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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

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

Happy #BookBday (6/23/15 Edition)

A very happy #BookBday to three BIG summer reads out today!

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
A June 2015 LibraryReads pick, a Barnes & Noble 2015 Discover Great New Writers Pick, a July 2015 Indie Next 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.

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
A Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, a July 2015 Indie Next pick, and a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection! 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

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green
A Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! New York Times bestselling author Green delivers a powerful story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present. “The story line and flawed characters will give readers something to think about when they bring Green’s latest to the beach.” — Library Journal

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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