We've had our eye on Josh Weil
ever since his first book, The New Valley
, came out in 2009. The collection of three linked novellas won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and earned him a spot on the National Book Foundation's esteemed "5 Under 35" list of upcoming young authors. So we had high expectations when his new novel found its way into our hands. The Great Glass Sea
lived up to — and surpassed — those accolades with its inventiveness, originality, and incredible story. Yarik and Dima are twin brothers living in an alternate and dystopian version of Russia. Inseparable as children, their adult lives begin to divide along lines of power, ideology, and fortune. Drawing strong influence from Russian folktales, The Great Glass Sea
is a gorgeously written, intricately detailed look at how community, individuality, and love evolve in one imagined future. We are happy to be partnering again with Grove Atlantic, one of the country's premier independent presses, to present this excellent work.
We're also pleased to be working with the good folks at Mighty Leaf Tea, the San Francisco-based specialty tea crafters known for their innovative whole-leaf blends and eco-friendly pouches. Each Indiespensable package includes a trio of tea packets — Chocolate Mint Truffle, White Orchard, and Vanilla Bean — to savor while getting lost in The Great Glass Sea.
If a cool beverage is what you're after, we've got you covered on that front, too. And cool is just the word we'd use to describe our Powell's Literature Nalgene Bottle, a nearly indestructible drinking container that comes complete with literary nutrition facts. It holds up to 32 ounces of fluid, and because it's BPA free, all you have to worry about is what liquid concoction will best complement your literary cravings.