Best New Fiction: February 2013


With the cold, slow month of January behind us, it’s now time to properly turn our attention to the February 2013 releases that we feel deserve some notice.  Below you’ll find a list of upcoming February releases that we couldn’t wait to tell you about.  Prepare yourself, your to-read pile (and ours) is about to grow!

The_Love_Song_Of_Jonny_ValentineThe Love Song of Jonny Valentine
By Teddy Wayne

Told through the eyes of an 11-year-old pop sensation (shades of Bieber to be found here?) Wayne’s second novel promises to deliver readers an inside-out look at the long term damage just waiting to be caused when we exploit our youngsters for monetary gain and thrust them into the spotlight before they’re mature enough to comprehend what it all really means.  Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins) highly recommended this one to us when she dropped by to chat with the members of Critical Era last month.  We can’t wait to read it.

By Arnon Grunberg
Translated from the Norwegian by Sam Garrett

Split into two distinct sections by a plane ride,  Arnon Grunberg’s page turning novel Tirza promises to take the reader directly into the mind, warts and all, of one very unique individual. Jörgen Hofmeester’s living the good life with a wife, kids, a great job, money, and wonderful home, but he’s about to lose it all. Unpredictable and strange, this one won The Golden Owl award for literature upon its initial release in 2006.

Middle_MenMiddle Men
By Jim Gavin

There’s an insane amount of positive buzz building for Jim Gavin’s debut short story collection Middle Men.  All of the tales are set in California, and all of them deal in some way with individuals who are chasing their dream, only to be faced with the realities of their lives.  Supposedly overflowing with humor and filled to the max with unforgettable characters, this is one we don’t want to miss.

Flimsy_Little_Plastic_MiraclesFlimsy Little Plastic Miracles
By Ron Currie, Jr.

You’ve probably noticed that we’ve been talking about this book a lot lately.  Even though we’ve already read and reviewed Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, we want to make sure it stays on your radar.  Ron Currie, Jr. has a way with language, and the book’s discussions on love, lust, sex, and romance would make this upcoming release a great (and unconventional) gift for your Valentine.  You can expect to see this novel on shelves next week (February 7).

vampires-in-the-lemon-grove-storiesVampires in the Lemon Grove
By Karen Russell

Even though we had some mixed feelings about Russell’s debut novel Swamplandia!, Vampires in the Lemon Grove has been anticipated by critics and readers for months.  Whether or not you liked Swamplandia!, there’s no denying that Karen Russell is an amazing storyteller with quite a unique imagination.  These short stories are sure to be equally magical and surreal, and you can find out for yourself on February 12!

The_DinnerThe Dinner
By Herman Koch

Released in the U.K. last summer, this novel has received tremendous praise from critics.  Told over the course of a single meal, The Dinner has been billed as a conversational thriller that is sure to make readers squirm and wince.  Sounds right up our alley!  We can’t wait to get our hands on this novel, and you can secure your own copy on February 12!

The_Teleportation_AccidentThe Teleportation Accident
By Ned Beauman

We’re still pissed off that this one didn’t make the Man Booker Prize 2012 shortlist, but we’re hoping it gets the recognition it deserves in the U.S.  A bizarre and hilarious novel about history, war, teleportation, literature, and sex! sex! sex!, you might regret it for the rest of your life if you don’t read this quirky and maddening tale.  The Teleportation Accident is set to be released on February 26, and if you are so inclined, check out our review of the book here.

Wise_MenWise Men
By Stuart Nadler

So, besides the fact that this is an amazing cover, Wise Men has been endorsed by Hilary Mantel, Emma Straub, Stewart O’Nan, and Amber Dermont.  An epic family saga, Wise Men is a novel about social expectations, race, bias, and discrimination in the mid 20th century.  You’re probably gonna want to pick up a copy of this book on February 5, and we’ll probably be doing the same.


Do any of our picks look interesting to you? Which titles are you most looking forward to in February?

About Aaron Westerman

Aaron Westerman is the Manager of Web Architecture for a national human services organization. When he's not busy tearing sites apart and rebuilding them, he spends his ever shrinking free time trying to keep up with his twins, reading works of translated literature, and watching far too many Oscar nominated movies.

  • kelly

    ETwo books I’m looking forward to: The Storyteller and When Women Were Birds, both being released on Feb 26.