Quite possibly my most anticipated book of 2010 is Brady Udall’s The Lonely Polygamist, due in April. I’ve read Brady’s other two books, Letting Loose the Hounds (which is getting a sharp looking re-release in April as well) and The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint which is one of the funniest books I’ve read. I heard Brady read from part of this new novel back in June at my last MFA residency (I was also fortunate enough to spend a semester working with Brady), and I have no doubt it’s going to blow people away. I’ve been desperately checking the distribution database every few days at work since that reading and when the listing finally popped up last week I was pumped.
All that said, I am a little disappointed in the cover art:
I mean it’s a nice cover. I actually like it a lot. If I saw it on a book I knew nothing about or had no anticipation of, I’d probably be in love with it. But from the title alone, and from what I’ve heard from the book, there was just so much imagery they could have pulled from. I’ll get over this, especially since I really do like the design. I think I was just surprised by it, expecting something different.
So what book are you looking forward to in 2010? Ever liked a cover and still been disappointed in it? Talk to me.
Ryan W. Bradley has pumped gas, changed oil, painted houses, swept the floor of a mechanic's shop, worked on a construction crew in the Arctic Circle, fronted a punk band, and managed an independent children's bookstore. He now works in marketing. His latest book is Nothing but the Dead and Dying, a collection of stories set in Alaska. He lives in southern Oregon with his wife and two sons.