Julie Barer is particularly interested in representing a diversity of voices from all backgrounds. She is looking for high quality fiction with a strong, unique voice and an equally compelling story. She loves historical fiction from any period and is especially interested in novels that play with genre elements.
A few books she loves: The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Americannah by Chimamanda Adichie , Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Last
Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich, Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link, Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Faye Bender is always eager to discover authors with a strong narrative voice and an eye for imaginative storytelling. Her client list is focused and selective, so she takes on very little, but she is excited to find middle grade, young adult and adult fiction that challenges assumptions and offers a unique window to the world.
A few books she loves: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, The Bone People by Keri Hulme, The Absolutely True
Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Brettne Bloom thrills at discovering exciting new voices across all genres. Whether it’s a novel, a work of narrative history, a biography, or a memoir, she relishes great storytelling, distinctive prose, high drama and compelling characters; she also enjoys traveling back in time, looking at familiar episodes from unexpected angles, and books that explore what it means to be human in our complex world.
A few books she loves: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand, Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo,
Wolf Hall/ Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Elisabeth Weed is looking for quality book club fiction and plot driven novels with a strong sense of place. She has a weakness for books that are unpredictable, atmospheric and suspenseful, and she is especially excited about thrillers, historical fiction, or a combination of the two.
A few books she loves: In the Woods by Tana French, When Will There Be Good News? By Kate Atkinson, The Ex-Pats by Chris Pavone, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity,
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Dana Murphy is hungry for writing that is immersive and surprising, with a voice so distinct it makes her cancel plans and read through meals. She is attracted to upmarket and literary fiction for both adults and young adults and narrative nonfiction/essay collections about culture. Send her anything that reckons with "low" or "unworthy" pop culture in a serious way, stories set in and about the modern American South, and under-represented voices, cultures and stories.
A few books she loves: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips, The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak,
Love Goes to Buildings On Fire by Will Hermes, Spinster by Kate Bolick, Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson
Rebecca Stead is looking for open-hearted fiction for middle-graders and young adults. When I read, I’m particularly hoping to discover honest emotion, innovative forms (including graphic work), diverse voices, and, above all, books that trust their readers.
A few books she loves: Tyrell by Coe Booth, Skellig by David Almond, Saffy’s Angel and Indigo’s Star by Hilary McKay, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia,
Black Juice by Margo Lanagan, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterma