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PW’s Writers to Watch Fall 2018: Anticipated Debuts

Publishers Weekly‘s most anticipated debuts of Fall 2018 include these three Macmillan standouts:

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
In Lydia Kiesling’s THE GOLDEN STATE (MCD, Sept.), a mother goes with her toddler to a region of northeast California in the grips of a secessionist movement. Before settling on that subject, however, Kiesling says she “wanted to write a bureaucracy novel, which is a huge formal challenge.” She scrapped it but sees a connection between administrative work and child rearing. “Motherhood is its own form of boredom,” she notes.

Kiesling’s thrilling handling of that boredom attracted her editor, Emily Bell. “I was first drawn into THE GOLDEN STATE by the pacing and energy of the writing—to create such mighty momentum in a book that’s grappling with the tedium of motherhood is enormously impressive to me,” Bell says.

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore
The first draft of Wayétu Moore’s SHE WOULD BE KING (Graywolf, Sept.), a magical realist account of the founding of Liberia, was twice the length and more fantastical than the final version. “So, there was an alien narrator,” Moore says, laughing. “I recognized that I was asking a lot of the reader, so I cut it in half and toned down the magical realism/fantasy/sci-fi elements.”

Ranging across a Virginia plantation, Jamaica, and Liberia, the novel follows three characters, each of whom is blessed with a supernatural gift and whose paths converge in the burgeoning republic. “Liberia was this beautiful experiment about what would happen if you bring people together from Africa and the Caribbean and America,” says Moore, who with her sister cofounded One Moore Book, a publishing nonprofit seeking to “create more books for those underrepresented readers who are most vulnerable.” readmoreremove

April 2018 All-Stars

These books are swimming in stars—make sure to add them to your shelves ASAP!

WITCHMARK by C.L. Polk

“Polk’s stellar debut, set in an alternate early 20th century in an England-like land recovering from a WWI-like war, blends taut mystery, exciting political intrigue, and inventive fantasy . . . The final revelations are impossible to see coming and prove that Polk is a writer to watch for fans of clever, surprising period fantasy.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Polk has created an amazing new world with hints of Edwardian glamour, sizzling secrets, and forbidden love that crescendos to a cinematic finish. WITCHMARK is a can’t-miss debut that will enchant readers.” —Booklist, starred review

SONG OF BLOOD & STONE: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope

“Penelope delivers an engrossing story with delightful characters in this fantastic opening to a promising series . . . The tale is infused with optimism but never cloying, and it culminates in a well-earned and satisfying ending, leaving readers impatient for the next installment of the series.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

This debut . . . shines a bright light into epic fantasy. Battle-scarred lands and peoples, ancient powers at war, star-crossed loves and hints of racial and refugee themes give this a solid place on library shelves.”Library Journal, starred review

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti

A May Indie Next Pick! 

“This lively, exhilaratingly smart, and deliberately, appropriately frustrating affair asks difficult questions about women’s responsibilities and desires, and society’s expectations.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“As her character seeks and ultimately chooses, as she must, the aspects of life and art she’ll lay claim to, Heti writes with courage, curiosity, and uncommon truth: ‘To go along with what nature demands and to resist it—both are really beautiful—impressive and difficult in their own ways.'” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Library Journal’s Best Spring/Summer 2018 Debut Novels

Library Journal pre-pub buzz maven Barbara Hoffert shared her picks for “spring and summer titles you should have on your radar,” including these four Macmillan debuts:

SEMIOSIS by Sue Burke
Colonists escaping an environmentally imploding Earth make an emergency landing on a planet they weren’t aiming for, and generations of humans grow up there, evolving as they adapt to a new ­environment. “Extraordinary.” (LJ 1/18)

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
In 1956, newlyweds Michael and Scottie Messina arrive in Italy, where Michael will be working for the CIA. His ambitions and their not-government-approved sexuality complicate matters. “Effervescent as spumante; spot-on social commentary.” (LJ 11/1/17)

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
Allied as outsiders, two girls in India become fast friends but are separated by tragedy, with Poornima finally traveling all the way to Seattle to renew her bond with Savitha. “This tale of sacrifice, exploitation, and reclamation is not to be missed.” (LJ 1/18) readmoreremove

Friday Reads: #BookBday Debuts

TGIF! Our #FridayReads are two starry debut novels celebrating their #BookBday this week!

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
A March 2018 LibraryReads pick, a Library Journal Spring 2018 Editors’ pick, and a “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” with THREE starred reviews! A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again. “Incredible storytelling… Highly recommended for book discussion groups, this tale of sacrifice, exploitation, and reclamation is not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS by Yoav Blum
What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? Meet the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets. “Artfully blending elements of thriller, romance, and fantasy in beautiful prose, Blum’s novel is a flight of imagination that will echo in readers’ minds long after the last pages have been turned.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

PW’s Writers to Watch Spring 2018: Anticipated Debuts

Publishers Weekly‘s most anticipated debuts of Spring 2018 include these three Macmillan standouts:

PEACH by Emma Glass
Emma Glass began writing her debut novel, PEACH (Bloomsbury, out now), about a young woman who struggles to resume ordinary life after being assaulted, a little less than a decade ago while she was studying creative writing at the University of Kent in the U.K. For her final assignment, Glass had to write the first 4,000 words of a novel. The prompt was open-ended, but the program, she says, put special emphasis on plot-driven, commercially viable narratives, which she had little affinity for.

“I’ve never been particularly good at coming up with stories,” Glass says. In her frustration, and with the deadline approaching, she put on some music and started simply writing “words”—not even sentences. “I was surprised at what came out,” Glass, now 30, says. “It felt like it was something different.”

