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Quick Pick: October 2, 2015

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Liberty Hardy

Senior Contributing Editor

Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her three cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, in Maine. She is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Twitter: @MissLiberty

Cover of Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye WatkinsGold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Watkins floored the literary world a few years ago with her first book, Battleborn, an incredible collection of stories. Now she’s back with a debut novel, about a vicious drought holding California hostage in a not-entirely implausible future. The drought has turned the state into a barren wasteland run by chaos and vigilantes. A young couple stuck amid the madness encounter a mysterious child who just might be the key to salvation. Brutal and beautiful, Gold Fame Citrus immediately establishes itself as a dystopian masterpiece.

Backlist bump: Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

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