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The Tertulia First Dibs Editors Salon | May 2024

An exclusive preview of this summer’s most exciting books, from the editors who acquired them.
Tertulia staff •
Apr 3rd, 2024

What are the books everyone will be reading this summer? On May 1 at 7pm, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from some of the publishing industry’s most esteemed editors, talking about forthcoming books that will be on every avid reader's beach radar. Join us on Zoom for what promises to be a great conversation about books by the editors who helped to shape and publish them. 

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Fire Exit by Morgan Talty

Releases June 4th

You may know Morgan Talty for his 2022 debut story collection, Night of the Living Rez, which earned him various awards and an honor from the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 program. His debut novel follows Charles Lamosway, who lives across the river from Maine's Penobscot Reservation where his neighbor and, unbeknownst to her, daughter, Elizabeth resides. While Charles copes with caring for an ailing elderly mother and a bighearted but alcoholic dear friend, hauntings from his past continue to resurface and soon he must contend with the secret he's been hiding for years.

Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Releases July 9th

If you loved reading (or watching) the dark family Fleishman Is in Trouble, we have great news. The author is returning this summer with a saga that spans one wealthy family's entire history, moving from the father's kidnapping in the 1980s to the present day, where the clan's finances have degraded just as much as their mental health. The residue of that traumatic experience lingers on each member of the family in different ways, but their shared burden also unites them as they are forced to confront their past, present, and future. Let's get our hands on what sounds like an irresistible summer read perfectly followed by discussing the dream cast with other readers.

The Friday Afternoon Club by Griffin Dunne

Releases June 11th

With Joan Didion as an aunt, Carrie Fisher as a best friend, and acting and production roles in Martin Scorsese's After Hours, few people have had as much access to the intimate lives of America's cultural aristocracy as Griffin Dunne. On the page, all the glitz and glamour, combined with the devastating killing of his younger sister and the high-profile trial which followed, make for a complicated, eclectic, and fascinating read about a singular life.

Margo's Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe

Releases June 11th

Here, a PEN/Faulkner award finalist introduces us to a lovable young heroine who, at age 20, is broke, unemployed, and raising a child conceived with her junior college English professor. But when her estranged, ex-pro wrestler father arrives at her door looking for a place to stay, Margo begins to formulate a way out of her situation. What follows is a timely and hilarious story about the rewards and costs of coming-of-age in this inescapably online new world. An A24 adaptation of the book is already lined up at Apple TV+ with Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.

Liars by Sarah Manguso

Releases July 23rd

The consensus on this novel from early reviewers: once you crack it open, you should cancel your plans to read it in one sitting - and carve out some time to recover afterwards. Devastating, biting, painful and deeply funny are the descriptors that keep popping up in reactions to this raw depiction of marriage by Guggenheim fellow and award-winning author Sarah Manguso.

Manguso's story of the unraveling of a 12-year marriage taps into the experiences of so many wives and mothers in relationships with egoistic or narcissistic men, and you can't help but rally and rage along with the protagonist as you watch the marriage go up in flames. Take it from author Maggie Smith, widely acclaimed for her own masterful writing on divorce, "I was walloped on every page—by the painful familiarity of the story, by the all-at-onceness of the life described in these pages, by the brilliance of Manguso’s storytelling."

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