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LJ’s Great First Acts — Debut Novels

LJ S17 debutsFrom astute coming-of-age titles to high-profile pop fiction to books heard ’round the world, these seven Macmillan titles will be some of the most talked-about debuts of the spring 2017 season, according to Library Journal:

HOW TO BE HUMAN by Paula Cocozza
Out: May 9
Out of love and on leave from work, Mary finds comfort in the presence of a gorgeous red fox that has taken to visiting the back garden of her home in the London suburbs. But the neighbors are disturbed. “A compelling, unsettling, and wholly original debut.” (LJ 3/1/17)

THE CITY ALWAYS WINS by Omar Robert Hamilton
Out: June 13
Cofounder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, Hamilton takes us to Cairo as his idealistic protagonist joins the battle in Tahrir Square, then lands in disillusioned exile in New York. Forceful, astonishing writing and a piercing insider’s look at Egypt’s failed revolution.

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
Out: April 4
Relating the story of 15-year-old Cat, new in town and drawn to daring, desperate Marlena, Buntin captures a destructive yet essential relationship with ongoing consequences. A Discover Great New Writers pick; “an exceptional portrait, disturbing and precisely observed.” (Xpress Reviews 3/10/17) readmoreremove

PW’s Writers to Watch Spring 2017: Anticipated Debuts

Publishers Weekly recently shared their most anticipated debuts of Spring 2017, including two of our favorites:

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
Teenage friendships almost never make sense, which might explain why so many of them fall apart as people get older, and also why fiction writers often turn to them for material. When Julie Buntin was working on MARLENA, her debut novel about the aftermath of an intense friendship between two teenage girls, she was faced with the challenge of making that particular obsession legible to readers. “It’s hard to capture why a character finds someone else magnetic,” Buntin, 29, says. “How can you translate that into something the reader can connect to?”

Marlena centers on two characters, 15-year-old Cat and 17-year-old Marlena, who become pals when Cat moves to the town in northern Michigan where Marlena lives. Buntin, in the words of PW’s starred review, “is particularly sensitive to the misery of adolescent angst,” observing how Cat becomes increasingly enamored of the unstable Marlena, who is “musically talented, beautiful, and doomed to die young.”


THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso
Rare is the novel that features older women as protagonists, rather than as mere supporting characters or props. Rarer still is the novel willing to depict aging women in all their complications, regrets, and swarming hostilities. But that’s precisely what Yewande Omotoso, a Barbados-born South African writer, set out to do her in novel, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, her second work of fiction and her first to be published in the U.S. readmoreremove

B&N Spring 2017 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Spring 2017 Discover Great New Writers program includes four Macmillan titles!

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming
An extraordinary portrait of Doaa Zamel, a Syrian refugee who managed to survive the horrendous September 2014 Mediterranean shipwreck that claimed almost 500 lives, from the Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
A moving celebration of what Hayes calls “the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected” of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Whatcha (e-) Reading?

Here are the most popular e-galleys librarians have recently downloaded from Edelweiss* (maybe we’ll see some of them on a LibraryReads list soon!):

Mystery:
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE by Ashley Weaver
A TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Tasha Alexander
GLOW OF DEATH by Jane K. Cleland
NORMAL by Warren Ellis
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
STONE COFFIN by Kjell Eriksson
SWISS VENDETTA by Tracee de Hahn
TEETOTALED by Maia Chance
THE DRY by Jane Harper
THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
THE OSLO CONSPIRACY by Asle Skredderberget
UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino

Sci Fi / Fantasy:
FALLER by Will McIntosh
INVISIBLE PLANETS by Ken Liu
THE SUPERNATURALS by David L. Golemon
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

Horror:
THE MOTION OF PUPPETS by Keith Donohue
THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike
THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest

Nonfiction / Biography:
HOMEWARD BOUND: The Life of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin
WALKING TO LISTEN: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel

Debuts:
ALL THAT’S LEFT TO TELL by Daniel Lowe
INDELIBLE by Adelia Saunders
LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE GUINEVERES by Sarah Domet
THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi
THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dorte Hansen

Novels:
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown
PULL ME UNDER by Kelly Luce

Romance:
CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Anita Hughes

Bestselling Authors:
BORN OF LEGEND by Sherrilyn Kenyon
NIGHT WATCH by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen

YA:
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast
WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones

download review copy edelweissDon’t see our e-galleys/the big ‘ol green button on Edelweiss? Get whitelisted!

*Most popular as of September 27, 2016.

LJ’s Fall/Winter Debut Novel Picks

Library Journal recently announced the debut novels they’re most looking forward to this Fall 2016 and Winter 2017, including these four Macmillan titles:

THE GUINEVERES by Sarah Domet
All coincidentally named Guinevere, four young women bond tightly when they are abandoned by their various parents to be raised by nuns at the Sisters of the Supreme Adoration. But will those bonds hold when four comatose soldiers are brought to the convent? “An unsettling, melancholy first novel whose tone echoes that of Jeffrey Eugenides’s THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. This phenomenal, character-driven story is mesmerizing.” (LJ 8/16)

SUN, SAND, MURDER by John Keyse-Walker
Winner of the 2015 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, this debut features Special Constable Teddy Creque, Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, who keeps the peace on his tiny island home of Anegada. The murder of Boston University herpetologist Paul Kelliher turns the entire island upside down. “A beautiful Caribbean setting, vibrant characters, lively plotting and pacing, and a memorable villain who will surprise you.” (LJ 8/16) readmoreremove

LJ’s Summer Promise — Debut Novels

LJ debuts“Ranging from literary biggies that boomed at BEA to hot genre fiction that got LibraryReads love, the debut novels on this list are backed by [Library Journal] reviews and/or reader interest and are definitely worth reading and recommending.” — Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
Aptly described as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, this heartbreaking story of a 17-year-old who has lived his entire life in Ukraine’s Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children was building interest even before it received “Shout ‘n Share” acclaim.

