New Edelweiss E-galleys (7/25/22)

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

THE CRANE HUSBAND by Kelly Barnhill
ISBN 9781250850973 | on sale 2/28/23

“Mothers fly away like migrating birds. This is why farmers have daughters.

A fifteen-year-old teenager is the backbone of her small Midwestern family, budgeting the household finances and raising her younger brother while her mother, a talented artist, weaves beautiful tapestries. For six years, it’s been just the three of them—her mother has brought home guests at times, but none have ever stayed.

Yet when her mother brings home a six-foot tall crane with a menacing air, the girl is powerless to prevent her mom letting the intruder into her heart, and her children’s lives. Utterly enchanted and numb to his sharp edges, her mother abandons the world around her to weave the masterpiece the crane demands.

In this stunning contemporary retelling of THE CRANE WIFE by the Newbery Award-winning author of THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON, one fiercely pragmatic teen forced to grow up faster than was fair will do whatever it takes to protect her family—and change the story.

PICTURE IN THE SAND by Peter Blauner
ISBN 9781250851017 | on sale 1/3/23

Ali Hassan, an Egyptian-American businessman in Brooklyn, reveals a secret past of activism and heartbreak in an attempt to keep his hot-headed teen-aged grandson from making the greatest mistake of his life. In a journey that begins amid the high-wattage glamour of the sets of Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments and leads to the deserts of Cairo and beyond, Ali describes how he landed a dream job as DeMille’s personal assistant, and then found himself enmeshed in events that changed the course of history.

It’s a tale that Ali has kept hidden most of his life. But now there’s an urgent reason to share it: his beloved American grandson, Alex, has run off to Syria become a holy warrior. Alex says this journey is his destiny; Ali understands better than Alex believes, and knows that rescuing Alex is up to him, because Ali knows how this movie can end.

With equal parts suspense, history, and family drama, PICTURE IN THE SAND is a mesmerizing story about faith, family, and the enduring power of storytelling.

A DAY OF FALLEN NIGHT: A Roots of Chaos Novel by Samantha Shannon
ISBN 9781635577921 | on sale 1/24/23

Tunuva Melim is a sister of the Priory. For fifty years, she has trained to slay wyrms—but none have appeared since the Nameless One, and the younger generation is starting to question the Priory’s purpose.

To the north, in Inys, Sabran the Ambitious has married the new King of Hróth, narrowly saving her queendom from ruin. Their daughter, Glorian, trails in their shadow—exactly where she wants to be.

Meanwhile, the dragons of the East have slept for centuries. Dumai lives in a Seiikinese mountain temple, where celebrants strive to wake the gods from the Long Slumber—but someone from her mother’s past is coming to the mountain for her, and Dumai’s fate may be far different than she imagined.

When the Dreadmount erupts, bringing with it an age of terror and violence, these women must rise to protect humankind from a devastating threat.

Sweeping and epic, A DAY OF FALLEN NIGHT returns readers to the world of THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE and shows us how ordinary people make choices that shape their countries for centuries to come.

THE LIES OF THE AJUNGO by Moses Ose Utomi
ISBN 9781250849069 | on sale 3/21/23

They say there is no water in the City of Lies. They say there are no heroes in the City of Lies. They say there are no friends beyond the City of Lies. But would you believe what they say in the City of Lies?

In the City of Lies, they cut out your tongue when you turn thirteen, to appease the terrifying Ajungo Empire and make sure it continues sending water. Tutu will be thirteen in three days, but his parched mother won’t last that long. So Tutu goes to his oba and makes a deal: she provides water for his mother, and in exchange he will travel out into the desert and bring back water for the city. Thus begins Tutu’s quest for the salvation of his mother, his city, and himself.

THE LIES OF THE AJUNGO opens the curtains on a tremendous world, and begins the epic fable of the Forever Desert. With every word, Moses Ose Utomi weaves magic.

IMPERFECT ANGEL by Christi Barth
ISBN 9781649372116 | on sale 10/25/22

When a half-angel falls for a human, it might actually be the end of the world…

Maisy Norgate knows she’s not alone in her struggle to get her life together. She’s lucky to be sharing a tiny house with her best friend, even if it means juggling two dead-end jobs. She’ll get where she wants to be. Eventually. But when she inherits an old key from an uncle she never knew, things get weird. The grumpy hottie on her doorstep insists demons are real, and the key is the one thing that can stop them.

The key she no longer has. Oops.

Rhys Boyce is a Nephilim—half-angel, half-human. It’s not as cool as it sounds. When he’s not troubleshooting the disasters rocking the supernatural world, Rhys and his brothers-in-arms stay off the radar. Trouble’s found him, though, in the form of a human who must have more beauty than brains because she just gave away the key to Hell… to a demon.

The only thing Maisy and Rhys agree on is that they’ve got to find that key before every nightmare is let loose. The problem is, they can’t agree on how. He’s annoyingly bossy. She’s impossibly stubborn. And they’re stuck together until the key is safe—or the world ends.

EMOTIONAL LABOR: The Invisible Work Shaping Our Lives and How to Claim Our Power by Rose Hackman
ISBN 9781250777355 | on sale 3/28/23

“Emotional labor.” The term might sound familiar… but what does it mean exactly? Initially used to describe the unacknowledged labor flight attendants did to make guests feel welcomed and safe—on top of their actual job description—the phrase has burst into the national lexicon in recent years. The examples, whispered among friends and posted online, are endless. A woman is tasked with organizing family functions, even without volunteering. A stranger insists you “smile more,” even as you navigate a high stress environment or grating commute. Emotional labor is essential to our society and economy, but it’s so often invisible. Many are asked to perform exhausting, draining work at no extra cost.

In this groundbreaking, journalistic deep dive, Rose Hackman traces the history of the term and exposes common manifestations of the phenomenon. She describes the many ways women and girls are forced to edit the expressions of their emotions to accommodate and elevate the emotions of others. But Hackman doesn’t simply diagnose a problem—she empowers us to combat patriarchy and forge pathways for radical evolution, justice, and change. The 2023 must-have for every reader.

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