Countdown to the Books of 2012 with Barrett Bowlin

Memorious fiction editor Barrett Bowlin has published work in such journals as Salt Hill, Meridian, Minnesota Review, and Pank. Today he weighs in with his anticipated book list for 2012.

The Flame Alphabet (Knopf) by Ben Marcus [1/17/12] – Although Ben Marcus looks like he’s just as obsessed as the rest of us when it comes to widespread disease and the collapse of society, his new novel takes a new perspective on both scenarios and examines what the world might look like if the sound of children’s voices became toxic to adults.

Stay Awake: Stories (Ballantine) by Dan Chaon [2/7/12] – Always a precise and intense storyteller, Chaon is one of our most vital short story authors.  Like his previous collections, Among the Missing and Fitting Ends (both by Ballantine), Stay Awake will force us to question our own dark motives.

No Animals We Could Name: Stories (Graywolf) by Ted Sanders [7/3/12] – Sanders has been making a name for himself over the last few years as the author of excellent stories like “Obit,” which appeared in the O’Henry Prize Stories 2010 anthology.  “Obit” will be featured in his new collection, of course, but there will be plenty of other goodies included.

Boleto: a Novel (Graywolf) by Alyson Hagy [5/8/12] – Hagy is one of the few authors I trust to depict the changing landscape of the American West.  If readers of Memorious #17 enjoyed the stories delivered by Holly Wendt and Nina McConigley, Hagy’s Boleto should stay on their radars.

The Blondes (Doubleday Canada) by Emily Schultz [5/15/12] – As awesome an editor as she is an author, Emily Schultz is also the co-founder of Joyland: a Hub for Short Fiction, a brilliant online publication that features regional fiction from equally brilliant authors.

Lionel Asbo: State of England (Knopf) by Martin Amis [8/21/12] – Like clockwork, Amis’s annual novel release is most likely going to be a feast of caustic prose, complete with a gin & cocaine bender.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Beth Kephart says:

    Alyson’s BOLETO is extraordinary — and fits perfectly on this list. I know you will love it.

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