Happy Friday, friends. Wherever you are, I hope this weekend treats you kindly.

Our big news is that our new novel, The Heir Affair, came out on Tuesday! And you can buy it anywhere:

ALSO! Through Sunday, Libro.fm is running a promotion: If you order a hard copy from Book Soup here, you will get a free copy of the audiobook, too. Just email the receipt to [email protected] by 7/12 at 11:59 pm. Audio copies will be emailed on Monday.

We’ve also gotten some very nice press for the book lately, and I’m going to round up a few of the highlights here, in case you’re interested:


The news about Naya Rivera is absolutely tragic; here’s the latest on the story, via CNN.

This is extremely good, at Longreads: Tea, Biscuits, and Empire: The Long Con of Britishness

This is a brave and amazing interview with Thandie Newton, and if you haven’t read it yet, you really should. [Vulture]

Also great, also at Vulture, also by E. Alex Jung: Michaela the Destroyer: How a young talent from East London went from open-mic nights to making the most sublimely unsettling show of the year. (The Michaela in question is, of course, Coel.)

Really good, at Belt: Give Your Money to Mary Lane.

Alexandra Petri is truly so funny. At WaPo: The National Garden of American Heroes is definitely not cursed

At Lainey: This is A MESS and makes Lady Antebellum look really bad.

Pretty amazing, at the New York Times: A Reporter’s Lonely Mission When the Writing Is on the Wall

News we can use at My Modern Met: You Can Now Smell Like Outer Space Thanks to This NASA-Developed Perfume

Also at Lainey, from Sara Marrs, this is a super interesting take on the new “Sexy Tesla” movie.

Great, at Medium: I’m Alexander Hamilton’s Direct Descendant. And He Wasn’t As Perfect As You Think. (Said direct descendant is fourteen years old.)

Related, kinda, at the LA Times: How ‘Hamilton’ showstopper Renée Elise Goldsberry nailed ‘Satisfied’

This is a really interesting interview, at Refinery29: Color Of Change’s Arisha Michelle Hatch On Professional Activism & Sustaining A Movement

This article made me feel very old!!! Delayed Moves, Poolside Videos and Postmates Spon: The State of TikTok Collab Houses [NYT]

At Socialite Life: Is Chris Evans dating Lily James? (Why are they doing a low-key Ben-and-Ana about this right now?)

RELATED, at Celebitchy: Ben Affleck & Ana de Armas haven’t been photographed together since the WaPo story , which I had somehow missed.

Logistically fascinating, at Vulture: Hollywood’s New Pandemic Protocols Racing to figure out how to film before we run out of new shows.

Really moving, at Glamour: ‘Did 500 Epidemiologists Just Low-Key Inform Me That I’m Never Going to Have a Baby?’ 

This is fascinating, at Reuters: Why time feels so weird in 2020

At the New York Times: Scrabble Tournaments Move Toward Banning Racial and Ethnic Slurs. Uh, I would hope so?

Love this, at Vulture: Styling The Baby-Sitters Club for a New Generation

Fascinating, at The New Yorker: The Gay Marriages of a Nineteenth-Century Prison Ship

At IndieWire: How ‘Roma’ Star Yalitza Aparicio Is Supporting Indigenous Filmmakers in Mexico

At Crime Reads: Finding Inspiration in the Heroines of 80s Romance Novels

Deliciously petty, at the NYT: Anything You Say in This Trader Joe’s Line May Be Used Against You

At Interview: Jia Tolentino On Practicing the Discipline of Hope

FINALLY: The Muppets (vocally) perform the entire first act of Hamilton:

(If you click through to YouTube, you can click to different songs.)