A few other things that catch my eye: Stick figure art. Characters that get away with it, Ripley-style. The phenomenon of feeling “overwhelmed” in modern life. Panoramic stories. Point of view with a twist. Soap operatic drama w/ the intentionality of classic literature.
For nonfiction, I’d love a KIDS THESE DAYS focused more narrowly on a niche but enlightening issue. I’m increasingly on the lookout for books about millennials and climate, but interested in anything backed by research and told with accessibility & style.
Upmarket and literary fiction focused on nuanced relationships between distinct characters. These can be set in any time and place, but I’m especially excited to see #ownvoices stories that introduce the reader to an unfamiliar and under-represented perspective.
Devon Halliday @devonrhallidayHappy #MSWL day, #amquerying #writers! In no particular order, a list of what I’d be psyched to see in the inbox:
Literary speculative fiction like SEVERANCE by Ling Ma or STATION ELEVEN. Particular weakness for apocalypse, dystopia, unusual storytelling structures, branching possibilities or timelines (RUSSIAN DOLL, Detroit Become Human)... #mswl
Devon Halliday @devonrhallidayAppropriately concluding #GoingDutch with brooklyn latte in hand. Absolutely loved this book—relatable (& hyperbolic) millennial antics, incisively portrayed—very highly recommend. Kudos to #JamesGregor for such a memorable debut! pic.twitter.com/damlEYOX41
Also #mswl for anyone working in the millennial fiction space! Would especially love a cross between #goingdutch and The Talented Mr. Ripley: a protag so ingeniously devious you have to root for them.
As the news continues to plunge off the deep end, it occurs to me: what if the apocalypse did happen, and the only survivors were the type of people who said “If X happens I’m moving to Canada”? Post-apocalyptic fiction set in Canada please #mswl
Would definitely watch this show. Might read this book, if it went easy on the sitcom humor and went hard on the what-is-the-meaning-of-true-connection-in-the-midst-of-lies-and-misrepresentation