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
A man grief-stricken by his wife’s sudden death stumbles around the house, barely tends his children, then opens the front door…and is whacked backward by a huge, decayed-smelling crow, the mystical black embodiment of his sorrow. Winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize; “like a prose poem in its splendid language but with its own swift flow.”

THE DRY by Jane Harper
A federal investigator from Melbourne faces his past; sold to 19 countries and bought for film.

THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi
Dead from breast cancer, Joanna DeAngelis cannot find peace; she was bitterly hurt by former lover Ned and drifts between this world and the next, plotting revenge. This darkly fun title was celebrated at “Shout ‘n Share”; sneak-peek comments from booksellers and reviewers suggest it will be popular. readmoreremove

Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

Forget terrible twos, this is a terrific two: Happy Anniversary, LibraryReads!

We’re so grateful for your support of the program that we’re giving away TWO super prize packs of ALL Macmillan LibraryReads picks to date!

September 2015
#7 FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson

August 2015
#2 THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
#5 EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
#9 LORD OF THE WINGS by Donna Andrews

July 2015
#6 THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens

June 2015
#3 THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
#8 THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron

May 2015
#10 LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton

February 2015
#7 A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V. E. Schwab
#8 A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

January 2015
#9 FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen

December 2014: “Favorite of Favorites”
#4 FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#9 LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

October 2014
#6: THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
#9: MALICE by Keigo Higashino
#10: MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver

August 2014
#4: LOCK IN by John Scalzi

July 2014
#1: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

May 2014
#9: SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE by Darynda Jones

April 2014
#8: THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill

March 2014
#8: PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth

January 2014
#3: LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen

December 2013
#7: DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
#9: THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing

November 2013
#2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
#8: THE RAVEN’S EYE by Barry Maitland

September 2013
#1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads 2) by Sunday, Sept. 13. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

Update 9/14: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winners, Gregg Winsor of Johnson County Library, Overland Park KS and Sheri Stevens of Lockport Public Library, Lockport NY!

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Library Journal Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

Library Journal‘s genre spotlight on Science Fiction has so much Macmillan goodness, it’s out of this world!

Epics Still Rule

THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
On sale Sept. 15, 2015
A heart-wrenching political fantasy debut about power, colonialism, and being different. It already has two starred reviews:
“Dickinson’s debut, the start of a trilogy set in an impressively well-crafted fantasy world, is assured and impressive. He combines social engineering, economic trickery, and coldhearted pseudoscientific theories to weave a compelling, utterly surprising narrative that keeps readers guessing until the end.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is an accomplished debut, with a heroine whose motives are murky, seemingly even to herself. The twists and turns our unreliable narrator takes as she pushes the Aurdwynn nobles to rebel reveal her goals yet also expose her loneliness. We’ve only seen a fraction of the world of the Masquerade and a glimpse of Baru’s plans, setting the stage for a compelling series.” — Library Journal, starred review

Still Popular But Evolving

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
On sale Jan. 26, 2016
A young witch and an engineer in the hipster mecca of San Francisco race to save the planet from plunging into a new dark age in io9.com editor Anders’s new novel.

In the Wind

UPDRAFT by Fran Wilde
On sale Sept. 1, 2015
Debut author Wilde creates a fascinating world of floating cities made of living bone where the residents strap on wings and soar on the air currents.

The End of the World

CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
Available now
Swanwick’s new novel stars two con men (one is a genetically engineered dog) making their way through a future China that has reverted to pre-industrial levels. readmoreremove

A GOOD FAMILY Giveaway!

Former high school teacher and author Erik Fassnacht wants to help you enjoy the last of your summer vacation by offering a free copy of his debut novel, A GOOD FAMILY.* First, a letter from the author:

Dear Educators:

Another year of school is starting—I know the feeling. Anxiety starts ticking like a kitchen timer in your chest, and you stand helpless in your home as summer around you dwindles, waiting for that resounding “ding.” Nonetheless, it is an exciting time. Fresh faces, eager teachers, and new prerogatives all await your arrival.

There are also questions. Are you teaching in the same classroom as last year, whose every cubbyhole and bulletin board edge you memorized? Or have you been moved from 10th grade British Literature in Room 101 by the Drama Department to 11th grade American Literature in Room 202 by the Science Lab, where it always smells like frogs and formaldehyde? Or maybe you’re getting an advisory period and a co-teacher, or are teaching trigonometry instead of algebra, or need to master that new technology by the beginning of your very first class. But here’s the real question: do you remember what it was like in the beginning? readmoreremove

Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

The Summer 2015 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features six Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle
RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler

Familes… And Other Challenges
THE GLASS KITCHEN by Linda Francis Lee

Exciting New Voices
THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS by TaraShea Nesbit readmoreremove

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