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    Everything I Don't Remember A Novel Jonas Hassen Khemiri
    9781501138027 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date:July 12, 2016
    $34.00 CAD 139.7 x 212.72 x 25.4 mm | 0.82 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Atria Books
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      A 2016 Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year, as Chosen by Joyce Carol Oates

      One of Sweden’s most celebrated young writers and activists spins an exhilarating, innovative, and gripping murder mystery reminiscent of the hit podcast Serial.

      A young man named Samuel dies in a horrible car crash. Was it an accident or was it suicide? To answer that question, an unnamed writer with an agenda of his own sets out to map Samuel’s last day alive. Through conversations with friends, relatives, and neighbors, a portrait of Samuel emerges: the loving grandchild, the reluctant bureaucrat, the loyal friend, the contrived poseur. The young man who did everything for his girlfriend Laide and shared everything with his best friend Vandad. Until he lost touch with them both.

      By piecing together an exhilarating narrative puzzle, we follow Samuel from the first day he encounters the towering Vandad to when they become roommates. We meet Panther, Samuel’s self-involved childhood friend whose move to Berlin indirectly cues the beginning of Samuel’s search for the meaning of love—which in turn leads Samuel to Laide. Soon, Samuel’s relationship with Laide leads to a chasm in his friendship with Vandad, and it isn’t long before the lines between loyalty and betrayal, protection, and peril get blurred irrevocably.

      Everything I Don’t Remember is a gripping tale about love and memory. But it is also a story about a writer who, by filling out the contours of Samuel’s story, is actually trying to grasp a truth about himself. In the end, what remains of all our fleeting memories? And what is hidden behind everything we don’t remember? Told with Khemiri’s characteristic stylistic ingenuity, this is an emotional roller coaster ride of a book that challenges us to see ourselves—and our relationships to the closest people in our lives—in new and sometimes shocking ways.
      Jonas Hassen Khemiri is one of the most important writers of his generation. He has written four acclaimed novels and one collection of short stories, essays and plays. Khemiri is also a celebrated playwright whose work has been performed on stages around the world and who received an Obie Award in 2011 for his Off-Broadway play Invasion!. He lives in Stockholm.
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      “This is a wonderful and mysterious book. Close to a journalistic or criminal investigation, every sentence trembles with Khemiri's electrifying prose. A very original tour de force that still vibrated in my mind long after I had read the last page.”
      "Unforgettable. In this non-putdownable puzzle of a story, Khemiri manages to both thrill and break your heart.”
      “Heartbreakingly sad and laugh-out-loud funny. Its chorus of young drifters, romantics and cynics stick in the memory, each competing to tell their own truth about Samuel and his tragic death.” – Hari Kunzru, bestselling author of Gods Without Men
      “An enthralling jigsaw-puzzle of a book. Part love story, part reflection on loss, on memory, this smart, one-of-a-kind literary novel is both beautiful and heartbreaking. This is storytelling at its best.”
      “With its energetic prose and innovative structure, Everything I Don’t Remember confirms that Jonas Hassen Khemiri is not only one of Sweden’s best authors, but a great talent of our time.”
      “A wonderful exploration of human motivation – why we love, hate, crave, and reject each other. Khemiri writes with an acute sense of perspective and his clean, conceptual prose is gripping from start to finish.”
      “Compelling…In this painful novel about youthful optimism gone hopelessly wrong, Khemiri dramatizes such immigration-related issues as failures in elder care, unemployment and dead-end jobs, drug abuse, and racial prejudice.”
      “A ‘must’ for those interested in narrative voice.”
      "Khemiri's stylistic approach is sure to keep readers of Everything I Don't Remember enthralled every step of the way."
      “One for contemporary thriller lovers everywhere.”
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    Dark Matter A Novel Blake Crouch
    9781101904220 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 26, 2016
    $33.00 CAD 6.45 x 9.52 x 1.15 in | 1.28 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Crown
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      A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.

      “Are you happy with your life?”

      Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
      Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
      Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” 
      In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
      Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
      Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.
      Blake Crouch is best known for the Wayward Pines trilogy, which has sold more than a million copies and was adapted into a prime-time event series on FOX. He lives in Colorado.
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      “You’ll gulp Dark Matter down in one afternoon, or more likely one night… Alternate-universe science fiction [and] a countdown thriller in which the hero must accomplish an impossible task to save his family. There’s always another door to open, and another page to turn.”
      New York Times Book Review

      "A mind-blowing sci-fi/suspense/love-story mash-up."
      Entertainment Weekly

      “A fast, tasty read with a killer twist. It’s a whole bag of barbecue chips…just sitting there waiting for you to devour in one long rush.”

