Today's Can't Wait to Read picks, all books coming out this week, were chosen by Spine Contributing Writer E.F. Sweetman and Spine Authors Editor Susanna Baird. This list is in no particular order and, as with any book we feature in Spine, we encourage you to head to your local library or bookstore to grab a copy.
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Author: Maria Kuznetsova. Ukrainian-born Floridian Oksana wants a normal life, but embroils herself in endless outrageous situations in this deep and deeply comic coming-of-age novel.
Author: Bryan Washington. Everyone is buzzing (we're buzzing!) about this powerful debut short story collection from Washington, set in his home city of Houston.
Author: Harlan Coben. A father follows his troubled daughter down a suspenseful, ever-twisting trail in the latest from thrill-master Coben.
The Moth Presents Occasional Magic
Editor: Catherine Burns. Foreword: Meg Wolitzer. The Moth hosts storytelling events, broadcasting the best via podcast. Here, stories of "occasional magic" are gathered in print.
The Universal Laws of Marco
Author: Carmen Rodrigues. Middle school: Marco kisses Sally. Something sparks. Senior year: The spark, like Sally, is long gone. Until Sally returns …
Author: Summer Brennan. Bloomsbury's Object Lessons — a series of short, lovely books — explores the meanings behind everyday items. Here, Brennan explores the iconic shoe.
Spine Contributing Writer E.F. Sweetman lives in Beverly, Massachusetts. Her stories have appeared in noir, crime, flash, horror and gothic anthologies Microchondria II, One Night in Salem, Switchblade V, Sixx and Stiletto Heeled, EconoClash Review, Broadswords and Blasters, and is forthcoming in FunDead's upcoming Gothic Anthology. She lives with her husband, two sons, and three rescue dogs. When she is not working on her noir novel, which she hopes to finish before she turns 95, you can find her glaring out the window at her neighborhos. For more fun, follow her on Twitter @EFSweetman.
Susanna Baird edits the Authors section of Spine Magazine. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in Failbetter, the Apeiron Review, and BANG!, among other publications. Her nonfiction has appeared at Dribbble and in numerous print publications, including Boston Magazine and Publishers Weekly. Find her online at susannabaird.com and on Twitter @susannabaird.