Archives par étiquette : Henry Holt

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT dans la shortlist du LA Times Book Award

Le roman d’Helen Philips est sélectionné pour le prochain prix littéraire du Los Angeles Times, catégorie fiction. Publié en août 2015, THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT a attiré l’attention de la presse américaine et notamment du New York Times. Safarà Editore le publiera en Italie et les droits télé ont été acquis par The CW.

Josephine must race to find her way through the labyrinthine bureaucracy, in order to save herself and to salvage the life she’s built

by Helen Phillips
Henry Holt, August 2015

Josephine has been out of work a long time, so when she is hired to work in a vast, windowless building, doing what at first appears to be a monotonous filing and cross-checking task, she’s mostly just relieved that her long period of unemployment has come to an end. Never mind that the person who hired her seems not to have a face and becomes known only as The Person With Bad Breath, or that Josephine works in a pale, airless room where the walls are completely bare, save some scratches Josephine fears may have come from those who held the job before her. She can endure any job in order to be able to build a future with her husband, Joseph. Under the watchful eyes of her sinister boss and an aggressively friendly coworker, she matches names to numbers and enters both into a seemingly infinite database, though she knows nothing about the true nature of her job nor the identity of the institution that employs her.

In the evenings, Josephine returns home to one of a series of strange sublets, and to Joseph, who often greets her with candles and dinner, until one day he doesn’t come home at all. Joseph also has a bureaucratic job, and the two have agreed never to discuss their work, but as Joseph grows mysteriously distant and begins to disappear more frequently without explanation, and as Josephine slowly comes to understand the meaning of the codes she’s entering into the system, the rituals of their daily lives shift from the mundane to something more sinister.

Is Josephine really being followed by The Man in the Grey Sweatshirt? How do her co-workers seem to know things about her before she knows them herself? Increasingly unmoored in her home life and uneasy in her work life, Josephine attempts to keep her paranoia in check and hold on to her sanity. But as her suspicions escalate and the terrifying truth about her work is revealed, she realizes that those she holds most dear are in fatal danger.

MY PERSONAL JIHAD de Souad Mekhennet

A book that will look at why young Muslim men and women who have grown up outside the Middle-East are rejecting their parents’ dreams of economic betterment and personal freedom in favor of radical rebellion in the Middle East

by Souad Mekhennet
Holt, March 2017 (Proposal available)
Editor: Paul Golob

Mekhennet, a German-born Moroccan Muslim, is a journalist with access to ISIS unlike many western journalists. Her goal is to guide Western readers through the complex world of global jihad, beginning with how the meaning of the word “jihad” has changed since her grandparents’ time. The word means “struggle” in Arabic, but it also connotes striving, as her parents and the parents of many others, did when they came to Europe in search of a better life. How has jihad’s seemingly progressive meaning been transformed, over the last 80 years, and especially since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, into one that sanctions the often-senseless killing of unbelievers and Muslims alike?
Part of the answer lies in the experience of Muslim immigrant children growing up in the seemingly progressive societies of Western Europe. Mekhennet will take readers into the restive immigrant enclaves of Germany, Britain, France, and elsewhere, and show them what the transformation from docile striver to rebel looks like up close. This is a largely untold story that holds keys to the future of global Islamic radicalism and valuable insights into how Western nations can best confront the challenges they face, both from within and from afar. It is all the more important as the threat of militancy draws ever closer, from the distant sandscapes of Syria to the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo.

Souad Mekhennet, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Germany and grew up there and in Morocco. She is currently a correspondent for The Washington Post’s national security desk. Since 2001, she has reported on terrorism for Der Spiegel, ZDF, NPR, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Post and others. She is the only Western journalist who has gained access to the leadership circles of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and ISIS

Retour des nouvelles : dernière tendance de la littérature anglophone?

Le 10 octobre 2013, le prix Nobel de la littérature était décerné à Alice Munro, considérée comme la « Reine des Nouvelles ».
Un an après, l’engouement pour ce genre littéraire s’est confirmé à l’occasion de la Foire du Livre de Francfort dans le choix des ouvrages présents, dont notamment les trois recueils suivants :

A collection of connected short stories by an amazing debut author

by Shobha Rao
Flatiron Books, Winter 2016

In AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 cuts a jagged path through the lives of ordinary women and men, leaving ripples of sorrow through time and space. Each couplet of stories spans the Indian subcontinent, from refugee camps and torched trains to the spacious verandas of the British Raj, and billows into the wider world. An old woman recounts the murdering of what was most precious to her, and the many small cuts that led her to that act. A girl forced into prostitution wields patience as deftly as a weapon, and manages to escape her fate. An Indian servant falls in love with his employer, and spins a twisted web of deceit.

