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Holt Rocks the NYTBR

The New York Times Book Review featured THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips & ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza—two Henry Holt & Co. debut novels that we’ve been talking up for months now and are finally on shelves!

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT follows Josephine, who spends her days punching numbers into a mysterious database, but soon feels unnerved by her creepy surroundings, sensing that her new employer poses a threat both to herself and to society at large.

“Are we pawns in the thrall of bureaucratic (Kafka) or totalitarian (Orwell) systems? Or are we, in fact, the ones with ultimate power; the arbiters — even unknowingly — of life and death? Helen Phillips deftly interrogates this existential divide in her riveting, drolly surreal debut novel, THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT.

“Ultimately, THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT succeeds because it isn’t afraid to ask the deepest questions. What is the balance of power and powerlessness between two people who love each other? Do individual souls matter? Can we create, should we destroy, and can we always tell the difference?” — New York Times Book Review

Read the full review here.

ALL THAT FOLLOWED is a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, and an August 2015 Indie Next pick!

“Stories are shape-shifters in ALL THAT FOLLOWED Gabriel Urza’s strange and ambitious debut novel. Set in Spain’s Basque Country, the book revolves around the assassination of Councilman José Antonio Torres, as recounted by three characters: Mariana, his dubiously grieving widow; the American teacher Joni Garrett, who came to Muriga in 1951 and wound up staying for his entire life; and Iker Abarzuza, serving time for murder in an island prison, where he listens to the cries of shorebirds and receives the occasional letter from Mariana.

“ALL THAT FOLLOWED isn’t really about the murder. Its chief interests are memory and perception, and the eerie multi­dimensionality that arises when they are layered, somewhat imperfectly, on top of each other. On this front, ALL THAT FOLLOWED is a triumph — Urza delineates his characters’ perspectives with remarkable care. Each shows us a different angle of the fictional world, and illuminates a new aspect of Muriga’s past. As we approach the tragedy we knew was coming all along, the surprise turns out to be the surprises that are jumping out behind us — smaller than we expected, maybe, but sadder and stranger, too.” — New York Times Book Review

Read the full review here.

Happy #BookBday (8/4/15 Edition)

bookbdayOh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza
A Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, and an August 2015 Indie Next pick! This psychologically twisting debut novel about a politically-charged act of violence that echoes through a quiet Spanish town is “as subtle and enveloping as the txirimiri, a Basque word for ‘rain so fine that an umbrella is useless against it.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
An August 2015 Indie Next pick! A goldfish named Ian narrates the linked perspectives of the quirky residents he witnesses in an apartment building as he plunges from the 27th-floor balcony to the pavement. “Touching and well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE LAST DAYS OF RABBIT HAYES by Anna McPartlin
A Fall 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection! A poignant and ultimately uplifting novel that traces the final decline of a feisty 40-year-old single mom whose seemingly ordinary life is filled with extraordinary people. “McPartlin very effectively captures a family during a traumatic moment. The novel is kept light with a measure of dry humor and many beautiful instances of love, leaving a lighter impression than one might expect. This novel will be torn from the shelves by fans of tearjerkers such as P.S. I LOVE YOU.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (7/23/15 Edition)

A scientist, a dog-loving lawyer and a detective walk into a #ThrillerThursday roundup…

THE FLICKER MEN by Ted Kosmatka
In this SF thriller, a struggling physicist looking to salvage his career redoes a classic physics experiment and discovers the result has devastating philosophical implications for humanity. It’s also a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection and has two starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “This well-written and fast-paced scientific thriller builds into beautiful and suspenseful crescendo until the climax in the final chapters. It will leave readers wondering about the possibilities of this world and others.”

WHO LET THE DOG OUT? by David Rosenfelt
Dog-loving lawyer Andy Carpenter returns for his 13th mystery where he finds a missing dog at a gruesome crime scene. “Readers familiar with Andy Carpenter mysteries will discover that Rosenfelt has a solid formula, and the end result is like eating ice cream on a hot day—satisfying to the very end.” — Associated Press readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: August 2015 Indie Next List

indie nextThe August 2015 Indie Next list was recently announced and it includes four fabulous Macmillan titles!

FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
A goldfish named Ian narrates the linked perspectives of the quirky residents he witnesses in an apartment building as he plunges from the 27th-floor balcony to the pavement. “Touching and well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
A Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection and Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, Pulley’s literary historical fantasy about a genius watchmaker who can “remember” the future and uses it to help a 17th century London telegraphist has THREE starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “Addictively immersive, Pulley’s narrative is as clever and spry as the watchmaker’s creations.”
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Happy #BookBday (7/14/15 Edition)

Extra special #BookBday wishes for these two debuts:

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
Pulley’s literary historical fantasy about a genius watchmaker who can “remember” the future and uses it to help a 17th century London telegraphist is a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, and has THREE starred reviews:
“Pulley’s electrifying debut is a triumph of speculative fiction.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

“Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and those fascinated by the tension between free will and fate.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Addictively immersive, Pulley’s narrative is as clever and spry as the watchmaker’s creations.”Library Journal, starred review

PRETTY IS by Maggie Mitchell
A fiercely inspired first novel in which two young women—an actress and an academic—face what really happened the summer they were twelve, when a handsome stranger abducted them.
Psychologically rich, with haunting detail, Mitchell’s work is a disturbing, insightful look at our deep fears.” — Publishers Weekly

“…Mitchell is on her way to a place at the femmes fatales fiction dais with Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Sharon Bolton.” — Library Journal

Sneak Peek: July 2015 Indie Next List

indie nextThe July 2015 Indie Next list was recently announced and it includes four fabulous Macmillan titles!

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
A June 2015 LibraryReads pick, a Barnes & Noble 2015 Discover Great New Writers Pick, and a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection!
A beautifully crafted and hand-illustrated “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly) about a librarian who discovers a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations.

BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
An otherworldly and kinetic story set in a fantastical 18th century starring a young woman who must uncover the secrets of her past while confronting the present dangers of a magical wilderness. “The real strength of this novel is its stunning worldbuilding, which merges the aesthetic of the Colonial Americas with Márquez-style magical realism…” — Kirkus Reviews
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For Your Consideration: August 2015 LibraryReads Titles

 

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*Nominations are due June 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
Nine-year-old Laurent Lepage loves to tell tall tales so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. When he disappears, the villagers of Three Pines are faced with the possibility that one of his stories might have been true. The frantic search for the boy and the truth sets off a sequence of events that lead to murder, an old crime, and right to the door of the town’s old poet, Ruth Zardo.

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EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
A Maximum Shelf Awareness pick & BEA giveaway title! Lying your way to the top of the social strata has devastating consequences for Evelyn Beegan, a 26-year-old desperate for a “better life” even if it’s a lie in this debut novel of class, ambition and ultimately spectacular ruin. “A compulsive, up-close-and-personal read about the first cracks in the greed-and-bleed U.S. economy that went flying off the rails so spectacularly a short time later.” — Library Journal, starred review

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ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza
A Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection and Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, this psychologically twisting debut novel about a politically-charged act of violence that echoes through a quiet Spanish town is “as subtle and enveloping as the txirimiri, a Basque word for ‘rain so fine that an umbrella is useless against it.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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All Star Roundup

These Summer books with several starred reviews are coming to your shelves soon!

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
On sale July 14, 2015
Pulley’s literary historical fantasy about a genius watchmaker who can “remember” the future and uses it to help a 17th century London telegraphist is a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, and has THREE starred reviews:
“Pulley’s electrifying debut is a triumph of speculative fiction.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and those fascinated by the tension between free will and fate.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Addictively immersive, Pulley’s narrative is as clever and spry as the watchmaker’s creations.” Library Journal, starred review

THE FLICKER MEN by Ted Kosmatka
On sale July 21, 2015
In this SF thriller, a struggling physicist looking to salvage his career redoes a classic physics experiment and discovers the result has devastating philosophical implications for humanity. It’s also a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection and has TWO starred reviews:

“Kosmatka effectively harnesses his impressive imagination in the service of a mind-blowing plot in this outstanding SF thriller. Ingenious plot twists, well-realized characters, and superior prose elevate this above similar books.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

This well-written and fast-paced scientific thriller builds into beautiful and suspenseful crescendo until the climax in the final chapters. It will leave readers wondering about the possibilities of this world and others.” Library Journal, starred review
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Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce Titles

The American Booksellers Association recently announced their Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce selections. Chosen by panels of booksellers from across the U.S., the list honors the top upcoming debuts publishing between June and October 2015, including these Macmillan titles (which are also Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 books!):

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
THREE starred reviews for Jarvis’s “astounding first novel” (Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review) which re-creates, in loving and exhaustive detail, the writing and publication of Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, in 1836 London. “…choice reading for fans of Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White and Dan Simmons’ Drood.” — Booklist, starred review

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
Three starred reviews for Pulley’s literary historical fantasy about a genius watchmaker who can “remember” the future and uses it to help a 17th century London telegraphist.
“Pulley’s electrifying debut is a triumph of speculative fiction.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review
Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and those fascinated by the tension between free will and fate.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Addictively immersive, Pulley’s narrative is as clever and spry as the watchmaker’s creations.” Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

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