      “A hard tale to shake…makes its characters — and readers — wonder what life would have been like had they made different decisions. Relatable and unnerving.”
      —USA Today

      "Propulsive...Dark Matter has plenty of heady concepts and phantasmagorical plotting. But it is also beguilingly rooted in [its hero's] desperate travails, elevating this page-turning adventure into an entirely different dimension."
      Entertainment Weekly

      “A blockbuster read that channels Michael Crichton… I can’t remember when I last sat down and blew through a book in literally a single sitting.”
      —The Verge

      “A dazzling book for summer [with] a mind-bending premise, a head-spinning plot that’s dialogue-driven and adrenaline-fueled, and a gut-wrenching climax that gave me goose bumps.”
      Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      “Draws on questions and anxieties we all wrestle with in the dark hours...Crouch has invested [sci-fi motifs] with scientific plausibility, and more unusually, with emotional depth."
      Wall Street Journal

      “Crouch takes a sharp sci-fi premise and infuses it with love…A gripping page-turner [that is] concerned above all with the heart, and what we do to it—or let happen to it—over time. Dark Matter is It’s A Wonderful Life for the 21st century”

      “[A] mind-blowing speculative-science thriller that throws in an old-fashioned love story for good measure.”
      —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

      "Enormously compelling...the fastest, strangest thriller you'll read this year."

      "Might be the most helter-skelter, race-to-the-finish-line thriller you’ll read all year, with a clever, mind-boggling final twist."
      The Guardian

      "A pacy, action-driven SF thriller...terse prose, strong characterisation and clever twists make for a quick, smart, engrossing read."
      Financial Times

      "A high-tension thriller...always engaging and frequently moving. A strong piece of summertime get-away reading, perfect for those times when the mind wanders to contemplate an alternate reality of endless vacation."
      San Francisco Chronicle

      “Exciting, suspenseful and frightening, yet also poignant and heartwarming, DARK MATTER is one of the best books of any year…or any reality.”
      —Book Reporter

      “A mind-bending odyssey of parallel worlds and causality [that] unfolds with all the suspense and strength of a more straightforward thriller, building up to a deliciously surreal climax…memorable and well-rounded characters add a big, beating heart to the tale.”
      —New York Journal of Books

      "Brilliant. A book to remember. I think Blake Crouch just invented something new.”
      Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

      “Exceptional. An exciting, ingeniously plotted adventure about love, regret, and quantum superposition. It’s been a long time since a novel sucked me in and kept me turning pages the way this one did.”
      Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian

      "A masterful, truly original work of suspense. Crouch delivers laser-focused prose, a plot that melds science fiction and thriller to brilliant effect, and a touching, twisted love story that plays out in ways you'll never see coming. It all adds up to one hell of a ride."
      Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger

      "Wow. I gulped down Dark Matter in one sitting and put it down awed and amazed by the ride. It's fast, smart, addictive-- and the most creative, head-spinning novel I've read in ages. A truly remarkable thriller."
      Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series

      “A mind-bending thriller of the first order, not merely a rollicking entertainment but a provocative investigation into the nature of second chances, all of it wrapped in a genius sci-fi package. I dare you to put it down, because I sure couldn’t.”
      Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of the Passage Trilogy.

      “The kind of book the word "thriller" was coined for -- a shooting star through multiple genres, posing fundamental questions about identity and reality before revealing itself as, at its core, a love story. Smart, fast, powerful, and ultimately touching."
      Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Guilty Minds and Suspicion

      "An addictive read! When the quantum mechanics kick in (no kidding!), hold onto your horses -- you're in for an intelligent, breath-taking ride."
      John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Fall and The Oath

      “Blake Crouch yet again proves himself to be a master. Nonstop pacing, fascinating characters and an ingenious concept all come together flawlessly in a crescendo of pursuit, danger, and romance all the way to a surprising and satisfying slam-bang conclusion.”
      Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author of the John Rain series

      “Excellent characterization and well-crafted tension…the rousing and heartfelt ending will leave readers cheering.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Suspenseful, frightening, and sometimes poignant.”

      “Crouch keeps the pace swift and the twists exciting. Readers who liked his Wayward Pines trilogy will probably devour this speculative thriller in one sitting [as will] those who enjoy roller-coaster reads in the vein of Harlan Coben.”
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    9780385686716 Hardcover FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:July 12, 2016
    $29.95 CAD 5.3 x 8.25 x 1 in | 0.84 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      A charming, hilarious, sweet-as-candy romp of a debut novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

      Natalie is a Bloomingdale's sales girl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who's engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her happily married boss for twenty years; now that he's a lonely widower, she just needs the right situation to make him see her as more than the best executive assistant in midtown Manhattan. Andrea is a private detective specializing in gathering evidence on cheating husbands--a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life--and she can't figure out why her intuition tells her the guy she's tailing is one of the good ones when she hasn't trusted a man in years.
           For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles--including a young model fresh from rural Georgia; a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut; and an over-achieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media--everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on. . . .
      Jane L. Rosen is an author and Huffington Post contributor. She lives in New York City and Fire Island with her husband and three daughters. She often takes inspiration from the city she lives in and the people she shares it with. She is the author of a young adult novel, The Thread, which she self-published. In addition to writing she has spent time in film, television, and event production and is the cofounder of It’s All Gravy, a web and app-based gifting company.
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      "Rosen's engaging style—chick lit with an edge—revels in a world both romantic and caustic, as if Jane Austen had been teleported from an English drawing room to the change rooms in Bloomingdale's." —Toronto Star

