Melissa Danaczko

@mad2034

Literary Agent at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. New to agenting, old to publishing. You can take the girl out of NYC, but you can't make her wear color

Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

And if you recognize that last line from Fool’s Rush In, you’ll know I’m not opposed to a clever rom com, especially if there’s some edge/angst to it #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

And as long as it’s within a category I rep, I love being surprised by something I never knew I always wanted #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

Genre-bending. I don’t rep traditional sci-fi, horror or fantasy but very open to those elements being folded into a literary novel (think Victor Lavalle, Kate Maruyama, Rivers Solomon, Helen Oyemi) #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

Novels about shame/guilt, personal or cultural, like Atonement, The English Patient, Remains of the Day, Shame (that last one is a given) #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

Novels that embrace moral ambiguity, like that of An American Marriage #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

Explorations of madness (or perceived madness) and characters who have reached their breaking point and/or are in a downward spiral (Girls on Fire, Meg Abbott, Merritt Tierce) #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

Always very interested in an international lens but domestically, I’d love to see more novels set in Silicon Valley, Florida, Texas, Alaska (or anywhere that experiences uninterrupted daylight or darkness) #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

Multi-generational novels like Pachinko, Kintu, Roses, The Fortunes, etc. #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

This is broad but novels exploring identity. Everything from The Girl Who Fell From the Sky to There, There to She’s Not There. #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

Gothic atmospheres like Sarah Waters, Thirteenth Tale, What Should Be Wild #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

Novels about real-estate or inheritance. Doesn’t have to be for the super wealthy (for instance, I loved The Turner House but also fell hard for Family Trust). These things are always high-stakes for those involved #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

Cults, con-artists and survivalist narratives are longtime obsessions of mine—as are narratives about obsession #mswl

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

#mswl A few more. One of my favorite recent books was #1 Chinese Restaurant, so if you have a restaurant (or workplace) drama that blurs the line between family and employees, send my way.

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

#MSWL Also craving smart escapist reads, fairy-tale retellings, books about motherhood (not prescriptive though) and anything that tackles the most urgent issues in our society and/or pushes the envelop.

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

#mswl Also, very specific but throwing it out into the world just in case: a novel or narrative history about the relationship between Josephine Baker and Frida Kahlo

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

#MSWL historical fiction from all around the world (I love my western-front WWII but there's more to life than that!); campus novels, especially about first-gen students; high-concept/speculative lit fiction like Age of Miracles or Station 11; family dramas always and forever

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Mar 20

Just saw the phenomenal (and hilarious!) @crucet read from Make Your Home Among Strangers and am reminded that we need more novels about first-in-family navigating college, especially from poc voices #MSWL