:

"From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children's authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), V. E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles).


"In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.


"AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Jenni Balch, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, V. E. Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone"


Why I want to read it: That list of authors! Oh my goodness, these are some of my absolute favorites. I thoroughly enjoyed Flying Lessons & Other Stories (I talked about that anthology on episode 52, Beat the Holiday Reading Slump - Our Confessions Being Made), and I think this will be more of the same . . . or better!

Michel Faber's D (A Tale of Two Worlds)


Description from Publisher:

"A stunning modern-day Dickensian fable and a celebration of friendship and bravery for freethinkers everywhere.


"It all starts on the morning the letter D disappears from language. First, it vanishes from Dhikilo’s parents’ conversation at breakfast, then from the road signs outside and from her school dinners. Soon the local dentist and the neighbor’s dalmatian are missing, and even the Donkey Derby has been called off.


"Though she doesn’t know why, Dhikilo is summoned to the home of her old history teacher Professor Dodderfield and his faithful Labrador, Nelly Robinson. And this is where our story begins.


"Set between England and the wintry land of Liminus, a world enslaved by the monstrous Gamp and populated by fearsome, enchanting creatures, D (A Tale of Two Worlds) is told with simple beauty and warmth. Its celebration of moral courage and freethinking is a powerful reminder of our human capacity for strength, hope and justice."


Why I want to read it:

It's been a while since I read any of Faber's books, but I absolutely loved The Crimson Petal and the White and The Book of Strange New Things, which are big, sprawling novels that feature different types of world building (Victorian London vs. another galaxy) but that promise great things for this "Dickensian"(!) novel. I can't wait to tackle it.

Rachel Mans McKenny's The Butterfly Effect


Description from Publisher:

"A Man Called Ove meets The Rosie Project in this 'delightfully off-kilter' (Rachel Yoder, Nightbitch) tale of a grumpy introvert, her astonishing lack of social skills and empirical data-driven approach to people and relationships.


"Is there such a thing as an anti-social butterfly? If there were, Greta Oto would know about it--and totally relate. An entomologist, Greta far prefers the company of bugs to humans, and that's okay, because people don't seem to like her all that much anyway, with the exception of her twin brother, Danny, though they've recently had a falling out. So when she lands a research gig in the rainforest, she leaves it all behind.


"But when Greta learns that Danny has suffered an aneurysm and is now hospitalized, she abandons her research and hurries home to the middle of nowhere America to be there for her brother. But there's only so much she can do, and unfortunately just like insects, humans don't stay cooped up in their hives either--they buzz about and... socialize. Coming home means confronting all that she left behind, including her lousy soon-to-be sister-in-law, her estranged mother, and her ex-boyfriend Brandon who has conveniently found a new non-lab-exclusive partner with shiny hair, perfect teeth, and can actually remember the names of the people she meets right away. Being that Brandon runs the only butterfly conservatory in town, and her dissertation is now in jeopardy, taking that job, being back home, it's all creating chaos of Greta's perfectly catalogued and compartmentalized world. But real life is messy, and Greta will have to ask herself if she has the courage to open up for the people she loves, and for those who want to love her.


"The Butterfly Effect is an unconventional tale of self-discovery, navigating relationships, and how sometimes it takes stepping outside of our comfort zone to find what we need the most."


Why I want to read it:

I'm excited about the comps for this one: I enjoyed both A Man Called Ove and The Rosie Project (we talked about that one on episode 71!), and I think the description of this one sounds great.

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