Articles tagged "historical fiction"

Happy #PubDay! (7/9/19)

Family secrets + a Russian family saga + the return of a math-genius mercenary = one happy #pubday!

BETHLEHEM by Karen Kelly

“Prying into the power and family dynamics of the dynastic American industrialist family, Kelly’s evocative, startling story will appeal to readers who enjoy family sagas.”–Publishers Weekly

JACOB’S LADDER by Ludmila Ulitskaya

“A sweeping, ambitious story reminiscent at times of Pasternak in its grasp of both history and tragedy.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

NULL SET: A Cas Russell Novel by S. L. Huang

“Huang’s sophomore novel brings us the same tight action, compelling characters, and mathematics magic as ZERO SUM GAME. Fans of the TV series Jessica Jones will enjoy meeting Cas.”–Library Journal

#PubDay (6/25/19)

The return of Katherine Howe + cosmetics rivalry + a dysfunctional family = a happy #pubday!

THE DAUGHTERS OF TEMPERANCE HOBBS by Katherine Howe

Publishers Weekly Author Spotlight

“Fans of [THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE] will find this sequel equally engaging, with answers to outstanding questions and some familiar characters. However, it’s not necessary to have read the previous book or even be interested in witchcraft to appreciate the history of early America that scholar Howe brings to life.”–Library Journal

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Happy Hour Book Buzz at ALA Annual 2019

In case you are #alaleftbehind and missed our epically awesome Happy Hour Book Buzz #MLHAPPYHOUR (guest starring Jeanine Cummins!), here are the highlights:

Adult

AMERICAN DIRT | Jeanine Cummins | January 21, 2020 | 9781250209764 | HC | $26.99
YOU ARE NOT ALONE | Hendricks + Pekkanen | March 3, 2020 | 9781250202031 | HC | $27.99
A BETTER MAN | Louise Penny | August 27, 2019 | 9781250066213 | HC | $28.99
WHAT ROSE FORGOT | Nevada Barr | September 17, 2019 | 9781250207135 | HC | $28.99
THE WHISPER MAN | Alex North | August 20, 2019 | 9781250317995 | HC | $26.99
SAINT X | Alexis Schaitkin | February 4, 2020 | 9781250219596 | HC | $26.99
THE OTHER BENNET SISTER | Janice Hadlow | February 18, 2020 | 9781250129413 | HC | $28.00
OONA OUT OF ORDER | Margarita Montimore | February 25, 2020 | 9781250236609 | HC | $26.99
THE GOD GAME | Danny Tobey | January 7, 2020 | 9781250306142 | HC | $26.99
RUST: A Memoir of Steel and Grit | Eliese Colette Goldbach | March 3, 2020 | 9781250239402 | HC | $27.99
MOLLY: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats | Colin Butcher | October 8, 2019 | 9781250204776 | HC | $26.99
WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast | Jonathan Safran Foer | September 17, 2019 | 9780374280000 | HC | $24.00
HIGH SCHOOL | Sara Quin + Tegan Quin | September 24, 2019 | 9780374169947 | HC | $27.00
FATHER OF LIONS: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo | Louise Callaghan | January 14, 2020 | 9781250248947 | HC | $27.99
A HUNDRED SUNS | Karin Tanabe | April 7, 2020 | 9781250231475 | HC | $27.99
THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS | Jennifer Rosner | March 3, 2020 | 9781250179760 | HC | $25.99
UNFOLLOW: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church | Megan Phelps-Roper | October 8, 2019 | 9780374275839 | HC | $27.00
CILKA’S JOURNEY | Heather Morris | October 1, 2019 | 9781250265708 | HC | $27.99
FIND ME | André Aciman | October 29, 2019 | 9780374155018 | HC $26.00
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL | Ben Lerner | October 1, 2019 | 9780374277789 | HC $27.00
DOMINICANA | Angie Cruz | September 3, 2019 | 9781250205933 | HC $26.99

YA

WAYWARD SON | Rainbow Rowell | September 24, 2019 | 9781250146076 | HC | $19.99
DIAMOND CITY | Francesca Flores | January 28, 2020 | 9781250220448 | HC | $18.99
FOUL IS FAIR | Hannah Capin | February 4, 2020 | 9781250239549 | HC | $18.99
THE SILVERED SERPENTS | Roshani Chokshi | February 4, 2020 | 9781250144577 | HC | $18.99
RUTHLESS GODS | Emily A. Duncan | April 7, 2020 | 9781250195692 | HC | $18.99
GOBLIN KING | Kara Barbieri | April 21, 2020 | 9781250247605 | HC | $18.99
HIS HIDEOUS HEART: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined | Dahlia Adler | September 10, 2019 | 9781250302779 | HC | $18.99
THE MADNESS BLOOMS | Mackenzi Lee | February 4, 2020 | 9781250136169 | HC | $18.99
THE NIGHT COUNTRY: A Hazel Wood Novel | Melissa Albert | January 7, 2020 | 9781250246073 | HC | $18.99
ANNA K.: A Love Story | Jenny Lee | March 3, 2020 | 9781250236432 | HC | $18.99

A Historical #ThrillerThursday (6/20/19)

Today’s #thrillerthursday celebration goes historical with Kate Mosse’s PW Best Book of Summer 2019, THE BURNING CHAMBERS!

France, 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE.

But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to stay alive.

As the religious divide deepens, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as tensions ignite across the city.