      "First class chick lit. . . . A sweet, simple, satisfying, and cheeky summer read. You'll want to dig your little black number out of the closet and play along." —The Huffington Post

      "A charming lark of a novel. . . . Nine Women is a throwback that evokes the fluffy romantic comedies of the Rock Hudson-Doris Day era. . . . Rosen is a witty writer." —USA Today

      "Your next fave summer read. . . . We're predicting Nine Women, One Dress will be finding its way into many a beach bag. . . . [A] fun, frothy . . . read." —Elle Canada

      "Nine Women, One Dress tells the chic story of the season's It Dress. The LBD makes the rounds in New York City, from its debut on the runway to a hanger in Bloomingdale's, from a red carpet movie premiere to a hospital room and everywhere in between. The black frock—and its temporary owners—are part of a stylish tale of short stories all woven together." —OK! Magazine

      "In her warm and witty debut novel, Jane L. Rosen writes a love letter to New York City and the tapestry of women who come here with high hopes and big dreams. A little black dress hasn't gotten this much attention since Breakfast at Tiffany's. Whether you're in a stylish sheath or your flannel pajamas, this book will make you feel like a million bucks." —Katie Couric

      "Sweet, delicious, the perfect summer read about the perfect black dress." —Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, authors of The Knockoff

      "Chick lit at its best. If this charming debut were a dress, it would fit everyone perfectly and flatter everyone's figure." —Library Journal, starred review

      "A charming story that twists the lives of New Yorkers around a little black dress. Or is it the other way around? . . . Rosen's debut novel is rich in relationships, written with clarity and humor and surprise twists that bring the tale to a satisfying conclusion. A pure pleasure to read." —Kirkus Reviews

      "Jane L. Rosen's nicely woven tale . . . is a story for dreamers, the hopelessly-in-love and anyone, woman or man, in search of a new lease on life." —New York Daily News
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    We Are All Made of Stars A Novel Rowan Coleman
    9780553394146 Hardcover FICTION / Women On Sale Date:July 26, 2016
    $36.00 CAD 6.5 x 9.6 x 1.1 in | 1.24 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Ballantine Books
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      “Fans of Jojo Moyes will love We Are All Made of Stars” (Good Housekeeping). “A beautiful web of a book” (Jodi Picoult), this life-affirming novel tells an unforgettable story about second chances, the power of words, and the resilience of the heart.

      A dedicated nurse, Stella finds comfort at the hospice where she works the late shift, especially since her husband returned from Afghanistan—cold, distant, and shattered by painful memories he refuses to share. The hospice at night is another world, where the dying receive closure by creating the letters that Stella helps them write. The pages are filled with love and humor, sometimes regret, and, occasionally, even instructions for a perplexed husband on how to run appliances. There’s one rule: The letters are mailed only after the patient has passed.
      Suddenly Stella is faced with a dilemma: A woman under her care, Grace, has written a confession to the son she abandoned many years before. The letter clearly needs to be read before Grace dies. But if Stella mails it now, she breaks the rule—and risks tampering not only with Grace’s wishes but also with fate.
      Navigating passion and grief, loyalty and loss, and a marriage threatened by silence and secrets, Stella discovers that letters hold a special power: granting solace, saving memories, nurturing relationships. As the words endure, love redeems.

      Praise for We Are All Made of Stars

      “A beautiful web of a book that reminds us of how we are all connected, and how to die—and live—without regrets. Is that a tear in my eye? No, that’s a tear in your eye.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and The Storyteller

      We Are All Made of Stars will break your heart and put the pieces back together—fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, this one is right up your alley.”Refinery29

      “Coleman uses several voices and perspectives to turn a potentially dark story into one filled with light. Fans of Jojo Moyes will love this beautifully written, deeply engaging novel that understands death and celebrates life.” Booklist (starred review)

      “A powerful, emotional read.”RT Reviews

      “Fans of Jojo Moyes will love We Are All Made of Stars.Good Housekeeping

      “Coleman has written a poignant story that examines the value of life, love, and forgiveness. . . . A tear-jerking but ultimately uplifting story.”—Kirkus Reviews
      Rowan Coleman is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Accidental Mother and its sequel, The Accidental Family, as well as Another Mother’s Life, Mommy by Mistake, and The Day We Met. She lives with her husband and children in England.
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      “A beautiful web of a book that reminds us of how we are all connected, and how to die—and live—without regrets. Is that a tear in my eye? No, that’s a tear in your eye.”—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things

      We Are All Made of Stars will break your heart and put the pieces back together—fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, this one is right up your alley.”Refinery29

      “Coleman uses several voices and perspectives to turn a potentially dark story into one filled with light. Fans of Jojo Moyes will love this beautifully written, deeply engaging novel that understands death and celebrates life.” Booklist (starred review)

      “A powerful, emotional read.”RT Reviews

      “Fans of Jojo Moyes will love We Are All Made of Stars.Good Housekeeping

      “Coleman has written a poignant story that examines the value of life, love, and forgiveness. . . . A tear-jerking but ultimately uplifting story.”—Kirkus Reviews
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    9780385686280 Hardcover FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:July 12, 2016
    $32.95 CAD 6.6 x 9.5 x 1.3 in | 1.5 lb | 432 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      A sweeping, propulsive family saga set on a romantic and beautiful Italian island, for fans of Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Beautiful Ruins.

      On the tiny, idyllic island of Castellamare, off the coast of Sicily, lies The House at the Edge of Night, an ancient bar run by the Esposito family. There, over the course of three generations--from the eve of World War One to the aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis--the Esposito women will fight to hold their family together against the threats that break across their shores. As lush and magical as the island at its centre, The House at the Edge of Night is a story of love and secrets, endurance, loss and, ultimately, triumph.
      CATHERINE BANNER was born in Cambridge, UK and began writing at the age of 14. She has previously published a trilogy of young adult novels: The Eyes of a King, Voices in the Dark and The Heart at War. Catherine studied English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and is a school teacher in the UK. The House at the Edge of the Night is her first adult novel.
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      A Kirkus Reviews Best Book
      An NPR Best Book

      "Catherine Banner's debut adult novel is set on Castellamare, a fictional Italian island that is charmed into existence by a talented storyteller. . . . The House at the Edge of Night is gorgeous, an epic, detailed and heart-filled family saga. . . . Imaginative and wholly absorbing." —Marissa Stapley, The Globe and Mail

      "Catherine Banner's House at the Edge of Night reveals the magic of out-of-the-way places. . . . [Banner] demonstrates how powerful storytelling can be. In her hands such an art needs no advocacy." —National Post

      "The House at the Edge of Night is a lovely novel . . . a misty Mediterranean dream of a book. . . . Banner animates the familiar: Like pictures of a childhood summer, or a half-forgotten smell, this book is sweet and heady with nostalgia." —NPR

      "A gorgeous, sweeping story set over four generations." —Interview Magazine

      "This knockout adult debut by young British author Banner . . . is guaranteed to draw comparisons to Beautiful Ruins, Cutting for Stone and The House of the Spirits, whisking us away to a world grounded in both reality and myth, filled with marvelously peculiar characters, plotted on a grand scale. . . . Ah, what fun. Don't miss it." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "A fantastic chronicle of several generations of a family living on a somewhat otherworldly Italian island. . . . Banner constructs a town life with an engaging cast of characters. . . . Banner deftly touches on weightier themes while weaving an enchanting narrative." —Publishers Weekly

      "Readers, prepare to be captivated. This is an evocatively written, enchanting tale filled with richly depicted characters. . . . Transports us to a magical, enthralling world." —Irish Independent

      "Catherine Banner's latest is a masterful piece of storytelling, infused with the miraculous (both in stories and in everyday life), while maintaining the difficult balance between the explainable versus the inexplicable. Through the life of a single man—a man not noteworthy in the eyes of the world—and his family, Banner touches on such broad themes as family, community, and the way global events play out in individual lives and larger society. And, just as the broader themes affect the more personal ones, Banner's style echoes the book's content: The House at the Edge of Night is captivating and beautifully rendered." —Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of ?Water for Elephants and At the Water's Edge

      "My admiration for The House at the Edge of Night is boundless. Catherine Banner's writing is preternaturally mature, distinct, clear and strikingly beautiful. As I read on, I felt the resonance of classic legend and myth, the stuff of Homer, building around this world that is timeless, yet utterly its own. A gorgeous, deeply moving novel of life across a sweep of time and generations." —Peter Nichols, author of The Rocks

      "To the long, eclectic tradition of the island novel, Catherine Banner has made a sparkling addition. She has created a vast world unto itself of the fictional island of Castellamare, intricately compressed and marvelously textured. Her storytelling evokes the rural tales of the great Sicilian author Giovanni Verga, the Abruzzian Ignazio Silone and the multifarious Italian Folktales compiled by Italo Calvino. But this is very much a modern story by a young Englishwoman, beautifully written, spanning over a century, framing and interweaving the fates of countless characters while conjuring a fictional chronicle that merges with, and enhances, history as we know it—a feat reserved for the most ingenious and intuitive of writers. That this is Catherine Banner's first adult novel makes it all the more remarkable." —Nicholas Christopher, author of ?A Trip to the Stars
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    Fire C.C. Humphreys Canada
    9780385679893 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:July 12, 2016
    $17.95 CAD 6 x 9.1 x 0.9 in | 0.9 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      First came Plague, now comes Fire. The epic tale of the hunt for a serial killer threatening London's rich and poor during the Great Fire of London. Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and Conn Iggulden.

      Fires don't start by themselves. They need someone to light them. What are friends for?
           As the Great Plague of London loosens its grip at last, Charles II's court moves back to the city, the theatres reopen and a new year arrives.
           1666. It cannot be more terrible than the previous year, surely?
           But it can. For many will strive to make it so; to finally rid London of the curse that brought the plague upon it. A wholesale cleansing is required if society is to be born again.
           What's more it seems that a serial killer who stalked hand in hand with the Plague might not be dead after all. Together with actress Sarah Chalker, highwayman William Coke and thief-taker Pitman come together as one, determined to stop the brutal murder of London's rich and poor once and for all.
           But another threat is on the way. It hasn't rained in five months. London is a tinderbox--politically, sexually and religiously. The Great Fire of London is about to ignite. And the final confrontation between Coke, Pitman and Sarah Chalker and their murderous adversary will be decided against a background of apocalypse.
      C.C. HUMPHREYS--born in Toronto, raised in London--is an actor, playwright, fight choreographer and novelist. His first job out of school was as a motorcycle messenger, based in St Giles, where much of Plague and Fire take place. Chris has written nine historical fiction novels including The French Executioner, the Jack Absolute series, Vlad and Shakespeare's Rebel. Fire is a thriller set in London 1666 and follows on from Plague. He lives in Salt Spring Island, BC.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      National Bestseller

      "The brilliance of Fire is that while the villains and their motives are known, the rest of the plot is slowly revealed in an engrossing thriller that shifts from a riverside theatre to the cramped confines of a 17th-century warship and finally to the congested parishes of London. . . . Readers can smell the bitter ash, hear the pleas of the trapped and see the sparks dance from roof to roof." —Maclean's

      "Fire unfolds over the course of the summer of 1666, using the reader's knowledge of the coming fire to add a ticking clock to [protagonists] Coke and Pitman's increasingly perilous investigations. . . . Well-worth reading." —National Post

      "Fast-paced and salacious. . . . Humphreys' staccato prose drives the plot towards the inevitable trial by fire and a satisfying conclusion. . . . [He] offers up an absorbing and well-wrought blend of heroism and villainy in a story that is ultimately about the danger of unchecked fanaticism and the capacity of bravery to overcome. . . . A lot of fun." —Toronto Star

      "C.C. Humphreys' new book Fire is a thrilling reimagining of the events of the 1666 Great Fire of London. A perfect book for anyone with a passion for history or crime fiction, this is an exciting read that will keep you enthralled to the last page." —Classical 96.3 FM

      Praise for C.C. Humphreys:

      • "[Humphreys'] books are always a treat to read, immersive and thrilling, but with a depth and skill that elevates them." --The Vancouver Sun
      • "C.C. Humphreys has managed quite a feat: a book about bubonic plague and a serial killer in 17th century London written with a great sense of fun. . . . For a reader whose taste in crime fiction runs more to dark, contemporary Scandinavians, Humphreys was a delightful treat." --Toronto Star
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    Siracusa Delia Ephron
    9780399165214 Hardcover FICTION / Women On Sale Date:July 12, 2016
    $35.00 CAD 6.25 x 9.27 x 0.96 in | 1.08 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Blue Rider Press
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      A New York Times Bestseller
      One of People Magazine's Top 10 Books of 2016
      Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 (Fiction)

      A Washington Post Bestseller • Los Angeles Times Bestseller • 
      USA Today Bestseller • One of Vulture’s 100 Greatest Beach Books Ever • A People Magazine Summer Reading Pick • One of Elle, InStyle, and Marie Claire’s Best of July

      “Delia Ephron’s Siracusa is a stunning portrait of two marriages coming unraveled during the stress of travel abroad. Insightful and engaging. A must-read!” 
      —Sue Grafton, author of 

      Siracusa is an Italian aria, a Greek tragedy and a modern American master­piece written by Delia Ephron at the height of her powers. This is a story of two complicated marriages, one vulnerable child, and a trip to Italy that changes each of their lives forever. Secrets, lies, love raging, love dying, and the shame of unrealized potential are exposed in detail under the Sicilian sun. And, like the Moro blood oranges that grow there with abandon, the taste is both sour and sweet at once, but the bitterness that remains is not only haunting but unforgettable.” 
      —Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife 

      Siracusa is an unusually crackling, tricky journey into the distant land of other people’s marriages: their secrets, paradoxes, weaknesses, and plea­sures. Delia Ephron writes like a warm-blooded Patricia Highsmith, her sto­ry’s treachery matched by a deep and easy feel for the various human, imperfect ways that people find themselves bound together, and sometimes painstakingly unbind themselves. An absorbing, tense, and original novel.” 
      —Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings 

      An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

      New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.

      With her inimitable psychological astute­ness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.
      Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. She has written novels, including The Lion Is In and Hanging Up; humor books for all ages, including How to Eat Like a Child and Do I Have to Say Hello?; and nonfiction, most recently Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.). Her films include You’ve Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Her hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (co-written with Nora Ephron) ran for more than two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world. She lives in New York City.
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      "[Ephron] excels at [depicting] characters’ unintended comedy, their emotional warfare and witty observations of travel and consumption....with a deft, stinging touch. They are a wise reminder that the hungers driving these people are a ravenous, even violent, business."
      —The New York Times Book Review

      "An irresistible novel for fans of psychological thrillers, or those considering vacationing with former lovers and spouses (often one and the same).
      Oprah Magazine

      "Sophisticated, elegantly written, delightfully cynical…Ephron’s novel has the feel of a classic.”
      Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

      “[A] suspenseful, thoroughly delicious tale. You can almost taste the gelato.”
      People Magazine

      Siracusa starts innocuously enough, as an ironic travelogue about American sophisticates abroad...The situation begins to resemble a Ford Madox Ford novel, with each narrator recounting and interpreting the same encounters from vastly differing perspectives….As the clues pile up, the coming storm is expertly foreshadowed—but when it arrives, it's utterly surprising.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “A seductive and edgy dissection of two imploding marriages—and an unhinged mother-daughter alliance . . . Each of these toxic relationships puts the characters on course to careen headlong into a dark place of deceit and rage in Ephron’s brilliant takedown of marital and familial pretense.”
      Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “A master of precise and keen character development, a virtuoso of pacing and surprise, a wizard at skewering convention and expectation, Ephron offers a bewitching take on relationships—marital, parental, casual, and serious—in this read-in-one-sitting, escapist escapade with a message.”

      “The word ‘unputdownable’ is somewhat overused when describing a good book—but really, I just could not put this book down. Delia Ephron’s Siracusa is a dark tale with incredibly well-drawn characters. It reveals the slights and secrets that can bring about chaos among friends and within families, and adds more than a spoonful of evil into the bargain. I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish.”
      —Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs novels

      “Delia Ephron’s Siracusa is a stunning portrait of two marriages coming unraveled during the stress of travel abroad. Insightful and engaging. A must-read!”
      —Sue Grafton, author of X

      Siracusa is an Italian aria, a Greek tragedy and a modern American master­piece written by Delia Ephron at the height of her powers. This is a story of two complicated marriages, one vulnerable child, and a trip to Italy that changes each of their lives forever. Secrets, lies, love raging, love dying, and the shame of unrealized potential are exposed in detail under the Sicilian sun. And, like the Moro blood oranges that grow there with abandon, the taste is both sour and sweet at once, but the bitterness that remains is not only haunting but unforgettable.”
      —Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife

      Siracusa is an unusually crackling, tricky journey into the distant land of other people’s marriages: their secrets, paradoxes, weaknesses, and plea­sures. Delia Ephron writes like a warm-blooded Patricia Highsmith, her sto­ry’s treachery matched by a deep and easy feel for the various human, imperfect ways that people find themselves bound together, and sometimes painstakingly unbind themselves. An absorbing, tense, and original novel.”
      —Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings

      Siracusa is dazzling. Here is Delia Ephron with a stunning noir tale of mar­riage and morality, as two couples tangled in secret longings and betrayals travel through Italy, along with a gimlet-eyed ten-year-old daughter who could have been created by Henry James. Beware. You will be up all night to finish. I was.”
      —Marie Brenner, author of Apples and Oranges
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    The Wolf Road A Novel Beth Lewis
    9781101906125 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 05, 2016
    $35.00 CAD 6.5 x 9.4 x 1.2 in | 1.27 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Crown
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      Elka barely remembers a time before she knew Trapper.

      She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other.
      But the man Elka thought she knew has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.
      Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on.
      The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.
      Beth Lewis is a managing editor at Titan Books in London. She was raised in the wilds of Cornwall and split her childhood between books and the beach. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and has had close encounters with black bears, killer whales, and great white sharks. She has been a bank cashier, a fire performer, and a juggler.
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      "A white-knuckle trip through a gritty, frightening, and all-too-plausible post-apocalypse. You won't know whether to root for or be afraid of heroine Elka, and you won't be able to put the book down."
      Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts

      "A remarkable first novel that drew me in from page one. I was reminded of the beautiful savagery of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and the elegiac overtones of Dickey's Deliverance while reading—but Lewis has crafted something completely unique here, carried so powerfully along by the voice of its indelible young narrator."
      Nick Cutter, author of The Troop

      "Addictive and compelling..an apocalyptic thriller with a dark, horrible heart. It's impossible not to root for Elka as she fights her way through a chilling -- but disturbingly familiar -- wasteland. "
      Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself

      "Stark and soulful, The Wolf Road is a brutal yet poignant journey into the truth of one girl's origins in a shattered wilderness. It masterfully dances between the savagery of the wild and the raw, blunt humor of frontier logic. A rollicking, striking read."
      Robert Jackson Bennett, author of City of Stairs

      “Dazzling…a literary thriller that weaves lush language and unforgettable characters into a genuine page-turner.”
      Scott Hawkins, author of The Library at Mount Char

      “An extraordinary novel—dark and funny and full of wild energy. Elka is a brilliant creation—fierce and vulnerable at the same time. Her story and her voice pull you in from the first page and never let you go. Gripping and unforgettable.”
      Antonia Hodgson, author of The Devil in the Marshalsea
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    I Am No One A Novel Patrick Flanery
    9781101905852 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:July 05, 2016
    $36.00 CAD 6.6 x 9.6 x 1.1 in | 1.46 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Tim Duggan Books
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      A tense, mesmerizing novel about memory, privacy, fear, and what happens when our past catches up with us.

      After a decade living in England, Jeremy O'Keefe returns to New York, where he has been hired as a professor of German history at New York University. Though comfortable in his new life, and happy to be near his daughter once again, Jeremy continues to feel the quiet pangs of loneliness. Walking through the city at night, it's as though he could disappear and no one would even notice.

      But soon, Jeremy's life begins taking strange turns: boxes containing records of his online activity are delivered to his apartment, a young man seems to be following him, and his elderly mother receives anonymous phone calls slandering her son. Why, he wonders, would anyone want to watch him so closely, and, even more upsetting, why would they alert him to the fact that he was being watched? 

      As Jeremy takes stock of the entanglements that marked his years abroad, he wonders if he has unwittingly committed a crime so serious as to make him an enemy of the state. Moving towards a shattering reassessment of what it means to be free in a time of ever more intrusive surveillance, Jeremy is forced to ask himself whether he is "no one," as he believes, or a traitor not just to his country but to everyone around him.

      — Included in NPR's Best of 2016 Book Concierge  

      Patrick Flanery was born in California and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning a B.F.A. in Film from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he worked in the film industry before moving to the U.K., where he completed a doctorate in twentieth-century English Literature at the University of Oxford. He is the author of the novels Absolution, which was shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and Fallen Land. He has written for The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Times Literary Supplement, and is a professor of creative writing at the University of Reading.
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      “A tense and atmospheric literary thriller. . . . I Am No One is deft and trenchant, a pertinent investigation of ‘the ways this nation has contorted its gaze back on itself.’” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

      “Flanery has proved himself to be a refreshingly astute observer of ideas of nationhood, exile, censorship, and surveillance. . . . Like an attractive crossbreed of Brideshead Revisited and Javier Marias’s All Souls. . . . In I Am No One, we find a writer standing on the border between the immediate and the allegorical, the personal and the political, the thriller and the novel of ideas. It raises the enticing question of where Flanery’s bold imagination will choose to transport us to next.” —Jonathan Lee, The New York Times Book Review

      "A seductive and frightening novel." —NPR.org

      “An unnerving allegory. . . . The novel ensnares us in its noir-like web of anxiety.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

      "A superbly-written and elegant novel." —The Huffington Post

      “Flanery relays all of the necessary information with tick-tock, masterful precision. . . . There’s a real pleasure in keeping up with his fast and omnivorous intellect.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

      I Am No One reads like a collaboration between spy novelist John le Carre and Franz Kafka. . . . It's at once a beautifully written slow-motion thriller, an unnerving story of fear and paranoia, and a cautionary tale about the perils of spy satellites, security cameras and electronic surveillance by faceless government bureaucrats.” —The Associated Press

      “A taut, nervy, confident thriller for the surveillance age from a writer with an uncanny sense of the anxieties and fears that define the modern condition.” —Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life

      “Flanery is a master of puzzling, alarming, and even terrifying storytelling. . . . There are parts of the story that stand out as thrilling, next to other parts that are meditative, and others that are psychologically baffling. . . . One of the pleasures of reading Flanery is the tussle between ways of understanding the shapes of stories and language.” A.S. Byatt, The Guardian

      "A passionate, gripping, brilliantly voiced and scintillatingly intelligent novel about that cancer afflicting modern democratic states—the surveillance of its own people. Were we ever told that democracy would entail this? I Am No One will get under your skin, leave you jittery and unsettled, and have you looking over your shoulder." —Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others

      “A superbly entertaining novel. . . . The tension is delicious. . . . I Am No One’s relevance today is without question, and its du jour subject matter is persuasively treated. It’s also a brilliant work of suspense.” —The Times Literary Supplement

      “In I Am No One, Patrick Flanery has laid bare the fear of our digital age. Part Mr. Robot, part Don DeLillo, part Edward Snowden—this thrilling, unnerving novel defies genre and raises trenchant questions about privacy, identity, and fate. I Am No One is a disquieting must-read, a book to start right after you delete your browsing history and change all of your passwords.” —Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This

      “Flanery’s brilliantly sly and funny book updates Nabokov’s Cold War story of despotic power to the present day . . . The fear that we are watched is no longer the province of isolated fantasists but a new fact of everyday life.” Kate Webb, The Spectator

      “Patrick Flanery writes a coolly urbane and intelligent prose that keeps its structure and poise from first page to last. It’s a prose marvelously suited to its material.” —Lawrence Osborne, author of Hunters in the Dark

      "Patrick Flanery pulls off a rarity in the age of compartmentalized fiction: a novel of Pynchonesque paranoid ideas, wrapped in psychologically acute Jamesian prose, delivered by a gripping story worthy of Graham Greene. I Am No One is itself profoundly observant about the post-Snowden culture of surveillance, and the insights of this unsettling novel are ignored at our own peril." —Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

      "A masterful plot, a terrifying subject, and a gripping read . . . Patrick Flanery’s topical, multi-layered novel probes the ubiquitous culture of surveillance today and its potential ramifications for a democratic society." Lucy Popescu, The Independent on Sunday

      “Thoughtful, meticulously written, and slow burning . . . A story that is a warning of the dangers of mass surveillance, but also a meditation on the frailty of individual identity when it is shaken by personal and social breakdown, and by the dislocation of expatriate life.” —The Independent

      “Electrifying and thought-provoking . . . Flanery’s meditations on observation, data collection and protection contribute new insight and convey fresh chills.” —The National
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    Trying to Float Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel Nicolaia Rips
    9781501132988 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:July 12, 2016
    $34.00 CAD 139.7 x 212.72 x 25.4 mm | 0.81 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scribner
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      “Hysterically droll, touching, elegant, and wise—a coming-of-age story from someone who possibly came of age before her parents” (Patricia Marx, New Yorker writer and bestselling author), Trying to Float is a seventeen-year-old’s darkly funny, big-hearted memoir about growing up in New York City’s legendary Chelsea Hotel.

      New York’s Chelsea Hotel may no longer be home to its most famous denizens—Andy Warhol, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, to name a few—but the eccentric spirit of the Chelsea is alive and well. Meet the family Rips: father Michael, a lawyer turned writer with a penchant for fine tailoring; mother Sheila, a former model and renowned artist who matches her welding outfits with couture; and daughter Nicolaia, a precocious high school junior at work on a record of her peculiar seventeen years.

      Nicolaia is a perpetual outsider who has struggled to find her place in public schools populated by cliquish girls and loudmouthed boys. But at the Chelsea, Nicolaia need not look far to find her tribe. There’s her neighbor Stormé, a tall woman who keeps a pink handgun strapped to her ankle; her babysitter, Jade, who may or may not have a second career as an escort; her friend Artie, former proprietor of New York’s most famous nightclubs. The kids at school might never understand her, but as Nicolaia endeavors to fit in she begins to understand that the Chelsea’s motley crew could hold the key to surviving the perils of a Manhattan childhood.

      Not since Holden Caulfield has there been such a fabulously compelling teen guide to New York City: Nicolaia Rips’s debut is a disarming, humble, heartfelt, and wise tale of coming-of-age amid the contradictions, complexities, and shifting identities of life in New York City. A bohemian Eloise for our times, Trying to Float is a triumphant parable for the power of embracing difference in all its forms.
      Nicolaia Rips is a freshman at Brown University (class of 2020). She has lived at the Chelsea Hotel for her entire life. In her spare time, she studies vocal music, participates in team sports, reads avidly, and tolerates her parents. Trying to Float is her first book.
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      “Nicolaia Rips is an old-soul sophisticate who’s written a breezy memoir. [Trying to Float] is like Eloise Meets Wes Anderson.”
      “A charmingly self-deprecating and very funny collection of short chapters chronicling the awkwardness of elementary-school growing pains against the backdrop of living in the iconic and infamous Chelsea Hotel, Trying to Float is at once highly insightful and deeply familiar.”
      “Seventeen-year-old Nicolaia Rips is wise beyond her years in her off-kilter memoir, Trying to Float.”
      “Rips is disarmingly inquisitive . . . and a magnetic storyteller. Count Rips as one of the hotel’s most gifted latter-day offspring.”
      “The book portrays a flamboyant cast of residents . . The juvenile point of view adds poignancy to the depiction of messy adult lives and New York’s vanishing bohemia.”
      "Trying to Float is filled with the pinpoint descriptions and humor of Lena Dunham and the children's book Eloise. In it, Nicolaia examines her wonder years with the clarity of an old soul who's seen it all."
      "Rips’ ability to write simply, paired with her dry wit, propels the reader through her coming-of-age...An impressive debut."
      “The next Lena Dunham or David Sedaris may just be 17-year-old Nicolaia Rips, whose memoir, Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel, is a brilliant chronicle of the place where she has spent virtually all of her life.”
      Trying to Float is hysterically droll, touching, elegant, and wise— a coming-of-age story from someone who possibly came of age before her parents. No doubt, people will allude to other books in attempts to describe this one (Holden Caulfield if he went to public school, Eloise without room service) but truly Nicolaia’s chronicle is sui generis. I had such a good time reading it that the person I share an apartment with told me to stop saying, “You can’t believe how extraordinary this is!” because he was trying to concentrate on something else and anyway, he believed me the first time."
      “These little tales about little rascals in New York City are charming, strange, and inspiring. What a very funny, improbably truthful book about childhood this is.”
      "As a former resident of the Chelsea Hotel, I came at this book with trepidation. What could an 17-year-old have to say about the last Dionysian castle in New York City? My skepticism ended with the prologue. Nicolaia Rips writes with wit, discipline, and grace. Her voice is real. With this book she is announcing herself as a force in the next generation of artists."

      "Rips is a gifted writer who quickly reveals a mature, nuanced insight into human behavior. She has a genuine talent for extracting comic potential within these encounters, yet she balances them with moments of surprising poignancy. An engaging story with a big heart, written by a young adult whose sharply tuned and often witty observations will appeal to adults and teens alike.”
      “This heartfelt memoir balances pathos and humor, proving that Rips, still only a senior in high school, is a promising writer who is wise beyond her years.”

      “I love this book! Nicolaia Rips, while young, is the real thing. Wodehouse reborn in a young girl. He would have been charmed.”

      "Reading about Nic’s bohemian childhood is like chatting with a friend over coffee and busting out laughing over the most awkward moments from your past—hers were just a lot more exotic! This peek into the author’s diverse, unfocused childhood was hilarious, heartwarming and totally outrageous."

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