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After years of popular demand from the clamoring masses, we are at last revamping and relaunching our McSweeney’s Book Release Club. Get our next six books sent straight to your mailbox prior to or immediately upon publication. On their own these books can retail for anywhere from $16-$30, so dollar-for-book, the Book Release Club is far and away the best deal we’ve ever put together, and very possibly the best subscription deal out there. With a future full of uncertainty at home and abroad, we’ve got a packed scheduled of exciting new releases planned to make sure that one thing you CAN rely on are amazing new books from McSweeney’s Publishing.

Coming up in 2020 to Book Club subscribers:

My Favorite Girlfriend Was a French Bulldog

My Favorite Girlfriend was a French Bulldog is a novel told in fifteen stories, linked by the same protagonist, our narrator, who–in her own voice and channeling the voices of others–creates an unsparing, multigenerational portrait of her native Cuba. Though she feels suffocated by the island and decides to leave, hers is not just a political novel–nor just a queer novel, an immigrant novel, a feminist novel–but a deeply existential one, in which mortality, corporeality, bureaucracy, emotional and physical violence, and the American Dream define the long journey of our narrator and her beloved pet dog, who gives the book both its title and its unforgettable ending. In its daring style and structure–both playful and profound, youthful and mature - and its frank discussion of political and sexual identity, My Favorite Girlfriend was a French Bulldog marks the emergence of an original and essential new voice.

“This profound and delightful novel-in-stories… is a breathtaking exploration of identity, country, art, and family.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Unique, raw, funny, ruthless prose.”
Cristóbal Pera, Editor, Vintage Español

“Legna Rodríguez Iglesias is the most enchanting Cuban writer alive today and My Favorite Girlfriend was a French Bulldog is a wry, brilliant and delightful ride.”
Achy Obejas author of The Tower of Antilles

“In My Favorite Girlfriend Was a Bulldog, Legna Rodríguez Iglesias reminds the reader that revolution lives in the world and in the self. Dog is a droll god in Cuba, one that takes the protagonist on wild adventures in these interconnected stories that slay me with their wry humor and potent storytelling.”
Carmen Gimenez Smith author of Milk and Filth

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION: All subscriptions placed before September 1 will begin with My Favorite Girlfriend Was a French Bulldog followed by The Game. Exact book order liable to change due to unforeseen delays. All subscriptions to McSweeney’s Book Release Club automatically renew after six books. Before the start of each six-book renewal, and in the case of any future rate changes, we will notify you via email. If you’d like to cancel your subscription at any time prior to its auto-renewal, you can log in to your account and adjust your subscription settings. Or, send an email to with the subject line End BRC Autorenew. Or, call (415) 642-5609. Refunds will be accepted only up until the first issue of your renewal is shipped. Any subscription purchased with the “gift” option marked at checkout will not be enrolled in autorenew.

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