All the while, the shadowy mistress of Puivert Château—obsessed with uncovering the secrets of a long-hidden document—strengthens her power and waits for the perfect time to strike…

“As usual, Mosse infuses the narrative with plenty of authentic historical detail while creating a highly charged atmosphere of intrigue. The mystery, the love story, and the incendiary nature of both setting and plot will keep readers turning the pages and eagerly awaiting the next volume.”–Booklist

June 2019 Debut Spotlight

Check out these fresh faces (aka debuts) hitting shelves this month!

THE HISTORY OF LIVING FOREVER by Jake Wolff

June 2019 Indie Next Pick + 2 starred reviews!

“The epic sweep and sly humor in the midst of enormous anguish will remind readers of Michael Chabon’s work as they relish this heady exploration of grief, alchemy, and love.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[A] wild, hilarious, and moving adventure…”–Booklist, starred review

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

PW Best Book of the Summer + Library Journal Editors’ Pick & Best Debut + 2 starred reviews + June Indie Next Pick!

“Winslow’s heroine isn’t easy to like. But over time, she reaches into your heart and touches it deeply. So does this book.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Winslow has a finely tuned ear for the way the people of this small town talk, and his unpretentiously poetic prose goes down like a cool drink of water on a hot day.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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#Pubday (6/4/19)

The origins of film and a portrait of a life– Happy book birthday to these 2 starred novels!

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL by Dominic Smith

2 starred reviews!

“A compelling plot, robust characters, and finely crafted prose richly evoke a bygone age and art.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Smith’s tale is as luminous as celluloid projected on a silver screen hung from a dirigible floating over the Hudson (yes, this happens). Highly recommended for historical fiction fans and readers who love old Hollywood novels.”–Booklist, starred review

AUG 9 – FOG by by Kathryn Scanlan

“Scanlan’s outstanding debut inventively adapts a real woman’s diary… The book is a fascinating chronicle of Scanlan’s obsession, but, more than that, it transforms a seemingly ordinary life into a profound and moving depiction of how humans can love and live. Scanlan’s portrait of an everywoman feels entirely new.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Macmillan Library @ BookExpo: ALMA Book Buzz

Last week, we presented our favorite forthcoming titles during the Adult Library Marketers Association’s [ALMA] Book Buzz, and for anyone who missed out, here’s the goods:

AMERICAN DIRT | Jeanine Cummins | 1/21/20 | 9781250209764 | Flatiron Books
CILKA’S JOURNEY | Heather Morris | 10/1/19 | 9781250265708 | St. Martin’s Press
DEAL WITH THE DEVIL | Kit Rocha | 5/12/20 | 9781250256294 | Tor Books
FIND ME | André Aciman | 10/29/19 | 9780374155018 | Farrar, Straus & Giroux
GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD, A | Therese Anne Fowler | 2/4/20 | 9781250237279 | St. Martin’s Press
ME | Elton John | 10/15/19 | 9781250147608 | Henry Holt & Co.
NINTH HOUSE | Leigh Bardugo | 10/1/19| 9781250313072 | Flatiron Books
SAINT X | Alexis Schaitkin | 2/4/20 | 9781250219596 | Celadon Books

Happy #PubDay! (5/14/19)

A LibraryReads-winning rom-com + a speculative debut + an Indie Next Pick + a cinematic Reconstruction-era drama + a thriller/SF mash-up = a very merry #PubDay celebration!

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

PW Best Book of the Summer + May LibraryReads Pick + Three starred reviews + June Indie Next Pick!

“The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston’s debut…. A clever, romantic, sexy love story.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Readers will be eager to see more from McQuiston after this extremely promising start.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In between sweet and steamy love scenes, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE allows readers to imagine a world where coming out involves no self-loathing; where fan fiction and activist Twitter do actual good; and a diverse, liberal White House wins elections. This Blue Wave fantasy could be the feel-good book of the summer.”–Booklist, starred review

TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG by Fernando A. Flores

“Packed with other striking images and clever details, like the three canyon-sized concrete barriers that separate the U.S. from Mexico (and still fail to curb migration), this wildly imaginative, highly addicting, and ultimately endearing speculative first novel offers borderlands storytelling with an sf twist.”–Booklist

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Maximum Shelf: THE BURNING CHAMBERS

Today’s Maximum Shelf Awareness pick is Kate Mosse’s historical epic, THE BURNING CHAMBERS!

France, 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE.

But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to stay alive.

As the religious divide deepens, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as tensions ignite across the city.

All the while, the shadowy mistress of Puivert Château–obsessed with uncovering the secrets of a long-hidden document–strengthens her power and waits for the perfect time to strike…

“THE BURNING CHAMBERS is epic in every sense of the word: it is both long, weighing in at more than 600 pages, and dense, filled with dozens of characters, intersecting storylines and multiple locations. A list of family names and locations, a detailed historical map and an author’s note about the historical background of the Wars of Religion provide context for the incredible amount of information to come, but Mosse (LABYRINTH, THE TAXIDERMIST’S DAUGHTER) never falls victim to the trap of too much detail. In her capable hands, the novel moves along at a rapid pace, loyal to the historical detail of actual events without getting lost in the annals of history.”–Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review, and interview with Kate Mosse on Shelf-Awareness.com. AND enter to win an ARC!

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss here.

Red-Hot Drop-In Alert: CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

Heather Morris’ debut novel THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ was an immediate smash hit, skyrocketing to the top of bestseller lists across the country and spending 26 weeks at the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list (and still going strong).

We are so excited to be publishing Morris’ follow-up, CILKA’S JOURNEY, this October.

Cilka first appeared in THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ as the beautiful sixteen-year-old singled out by the camp Commandant. Readers have been clamoring for Cilka’s story, so make sure you leave plenty of room on your shelves for this one!

CILKA’S JOURNEY goes on sale October 1, 2019 from St. Martin’s Press.

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