Jacqueline Winspear, bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series, remains fascinated by the “war to end all wars” World War I. This time, rather than incorporate her ruminations via investigator Dobbs, Winspear has written the stand alone novel The Care and Management of Lies. Bobbi Dumas of NPR writes that Winspear “is a master of taking grand ideas and winnowing them down to a very small, individual story that carries the punch of huge and visceral truth.”¹
Stephanie Evanovich (yes, non-blood related niece of bestselling author Janet Evanovich and, yes, bearing the first name, Stephanie, of Janet’s primary heroine) is releasing her follow up novel to Big Girl Panties with The Sweet Spot. We admit we have not read either of these two rom-coms, but some readers on Goodreads raved, “a brilliant new voice!”, and eviscerated the story. Publishers Weekly, for what it’s worth, called Stephanie’s debut “a marvelous gem.”
While Hachette, the parent company of publisher of Little Brown, was feuding with Amazon, Edan Lepucki was about to launch her debut novel. Rather than die alone with the loss of presales on Amazon, Lepucki lucked out…via Stephen Colbert (Frances Dinkelspiel/Berkleyside.com). Colbert is also a client of Hachette and invited as a guest on the show Sherman Alexie who won the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. When Colbert asked her to recommend a debut novel, she sited Lepucki’s soon to be released dystopian novel California. Colbert then made another of his sensationalistic claims: “We are going to prove that I can sell more books than Amazon.” In a month, 10,000 copies of California had been pre-sold through Colbert’s recommendation through Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon.
Though her prose might not be particularly inventive, Lepucki’s story is a compelling examination of personal relationships laid bare. A provoking thought experiment, her novel imagines a chillingly plausible future. (Maddie Crum, Huffington Post, July 1, 2014)
Vroman’s Author Events
Edan Lepucki, Wednesday, July 9th, 7 p.m.
Stephanie Evanovich, Friday, July 11th, 7 p.m.
Jacqueline Winspear, Monday, July 14th, 7 p.m.
Location: Vroman’s, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101
Author events are free
For details, please visit VromansBookstore.com
¹ “A Primer on the ‘Care and Management’ of Hope in Wartime,” July 3, 2014, Bobbi Dumas. Read complete article at NPR.org.