"We've been disappointed in sales, and other publishers have been disappointed," said Scribner publisher and senior vice president Nan Graham, who hopes to break the spell this fall with new fiction from prize-winners Jennifer Egan and Jesmyn Ward.
Book world hopes for literary breakthrough in fall →
"I wanted to find America," he says. "I wanted to do what my parents did. They were immigrants. They came here. I wanted to do that in another sense, as a writer. I wanted to leave that environment."
Novelist DeLillo turns pen to short stories →