Maggie Riggs was an Editor at Viking, Penguin Group. She is equally accomplished in both fiction and nonfiction. Some of her notable fiction titles have been Kristopher Jansma’s The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, Adrianne Harun’s A Man, Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, and Steward O’Nan’s Emily, Alone.
Maggie's select booklist can be found below.
"At times, the novel is a string of short stories; at others, it is a set of matryoshka dolls, containing, at one point, a novel within a short story within a novella within a novel. ...Jansma approaches them with wry humor and a steady hand. The narrator's games never fail to entertain, even if he is constantly changing the rules."
—The New Yorker
“[A] tricky picaresque thick with literary allusion from Fitzgerald to Amis…[A] clever, tightly paced novel of ever-upping stakes.”
“F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson…[T]he novel strikes a cord on questions of authenticity, love, and ambition, and it reminds us that life is often out of our control, even if we’re writing it down.”
—The Village Voice
“Relentlessly honest, O’Nan never averts his eyes from the unpleasant eruptions of the body or soul, nor is he shy of giving affection, admiration, and tolerance their due…O’Nan’s settings—the bus from Ohio, the bridal suite in the hotel, the layers of the casino, the freezing Falls, the Heart concert—are rendered with such vivid intelligence that they have the verve of the exotic.”
“[O’Nan] arrives here at a pin-sharp narrative that, importantly, retains his natural empathy for people worn nearly raw by life’s cares…How O’Nan saves his story from debilitating darkness or cringing sentimentality presents an impressive reading experience."
—Booklist starred review
“At his best, O’Nan (Emily, Alone) nails the persistence of betrayal long after wrongs have actually been committed…”
—Claire Vaye Watkins, The New York Times Book Review
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize
Winner of Le Prix Du Roman Fnac 2014
“O’Nan’s best novel yet . . . It’s heartbreaking stuff—I will confess that I found myself sobbing at certain, often unexpected, points . . . and yet the novel’s brilliance lies just as much in O’Nan’s innate comic timing, which often stems from Emily’s self-imposed isolation from, and disgust with, the modern world. . . . If O’Nan’s earlier novels were influenced by Poe, the specter of Henry James hovers delicately above Emily’s Grafton Street home, insinuating itself into O’Nan’s spiraling, exact sentences and the beautiful, subtle symbolism that permeates the novel.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“With sympathy and compassion, O’Nan spotlights the plight of aging baby boomers, further enriching our understanding of the human condition.”
“Another quietly poignant character study from O’Nan . . . Rueful and autumnal, but very moving.”
—The Washington Post
"I had a hard time putting the book down, and I teared up several times.”
—Wendy Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer, and editor at large, Dance Magazine
"An unsparing but deeply compassionate inquiry into his family's life. It's a book that combines the sympathetic insight of Oliver Sack's Oliver writings with Joan Didion's autobiographical candor and Mary Karr's sense of familial dynamics - a book that leaves the reader with a haunting sense of how relationships between brothers and sisters, and parents and children, can irrevocably bend the arc of an individual's life, how childhood dynamics can shape one's apprehension of the world."
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
—The New York Observer
"This biography brings to life the woman whose efforts galvanized an entire nation of young women. 'Long Live Girl Scouts!' may be the cry on readers' lips after finishing this tribute to a spirited and inspirational American leader."
"A biography that fully captures its dynamic subject and her greatest accomplishment."
"Stacy Cordery's engaging portrait . . . paints a charming picture of Daisy as a warm-hearted force of nature."
—Robert Coles, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Children of Crisis series
"Book readers should rejoice...Greenlaw's writing sweeps the reader along not only for the incidents at sea but also for her candid reflections about them."
—The Huffington Post