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Interview with Jay Hosking, author of Three Years with the Rat


Please welcome Jay Hosking to The Qwillery as part of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge interviews! Three Years with the Rat is published on January 24th by Thomas Dunne Books. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Jay a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Jay Hosking, author of Three Years with the Rat




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Jay:  Thanks for having me! I started writing in 2011, when I was working toward my PhD in neuroscience. Being in the lab all the time was making me into a crazy person. I had always been a voracious reader of fiction, and always wanted to write, so I snuck into a writing workshop at my university.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Jay:  Both, but not at the same time. The Rat book has three years playing out at the same time, and thus required that the timeline was consistent and easy to understand, so plotting in advance was important. I had a spreadsheet that detailed what had to happen in each chapter of each year.

The new book I'm working on, however, requires a lot more "pantsing".



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Jay:  Finding the time to do it.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Jay:  Hoo boy. Just about everything! Other fiction, cities, nature, friends, loved ones, minutiae (like a scrap of paper on the ground) that get my mind spinning.



TQDescribe Three Years with the Rat in 140 characters or less.

Jay:  A young man's sister and friend go missing. The only clues: a box made of mirrors and a note that says, "This is the only way back for us."



TQTell us something about Three Years with the Rat that is not found in the book description.

Jay:  The Rat book is about what happens when the known brushes up against the unknown.



TQWhat inspired you to write Three Years with the Rat? How did your background in neuroscience influence the novel?

Jay:  I'm not sure what inspired me to write the Rat book. It started with the image of the box: wooden, big enough to fit a person but too small to stand up, covered with mirrors inside, reflections upon reflections to infinity. I thought about why someone would build that box, and I was sure it was a gift to someone lost, and a tool. And then the story unspooled from there.

As for my background in neuroscience, I'm not sure it directly influenced the novel. If anything, the Rat book deals with why we seek knowledge, the better and worse reasons to do science, rather than the science itself. The book was informed by the motivations of scientists and other knowledge-seekers, with a smattering of details from the lab/research life to add verisimilitude. Psychophysics (the field of science described in the book) certainly exists, but doesn't really resemble what I've written at all.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Three Years with the Rat?

Jay:  I kept three books on my desk as I wrote the Rat book: Flatland by E. A. Abbott, Nothing: A Very Short Introduction by Frank Close, and The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. Living in a multi-dimensional universe, defining nebulous concepts, and finding meaning in a purposeless existence: these were my research.



TQPlease tell us about Three Years with the Rat's cover?

Jay:  The cover is by C.S. Richardson, a Canadian gent who has made countless fantastic dust jackets (I'm fond of his cover for Sam Wiebe's Invisible Dead, how it works in different ways at different distances). One thing I like about the Rat book's cover is that it isn't too on the nose and doesn't depict anything from the novel. But its motif—the labyrinth—is a great metaphor for the journey of the main character in the book. Plus, lab rats and mazes, right?



TQIn Three Years with the Rat who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Jay:  Buddy the rat was definitely the easiest character to write. I feel for that little guy. Hardest character to write was probably the narrator, who I wanted to play his cards pretty close to his chest (a la Raymond Chandler's Marlowe) but also be strongly emotionally invested in the journey.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Three Years with the Rat?

Jay:  The social issues in my book are relatively subtle, and they are included because they are a part of life. We all know people who have struggled, and to not include these struggles when they are so common would be willfully distorting reality for the purposes of personal bias. Put another way, writing an apolitical book is a political act. But like I said, the issues are not the story, and not particularly featured in the book.



TQWhich question about Three Years with the Rat do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Jay:  Great question! And because I've never been asked it, I've never thought about it. Let me think now... hmm.

Still thinking...



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Three Years with the Rat.

Jay

"I can collect all the data in the universe, but at some point I won't be able to comprehend how all the parts form a whole. My brain, my biology, limits my ability to understand... There are just some things that are outside of comprehension, even if we can quantify them. At some point, science becomes magic."



TQWhat's next?

Jay:  I'm currently finishing up another novel, tentatively called "Chimera", and publishing short stories in a few literary magazines; feel free to check out some of my short fiction here and here!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jay:  Thank you so much! It was really fun to be included. Please go read Three Years with the Rat!





