Justin Torres

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The official pub date for Justin Torres’s We the Animals (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is September 1, but already the debut novel is racking up superlatives typically reserved for more established authors. Michael Cunningham calls it “heartbreaking” and “beautiful.” Paul Harding calls it “an indelible and essential work of art.” And Benjamin Percy, in the current issue of Esquire, calls it “a knock to the head that will leave your mouth agape.”

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How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive

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Published this month by Melville House, Christopher Boucher's novel, How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, tells the story of a newspaper reporter living in western Massachusetts and trying to raise his son, a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle. To promote the book, Boucher yesterday set off on a road trip from Los Angeles to Boston in a 1972 Beetle.

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The Duel

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In August Melville House Publishing will reprint five classic novellas, all with the same title. Watch this playful trailer for The Duel by Giacomo Casanova, Anton Chekhov, Joseph Conrad, Heinrich von Kleist, and Aleksandr Kuprin, forthcoming from Melville House's Art of the Novella series.

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