'All the Things We Don't Talk About' by Alumna Amy Feltman '16 Acquired by Grand Central Publishing

Nicole Saldarriaga
October 16, 2020
Amy Feltman

Alumna Amy Feltman '16 has signed a deal for her second novel, All the Things We Don't Talk About, with Grand Central Publishing. The book is set to release in 2022. 

Feltman explores themes of family relationships and queer love in All the Things We Don't Talk About, which follows "a diverse cast of characters whose lives are upended by the sudden reappearance of their self-destructive mother." 

Her debut novel, Willa and Hesper, was published by Grand Central Publishing in 2019 to critical acclaim and explored similar themes. According to Lambda Literary, the novel—which follows two young women after their failed relationship leads them to dig into their family histories in Tbilisi, Georgia and the war sites of Germany—presents "what might be a perfect depiction of what it means to be emotionally brave in a place where so much violence has taken place."

Kirkus Reviews called the novel "a deep and intimate portrait of two queer women in their mid-20s who come of age in New York;" and fellow alumna Naima Coster '15, who was recently named one of the National Book Foundation's 2020 5 Under 35 Honorees, called Feltman's debut "tender and tough, startlingly intimate, yet attuned to the larger troubles of our current political moment." 

Amy Feltman was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow while at Columbia University. She received a fellowship to attend the 2015 Disquiet Literary Conference in Lisbon, Portugal and her short story, "Speculoos," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. She works at Poets & Writers Magazine and lives with her partner in Astoria, New York.