Evil Eyes Sea, by Ozge Samanci (on sale 3/26/24) — a feminist, political mystery set in Istanbul during the 1995 elections tells the story of two women who witness a death — or possibly a murder — on a scuba diving expedition. They try to return to their everyday, but their lives are increasingly entangled with the political corruption, religious pressure, and economic instability that results from their experience. Samanci says, “The autobiographically-inspired story I tell in Evil Eyes Sea emerged from my college years in Istanbul, my quirky friends, and my struggles with being a young woman in Turkey’s male-centric culture. In this book, I share a window into a country where narrow political views limit personal power — a place that can be beautiful, but also cruel.”
Maple Terrace, by Noah Van Sciver (on sale 5/21/24) — In a time when superheroes were oversized, adorned with massive guns and muscles, comic books were currency! This autobiographical graphic novel highlights that era when young investors struggled to acquire every embossed, metallic ink, holographic foil-enhanced cover under the sun, hoping to pay for their college educations. This brutally hilarious book highlights the strange intersection between poverty and the speculative comic book-collecting craze of the 90s.
The Sickness, by Jenna Cha and Lonnie Nadler (on sale 6/18/24) — An enigmatic figure known as The Man and a rare, horrifying disease entwine the lives of a teenager suffocating in 1945’s post-WWII nationalism atmosphere and a doctor struggling desperately to find the origins of a new illness in 1955. This sprawling, ambitious, genre-bending work explores the socio-political strife that shaped the nation, spanning four decades of American history.