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Summer 2016 Indie Love

Terrific news: the ABA just announced their Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce picks, the June 2016 Indie Next list, and the Summer 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List, including these seven Macmillan titles:
Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce

A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize! Set in the mid-twentieth century and told with beauty and tenderness, this is a story of man’s relationship with an ancient landscape, of the value of solitude, of the arrival of the modern world, and above all, of the moments that make us who we are.

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
“Director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Weinstein explains that ‘these stories arose from my growing concern over the effects that the internet age is having on our social, emotional, and psychological interactions.’ As a result, his stories look like SF—consider the childless couple living in a virtual-reality community whose child there is wiped out by a computer virus—but read like literary fiction. Calling all fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

June 2016 Indie Next list

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
Part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief, Porter’s extraordinary debut combines compassion and bravura style to dazzling effect. “Elegant, imaginative, and perfectly paced. A contribution to the literature of grief and to literature in general.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
“Williams, an ardent, often rhapsodic, always scrupulous witness to the living world and advocate for the protection of public lands, celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service in this…uniquely evocative, illuminating, profound, poignant, beautiful, courageous, and clarion book about the true significance of our national parks.” — Booklist, starred review

THE WEEKENDERS by Mary Kay Andrews
Riley Griggs’s island home on Belle Isle, NC is being foreclosed, and to make matters worse, her husband has vanished. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. “Andrews’ novels are the epitome of relaxing yet involving summer reads, and her latest is no exception.” — Booklist

Summer 2016 Kids’ Indie Next list

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
Two starred reviews for Russo’s hugely important transgender romance. “Russo has written a story that many trans teens—and adults—have been wanting: a sweet, believable romance that stokes the fires of hope without devolving into saccharine perfection or horrific tragedy. Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it’s full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
Two starred reviews for Chokshi’s “novel sure to appeal to fans of Renée Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN. A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons.” — School Library Journal, starred review


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