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Ivy Pochoda

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Ivy Pochoda grew up in Brooklyn, New York in a house filled with books. In high school she fell in love with playwriting, poetry, and classical languages. She attended Harvard University, where she studied classical Greek.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
Ivy Pochoda recommends
The Convert's Song (2014)
(Valentine Pescatore, book 2)
Sebastian Rotella
"The Convert's Song is a revelation. Sure, it's a smart, gripping thriller that will have you turning the pages at high speed. But it's also a deep, emotionally resonant story of identity, friendship, and faith. I loved it."
The Lost Girls (2016)
Heather Young
"A haunting and dynamic debut that never falters."
Desperation Road (2017)
Michael Farris Smith
"Anchored by prose that is both poetic and brutal, Desperation Road is a gorgeous and violent book."
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby (2017)
Cherise Wolas
"Cherise Wolas has delivered an audacious and dynamic first novel. The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is a remarkable tapestry of literary skill, emotional insight, and sensational storytelling."
Poison (2017)
Galt Niederhoffer
"It will grab you...unsettle you...make you question the things you hold dear - family, marriage, and sanity. And it won't let go until the very end."
Heart Spring Mountain (2018)
Robin MacArthur
"A revelation... As rich as the fertile earth and as powerful as a surging storm. Every page is filled with wonder and beauty, compassion and longing. The women MacArthur has brought to life... will haunt and inspire and stick around long after their stories are told."
Blown (2018)
Mark Haskell Smith
"Blown is a riotously funny, perfectly observed, and maddeningly engaging roller coaster that tears through a world dominated by greed, cunning, sex, and the extraordinary and ludicrous measures people will go to in order to be happy. Mark Haskell Smith takes you on a wild ride you won't dare get off until the very end."
The Captives (2018)
Debra Jo Immergut
"The Captives is psychologically astute and wise with equal doses of power and pain. Immergut mines the depths of the human psyche to reveal how weakness can turn into obsession and how a single misstep can send a life careening off course."
November Road (2018)
Lou Berney
"NOVEMBER ROAD is a thriller that defies categorization. A triumph of plot and prose and a brilliant depiction of the contradictions of 1960s America, the innocence, the violence, and the longing."
The Current (2019)
Tim Johnston
"The Current is a rare creature: a gripping thriller and page-turner but also a masterwork of mood and language—a meditation on memory and time. You’ll want to go fast at the same time you’ll be compelled to savor each and every word."
Disappearing Earth (2019)
Julia Phillips
"A superb debut - brilliant. Daring, nearly flawless."
Pretty as a Picture (2020)
Elizabeth Little
"Pretty as a Picture is a remarkable thriller that succeeds on almost too many levels. It's sharp and stylish, witty and fierce, not to mention extremely intelligent. Little perfectly and expertly conjures the unglamorous side of filmmaking--the gruesome grind of a movie shoot--in meticulous detail. This is no mere crime novel, but a must read for anyone with a passion for movies or the industry."
The Body Double (2020)
Emily Beyda
"The Body Double is a deft, dark, and surprisingly unusual Hollywood story, cinematic in both substance and in style. Beyda's confident debut is both assured and unsettling. It's a noir, sure, but so much more—a tale for our times about the dangers of artifice, identity, and fame."
Make Them Cry (2020)
Smith Henderson and Jon Marc Smith
"In their debut thriller Make Them Cry, Smith and Henderson burst onto the scene with muscular style, a blockbuster plot, and flair to spare. Intelligent, informed, important, humane, and remarkably witty, Make Them Cry arrives like a bullet train to your cerebral cortex...No doubt, Agent Diane Harbaugh, a bad-ass woman for our times, is here to stay and will take her rightful place alongside Bourne and Reacher before long."
Santa Monica (2020)
Cassidy Lucas
"Santa Monica is a juicy yet profound thriller that seamlessly glides between the sun kissed beaches and the long shadows of seemingly glamorous Southern California. Cassidy Lucas has delivered a deft page turner and a topical mystery that is fully three dimensional in every way. Santa Monica is filled with complex characters who may act but never are superficial and at its core is a deft, twisty story that’s both witty and wise about marriage, friendship, aging, and the deadly quest for perfection."
At the Edge of the Haight (2021)
Katherine Seligman
"At the Edge of the Haight brims with empathy for the overlooked and the underserved. It's a deep, dark, and necessary look into lives often discarded and disregarded—an urgent and important read and a startling debut."
The Low Desert (2021)
Tod Goldberg
"The Low Desert is a powerhouse. Each story is finely crafted and flawlessly executed--gripping, surprising, and satisfying. Goldberg finds humanity in what others overlook, beauty in what many ignore. He seamlessly marries violence and grace to understand both the root and the aftermath of crime. And in doing so he tells a damn fine tale over and again."
U Up? (2021)
Catie Disabato
"Disabato is a generational voice and a voice of a generation. U Up is smart, sharp, wise, and wrenching in equal measure . . . An enviable book by an enviable writer. I loved it."
Forget Me Not (2021)
Alexandra Oliva
"Alexandra Oliva pulls off a stunning feat in Forget Me Not, effortlessly toeing the line between humanity and technology, virtual reality and the physical world. Her novel overflows with heartbreak, loneliness, terror, and compassion but never once sacrifices the propulsion of story. She presents the reader with a difficult choice—linger over the finely crafted prose or tear straight through to the stunning conclusion. Either way, you can't go wrong."
A Man Named Doll (2021)
Jonathan Ames
"A Man Named Doll is a smart, sharp, and stylish noir for the modern day. In his cinematic tour of Los Angeles that is both gritty and gorgeous, Ames has delivered a novel that is both current and timeless and has introduced a sleuth who fits all the old traditions while creating his own. Crime at its finest!"
The Night Always Comes (2021)
Willy Vlautin
"The Night Always Comes is a masterclass of scope and scale - a nail-biting thriller of everyday survival. Relatable, terrifying, impassioned, and compassionate, Vlautin's latest will elevate you on one page and tear your heart out on the next. A marvelous novel that bleeds real, cuts deep, and offers just the right dose of hope."
The Survivors (2021)
Alex Schulman
"The Survivors is a tight, tense marvel of emotional and psychic pain that is as chilling as it is heartbreaking. With precise, evocative prose it winds and coils towards a remarkable conclusion that left me breathless."

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