Three Years with the Rat
Thomas Dunne Books, January 24, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

Interview with Jay Hosking, author of Three Years with the Rat
Three Years with the Rat is a mind-warping thriller that will make you question reality as you conceive of it. One of the most assured and haunting debuts I’ve read in recent memory.” —Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter

After several years of drifting between school and go-nowhere jobs, a young man is drawn back into the big city of his youth. The magnet is his beloved older sister, Grace: always smart and charismatic even when she was rebelling, and always his hero. Now she is a promising graduate student in psychophysics and the center of a group of friends who take “Little Brother” into their fold, where he finds camaraderie, romance, and even a decent job.

But it soon becomes clear that things are not well with Grace. Always acerbic, she now veers into sudden rages that are increasingly directed at her adoring boyfriend, John, who is also her fellow researcher. When Grace disappears, and John shortly thereafter, the narrator makes an astonishing discovery in their apartment: a box big enough to crawl inside, a lab rat, and a note that says This is the only way back for us. Soon he embarks on a mission to discover the truth, a pursuit that forces him to question time and space itself, and ultimately toward a perilous confrontation at the very limits of imagination.

This kinetic novel catapults the classic noir plot of a woman gone missing into the twenty-first-century city, where so-called reality crashes into speculative science in a novel reminiscent of Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Jay Hosking's Three Years with the Rat is simultaneously a mind-twisting mystery that plays with the very nature of time and the story of a young man who must face the dangerously destructive forces we all carry within ourselves.





About Jay

Interview with Jay Hosking, author of Three Years with the Rat
Photo by Zoë Miles
Jay Hosking obtained his neuroscience Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, teaching rats how to gamble and studying the neurobiological basis of choice. At the same time, he also completed a creative writing MFA. His short stories have appeared in The Walrus and Hazlitt, been long-listed for the CBC Canada Writes short story competition, and received an editor’s special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where he researches decision making and the human brain. He is the author of the novel Three Years with the Rat.


Website  ~  Twitter @DocHosking

The View From Monday - January 23, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Department Zero by Paul Crilley;

Dreadnought (Nemesis 1) by April Daniels;

and

Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking;

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.




From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson 11) by Darynda Jones;

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files 1) by Sylvain Neuvel is out in Trade Paperback;

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota 1) by Ada Palmer is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Unveiled (A Changeling P.I. Novel 2) is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



Debut novels are highlighted in green. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in blue.



The View From Monday - January 23, 2017



January 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legends of the Age of Sigmar David Annandale
David Guymer
Guy Haley
Robbie MacNiven
Josh Reynolds
Rob Sanders
Gav Thorpe
F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar 1
Of Fate and Phantoms (e) C.J. Archer HistF - Ministry of Curiosities 7
The Blue Line (h2tp) Ingrid Betancourt Pol/MR/LF
A Case of Conscience (e) James Blish SF/Meta
The Skill of Our Hands Steven Brust
Skyler White
CF - The Incrementalists 2
Prophets of the Ghost Ants Clark Thomas Carlton F - The Antasy Series 1
The Andromeda Strain (ri) Michael Crichton TechTh/SF/AP/PA
Department Zero (D - Adult) Paul Crilley CF/SF/SP
Dreadnought (D) April Daniels SH/LGBT - Nemesis 1
Power Game Christine Feehan PNR/Th/SF/GenEng - GhostWalker 13
Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles Volume 1
Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone Richard Handley (Ed)
Jim Beard (Ed)
SF - Planet of the Apes
Age of Wonders: Exploring the World of Science Fiction David G. Hartwell LC/SF/F
Three Years with the Rat (D) Jay Hosking LF/SF/TT
Mr. Splitfoot (h2tp) Samantha Hunt LF
Complete Ghost Stories M. R. James GH - Macmillan Collector's Library
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 11
Mongrels (h2tp) Stephen Graham Jones CoA
A Conversation in Blood Paul S. Kemp F/DF - Egil & Nix 3
Passing Strange Ellen Klages HistF/R
Who Killed Piet Barol? Richard Mason LF
Sleeping Giants (h2tp) Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh - Themis Files 1
Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories Kim Newman H - Collection
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (h2tp) Claire North PsyTh
Too Like the Lightning (h2tp) Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 1
Night Blood James M. Thompson H - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 1
The Merman (h2tp) Carl-Johan Vallgren MR
Unveiled Ruth Vincent UF - Changeling P.I. 2
The Time Machine H. G. Wells SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 92
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 93
Leman Russ: The Great Wolf Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 2



January 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Apocalyptic Fiction (ri) Andrew Tate AP/HC - 21st Century Genre Fiction



January 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Call to Arms (Ke) Jay Allan SF - Blood on the Stars 2



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindly only eBook
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2017 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on January 24, 2017 (unless extended).



Vote for your favorite January 2017 Debut Cover!
 
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Cover Art by Marc Simonetti




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Cover Illustration by Patrick Arrasmith
Cover design by Nicole Sommer-Lecht
Cover © Prometheus Books




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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover Illustration by Larry Rostant
Cover Design by Lex Maudlin
Dragon art © VSForever/Shutterstock, Inc.




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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




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Cover Design by Barbara Aronica-Buck




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Cover by C.S. Richardson

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking


2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the first featured author for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge.



Jay Hosking

Three Years with the Rat
Thomas Dunne Books, January 24, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Tracel

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
Three Years with the Rat is a mind-warping thriller that will make you question reality as you conceive of it. One of the most assured and haunting debuts I’ve read in recent memory.” —Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter

After several years of drifting between school and go-nowhere jobs, a young man is drawn back into the big city of his youth. The magnet is his beloved older sister, Grace: always smart and charismatic even when she was rebelling, and always his hero. Now she is a promising graduate student in psychophysics and the center of a group of friends who take “Little Brother” into their fold, where he finds camaraderie, romance, and even a decent job.

But it soon becomes clear that things are not well with Grace. Always acerbic, she now veers into sudden rages that are increasingly directed at her adoring boyfriend, John, who is also her fellow researcher. When Grace disappears, and John shortly thereafter, the narrator makes an astonishing discovery in their apartment: a box big enough to crawl inside, a lab rat, and a note that says This is the only way back for us. Soon he embarks on a mission to discover the truth, a pursuit that forces him to question time and space itself, and ultimately toward a perilous confrontation at the very limits of imagination.

This kinetic novel catapults the classic noir plot of a woman gone missing into the twenty-first-century city, where so-called reality crashes into speculative science in a novel reminiscent of Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Jay Hosking's Three Years with the Rat is simultaneously a mind-twisting mystery that plays with the very nature of time and the story of a young man who must face the dangerously destructive forces we all carry within ourselves.

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts


There are 10 debut novels for January.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The January debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite January cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on January 15, 2017.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2017 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for January 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.

Updated to include Dreadnought by April Daniels, a YA novel with strong Adult crossover appeal.



Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale
Del Rey, January 10, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Fantasy, Magical Realism, Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.





Paul Crilley

Department Zero
Pyr, January 24, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 301 pages
Contemporary Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk
(Adult Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Atticus Graves just wants to make sure his ex-wife doesn’t take away his visitation rights.

But when Graves stumbles through a portal, he finds himself in a world full of monsters and angels. There are thousands of these doors, thousands of different worlds. And now that he’s seen them, Graves is recruited to Department Zero. Graves and his crew clean up any and all supernatural crime scenes.

A secret society of Nazis from another reality, the Cult of Azathoth, have come to our world looking for the Spear of Destiny to bring back Azathoth and the Great Old Ones—among them Cthulhu Himself—from their prison in a timeless dimension.

Graves and Department Zero must travel between realities to a Britain where it’s always 1899, where Queen Victoria has ruled for 101 years. Here they will fight Nazi cultists with royal connections, demon-spawn mafia beneath the sewers of New York, and infiltrate the infamous Wewelsburg Castle in Germany.

All in time to say goodnight to his daughter.





April Daniels

Dreadnought
Nemesis 1
Diversion Books, January 24, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
Superheroes, LGBT

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
An action-packed series-starter perfect for fans of The Heroine Complex and Not Your Sidekick.

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.





Thoraiya Dyer

Crossroads of Canopy
Titan's Forest 1
Tor Books, January 31, 2017
Hardcover and eBook,336 pages
Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
The highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer, set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living gods

At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

“I am majorly impressed with Thoraiya Dyer's Crossroads of Canopy. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!”—Tamora Pierce





Mallory Hill

Terminal Regression
Story Plant, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 282 pages
Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
WINNER OF THE SECOND ANNUAL AUTHORSFIRST NOVEL CONTEST

Laura Baily's life is meaningless. In a world where purpose and passion are everything, Laura feels as though she has no place and no business even existing. Her life is forfeit, and it would be better for everyone if she simply ended it, if she simply got a ticket for a train to oblivion and faded from memory.

But what awaits her at the end of the line isn't death but Terminal B – a community of people more like her than she considered possible, including the beautiful, tormented Will Noble. Though Laura still thinks little of her own life, the lives of others begin to fascinate her as never before. And when those lives become imperiled, Laura discovers the last thing she ever expected to find on her way out of the world: a mission and a reason to live.

