Jennifer Zobair PAINTED HANDS
Thomas Dunne Books, June 2013
Muslim bad girl Zainab Mir has just landed a job working for a post-feminist, Republican Senate candidate. Her best friend Amra Abbas is about to make partner at a top Boston law firm. Together they've thwarted proposal-slinging aunties, cultural expectations, and the occasional bigot to succeed in their careers. What they didn't count on? Unlikely men and geopolitical firestorms.
When the political fallout from a terrorist attempt jeopardizes Zainab's job and protests surrounding a woman-led Muslim prayer service lead to violence, Amra and Zainab must decide what they're willing to risk for their principles, their friendship, and love.
The Namesake meets Sex and the City in this engaging and provocative debut novel about friendship and the love lives of American Muslim women.
Praise for PAINTED HANDS
"A debut with an original and refreshing premise-Jennifer Zobair's novel is about high-flying Bostonian women who struggle with their demanding careers, relationships, friendships and families, and who also happen to be Muslim. A positive portrait of modern Muslim women, prominent in their professions and at large within their communities, written with affection and detail." Roopa Farooki, Orange Prize finalist and author of The Flying Man
Following the critical success of his debut collection, All Over, and of his debut novel, Pacazo, Roy Kesey now brings us a new gathering of short stories, Any Deadly Thing. These stories first appeared in magazines including McSweeney's, Subtropics, Ninth Letter and American Short Fiction, and have been widely anthologized; among them are winners of a Pushcart Prize special mention, an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and The Missouri Review's Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction. With story locales ranging across the Americas to Europe and Asia, Kesey once again makes the full strange world his stage.
Praise for ANY DEADLY THING
"Kesey's writing is elegant and detailed in Any Deadly Thing, anchoring story lines that are at times surreal. (...) He knows the mood he's setting, knows how to guide the reader through these stories and knows just when to step away when they are over." Steve Newman, TimeOut Chicago
As a girl, noir fiction was Juniper Song's favorite escape. So when
her friend Luke asks her to investigate a possible affair between his
father and a young employee, Song finds an opportunity to play
detective. Driving through L.A.'s side streets, following leads,
tailing suspects-it all appeals to Song's romantic ideal of the noir
hero. But when she's knocked out while investigating a mysterious car
and finds a body in her own trunk, Song lurches back to the real L.A.,
becoming embroiled in a crime that goes far beyond role play.
A dazzling debut from fresh new talent Steph Cha, featuring a strong,
modern, sharply observant heroine with an unforgettable voice, Follow
Her Home takes readers through dangerous twists and turns, beyond the
glittering high-rises and freeways of L.A. on a case that will stay
with them long after the final page.
Praise for FOLLOW HER HOME
"Cha's debut updates Marlowe's dark and dangerous LA to modern times while keeping the quirky characters and a twisty mystery that will hold readers to the bitter end." Kirkus
Henriette Laziridis Power THE CLOVER HOUSE
Ballantine, April 2013
Perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key, this stunning
debut novel brings to life World War II-era and modern-day Greece-and
tells the story of a vibrant family and the tragic secret kept hidden
Boston, 2000: Calliope Notaris Brown receives a shocking phone call.
Her beloved uncle Nestor has passed away, and now Callie must fly to
Patras, Greece, to claim her inheritance. Callie's mother, Clio-with
whom Callie has always had a difficult relationship-tries to convince
her not to make the trip. Unsettled by her mother's strange behavior,
and uneasy about her own recent engagement, Callie decides to escape
Boston for the city of her childhood summers.
Greece, 1940: Growing up in Patras in a prosperous family, Clio
Notaris and her siblings feel immune to the oncoming effects of World
War II, yet the Italian occupation throws their privileged lives into
turmoil. Summers in the country once spent idling in the clover fields
are marked by air-raid drills; the celebration of Carnival, with its
elaborate masquerade parties, is observed at home with costumes made
from soldiers' leftover silk parachutes. And as the war escalates, the
events of one fateful evening will upend Clio's future forever.
Praise for THE CLOVER HOUSE
"Perfect for fans of Sarah's Key, this stunning debut novel brings to life World War II-era and modern-day Greece - and tells the story of a vibrant family and the tragic secret kept hidden for generations. Told between the perspectives of Calliope and her mother, Clio, comes a moving novel of the search for identity, the challenges of love, and the shared history that defines a family." USA Today
A luminous collection of short stories focusing on privilege and
entitlement, from the bestselling author of The Starboard Sea.
Damage Control displays Amber Dermont's remarkable gift for portraying
characters at crossroads. In "Lyndon," a daughter visits presidential
landmarks following the death of her father. In "Damage Control," a
young man works at an etiquette school while his girlfriend is
indicted for embezzlement. A widow rents herself to elderly women and
vacations with them as a "professional grandchild" in "Stella at the
Winter Palace." And in "The Language of Martyrs" a couple houses a
mail order bride on behalf of the husband's Russian mother.
Praise for DAMAGE CONTROL
"Dermont... is a deft writer, bullish on her character, assertive in her descriptions of these specific worlds." The New York Times Book Review
"Dermont's gifted but damned narrators baldly articulate the pain and
irony of finding themselves adrift in the seemingly beautiful worlds
they inhabit... Dermont balances a proclivity for abstraction with a
remarkable attention to detail, constructing a poetic tension between
apathy and emotion that makes for an unsettling, provocative, and
worthwhile read." Elle Magazine
ALL THE LIGHT THERE WAS
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2013
On the day the Nazis march down the rue de Belleville,
fourteen-year-old Maral Pegorian is living with her family in Paris;
like many other Armenians who survived the genocide in their homeland,
they have come to Paris to build a new life. The adults immediately
set about gathering food and provisions, bracing for the deprivation
they know all too well. But the children-Maral, her brother Missak,
and their close friend Zaven-are spurred to action of another sort,
finding secret and not-so-secret ways to resist their oppressors. Only
when Zaven flees with his brother Barkev to avoid conscription does
Maral realize that the Occupation is not simply a temporary outrage to
be endured. After many fraught months, just one brother returns,
changing the contours of Maral's world completely.
Praise for ALL THE LIGHT THERE WAS
"An important addition to the WWII fiction shelves, this is bound to spark discussion." Booklist
"Readers are instantly drawn into this world, fully of hardships of
wartime occupation and references to the Armenian genocide of the
previous generation. Thanks to multifaceted characters, Kricorian's
treatment of family dynamics and love under extreme circumstances
creates an emotional read." Publisher's Weekly
Perfect. Pretty. Political. For nearly forty years, The Hellinger
sisters of Hastings-on-Hudson -- namely, Imperia (Perri), Olympia
(Pia), and Augusta (Gus) -- have played the roles set down by their
loving but domineering mother Carol.
But the Hellinger women aren't pulling off their roles the way they
once did. Each woman is unable to believe that anyone, especially her
sisters, could understand what it's like to be her. But when a freak
accident lands their mother in the hospital, a chain of events is set
in motion that will send each Hellinger sister rocketing out of her
comfort zone, leaving her to wonder: was this the role she was truly
born to play?
Praise for THE PRETTY ONE
"Rosenfeld does do a stellar job of developing each personality, and the characters remain true to their nature throughout." Publishers Weekly
"[The main characters] make a difficult situation worse, but by the time everything's resolved, you'll have come to love them in all their hilarious imperfection." People Magazine (four stars)
Alice Loweecey VEILED THREAT
Midnight Ink, February 2013
Giulia risks everything to rescue her friends' baby girl.
It's Giulia Falcone's second Christmas since leaving the convent. She's grateful to be spending it with Frank Driscoll, even if the shift from boss to boyfriend and back again is giving her whiplash. The holiday cheer vanishes when Giulia's good friends, Anya and Laurel, suffer an unimaginable tragedy: the kidnapping of their adopted baby girl. Two similar kidnappings, both involving same-sex couples, ended badly. The only lead is a secluded, vacation resort for lesbians. Going undercover, Giulia has mere hours to find baby Katie before she becomes a grim statistic.
