Sneak Peek: August 2020 Indie Next List

The August 2020 Indie Next list features 8 Macmillan titles, including the #1 pick!

#1 Pick: MIGRATIONS by Charlotte McConaghy

ISBN 9781250204028, on sale 8/4/20

A Library Journal Best Debut + 2 starred reviews!

“McConaghy’s evocation of a world bereft of wildlife is piercing; Franny’s otherworldliness is captivating, and her extreme misadventures and anguished secrets are gripping.”–Booklist, starred review

“A consummate blend of issue and portrait, warning and affirmation, this heartbreaking, lushly written work is highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

LUSTER by Raven Leilani

ISBN 9780374194321, on sale 8/4/20

“Old soul Edie has an otherworldly way of seeing the world and reflecting it back to readers, peppering experiences of past and current despair with acceptance and humor but never sacrificing depth, of which her story has miles. A must for seekers of strongly narrated, original fiction.”–Booklist, starred review


ISBN 9781250313225, on sale 8/4/20

3 starred reviews!

“[T]his dark, bloody puzzle box of a sequel is a knockout.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An incredible journey into the chaos of the mind, Muir’s latest doubles down on all the wonderfully queer and pulpy moments, body horror, and macabre humor of her debut—and exceeds it.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Fans of a blend of horror, mystery, dark humor, and the uncanny found in books like Daniel O’Malley’s THE ROOK (2012) will want to start with the first Ninth House book, then devour this one.”–Booklist, starred review

FLYAWAY by Kathleen Jennings

ISBN 9781250260499, on sale 7/28/20

A Publishers Weekly Summer 2020 pick + 2 starred reviews!

“Lovers of contemporary fairy tales and magical realism will find this a masterful work.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Jennings’s debut novella is pure, poetic Australian gothic, filled with haunting emotions, fairy-tale action, and sharp prose.”–Library Journal, starred review

CROSSINGS by Alex Landragin

ISBN 9781250259042, on sale 7/28/20

“This novel is outstanding for its sheer inventiveness. The alternative ordering of chapters creates a tension that heightens the awareness of the interlocking aspects of time and space, while deft writing seduces the reader in a complex tale of pursuit, denial, and retribution moving from past to future. Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

THE VANISHING SKY by L. Annette Binder

ISBN 9781635574678, on sale 7/21/20

“This stark accounting of the personal damage inflicted by war draws its power from its homey details, as one family’s life is blown apart.”–Booklist


ISBN 9781250755933, on sale 8/4/20

“Pavesi’s language immerses readers in mid-twentieth-century England and in the struggles, cruelties, and oddities of his multitude of carefully portrayed characters. Give this atmospheric puzzle to fans of short stories and of the American Mystery Classics series.”–Booklist, starred review

I HOLD A WOLF BY THE EARS: Stories by Laura van den Berg

ISBN 9780374102098, on sale 7/28/20

2 starred reviews!

“Van den Berg maintains an unsettling tone throughout these darkly imagined tales. This collection shows the author at her best.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In these 11 perceptive stories, Van den Berg displays her literary talents with acerbic acumen as she portrays indelible characters brimming with verve that is hungry and wild.”–Booklist, starred review

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