Brontez Purnell is a multi-disciplinary artist based with a wide and diverse fanbase, drawing from his work in music (bands like Gravy Train!!! and The Younger Lovers); zines (Fag School); dance (the Brontez Purnell Dance Company); literature (The Cruising Diaries and Johnny Would You Love Me); and film («I Want Your Love»). He is a media-savvy, well-connected cultural figure that regularly receives attention for his projects: recently, he has been featured in Bookforum, SF Weekly, KQED Arts, SF Gate, Lambda Literary Review, and Out magazine. Although this will be his first widely distributed book, he should be a recognized quantity for media and individual readers.
In this comic novel of political intrigue, Adam Gorozpe, a respected businessman in Mexico, has a life so perfect that he might as well be his namesake in the Garden of Eden—but there are snakes in this Eden too. For one thing, Adam's wife Priscila has fallen in love with the brash director of national security—also named Adam—who uses violence against token victims to hide the fact that he's letting drug runners, murderers, and kidnappers go free. Another unlikely snake is the little Boy-God who's started preaching in the street wearing a white tunic and stick-on wings, inspiring Adam's brother-in-law to give up his job writing soap operas to follow this junior deity and implore Adam to do the same. Even Elle, Adam's mistress, thinks the boy is important to their salvation—especially now that it seems the other Adam has put out a contract on Adam Gorozpe. To save his relationship, his marriage, his life, and the soul of his country, perhaps Adam will indeed have to call upon the wrath of the angels to expel all these snakes from his Mexican Eden.
Winner PEN Translates Award (UK) I’m in the waiting area. They’ve just announced that the flight’s delayed. This situation is also the shortest possible summary of this story… Recovering from an unspecified accident, the narrator of Loop finds herself in waiting rooms of different kinds: airport departure lounges, doctors’ surgeries, and above all at home, awaiting the return of her boyfriend, who has travelled to Spain following the death of his mother. Loop is a love story told from the perspective of a contemporary Penelope who, instead of weaving and unravelling her shroud, writes and erases her thoughts in her ‘ideal’ notebook. At once, funny and thought-provoking, her thoughts range from her stationery preferences to the different scales on which life is lived, while a cast of unlikely characters cross the page, from Proust to a mysteri- ous dwarf, from a dreamy cat to David Bowie singing ‘Wild is the Wind’. Written in an assured, irreverent style, Loop is the journal of an absence, one in which the most minute or whimsical observations open up universes. Combining aphoristic fragments with introspective narrative, and evoking Italo Calvino and Fernando Pessoa in its playfulness and wry humour, this original reflection on relationships, solitude and the purpose of writing offers a glimpse of contemporary life in Mexico City, while asking what it really means to find our place in the world.
Writers & Lovers is the highly anticipated new novel following King’s 2014 bestseller Euphoria , which was a New York Times ’ Top Ten Book of the Year and sold over 400,000 copies in North America It was a top ten book of the year in Time, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon , and New York , won the Kirkus Prize and New England Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award In writing this book, King sought to write the book she had always wanted to read but could never find—a novel about a woman’s struggle to become an artist. Though books like A Moveable Feast and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man depict a young man’s artistic journey, she had never found such a story from a woman’s perspective. In her words: “Where are the books about a woman clawing her life open like these men, struggling artistically but also financially, emotionally, sexually, and existentially?” As one of the biggest acquisitions in Grove’s history, Writers & Lovers will be the focus of a huge marketing and publicity campaign including a 20-city author tour, large marketing spend, numerous regional shows including Winter Institute, and major review attention With its brilliantly observed and psychologically acute exploration of modern relationships and its keen eye for dialogue, Writers & Lovers will appeal to fans of Sally Rooney’s Normal People and Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies , while its depiction of the fraught, messy, and often joyful process of becoming oneself, artistically and emotionally, will attract readers of Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be? Like Stephanie Danler’s bestselling Sweetbitter , Writers & Lovers deftly depicts the exhilarating and chaotic world of the restaurant industry, from its romantic intrigues, petty dramas, and touching moments of connection between server and patron We have already closed three major subrights deals with Picador in the UK, HarperCollins in Canada, and Blackstone in Grove’s largest audio deal to date Father of the Rain was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, New York Times Editors’ Choice, O Magazine and Marie Claire summer reading title, Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year, and winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction The Pleasing Hour (1999) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The English Teacher (2005) was a Chicago Tribune and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and People Critics Choice