The characters in these fearless stories stumble – occasionally towards love, more often towards survival – and find that history, above all, is their truest and greatest opponent. And what emerges, in the midst of newly erected barriers, boundaries, and nations, is a journey into the center of the only place that matters – the human heart.


From a striking new talent, it comes an insightful collection of nine stories in which the author moves deftly between nouveau riche Los Angeles and the working-class East Coast as he explores the vicissitudes of modern life

by Kevin Morris
Black Cat, January 2015

“A wonderful group of stories . . . you will love it” – Gus Van Sant

 Whether looking for creative ways to let off steam after a day in court or enduring chaperone duties on a school field trip to the nation’s capital; the heroes of White Man’s Problems struggle to navigate the challenges that accompany marriage, family, success, failure, growing up and getting older. The themes of these perceptive, wry and sometimes humorous tales pose philosophical questions about conformity and class, duplicity and decency, and the actions and meaning of an average man’s life. Morris’s confident debut strikes the perfect balance between comedy and catastrophe—and introduces a virtuosic new voice in American fiction.

Kevin Morris has written for The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Filmmaker Magazine. He is the Co-producer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, and producer of the classic documentary film, Hands on a Hardbody. This is his first collection of fiction.


From a student of George Saunders a collection of interconnected stories all set in one town

by Patrick Dacey
Holt, Fall 2016

“Patrick Dacey is one of my favorite young American writers.  His work is fast, poetic, edgy, and full of tremendous heart. » – George Saunders

A seemingly crazy woman who attacks a memorial to a neighbor’s son (he’s an Iraq veteran), a father who has an imaginary conversation with his daughter through a series of strange postcards, an alcoholic father and his slightly unhinged teenage son who make a journey to the local ice rink where they each find themselves falling in love, of a kind…

The stories of WE’VE ALREADY GONE THIS FAR all take place in the fictional Northeast town of Wequaquet, a town that lives in the shadow of militarised America,where apathy vies with a vague perennial disquiet, and yet where life’s strange intensity and occasional magic is still felt. The stories are the lives of neighbours and friends: those who’ve spent their whole lives in Wequaquet and can’t wait to leave; those who’ve been gone a long time and find themselves pulled back; those who live on the margins and those who live in the eye of the storm. This is the small-town America where has-been football coaches get drunk on the porch and shoot bunnies and bored housewives get bad cosmetic surgery, and where the demons of modernity manifest as terrorists and/or grizzly bears.


THE BAREFOOT LAWYER de Chen Guangcheng

Mise à jour du 25 novembre 2014 : droits achetés par les Éditions Globe

Both a riveting memoir and a revealing portrait of modern China, this passionate book tells the story of a man who has never accepted limits and always believed in the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle

by Chen Guangcheng
Henry Holt, March 2015

It was like a scene out of a thriller: One night in April 2012, China’s most famous political activist—a blind, self-taught lawyer—climbed over the wall of his heavily guarded home and escaped. For days, his whereabouts remained unknown; after he turned up at the American embassy in Beijing, a furious round of high-level negotiations finally led to his release and a new life in the United States. Chen Guangcheng is a unique figure on the world stage, but his story is even more remarkable. The son of a poor farmer in rural China, blinded by illness when he was an infant, Chen was fortunate to survive a difficult childhood. But despite his disability, he was determined to educate himself and fight for the rights of his country’s poor, especially a legion of women who had endured forced sterilizations under the hated one-child policy. Repeatedly harassed, beaten, and imprisoned by Chinese authorities, Chen was ultimately placed under house arrest. After a year of fruitless protest and increasing danger, he evaded his captors and fled to freedom.

Chen Guangcheng, known to many of his countrymen as « the barefoot lawyer, » was born in the village of Dongshigu in 1972. Blind since infancy, illiterate until his late teens, he ultimately taught himself law and became a fiery advocate for countless Chinese who had no voice. His escape from his jailers in China made international headlines, and he remains uncompromising in his commitment to human rights.

Rights sold in Germany (Rowohlt Verlag), Italy (Bompiani) and Sweden (Norstedts Forlag)