So begins the epic Migration of the ARC Boxes from the arctic wastelands of the Flatiron Building to the semi-arid plains of the Washington State Convention Center.
Now listen up, ALA Midwinter attendees. This is a first peek at just a few of the fine galleys heading West that we'll be giving away in booth 2435.
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman (March 2013)
Brigid Quinn's experiences in hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn’t have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she's put firmly behind her, but the past intervenes when a man confesses to the worst unsolved case of Brigid’s career—the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée.
"Wow. An absolute pleasure. Chilling, smart, funny, and what a voice she has." —Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka (April 2013)
Paul Carlson, a brilliant young scientist, is summoned to collect DNA samples from the ancient bones of a strange, new species unearthed by an archaeological dig. The questions the find raises seem to cast doubt on the very foundations of modern science, but until the dig is violently shut down by paramilitaries and Paul flees.
Redemption Mountain by Gerry FitzGerald (June 2013)
On the surface, Charlie Burden and Natty Oaks could not be more different: she, the daughter of many generations of rural farmers; he, an executive at a multinational engineering firm. But in each other they find the new lease on life they both so desperately need.
The Sunshine When She's Gone by Thea Goodman (March 2013)
One frigid, January morning in Manhattan, a new father, racked by sleep deprivation, decides to let his wife sleep in–then spontaneously flees lower Manhattan with their baby, for a weekend in the Caribbean. It wasn’t a kidnapping, he wasn’t leaving his wife; he just wanted to spend a little time away. When the wife, awakes she feels great—and embarks on a city adventure as misguided in its own way as her husband’s impulsive escape.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (March 2013)
Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume—same as I would wear that evening...
Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance.
“Fowler has given us a lovely, sad and compulsively readable book.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (February 2013)
This is the story of two high school misfits in an economically-depressed small town falling in love for the first time.
"Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike" —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (March 2013)
Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa are living in the backwoods with their drug-addicted mother until they are discovered by their estranged father. He draws them into the real world and helps them navigate family, school, clothes and everything else that comes with teenager territory.
“First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity.” —Booklist (starred review)
Find all these great early reads and more in booth 2435!