Thursday, September 16, 2010

The New York Times on Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans and Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez

The New York Times included two Riverhead titles in its pages today: Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans and Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez. More...


On Evans's book: "The most vivid characters in Danielle Evans’s story collection are in-betweeners: between girlhood and womanhood; between the black middle class and Ivy League privilege; between iffy boyfriends and those even less reliable; between an extended family and living on your own. To say they’re caught between worlds isn’t quite accurate, though; they tend to be hard-headed, sadder but wiser and, most of all, funny."

 

On Nunez's book: "With a cool, evenhanded tone, Ms. Nunez conjures a near future dark around the edges; during the outbreak, people personalize their germ-protecting surgical masks with silly drawings of lips or vampire fangs, “but a homeless man caught spitting in the street was mobbed and beaten to death. And even in apocalyptic times, parents worry whether a 13-year-old should be spending so much time online."

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