Waiting On Wednesday (WOW) is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights an upcoming release I’m eagerly anticipating at The Gilmore Guide to Books.
What Goodreads says:
In the midnineties, New York’s Lower East Side contained a city within its shadows: a community of squatters who staked their claims on abandoned tenements and lived and worked within their own parameters, accountable to no one but each other. With gritty prose and vivid descriptions, Cari Luna’s debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, imagines the lives of five squatters from that time. But almost more threatening than the city lawyers and the private developers trying to evict them are the rifts within their community. Amelia, taken in by Gerrit as a teen runaway seven years earlier, is now pregnant by his best friend, Steve. Anne, married to Steve, is questioning her commitment to the squatter lifestyle. Cat, a fading legend of the downtown scene and unwitting leader of one of the squats, succumbs to heroin. The misunderstandings and assumptions, the secrets and the dissolution of the hope that originally bound these five threaten to destroy their homes as surely as the city’s battering rams. The Revolution of Every Day shows readers a life that few people, including the New Yorkers who passed the squats every day, know about or understand.
Why I’m waiting:
Oh, so many reasons for this one! Here we go: Tin House is a publisher I trust for great literary fiction; the author, Cari Luna, lives in Portland; it sounds fascinating. Plus, I met Luna at BEA and she’s friendly and funny- something I really like in people who write serious books.