New Salem Books

New Salem Books publishes comic fiction for democracy’s future. We’ve released two books by Eric Giroux: Zodiac Pets and Ring On Deli. Click on each title for free samples, interviews, our online store, and more!

Zodiac Pets

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A novel about small towns and democracy

Misfit Wendy Zhou confronts dark forces aiming to buy Pennacook and plunk a giant dome over it.

  • [A] potent novel of growing up and facing the world. . . . Giroux weaves a gripping narrative, laced with humor, that interrogates and encourages reflection on individuals’ susceptibility to the influence of those in power. BookLife
  • Zany, manic, absolutely crackers, Zodiac Pets is a smart, snarky satire of American idealism crashing headfirst into its mortal enemy, human nature. Stewart O’Nan, author of The Speed Queen and Last Night at the Lobster
  • Zodiac Pets brings to the page one of the most unique, whip-smart, and hilarious characters in memory in seventh grader Wendy Zhou. Beth Uznis Johnson,
    author of Coming Clean
  • Smart, witty, and savage, Zodiac Pets is the perfect read for anyone who believes that novels still matter and can challenge us to be better human beings and citizens—all while making us laugh till our sides split. Robert Kerbeck,
    award-winning author of RUSE and Malibu Burning

Ring On Deli

A novel about supermarkets and democracy

When Pennacook's Bounty Bag supermarkets erupt with worker protests, deli-clerk Ray is forced to take a side.

National Indie Excellence Award for Comedy

  • Quirky characters take a stand against a supermarket in Giroux’s nimble debut. . . . This author has talent to burn. Publishers Weekly
  • Giroux’s prose is reminiscent of Richard Russo’s writing: intricate and incisive, though always full of warmth and humor. . . . A well-balanced comic tale that deftly grapples with larger contemporary themes. Kirkus Reviews
  • It has the charm of some heady contemporary fable, in which the whole business model we call America is turned back into a weirdly plausible, almost utopian experiment. Robert Cohen,
    author of Going to the Tigers: Essays and Exhortations and Amateur Barbarians

New Salem Books

Our name. New Salem Books is named for the defunct village of New Salem, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln first struck out on his own. You can visit a recreation of it.

Who and what we publish. So far, only novels by Eric Giroux. Dan Visel of Circumference Books edited and designed the text for our new release, Zodiac Pets. Hillary Read proofread it and Dan O. Williams designed its cover.

How to reach us. newsalembooks at gmail dot you-guessed-it.

© 2024 Eric Giroux.