Sneak Peek: September 2022 Indie Next List

The September 2022 Indie Next list features 6 Macmillan titles!

IF I SURVIVE YOU by Jonathan Escoffery
ISBN 9780374605988 | on sale 9/6/22

4 starred reviews!

“A revelatory work, full of a young man’s questioning and told in a distinctive voice, this contemplation of identity, culture, and race in the United States today is highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

“A collection of linked stories focused on one family’s tempest-tossed journeys in Jamaica and Florida… A fine debut that looks at the complexities of cultural identity with humor, savvy, and a rich sense of place.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“First-time author Escoffery’s collection of interconnected stories confirms his already prize-winning status… The writing and characters are nuanced, with much pain and trauma but also moments of levity and humor.”–Booklist, starred review

“Escoffery’s vibrant and varied debut, a linked collection, chronicles the turbulent fate of a Jamaican American family in Miami… This charged work keeps a tight hold on the reader.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

A TASTE OF GOLD AND IRON by Alexandra Rowland
ISBN 9781250800381 | on sale 8/30/22

3 starred reviews!

“Rowland (FINDING FAERIES) delivers a breathtakingly intimate narrative in this gorgeous fantasy, in which the political intrigue of a kingdom serves as backdrop to a romance between the softest of hearts… In exploring what monarchs owe their people, and what individuals owe each other, this achingly tender fantasy wows.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The matriarchal defaults and three-gender system present in Arasti society place the novel squarely among the ranks of contemporary queer fantasy… An engaging fantasy/romance set in a large, lush, and inclusive world.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A beautifully detailed world, the power to touch-taste metal, political schemes, and a slow-burn romance wrap together in a lush fantasy… Rowland’s (A CHOIR OF LIES) latest continues to showcase their captivating prose, immersive details, and complicated characters.”–Library Journal, starred review

NONA THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
ISBN 9781250854117 | on sale 9/13/22

2 starred reviews!

“Nona’s lovely, simple, and occasionally silly voice works especially well in juxtaposition with the dark, dense backdrop of the series so far, creating a riveting contrast. Readers will be on the edges of their seats.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This uniquely poignant arc of a young woman’s search for an ordinary life within a very extraordinary world is both stunning in its simpler moments and shocking in its reveals… Muir’s third entry in ‘The Locked Tomb‘ series (after HARROW THE NINTH) is as immersive and original as its predecessors.”–Library Journal, starred review

DAISY DARKER by Alice Feeney
ISBN 9781250843937 | on sale 8/30/22

LibraryReads pick!

“Take one crumbling Victorian mansion, the only habitation on an island edged with treacherous cliffs off the Cornish coast. Fill it with warring relatives and murderous motives. Stir in a ticking clock in the form of a tide that cuts everyone off from the mainland for eight hours. Result? A sinisterly satisfying play on Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE… Readers will be intrigued by the setting, the action, and the question of whether or not they can trust narrator Daisy.”–Booklist, starred review

OTHER BIRDS by Sarah Addison Allen
ISBN 9781250019868 | on sale 8/30/22

LibraryReads pick!

“The biggest challenge for the reader is to try to not turn the pages so quickly in order to extend the fun. Intriguing details and magical realism are hallmarks of Allen’s fiction, along with a slow-burn mystery that connects the past and present… Readers who enjoy a Southern story, a touch of the unexplained, and works by Fannie Flagg and Karen White will all be delighted by this novel.”–Booklist, starred review

ISBN 9780374293512 | on sale 9/13/22

“Ma uses elements of the fantastic but grounds them in a reality that is more recognizably our own… The ideas of home and belonging recur throughout the collection… Ma also writes about motherhood and academic life and abusive relationships. These are rich themes, and [she] explores them with the logic of dreams. Haunting and artful.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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