Spring 2019 Debuts to Watch

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

“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.

STAY AND FIGHT by Madeline ffitch
“Her boyfriend quickly tires of living off the land in Appalachian Ohio, but Helen survives the winter with some neighborly help and soon brings in Karen and Lily, forced from the Women’s Land Trust after their son’s birth. But the outside world won’t stay outside. From an activist with Appalachia Resist! and cofounder of the punk theater company Missoula Oblongata, a first novel on the realities of a neglected region.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

CARNEGIE HILL by Jonathan Vatner
Crazy Rich Asians meets the Upper East Side in this fresh debut in which deception is just another day in the lives of the elite.

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends.

“High school chemistry genius Conrad Aybinder falls in love with Sammy Tampari, the teacher with whom he is doing an independent study during the summer. But by the time school starts, Mr. Tampari is dead, and he’s left Conrad journals mapping out his quest for something called The Elixir of Life. Maybe it could cure the terminal illness of Conrad’s father? Looks as if there’s some in-house enthusiasm coalescing around this debut; keep your eyes open.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

MONTAUK by Nicola Harrison
This epic and cinematic debut novel captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.

A father’s faith. A daughter’s loyalty. A mother’s ethics. The shocking murder accusation that tests A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY.

FAMOUS PEOPLE by Justin Kuritzkes
This fresh, smart novel in the guise of a celebrity memoir probes the inner life of a mega-famous pop star through a rollicking, unforgettable look at the clash between fame and the human condition, and what it really means to be “normal.”

“In late 1980s New York, aspiring writer Eve Rosen is trying to keep up her spirits as a lowly assistant when she lucks out with an invitation to an event at the Cape Cod home of New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. She lucks out further when she becomes Grey’s research assistant and is invited to the couple’s oh-so-chic Book Party, but soon she’s starting to think that the publishing world isn’t so glamorous after all. UN speechwriter Dukess gets a national tour for her fiction debut.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL by Edoardo Albinati
A semiautobiographical coming-of-age story, framed by the harrowing 1975 Circeo massacre, that reflects on the legacy of abuse, the Italian bourgeoisie, and the relationship between sex, violence, and masculinity.

NOTTINGHAM by Nathan Makaryk
A complex and compelling retelling of the legend of Robin Hood that mixes history and myth into a complex study of power–one that twists and turns far beyond the traditional tale of Sherwood Forest’s iconic thief.

MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey
“In this clever and fast-paced magical mystery, Gailey (RIVER OF TEETH) introduces Bay Area PI Ivy Gamble, who usually tracks down adulterers and insurance scammers. Then, Marion Torres, headmaster at Osthorne Academy for Young Mages, walks into Ivy’s office and asks her to solve a murder…. A wonderfully quirky mystery filled with inviting characters and gripping surprise twists.”–Publishers Weekly

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