Compelling on both a human and global scale, TERMINAL REGRESSION is a novel of rare power and humanity. It is the story of a tomorrow that teeters on the edge of utopia and dystopia and a resigned outsider who might just change it forever.





Jay Hosking

Three Years with the Rat
Thomas Dunne Books, January 24, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Tracel

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Three Years with the Rat is a mind-warping thriller that will make you question reality as you conceive of it. One of the most assured and haunting debuts I’ve read in recent memory.” —Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter

After several years of drifting between school and go-nowhere jobs, a young man is drawn back into the big city of his youth. The magnet is his beloved older sister, Grace: always smart and charismatic even when she was rebelling, and always his hero. Now she is a promising graduate student in psychophysics and the center of a group of friends who take “Little Brother” into their fold, where he finds camaraderie, romance, and even a decent job.

But it soon becomes clear that things are not well with Grace. Always acerbic, she now veers into sudden rages that are increasingly directed at her adoring boyfriend, John, who is also her fellow researcher. When Grace disappears, and John shortly thereafter, the narrator makes an astonishing discovery in their apartment: a box big enough to crawl inside, a lab rat, and a note that says This is the only way back for us. Soon he embarks on a mission to discover the truth, a pursuit that forces him to question time and space itself, and ultimately toward a perilous confrontation at the very limits of imagination.

This kinetic novel catapults the classic noir plot of a woman gone missing into the twenty-first-century city, where so-called reality crashes into speculative science in a novel reminiscent of Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Jay Hosking's Three Years with the Rat is simultaneously a mind-twisting mystery that plays with the very nature of time and the story of a young man who must face the dangerously destructive forces we all carry within ourselves.





Pola Oloixarac

Savage Theories
     Translated by Roy Kesey
Soho Press, January 10, 2017
Hardcover and eBook 304 pages
Literary Fiction, Satire, Visionary and Metaphysical
(English Language Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Rosa Ostreech, a pseudonym for the novel’s beautiful but self-conscious narrator, carries around a trilingual edition of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, struggles with her thesis on violence and culture, sleeps with a bourgeois former guerrilla, and pursues her elderly professor with a highly charged blend of eroticism and desperation. Elsewhere on campus, Pabst and Kamtchowsky tour the underground scene of Buenos Aires, dabbling in ketamine, group sex, video games, and hacking. And in Africa in 1917, a Dutch anthropologist named Johan van Vliet begins work on a theory that explains human consciousness and civilization by reference to our early primate ancestors—animals, who, in the process of becoming human, spent thousands of years as prey.

Savage Theories wryly explores fear and violence, war and sex, eroticism and philosophy. Its complex and flawed characters grapple with a mess of impossible, visionary theories, searching for their place in our fragmented digital world.





Adelia Saunders

Indelible
Bloomsbury USA, January 17, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Literary Fiction, Magical Realism

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
A masterful, enthralling debut novel about fate, family secrets, and the stories our bodies tell.

Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees the truth about people written on their skin--names, dates, details both banal and profound--and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.

When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He's in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage to the coast of Spain, where the body of Saint Jacques is said to have washed ashore, covered in scallop shells. Magdalena, desperate to make things right after her best friend dies--a tragedy she might have prevented--embarks on her own pilgrimage, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent, and aura of heartbreak.

Neil's father, Richard, is also in Paris, searching for the truth about his late mother, a famous expatriate American novelist who abandoned him at birth. All his life Richard has clung to a single memory of his mother--her red shoes--which her biographers agree he never could have seen.

In Adelia Saunders' arresting debut, secrets are revealed among forgotten texts in the old archives of Paris, on a dusty cattle ranch in the American West, along ancient pilgrim paths, and in a run-down apartment in post-Soviet Lithuania. By chance, or perhaps by fate, the novel's unforgettable characters converge, and Magdalena's uncanny ability may be the key to their happiness.





Samanta Schweblin

Fever Dream
     Translated by Megan McDowell
Riverhead Books, January 10, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 192 pages
Literary Fiction, Psychological, Horror
(English Language Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
“A wonderful nightmare of a book: tender and frightening, disturbing but compassionate. Fever Dream is a triumph of Schweblin’s outlandish imagination.”
–Juan Gábriel Vasquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling and Reputations

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.      

Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.
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Elle Katharine White

Heartstone
Harper Voyager, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Historical Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

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