Praise for VEILED THREAT
"A former nun herself, Loweecey (Back in the Habit, 2012, etc.) infuses her complex heroine with all the knowledge and courage it takes to switch from the convent to crime fighting and pairs a solid mystery with a budding romance." Kirkus Reviews
"Absorbing... Loweecey nicely balances humor built around Giulia's re-entry into the world and her attraction to her boss with her suspenseful efforts to save Laurel and Anya's baby." Publisher's Weekly
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the
extraordinary friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Hobbs
Keckley, a former slave who won her freedom by the skill of her
needle, and the friendship of the First Lady by her devotion. Keckley
made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the
White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the
President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American
In March 1861, Mrs. Lincoln chose Keckley from among a number of
applicants to be her personal "modiste," responsible not only for
creating the First Lady's gowns, but also for dressing Mrs. Lincoln in
the beautiful attire Keckley had fashioned. The relationship between
the two women quickly evolved, as Keckley was drawn into the intimate
life of the Lincoln family, supporting Mary Todd Lincoln in the loss
of first her son, and then her husband to the assassination that
stunned the nation and the world.
Praise for MRS. LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER
"Chiaverini's characterization of the relationship between Mary Todd and Lizzy... is nuanced, revealing a friendship that is at times unstable and fraught with class distinctions but also warm and protective... Chiaverini deviates from her usual focus on quilting... to create a welcome historical." Publisher's Weekly
"Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker vividly imagines how the Civil War touched daily life in Washington." The Washingtonian
A lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of
Boston's North Shore, Hildy knows pretty much everything about
everyone. A successful real-estate broker, mother and grandmother, her
days are full. But her nights have become lonely ever since her
daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, staged an
intervention and sent her off to rehab. Now she's in recovery-more or
less. Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy needs a friend. She
finds one in Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of
the town's wealthy newcomers.
But not everyone takes to Rebecca, who is herself the subject of town
gossip. When Frank Getchell, an eccentric local who shares a
complicated history with Hildy, tries to warn her away from Rebecca,
Hildy attempts to protect her friend from a potential scandal. Soon,
however, Hildy is busy trying to cover her own tracks and protect her
Praise for THE GOOD HOUSE
"Leary writes with humor and insight, revealing both the pure pleasure
of drinking and the lies and justifications of alcoholism... the
result is a layered and complex portrait of a woman struggling with
addiction, in a town where no secret stays secret for long." The New York Times Book Review
"Fresh, sharp and masterfully told, Hildy's tale is as intoxicating as it is sobering." People Magazine
This stunning novel introduces Susan Lindley, a woman adrift after her
husband's death. Suddenly gifted her great uncle's Pasadena mansion,
Susan decides to restore his extensive collection of preserved
animals, tending to "the fur and feathers, the beaks, the bones and
shimmering tails." Meanwhile, a menagerie of uniquely damaged
humans-including a cheating husband and a chorus of eccentric elderly
women-joins her in residence.
Funny and heartbreaking, Magnificence is the story of a woman emerging
from the sudden dissolution of her family. Millet's trademark themes
produce a rapturous final act to the critically acclaimed cycle of
novels that began with How the Dead Dream.
Praise for MAGNIFICENCE
"The novel's opening lines are exemplary of Millet's prose, which is both sensitive and strange... Millet creates a thick atmosphere that immediately pulls the reader deep into this saga of love, death, sex, and taxidermy." The New Yorker
"Her oblique, elliptical style serves her vision well. The earth and its inhabitants may be going to hell in a hand basket, but most of us may not even notice." The New York Times Book Review
THE SOCIETY FOR USEFUL KNOWLEDGE
Bloomsbury, June 2013
Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries brought the Enlightenment to America--an intellectual revolution that laid the foundation for the political one that followed. With the "first Drudgery" of settling the American colonies now well and truly past, Franklin announced in 1743, it was high time that the colonists set about improving the lot of humankind through collaborative inquiry. From Franklin's idea emerged the American Philosophical Society, an association hosted in Philadelphia and dedicated to the harnessing of man's intellectual and creative powers for the common good. The animus behind the Society was and is a disarmingly simple one-that the value of knowledge is directly proportional to its utility. This straightforward idea has left a profound mark on American society and culture and on the very idea of America itself-and through America, on the world as a whole.
Offering fresh, original portraits of figures like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, and the inimitable, endlessly inventive Franklin, Lyons gives us vital new perspective on the American founding. He illustrates how the movement for useful knowledge is key to understanding the flow of American society and culture from colonial times to our digital present.
Praise for THE SOCIETY FOR USEFUL KNOWLEDGE
"Clear, focused snapshots of a movement and its celebrated leader." Kirkus Reviews
Elizabeth Scarboro MY FOREIGN CITIES
Liveright, April 2013
Growing out of a spellbinding "Modern Love" column in the New York
Times, a fresh, wrenching story of young love and mortality. As a
teenager, Elizabeth Scarboro imagined an adventurous future for
herself in which she would live all over the world, and settling down
was out of the question. But then she fell in love with Stephen:
brilliant, infuriating, living with cystic fibrosis. With Stephen's
life expectancy hovering around thirty years, Scarboro embraced
another sort of adventure-simultaneously joyous and
heartrending-choosing to stay with Stephen and live an entire marriage
in the ten years they had.
Praise for MY FOREIGN CITIES
"This book squeezes a soul-encompassing marriage into the events of
just one decade, and Scarboro manages to tell-with strength and
grace-her all-too-short love story in less than 300 pages." Library Journal (starred review)
"Scarboro's memoir takes readers on an emotional journey.With grace
and humor, Scarboro shares the couple's most intimate
moments.Throughout, the pair are surrounded by devoted friends and
family who buoy the couple through the most difficult times. It's this
'village' that surrounds Stephen when he dies, a scene that Scarboro
handles with exquisite beauty and infinite sadness." Booklist
Blair Koenig STFU, PARENTS
Perigee Trade, April 2013
Are you a parent? Do you have friends who are parents? Do you have
parents? Then chances are you've been exposed to the growing online
phenomenon known as overshare.
From posting photos of baby's first poo and the intricacies of
placental crafts to sanctimommies declaring their child the most
beautiful kid in the world and criticizing the parenting skills of
fellow Facebook "friends," STFU, Parents collects the most bizarre,
hilarious, and horrifying examples of oversharing on the web. You'll
laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe at detailed descriptions of baby's
first blowout, but one thing's for sure: You'll never look at
parenting the same again.
LINA AND SERGE: THE LOVE AND WARS OF LINA PROKOFIEV
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2013
Serge Prokofiev was one of the twentieth century's most brilliant
composers yet is an enigma to historians and his fans. Why did he
leave the West and move to the Soviet Union despite Stalin's crimes?
Why did his astonishing creativity in the 1930s soon dissolve into a
far less inspiring output in his later years? The answers can finally
be revealed, thanks to Simon Morrison's unique and unfettered access
to the family's voluminous papers and his ability to reconstruct the
tragic, riveting life of the composer's wife, Lina.
The contrast between Lina and Serge is one of strength and
perseverance versus utter self-absorption, a remarkable human drama
that draws on the forces of art, sacrifice, and the struggle against
oppression. Readers will never forget the tragic drama of Lina's life,
and never listen to Serge's music in quite the same way again.
Praise for LINA AND SERGE: THE LOVE AND WARS OF LINA PROKOFIEV
"Research, compassion and outrage combine in a story both riveting and wrenching." Kirkus (starred review)
"Morrison's powerful portrait reveals a haunting story of one woman's tragedy and one man's flaws." Publisher's Weekly
COMANDANTE: HUGO CHAVEZ'S VENEZUELA
The Penguin Press, March 2013
When he first came to power in 1999, Chávez promised a democratic
revolution to transform his country. In Venezuela and elsewhere, he
became a symbol of hope and freedom for his people. Yet in his
thirteen years as president, Chávez has seized control of the hugely
lucrative Venezuelan oil industry, consolidated government authority
under the presidency, allowed basic government functions to wither,
jailed and excommunicated political opponents, created a personality
cult, and courted Castro and Ahmadinejad, all while occupying much of
Venezuela's airwaves with his long-running television show, ˇAlo
In Comandante, acclaimed journalist Rory Carroll breaches the walls of
Miraflores Palace to tell the inside story of Chávez's life and his
political court in Caracas. Based on interviews with ministers, aides,
courtiers, and citizens, this intimate piece of reportage chronicles a
unique experiment in power, which veers among enlightenment, tyranny,
comedy, and farce.
Praise for COMANDANTE: HUGO CHAVEZ'S VENEZUELA
"...his book is deeply informative, a sprightly chronicle of
Venezuela's dizzying journey under its Comandante. And despite the
author's protestations that Chavez was no dictator, he has ended up
telling us just that. Here is a lively portrait of a new Latin
American genus: the democratically elected caudillo." The Washington Post
"...how often do we come across a book of non-fiction in which
virtually every sentence, not just every page, carries an unexpected
image or evocative turn of phrase? Carroll takes the prize on this
count. Comandante is as severe, yet as tenderly written an indictment
of Chávez as any we are likely to come across, at least in the English
language." Financial Times
Melissa Fiorenza and Laura Serino TWENTYSOMETHING GIRL: QUICK TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER
Arcade Publishing, March 2013
Quick tips for surviving and thriving in your twenties!
