The moment we opened Anthony Marra
's brutal, beautiful debut novel about an orphaned Chechnyan girl hiding from the Russians during the country's recent decade of war, we knew that for once our choice would be easy. Maile Meloy perfectly captured our experience: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
is "both devastating and transcendent....You'll finish it transformed." One colleague was even more succinct, saying simply, "Gorgeous. Just gorgeous!"
Also included is an advance reader copy of another remarkable debut about a young woman enduring trying circumstances, this time the Scottish juvenile justice system. Written by Jenni Fagan, one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, The Panopticon was first published in Britain last year, and it earned review after review lavish with enthusiasm. Irvine Welsh said: "The term 'stunning debut novel' doesn't even begin to cover The Panopticon. Each page sparkles with the ebullient and sinister magic of great storytelling....An utterly magnificent achievement." The Panopticon won't be available to American readers until July, so you, Indiespensable subscribers, are among the first to get your hands on this extraordinary novel.
Finally, we've included a limited-edition Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint. It's beautiful, sits comfortably in the hand, and is nearly indestructible. You'll never have to read thirsty again!