Indies Introduce


  • The New Life, Tom Crewe
    Scribner, 9781668000830, January 3, 2023 (Fiction)

    “Erotic, philosophical, inspiring. Tom Crewe brings 19th-century England to vibrant life. His creations — John, Henry, Edith, and their associates — are captivated by radical ideas about love, desire, art, and partnership. I savor historical fiction that celebrates the endurance of queer kinship and asserts our presence in a wider history. The New Life is a profound addition to that canon.”

    - Emerson Perper, Curious Iguana, Frederick, MD


    “A complex, moving, and timely debut. This lyrical, immersive tale of queer romance in Victorian England explores questions of liberty and justice that are still relevant today. Tom Crewe is a groundbreaking new voice in historical fiction for fans of Colm Tóibín and Sarah Waters.”

    - Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA



    The New Life is an ambitious, beautifully executed glimpse into the lives of four people living in late 19th-century London as they try to break the bonds society’s placed around sex, love, marriage, and what it means to live fully. Beautifully varnished and tonally pitch-perfect, Tom Crewe’s debut is a dazzling character study in what it means to want a bigger life, and to pursue a life outside the perimeter of what the world has set before you.”

    - Camden Avery, The Booksmith, San Francisco, CA

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