Intriguing new and recent literary novels

By Authors in Pajamas

By Authors in Pajamas

This collection of forthcoming and recently released books (some hardcover, some paperback) are impossible to categorize except by their distinctiveness. These thoughtful, celebrated and anticipated novels (plus one novella) honor dark beauty, friendships, isolation, strangeness, and wonder found in unexpected places. 

Kept Animals

Kate Milliken

$27.00 $24.30

This debut novel set in Southern California (pub date April 21) is on several "most anticipated" lists. Millikin, a California resident, is the author of a previous collection of short stories. Book clubs please contact [email protected]

The Bobcat

Katherine Forbes Riley

$22.99 $20.69

Forbes Riley's debut novel is a story about how two self-isolated individuals come to connect to each other, and this reconnects them to the whole of humanity. (*Spoiler alert*, there’s a virus involved.) Book clubs please contact [email protected]


Melanie Abrams

$24.95 $22.46

Set in a closed community in the Nevada desert, this novel about children with unusual abilities "explores the power and danger of being extraordinary in an environment of escalating tension" (San Francisco Chronicle). Pub date, May 1. Book clubs please contact [email protected]

Still Life with Meredith

Ann Lewinson


In this provocative and funny novella, Ann Lewinson "contemplates the thin line that separates sanity from madness in a world that has a hard time telling the difference," which sounds perfectly fitting for our times. Book clubs please contact [email protected]

Side Life

Steve Toutonghi

$16.00 $14.72

Part philosophy, part literary sci-fi, this second novel by Seattle author Stephen Toutonghi will jolt you out of your confined covid-19 world and plunge you into parallel universes replete with meaning-of-life quandaries. Book clubs please email [email protected]

The Likely World

Melanie Conroy-Goldman

$18.95 $17.43

Avail Aug. 4, Melanie Conroy-Goldman's gritty, postmodern novel of addiction and recovery has been called " bizarre and beautiful, equal parts brainy lit and gut-bucket pulp" by Mary Gaitskill. Book clubs please email [email protected]

To book your virtual book club chat, contact author directly with "Authors in PJs Book Chat Request" in subject line. Specify one or more potential meeting dates and platform (Zoom or other) for communication. Some authors may already be booked. Good luck and enjoy!