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Fun fact: Macmillan is publishing three of Library Journal’s six Winter 2015 debut novels recommended by the Pre-Pub Queen herself, Barbara Hoffert!
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
On Sale: February 17, 2015
Van den Berg’s first collection of stories was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; her second won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction. So the cognoscenti will be paying attention to her first novel, another example of the literary dystopian fiction that’s sweeping the country. Also sweeping the country, in van den Berg’s pages: an illness that leads to memory loss and death. But the ironically named Joy, who works nights at a Boston-area grocery store and drowns bad memories in cough syrup, is immune. That leads first to hospitalization (those curious doctors), then a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her. Heady stuff.
THE INFERNAL by Mark Doten
On Sale: February 17, 2015
A senior editor at Soho Press whose work has appeared in venues like Conjunctions and New York magazine, Doten augments our efforts to understand contemporary East-West anguish with a novel whose premise is particularly arresting. As the fighting in Iraq heats up, a badly burned boy appears near the Akkad Valley, and the U.S. government is worried about what he knows or might have seen. An interrogator sprung from prison and an exacting instrument of torture elicit from the boy an outpouring of voices (including those of Osama bin Laden and Condoleezza Rice) that together capture a world remade by the war on terror.
THE WEDNESDAY GROUP by Sylvia True
On Sale: March 3, 2015
British author True is making eyes pop with this first novel about five women who meet in a therapy group, where they examine what it’s like to be married to sex addicts. (Maybe their husbands should be in therapy, too?) Gail, a distinguished judge, is getting letters from the latest girlfriend of her theology professor husband, who says he’s sworn off promiscuity. Hannah stumbled over her husband having sex with a male prostitute. Bridget’s husband is addicted to match-making websites, while Lizzy’s is a porn addict. And Flavia’s husband has just been arrested for groping a teenage girl, which means she might end the marriage.
Barnes & Noble recently announced their Fall 2014 selections for the Discover Great New Writers program and several Macmillan titles made the cut!
FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES by Michael Pitre
We can’t stop talking about former marine Pitre’s deeply affecting debut novel about three men from a road repair platoon in Iraq and the struggles they face in the war and at home. In addition to the Discover pick, it’s a Library Journal Best Summer Debut, was selected for the “Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion” at BEA, and was a featured Maximum Shelf Awareness title. “A war novel with a voice all its own, this will stand as one of the definitive renderings of the Iraq experience.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
THE PLOUGHMEN by Kim Zupan
Library Journal‘s Douglas “Books for Dudes” Lord was really excited at BEA’s “Shout ‘n Share” about this gritty Western mystery in which a young sheriff and a hardened killer form an uneasy and complicated bond. “A fascinating first novel that examines the complexities of two men, opposites in every way, whose lives nevertheless intertwine. With such a strong debut, Zupan’s literary future looks exceptionally promising.” — Library Journal
CATARACT CITY by Craig Davidson
Childhood friends pursue lives on opposite sides of the law in this sweeping literary crime novel from Davidson (RUST AND BONE). “…the characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
THE DOG: Stories by Jack Livings
Livings’ debut collection of stories set in the shifting landscape of contemporary China explores the country’s cultural and social fault lines, revealing a nation accustomed to rations, bitter struggle, and the stranglehold of communism as it confronts a generation rife with the promise of unforeseen prosperity. “Though Livings works as a journalist, his fiction shows a whole lot more than moonlighting potential.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Early Word YA Galley Chat is today, so that means it’s Teen Talk Tuesday!
Check out the newest YA books from St. Martin’s Griffin this month, then join us and @earlyword at 5pm EST for the chat, hashtag #ewyagc.
DEADLY LITTLE SINS by Kara Taylor (Prep School Confidential #3)
In the conclusion to the Prep School Confidential trilogy, Anne investigates the disappearance of her favorite teacher and only adult ally at Wheatley, Mrs. Cross. As if that weren’t enough, she’s juggling the attention of Brent and Anthony, and unwanted attention from someone who wants to stop her from finding Mrs. Cross.
