[My] Books Make Great Gifts!

Books make great gifts. Right? I mean, they’re compact and easy to wrap. They don’t cost much to mail. They’re durable, require no batteries, and provide countless hours of entertainment that can be shared with others. Then there are the eBook varieties that can be delivered instantly—to your own eReader or someone else’s.

And I just happen to have two books available that I think would be terrific under the tree (or wherever you celebrate your end-of-year holiday gift giving.

My most recent book, What the Zhang Boys Know, has been getting terrific reviews. It’s a novel in stories set in a condominium building in Washington, DC. Not only does it tell the story of the Zhang family, a widower and his two young sons, but it also delves into the lives of the other residents of the building. John Casey calls it “a wonderful and haunting book.” Christine Schutt says the stories are “deeply satisfying and life-affirming.” Kevin Wilson says, “In prose that is measured and confident, Garstang carefully works to show us how these characters’ grief and loneliness becomes utterly beautiful and unforgettable.” To read more about the book and to order your copy, go here.

And then there’s my previous book, In an Uncharted Country. That one is a collection of linked short stories set in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley. Tim O’Brien calls it “impeccably written, sumptuously imagined, and completely enchanting.” Elizabeth Strout says of the book’s characters, “they are real, vulnerable, and always, in unique ways, brave.” Peter Ho Davies says, “In an Uncharted Country is a subtly braided collection of spare, taut stories that conjures a community and a way of life with respect, affection, and intimacy.” To read more about the book and to order your copy, go here.

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