Read It Forward

Read It Forward favorite Gillian Flynn describes Herman Koch’s bestselling novel The Dinner like this: “It begins with drinks and dark satire, and goes stealthily and hauntingly from there. It’s chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable. Read the novel in one big gulp, and then make plans with friends – you’ll be desperate to debate this book over cocktails, appetizers, entrees, dessert . . . and then you still won’t be done talking about it.” We’re excited to share this international bestseller with you – be among the first readers in the U.S. to dive in!

Praised by critics and devoured by fans of suspense, Sara J. Henry‘s debut Learning to Swim was recognized by an astonishing number of literary organizations. Learning to Swim received the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Best First Novel from the Agatha Awards, and the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. It was nominated for the Barry Award and the Anthony Award. All well-deserved for a masterful debut. Now we’re thrilled to share the sequel, A Cold a Lonely Place, featuring Sara’s unforgettable heroine Troy. RIFers will be among the very first readers to dive in long before A Cold and Lonely Place hits the shelves on February 5, 2013.

Eliot Lamb has had countless nights like this before. He’s out with his mates, pint in hand, shots at the ready. They’re at the King’s Arms and will soon be making their familiar descent: pub, bar, club. But this time it’s different. When the night ends and tomorrow begins, he’ll graduate from Oxford and head reluctantly into adulthood. As he stares into the foam of his first beer, he knows it won’t be easy. Compared to early Martin Amis and Zadie Smith, Ben Masters is a fresh new voice in literary fiction, and his sparkling debut Noughties will blow you away.

“I’ve been deeply touched by letters, emails, and other messages from people who have read fathermothergod,” says author Lucia Greenhouse. “Some of these letters read like condolence notes – beautifully crafted and heartfelt, some from people who knew my family growing up, and others from total strangers. Many letters have come from those with their own complicated stories of growing up in a controlling religion – or sometimes a rigid family dynamic – that they needed to flee. The most moving messages have come from others raised in Christian Science. These have been both reassuring (we are not alone) and agonizing to read.”

“One day I woke up and the reality dawned on me that, good God, I’m living with a rooster; how did this happen to me?” writes Brian McGrory, author of Buddy. “I knew how it happened. I fell for a woman unlike anyone I had ever met. She lived in the suburbs, while I had spent my adult life in the city. She had two daughters. The older of those daughters incubated eggs at an elementary school science fair, and from one of those eggs came a little chick they called Buddy. The chick grew up watching television in their laps and sleeping in a little cage in the living room . . . . When Pam and I bought a house and we all moved in together, the rooster came with the whole package deal.”

The Forgiven is based loosely on a true story and is set in the fossil-mining desert towns of the Moroccan Sahara, at the far edges of civilization. It’s a remote and dangerous place that author Lawrence Osborne came to know as a wandering journalist and hardened traveler. He lived for some time in the Atlas Mountains and from there voyaged to the eerie mountain of Azemmour and the open quarries of Mirzan, where years later he has set this remarkable novel. Yet this is not at all an adventure story or a piece of exotica; it’s a study in character and the clash of cultures – subtle, gripping, and elegant.