I am so thrilled to share the Spring Fiction 03 box with you. Every season, I am always so excited to send these books out into the world and I couldn’t be more excited to do so now with these three fantastic titles: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and The Futures by Anna Pitoniak. I think each title will bring so much conversation, learning and thoughtfulness as we join these characters on their journey.
Mohsin Hamid’s novel, Exit West is one of the best I’ve ever read. I read it one evening, yet it will stay with me far far longer. It is both quiet and electrifying, beautiful and so poignant. It is such a grand book with such tight, lyrical and perfect prose. Exit West is lyrical, brilliant, and stunningly prescient. As I finished this story about young love, migration and our present and future world, I put down the book knowing that this why I started quarterlane — to find a book as masterful as this and to share it.
Min Jin Lee’s prose wraps you up in a beautiful story following four generations of one Korean family. I read Pachinko over the course of the weekend and really did little else as I walked alongside this remarkable family through their journey. And while Sunja and her family’s particular experiences were uniquely Korean, each character felt deeply personal and universal at the same time.
Anna Pitoniak’s The Futures took me right back to my early days in New York, post-college, almost twenty years ago. While the city felt very different during these early days in 2000, the energy and that puzzling yet ever-present duality of anxiety coupled with confidence felt so familiar. Anna Pitoniak has a knack for creating characters and situations that feel instantly relatable and entirely unforgettable.
Alongside these three titles, each box will include a stunning tote from our friends at Obvious State and a beautiful limited edition print by artist Helen Dealtry exclusively for quarterlane. And as a special thank you to subscribers, each subscriber will receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Farmgirl Flowers. The Spring Season goes live on Wednesday, March 1st. Happy reading!