New Edelweiss E-galleys (11/8/21)

Hello e-galley readers! Check out some of the exciting e-galleys that were recently added to Edelweiss for your downloading pleasure:

ISBN 9781250810144 | on sale 5/31/22

Joey Green has returned to Beaufort, South Carolina, with its palmettos and shrimp boats, to look after his ailing father, who is succumbing to dementia, while his overstressed mother takes a break. Marshall Green’s short-term memory has all but evaporated, but, as if in compensation, his oldest memories are more vivid than ever. His mind keeps slipping backwards in time, retreating into long-ago yesterdays of growing up in Beaufort as a boy.

At first this seems like a blessing of sorts, with the past providing a refuge from a shrinking future, but Joey grows increasingly anxious as his father’s hallucinatory arguments with figures from his youth begin to hint at deadly secrets, scandals, and suspicions long buried and forgotten. Resurfacing from decades past are mysteries that still have the power to shatter lives–and change everything Joey thought he knew.

Especially when a new murder brings the police to his door . . . .

BOOK OF NIGHT by Holly Black
ISBN 9781250812193 | on sale 5/3/22

In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences–but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings and memories–but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden–a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms.

And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. When a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie’s present life is thrown into chaos and her future seems, at best, unclear; and at worst, non-existent. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister–all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

THE ATLAS SIX by Olivie Blake
ISBN 9781250854513 | on sale 3/1/22

What would you sacrifice to secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond your wildest imagination?

In a dangerous post-grad world of magic, a society of chosen magicians study the secrets of the lost library of Alexandria whose books can unlock a life only an elite few enjoy. Six powerful, young magicians are chosen to to compete for five spots within The Alexandrian Society, the protectors and benefactors of the world’s greatest source of knowledge.

What the young magicians are willing to sacrifice–and who–is up to them.

ISBN 9781250844583 | on sale 8/16/22

Lucia Giannetti needs a fresh start. Once the hotel manager of a glamorous NYC hotel and intimately involved with the hotel’s owner, Lucy had her entire future planned out. But when the owner disappears, taking millions of dollars with him, Lucy’s life as she knows it falls apart.

Two years later, forty-nine years old and unemployed, Lucy takes a job in Rennes, France to manage the Hotel Paradis. She pictures fur quilts and extravagant chandeliers, but what she finds is wildly different. Lucy is now in charge of turning the run-down, but charming hotel into a bustling tourist attraction. Between painting rooms, building a website, and getting to know Bing, the irritatingly attractive artist, Lucy finds an unexpected home. But can she succeed in bringing the Hotel Paradis to its former glory?

START WITHOUT ME: (I’ll Be There in a Minute) by Gary Janetti
ISBN 9781250225856 | on sale 4/26/22

Gary Janetti is bothered. By a lot of things. And thank God he’s here to tell us.

He’s bothered that he has to play football in high school gym when he’d rather be in the guidance counselor’s office, faking sick and dishing about the latest dramas on his beloved soap operas. He’s annoyed when, as a kid growing up in Queens, New York, there’s a serial killer loose in his neighborhood, but Carole Burnett is on tv and he really doesn’t want to miss it. And don’t get him started on how a perfectly planned vacation can be ruined by a bad hotel room.

START WITHOUT ME is for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t quite fit in. For all of us that have thought, just maybe, those small, petty slights that life flings at us, over and over, are worth getting our feathers ruffled over. A book for any of us that have felt the joy in holding a lifelong grudge. Which is to really say, START WITHOUT ME is for all of us.

Janetti turns his acid tongue, and secretly beating heart, to the moments and times that defined him, when, as he writes, “most everything was wonderful. It was only tiny, little things,” that stuck like a sharp pebble in a shoe. Deeply poignant, savagely funny, and slyly tender, START WITHOUT ME will have readers wishing it would never end.

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