Did you know that spritzing vodka on your clothes can kill musty odors? That airline tickets are the cheapest on Tuesdays? And that exboyfriendjewelry.com is a reputable place to peddle old baubles from your ex? These are just a few of the 1,000 bite-sized pieces of wisdom that fill the pages of the fun, friendly, and practical Twentysomething Girl.
As anyone who has survived their twenties knows, it can be both an exciting and chaotic time as one makes the transition from college co-ed to young professional. This go-to guide covers categories including everything from finance and fashion to careers and entertaining, with quick tips that will aid any twentysomething girl in mastering the balance between work and play. The authors, veteran magazine editors and current freelance writers, have tapped every applicable outlet-professionals, print publications, web resources, celebrities, and real twentysomethings-to fashion the most indispensable book for the twentysomething girl. Whether it's nabbing that dream job, finding time for Mr. Right, or managing your wardrobe budget, this guide reveals the secrets to keeping your sanity while having it all! 50 color illustrations.
JUJITSU RABBI AND THE GODLESS BLONDE Amy Einhorn Books, January 2013
A child who never quite fit in, Rebecca Dana worshipped at the altar
of Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, dreaming of one day ditching
Pittsburgh and moving to New York, her Jerusalem. After graduating
from college, she made her way to the city to begin her destiny. For a
time, life turned out exactly as she'd planned: glamorous parties;
beautiful people; the perfect job, apartment, and man. But when it all
came crashing down, she found herself catapulted into another world.
She moves into Brooklyn's enormous Lubavitch community, and lives with
Cosmo, a thirty-year-old Russian rabbi who practices jujitsu on the
While Cosmo, disenchanted with Orthodoxy, flirts with leaving the
community, Rebecca faces the fact that her religion -- the books,
magazines, TV shows, and movies that made New York seem like salvation
-- has also failed her. As she shuttles between the world of religious
extremism and the world of secular excess, Rebecca goes on a search
Praise for JUJITSU RABBI AND THE GODLESS BLONDE
"[Dana] turns a nine-month stint in Brooklyn into a thoughtful, archly funny meditation on what it means to want a certain kind of life, achieve it, and then feel patently uncomfortably in it..." Publisher's Weekly
"Like the martial-arts-obsessed Hasid of the title, her take on being young and smart and emotionally adrift in the city is odd and charming enough to be that elusive thing: a true original." Entertainment Weekly
THE TWICE LOST
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, July 2013
Mermaids have been sinking ships and drowning humans for centuries, and now the government is determined to put an end to the mermaid problem-by slaughtering all of them. Luce, a mermaid with exceptionally threatening abilities, becomes their number-one target, hunted as she flees down the coast toward San Francisco.
There she finds hundreds of mermaids living in exile under the docks of the bay. These are the Twice Lost: once-human girls lost first when a trauma turned them into mermaids, and lost a second time when they broke mermaid law and were rejected by their tribes. Luce is stunned when they elect her as their leader. But she won't be their queen. She'll be their general. And they will become the Twice Lost Army-because this is war.
Praise for THE TWICE LOST
"The Twice Lost offers a moving, action-packed and deeply satisfying ending to Sarah Porter's brilliant Lost Voices trilogy. What a beautiful, intense world of ferocious lost girls who find themselves at last. I loved it." Carolyn Turgeon, author of Mermaid and The Fairest of Them All
WHAT WE BECOME
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 2013
Two years ago, teenagers Mal and Laura destroyed a corporate empire intent on controlling human thinking through technology. For a while, life was good. But now a new force has arisen: the Old Man. He's hungry for power and he knows who holds the key to getting it: Mal. Mal needs his beloved Laura's help to defeat the Old Man, but is he willing to risk her life in another battle to save humanity? What We Become combines mind-bending thrills with the hot immediacy of corporate greed. It will leave readers wondering who is really in control...
Praise for WHAT WE BECOME
"Karp's characters remain charismatic, the plot percolates briskly, and the world, it turns out, is worth saving." Booklist