Welcome to our annual countdown to the books of the new year! We get weary of all the best-of lists, and there are always so many terrific books to look forward to. It’s time to build your 2013 wish lists with the help of our staff, whose lists we’ll post over the next two weeks. Contributing Editor Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, starts us out as she reveals the books she is looking forward to for 2013.
1. Cowboys & East Indians by the fiercely talented Nina McConigley is at the top of my 2013 list. Look for this wonderful debut story collection, to be published by Five Chapters Books, next fall.
2. Ethan Rutherford’s debut collection, The Peripatetic Coffin, will be out from Ecco in May. The title story appeared in Best American Short Stories, and the rest of the collection more than lives up to the hype.
3. Elliott Holt’s brilliant debut novel, You Are One of Them, will also be out in May, via Penguin. Moscow! Spies! Childhood betrayal! Gorgeous prose! This one has it all.
4. Another debut novel I’m excited about: The Violet Hour by Katherine Hill, out from Scribner in July.
5. As a huge fan of Karen Russell’s stories, I can’t wait for her next collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, due out from Knopf in February.
6. I was dazzled by Fiona Maazel’s debut novel, Last Last Chance, and am now counting the days until her next book, Woke Up Lonely (Graywolf, April 2013), drops.
7. Scott McClanahan. Crapalachia: A Biography of Place. Two Dollar Radio. March 2013. Yes.
8. I loved Lindsay Hunter’s Daddy’s and her new collection, Don’t Kiss Me, looks pretty badass. FSG will bring Don’t Kiss Me out in July.
9. I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying, the latest from Matthew Salesses, author of the genius Our Island of Epidemics and The Last Repatriate,will be out in February, courtesy of Civil Coping Mechanisms.
10. Lucy Corin’s imagination knows no bounds. I can’t wait to see where she’ll take us in Over One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, which McSweeney’s will publish next year.
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