Also available in the series: PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (Book 1) and WICKED LITTLE SECRETS (Book 2)
HOW TO FALL by Jane Casey (Jess Tennant Mysteries #1)
Beloved crime writer Jane Casey breaks new ground with this cleverly plotted, remarkably written young adult mystery starring sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant. In this first installment of a new series, Jess searches for the truth behind the death of a cousin she never met in real life. “Snappy dialogue and Jess’ tenacity make this a page-turner, and readers will thrill to notice some very obvious loose ends that lead into her forthcoming second outing. High-quality mystery writing for young readers.” — Booklist
The September 2014 Indie Next list was recently announced and we’re thrilled that it includes some of our favorite titles!
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
Unsurprisingly, Penny’s tenth and most personal Chief Inspector Gamache novel yet made the list and the media coverage for her continues to ramp up. She’ll be interviewed by Linda Wertheimer for NPR’s “Weekend Edition” (air date TBD) and will be reviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post Book World, USA Today, and much more. All that’s in addition to the glowing, starred reviews THE LONG WAY HOME has already received.
ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS by Nayomi Munaweera
We’ve been hyping this literary debut novel about two young women on opposite sides of the Sri Lankan Civil War, which won the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia. Library Journal named it one of their Best Summer Debuts and Publishers Weekly said, “The paradisiacal landscapes of Sri Lanka are as astonishing as the barbarity of its revolution, and Munaweera evokes the power of both in a lyrical debut novel worthy of shelving alongside her countryman Michael Ondaatje or her fellow writer of the multigenerational immigrant experience Jhumpa Lahiri.”
FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES by Michael Pitre
Another Library Journal Best Summer Debut pick is former marine Pitre’s novel about three men from a road repair platoon in Iraq and the struggles they face in the war and at home. FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES was also picked for the “Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion” at BEA, was named a B&N Discover Great New Writers pick, and was a featured Maximum Shelf Awareness title. “A war novel with a voice all its own, this will stand as one of the definitive renderings of the Iraq experience.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
TGIF! What’s better than Friday? FREE STUFF! Here are some recent giveaways for Macmillan goodness:
Don’t forget, we’re giving away three bundles of LibraryReads picks now through Monday, Sept. 1 to celebrate the one year anniversary of the program! Click here for details.
Happy Anniversary LibraryReads! Can you believe it’s already been a year? Thanks very much for your support of these great Macmillan LibraryReads picks:
To celebrate, we’re giving away three bundles of all these books for your library! To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads) by Monday, Sept. 1. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!
Murder, murder everywhere! Well, maybe just in this week’s #ThrillerThursday picks:
THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
This suspenseful and “compelling” (Booklist, starred & boxed review) murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées has two starred reviews and is one of Talia’s favorite Fall mysteries.
BEWARE BEWARE by Steph Cha
P.I. apprentice Juniper Song finds herself nose deep in a Hollywood murder scandal as she tracks a murderous screenwriter, uncovering blackmail and secrets along the way. “In her second outing, Korean Song defies the stereotype of the Asian American woman, working to overcome her background and what she suffered in Cha’s debut, FOLLOW HER HOME, and facing a formidable moral dilemma in the process. This is prime L.A. noir with a feminist slant.” — Booklist
We purposely waited a day to wish these two beautiful books a happy #BookBday just to keep the party going!
SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof
Readers who loved MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND will adore this inspiring debut of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at a bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had. “A warm, caring and thoroughly entertaining debut.” — Library Journal, starred review
THE SEA GARDEN by Marcia Willett
“Willett constructs a tangled web of past loves, lies and infidelities and then slowly straightens the threads, revealing how past events impact family members three generations later. A satisfying multigenerational novel tying long-ago friends, family and secret lovers to the present.” — Kirkus Reviews