Soho Press’s Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann has been nominated for Best First Novel this year. Brackmann contends with other top titles including Blacklands by Belinda Bauer, The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron, The Sherlockian by Graham Moore and Snow Angels by James Thompson in the 2010 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. The awards will be presented in the categories of Best Novel and Best First Novel at an invitation-only cocktail party, hosted by The Strand on July 6, 2011, in New York City.
We have had quite a bit of praise for Rock Paper Tiger, the story of pill-popping Iraq War vet Ellie Cooper and her search for her missing artist lover. Meshing flashbacks of Iraq with images of rural China and real-life intrigue with mysterious informants from an online game, Brackmann has created an electic, dangerous landscape for the action of her first novel. Strand Magazine has taken notice and we wish Brackmann the best as their judges make their decisions.