Grasshopper Jungle and 100 Sideways Miles, the latest published additions to Andrew Smith‘s growing bibliography put “turning adult” under the microscope creating an absurdist angle to the whole ordeal. And yeah, who doesn’t have that life altering moment where the realization sinks in and childhood no longer is a viable option but adulthood seems like a ridiculous farce even for the adults raising you. Hmmm… yeah… Andrew Smith knows this feeling and you will come away from his books, tears rolling down your cheeks from empathy and laughter and wonder why you haven’t read him before.
I suggest starting with Winger (now out in paperback). And the Fangirlish review for 100 Sideways Miles will be coming soon but will recommend it highly here as a starter novel too.
And while Smith is racking in the awards and movie deals (Grasshopper Jungle so far); he is quickly becoming a publishing powerhouse with how quick he delivers the written word in novel form. Two novels for 2014 and now The Alex Crow due out March 3, 2015 and that’s quite the turnaround for a published author nowadays.
Here you go though… sneak peek through excerpt and cover reveal (above):
prologue: Here Is a Pinwheel
The cat had a name—Alex—but General Parviz always called him in the same generic manner. General Parviz, all gilded epaulets and clinking medals, a breathing propaganda poster, repeated, cooing, “Here, kitty-kitty.”
The Alex cat, a six-toed Manx, an official gift from the Hemingway estate and the people of the United States of America, swept its head from side to side, walking slow like a drowsy lion. The cat paused at the general’s slippered feet as though considering whether or not it actually wanted to jump up into General Parviz’s lap. The general patted his thigh softly, beckoning.
The cat leapt soundlessly. Then cat, general, palace, bodyguards, and approximately one- third the territory of the capital city blew up. Here, kitty-kitty.
Also, Fangirlish is giving away two Andrew Smith ARCs (Grasshopper Jungle and 100 Sideways Miles) here. Comment Below about why you would like to win these two ARCs and you will be entered. Best of luck everybody! (Winner will be chosen and announced November 4th when the Fangirlish review of 100 Sideways Miles goes live.)