Sneak Peek: August 2022 Indie Next List

The August 2022 Indie Next list features 6 Macmillan titles!

THE KINGDOMS OF SAVANNAH by George Dawes Green
ISBN 9781250767448 | on sale 7/19/22

3 starred reviews!

“Deeply rooted in Savannah’s at times horrific history, yet looking hopefully toward the future, this provocative page-turner is sure to enthrall a broad spectrum of readers. Green is writing at the top of his game.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In his first novel in more than a decade, Edgar Award winner Green delivers a gripping and expertly researched Southern literary thriller that is anything but cozy. Most powerful is the novel’s exploration of contemporary social issues like homelessness, privilege, and familial legacies built from slavery. Through masterful storytelling, Green turns the quaint and eclectic tourist town of Savannah into a character as conflicted and complex as the rest of the novel’s ensemble.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This fascinating story takes readers from homeless encampments to elegant homes as Morgana and her children probe the doings of a strange, dysfunctional family and discover appalling injustices in the city’s past. Based on historical events, Green’s literary thriller will draw those who loved John Berendt’s MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL.”–Booklist, starred review

THE BOOK EATERS by Sunyi Dean
ISBN 9781250810182 | on sale 8/2/22

2 starred reviews!

“A powerful story of overwhelming mother love, as something both powerful and potentially horrific. It’s a book that delves into the need to survive even when a system is built to break you or determined to crush you; a powerful queer story about difference that refuses to flinch away from difficult choices or the impact of trauma, both generational and inflicted. Readers will devour this compelling, rich fantasy.”–Booklist, starred review

“Dean’s unputdownable debut gives the phrase ‘voracious reader’ a new, very literal meaning… The fascinating magic system, impeccable and unusual worldbuilding, and well-shaded characters will keep readers riveted through every twist of this wild ride.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

JUST LIKE HOME by Sarah Gailey
ISBN 9781250174727 | on sale 7/19/22

A LibraryReads hall-of-famer and 2 starred reviews!

“Gailey’s newest gothic novel is painfully suspenseful and richly dark, their rushing, intoxicating writing in peak form. Delightfully creepy and heartbreakingly tragic, JUST LIKE HOME is equal parts raw terror of a dark childhood bedroom, creeping revelations of a true-crime podcast, and searing hurt of resentment within a family. It’s a must-read for all gothic horror fans.”–Booklist, starred review

“Suggestive prose… enhances the twisty plot as Vera tries to better understand the killings her father was accused of. The counterintuitive choice to have flashbacks recounted in present tense, while using past tense for present-day events, along with ominous foreshadowing… helps to create an unsettling atmosphere.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE BODYGUARD by Katherine Center
ISBN 9781250219398 | on sale 7/19/22

A LibraryReads hall-of-famer!

“Center turns gender norms on their heads in this utterly charming tale of a female bodyguard and the gorgeous movie star she’s assigned to protect… Center’s latest might be her most winning yet, a classic romantic set-up with two appealing, sympathetic leads. It’s not only a must-read for her fans, but it will likely garner her new devotees as well.”–Booklist, starred review

DIRTBAG, MASSACHUSETTS: A Confessional by Isaac Fitzgerald
ISBN 9781635573978 | on sale 7/19/22

“Journalist Fitzgerald weaves a raucous mosaic of a rough-and-ready New England rarely seen with a transfixing story of his path to finding himself… The result is a marvelous coming-of-age story that’s as wily and raunchy as it is heartfelt.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE LAST KARANKAWAS by Kimberly Garza
ISBN 9781250819857 | on sale 8/9/22

“Garza’s excellent debut paints a rich portrait of the inhabitants of Galveston and other parts of southern Texas… Written in lyrical, nearly hypnotic prose that makes the reader feel the Texan humidity, this is a brilliantly plotted, startling, and richly rewarding exploration of the myths that bind people together, generational traumas, and the remarkable adaptability of humans.”–Booklist

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