Glass, who is at work on her second novel, has kept her job as a nurse. People sometimes ask her whether PEACH, with its visceral bodily imagery, was influenced by her career in medicine. The answer is no. “That kind of grotesque violence, I’m afraid, is all my own,” she says.

THE TRANSITION by Luke Kennard
When the British poet Luke Kennard was writing his first novel, THE TRANSITION (FSG, out now), he imagined it taking place in the very near future. But novels take years to write, and the future arrives more quickly than we expect. Now, the themes at the center of the book—millennial hopelessness, financial precariousness—feel scarily current. “A lot of things it explores have been superseded by reality,” Kennard jokes. readmoreremove

Booklist’s Best Debuts of 2017

Booklist‘s Top 10 First Novels of 2017 list includes two of our favorite debuts:

GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
Rachel returns home to help her mother care for her father as he struggles with dementia in Khong’s tender, deadpan-funny, and affecting drama about memory, self, and caregiving.

THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
Joan did not want to be a mother, and, sure enough, when she ends up with two sons, all her fears come true in Wolas’ breathtaking novel, which does for motherhood what GONE GIRL (2012) did for marriage.

“Great Book-Group Reads” Booklist Webinar — Macmillan Titles (08/01/17)

So you missed Booklist‘s “Great Book-Group Reads” Webinar… We got you! Here are the titles we covered:

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Hush by John Hart

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus

The North Water by Ian McGuire

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Transit by Rachel Cusk

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

 

Download the full slide deck here.

Happy #BookBday (5/9/17 Edition)

bookbday-5.9.17Happy #BookBday to these bestselling authors and debut novelists:

HOW TO BE HUMAN by Paula Cocozza
Two starred reviews! “A debut novel from Guardian feature writer Cocozza, this disquieting story details the obsessive romance between a woman and a fox. A singular love story of dominance and betrayal, this novel sets the tone for what will hopefully be a long and strange literary career.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SOME RISE BY SIN by Philip Caputo
New York Times bestselling author Caputo tells the story of a Franciscan priest struggling to walk a moral path through the shifting and fatal realities of an isolated Mexican village. “An old-fashioned novel in the best way, a work of genuine heft, SOME RISE BY SIN explores the search for meaning in a place where the stakes are highest and does so with unwavering focus. At 75, Caputo remains a master of his craft.” — Booklist, starred review

THE BOOK OF SUMMER by Michelle Gable
New York Times bestselling author Gable’s latest novel unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House—a Nantucket compound that will collapse into the sea due to erosion— as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home’s definitive guestbook, and Ruby’s grown daughter, Bess Codman. “A sure bet for women’s-fiction fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nantucket novels.” — Booklist

A DOG’S WAY HOME by W. Bruce Cameron
The New York Times best-selling author of A DOG’S PURPOSE (now a movie) returns with adorable pit bull puppy Bella, who treks 400 miles back to Lucas Ray after having to be fostered out. “Ever popular with dog lovers, Cameron presents another winning tale of an extraordinary human-canine companionship full of tug-at-the-heartstrings adventure.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (5/2/17 Edition)

bookbday-5.2.17Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME by Rakesh Satyal
A humorous and tender multi-generational novel about immigrants and outsiders, those trying to find their place in American society and within their own families. “Through his beautifully crafted characters, Satyal’s second novel explores identity, sexuality, family, immigrant life, and Indian and American cultures. Satyal expertly describes the everyday struggles that define his characters, and he elevates the extraordinary moments of normal life in his skilled and thought-provoking novel.” — Booklist, starred review

THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “Sensitive, witty Adam is a terrifically chummy narrator for fan-favorite Simsion’s funny, sexy, and above all musical portrayal of the roles memory and fantasy play in midlife’s yearnings.” — Booklist

FEN: Stories by Daisy Johnson
A May 2017 Indie Next pick! With a fresh and utterly contemporary voice, Johnson lays bare stories of women testing the limits of their power to create a startling work of fiction. “Centered in the depressed flatlands of eastern England, the stories in Johnson’s debut collection straddle the drama of transformation in both the uncanny and the everyday.” — Publishers Weekly

BEFORE WE SLEEP by Jeffrey Lent
The sweeping, intergenerational story of a Vermont family, from WWII to the dawning of the ’60s. “Lent has been compared to Faulkner, and the parallels between the cultural divides of the 1960s and current events make this a solid choice for readers of literary fiction.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (4/25/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to two daring debuts and three works of women’s fiction perfect for book clubs:

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
A May 2017 Indie Next pick & a Library Journal Spring 2017 Debut Novels pick! An Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, starred review

OOLA by Brittany Newell
A provocative and impressive debut delivered with a uniquely sinister lyricism by a brilliant 21-year-old; a story about sex, privilege, desire, and creativity in the post-college years. “Newell’s rangy, circuitous tale is a kind of queer Nadja for millennials with a self-satirizing—and satisfying—bite. A dreamy and provocative exploration of sex, privilege, and self-discovery.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE F WORD by Liza Palmer
At once a funny, whip-smart sendup of L.A. culture and an irresistible love story about how sometimes who we become isn’t who we really are. “A funny and fantastic lesson on how perfection doesn’t translate to happiness is served up in Palmer’s latest. This is a smart and sardonic novel with a genuine voice.” — Publishers Weekly

YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT by Giovanna Fletcher
“This is a warm, humorous, at times heartbreaking novel of three childhood friends, told from their alternating points-of-view and reminiscent of Cecelia Ahern’s ROSIE DUNNE. It reads like a diary readers won’t be able to put down, with characters they would like to spend more time with and get to know. A fresh take on the classic love-triangle story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

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