Articles tagged "historical fiction"

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.

#PubDay (4/16/19)

On this #pubday, we celebrate time travel–to a 19th century French vineyard, to breaking codes in Asia post-WII, to the beginnings of American Libertarianism or through objects themselves…

THOMAS AND BEAL IN THE MIDI by Christopher Tilghman

“Lovely literary fiction for not only fans of Tilghman’s previous work but for anyone interested in that age-old question, What is true love?”–Library Journal

CREDO: The Rose Wilder Lane Story by Peter Bagge

“The idiosyncratic, independent life and work of Rose Wilder Lane—Laura Ingalls Wilder’s conservative daughter—gets its due in this spiky graphic biography by Bagge… This loopy, frantic, and personality-packed tribute is fitting for one of America’s lesser-known gonzo feminist writers.”–Publishers Weekly

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#PubDay (2/19/19)

Fiction & nonfiction; short stories & novellas; historical & supernatural–you name it, we’ve got it for today’s #pubday celebration!

DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert
“A historically solid, ultimately hopeful novel about injustice, survival, and unbreakable family bonds. Expect high demand.”–Booklist

AERIALISTS: Stories by Mark Mayer
March 2019 Indie Next Pick!
“An ambitious collection of short stories that heralds the coming of a new voice in American fiction.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE HAUNTING OF TRAM CAR 015 by P. Djèlí Clark
“Clark (THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS, 2018) continues to astound readers with his creativity and exploration of different supernatural entities…. This book will delight readers of all ages.”–Booklist

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Happy #PubDay! (2/4/19)

Today’s #pubday brings us historical + literary fiction, fantasy, and comedic coming-of-age novels!

THE PEACOCK FEAST by Lisa Gornick
“Spanning a century, two coasts, and two continents, this well-researched historical novel is moving and profound, laying bare the corrosive nature of secrets and regrets and the sadness of not living one’s life to the fullest.”–Library Journal

THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib
A February 2019 LibraryReads Pick!
A February 2019 Indie Next selection!
“In her powerful debut, Zgheib masterfully chronicles the pain of an anorexic’s distorted thinking and intense fear of food in a riveting diarylike structure… This is an impressive, deeply moving debut.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Spring 2019 Debuts to Watch

Macmillan is bringing on the talent with these exciting debuts hitting shelves near you in Spring 2019!

THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary
“With likable main characters, spot-on dialogue, a fun premise, and plenty of drama, there’s a lot to like in this sweet story. A warm, enchanting love story perfect for fans of classic rom-coms.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE ESCAPE ROOM by Megan Goldin
Four Wall Street sharks are lured to a “team-building” escape room experience, only to learn someone with a darker motive is pulling the strings.

THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN by Allison Montclair
In London, 1946, the two women who recently started The Right Sort Marriage Bureau find their new livelihood endangered when a client is arrested for the murder of another.

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Our 2019 YALSA & RUSA Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the amazing Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for YALSA and RUSA’s various reading lists this year!

2019 Reading List (The Reading List is an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers selected by RUSA’s Reading List Council.)

Adrenaline Short List
JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier
Fantasy Short List
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Historical Fiction Short List
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler
Mystery Short List
CRIMSON LAKE by Candice Fox
Science Fiction Winner
THE CALCULATING STARS: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal
Women’s Fiction Shortlist
HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson

2019 Over the Rainbow List (Honors adult books with significant LGBTQ content)

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
SO LUCKY by Nicola Griffith

2019 Rainbow Book List (Honors books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.)

HOW I RESIST: Activism and Hope for a New Generation by Maureen Johnson

Alex Awards (the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences)

THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS by P. Djèlí Clarkm

Odyssey Award (This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults)

SADIE written by Courtney Summers, narrated by Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, & more, and produced by Macmillan Audio from Wednesday Books

Welcome to #PubDay (1/29/19)

WWII historical fiction, sexy cowboys, and eerily relevant dark sci-fi… Welcome to #pubday!

AT THE WOLF’S TABLE by Rosella Postorino
“Based on actual events, Italian author Postorino’s first novel published here chronicles the experiences of 26-year-old Rosa Sauer during World War II. With nine other women, Rosa is conscripted by the SS to taste-test food being served to the Führer at his Eastern Front military headquarters, the Wolf Lair’s, lest he be poisoned. As the war wears on, the women divide into diehard Hitler loyalists and those, like Rosa, who begin to doubt the Nazi enterprise. And that leads to trouble.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

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Happy #PubDay

Happy #bookbday to a LILAC GIRLS read-alike, a witty epistolary novel, and an SF favorite newly in hardcover!

THE WARTIME SISTERS by Lynda Cohen Loigman
For fans of LILAC GIRLS, the next powerful novel from the author of Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE about two sisters working in a WWII armory, each with a deep secret. “With a perceptive lens on the challenges of whittling away grievances that have built up over years, THE WARTIME SISTERS is a powerful pressure cooker of a family drama.”–Booklist

HOLY LANDS by Amanda Sthers
A witty, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching epistolary novel about a dysfunctional family–led by a Jewish pig farmer in Israel–struggling to love and accept each other. “Comic, moving, and occasionally profound, Sthers’ novel is a delight.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

ALL SYSTEMS RED: The Murderbot Diaries (Volume 1) by Martha Wells
Now available in hardcover, ALL SYSTEMS RED is the first entry in Martha Wells’ New York Times and USA Today bestselling science fiction series, The Murderbot Diaries–winner of the 2018 Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Awards. “SecUnit, aka Murderbot, is a semiorganic corporate profit center, genderless and constructed of cheap parts to perform contract bodyguard services for clients who mostly don’t want them…. The creepy panopticon of SecUnit’s multiple interfaces allows a hybrid first-person/omniscient perspective that contextualizes its experience without ever giving center stage to the humans.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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