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“A prima ballerina in 1870s Paris is haunted by the ghosts of wronged women in this atmospheric sequel to Biller’s THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE… Biller’s fans will enjoy the feminist romance filtered through familiar gothic tropes.”–Publishers Weekly
“This first novel in an ambitious trilogy tracks a suburban Chicago family in a time of personal and societal turmoil… Franzen’s intensely absorbing novel is amusing, excruciating, and at times unexpectedly uplifting—in a word, exquisite.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Throughout, Franzen exhibits his remarkable ability to build suspense through fraught interpersonal dynamics. It’s irresistible.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“In Rona Jaffe Award winner Solomon’s illuminating latest, two middle-aged women who were friends at Bryn Mawr reflect on sexuality, race, and selfhood… Solomon brings wit and incisive commentary to this pristine take on two characters’ fascinating and painful lives.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Starling captivates and horrifies by turn in this intricately plotted, deliciously bonkers secondary world gothic fantasy… Gothic purists may initially balk at the secondary world setting, as it’s somewhat at odds with the genre’s emphasis on how women are imprisoned by real-world patriarchal structures, but Starling’s magic system is so spookily and fully realized, and the final twist so brilliantly turns the novel on its head, that even the most skeptical will be won over. This proves impossible to put down.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Spiner’s debut is an homage to fans: where would celebrities be without them? Trekkies and Hollywood history buffs will be delighted.”–Publishers Weekly
“Johnson wrestles with questions of racial identity, post-racial society, and the legacies of slavery in her masterly debut collection… This incandescent work speaks not just to the moment, but to history.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A sharp debut by a writer with wit and confidence.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
From New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond, NOT YOUR AVERAGE HOT GUY is a hilarious romantic comedy about two people falling in love, while the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
“This short novel, immersed in unease and oozing menace, is engrossing and methodically paced… The conclusion will leave all unsettled, haunting both characters and readers.”–Library Journal
“Nadja Kulka committed a crime and paid the price. Now she’s out of prison, with an apartment, a decent job, and a couple of friends, including her boss’s alluring, wild-hare wife Laura. When Laura kills her lover and grabs Nadja’s hand for help, Nadja can’t say no, but somewhere deep in the woods she begins to suspect that she’s being used. From the author of the multi-starred DEAR CHILD.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert
“Grant does a fine job of making Cooper sympathetic, despite his obvious faults. The beauty of the book’s prose as well as its deeply felt message of redemption and hope will please many. Grant is a writer to watch.”–Publishers Weekly
“A man struggles to maintain his sanity following the death of his wife in Moreno’s raw, haunting debut… In graceful prose peppered with terrifyingly vivid descriptions, Moreno gives a nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey to explore the perils of technology while probing the all-too-human complexities of grief. The devastating result marks Moreno as a horror writer to watch.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“In a follow-up to Morris’s multi-million-best-selling THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ and CILKA’S JOURNEY, THREE SISTERS—Livia, Magda, and Cibi—survive Auschwitz and escape the Germans during the 1945 death march from the camp.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert