2019 April Loan Stars Top Adult Picks

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    Death Threat Vivek Shraya Canada, Ness Lee Canada
    9781551527505 Hardcover COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / LGBT Publication Date: April 01, 2019
    $16.95 CAD 7.5 x 10 x 0.5 in | 60 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      In the fall of 2017, the acclaimed writer and musician Vivek Shraya began receiving vivid and disturbing transphobic hate mail from a stranger. Celebrated artist Ness Lee brings these letters and Shraya's responses to them to startling life in Death Threat, a comic book that, by its existence, becomes a compelling act of resistance. Using satire and surrealism, Death Threat is an unflinching portrayal of violent harassment from the perspective of both the perpetrator and the target, illustrating the dangers of online accessibility, and the ease with which vitriolic hatred can be spread digitally.


      Vivek Shraya is the author of the young-adult collection God Loves Hair, the novel She of the Mountains, the poetry book even this page is white, and the children's picture book (with Rajni Perera) The Boy & the Bindi (all published by Arsenal Pulp Press), as well as I'm Afraid of Men and What I Love About Being QUEER. She is editor of the Arsenal Pulp Press imprint VS. Books, dedicated to work by young black, Indigenous, and writers of colour. Vivek was the 2014 recipient of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for leadership in Toronto's LGBTQ community, the recipient of Anokhi Media's inaugural Most Promising LGBTQ Community Crusader Award in 2015, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. Originally from Edmonton, she now lives in Calgary, where she is an assistant professor in the University of Calgary's Department of English.

      Ness Lee is an illustrator/artist based in Toronto. Her illustrations have been chosen for award publications such as American Illustration 35 and the Society of Illustrators 57 and she has exhibited her works at galleries in Toronto, New York, Boston and Tokyo. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Design degree in Illustration. She has continued to explore her practice using a wide range of mediums such as ceramics, drawing, painting, and mixed media sculpture.
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      Documenting the hate mail that Shraya gets, she uses satire, surrealism, and the illustrations of Ness Lee to bring online dangers to life and provide life-saving visibility to the dangers trans people face everyday. -Out
      That Vivek shares her life so openly is an inspiration to many but is not without costs. I'm so grateful for her voice. It feels like a natural fit for comics. -Jillian Tamaki, co-creator of Skim and This One Summer
      Death Threat is fearless and ambitious. I have no idea where Vivek will go next but we should all be very excited to follow her there. -Michael DeForge, author of Ant Colony and Big Kids
      Death Threat perfectly expresses the feeling of being exposed to the hurtful and threatening presumptions of strangers. Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee transform a hideous and constrictive mindset into beauty and love. -Lisa Hanawalt, production designer/producer, BoJack Horseman; author of Coyote Doggirl
      In transcending hate and ignorance with strength and vulnerability, Shraya - with the assistance of Lee [and colorists] Phan and Tang - deliver a message of hope and courage to all trans women. -Gay League
      An unexpected and ebullient pairing of two rising stars in Canadian writing and illustration, approaching a fraught subject with an unconventional and surprising look at the perspectives of both perpetrator and victim. -Quill and Quire
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    9781927668689 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror On Sale Date: April 26, 2019
    $22.50 CAD 8 x 10.5 x 0.2 in | 72 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Koyama Press
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      Like many before her that have never come back, she’s made it to the Countess’ castle determined to snuff out the horror, but she could never be prepared for what hides within its turrets; what unfurls under its fluttering flags. Emily Carroll has fashioned a rich gothic horror charged with eroticism that doesn’t just make your skin crawl, it crawls into it.
      Emily Carroll is a writer and artist of numerous award-winning comics, including the horror collectionThrough the Woods, which won both an Eisner and the British Fantasy Award for 2014. Her online comics work include numerous short stories, with subject matter ranging from haunted rivers to ravenous hand lotions. Her most recent work is a graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's 1999 novelSpeak. She lives in Stratford, ON with two dogs, one cat, and her wonderful and talented wife, Kate.
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      “Carroll’s lush, sensual artwork complements the material, creating a sense of ornate decadence and nightmarish disorientation with elegant but economical lines in a simple red-and-black color scheme with muted grey shadowing and splatter paint details.” —Publishers Weekly

      “As violence and sex intermingle, it becomes more obvious that the stories express a nexus between fear and excitement, that moment when the possibilities are defined by fright and allure, and we this is a moment we have captured again and again in multiple fairy tales, legends, myths, and other types of stories through the eras.” — John Seven,The Comics Beat

      “Carroll is drawing her line between erotic metaphor and blood-splattering literalness.” — Chris Gavaler,PopMatters

      “Her full-bleed pages and limited palette, her incongruous close-ups, her weird shading and her unexpected teeth all surgically peel back your skin.” — Hillary Brown,Paste

      “Carroll’s work feels ancient and gothic, like, say, a castle.” — James Hepplewhite,Bleeding Cool

      “As with any good fairy tale, there is magic (of sorts). Here it takes shape through Carroll’s incredible capacity to scare…” — Shea Hennum,The Comics Journal

      “The environs of the castle become part of the very structure of the page with those floating reds floating across the stygian darkness and giving the reader the feeling of characters moving as much through a void of experiences as they are a physical space.” — Andy Oliver,Broken Frontier

      When I Arrived at the Castle feels like slipping into a rich velvet robe only to find that its red color is from centuries of bloodstains.” — Melissa Brinks,Women Write About Comics

      “Gothic fans rejoice, Emily Carroll has returned with yet another hauntingly stunning graphic novel,When I Arrived at the Castle. It’s the lesbian and vampiric erotic horror story you didn’t know you needed.” — Dorielys Cruz,Study Breaks

      “[Emily] does things with the page that are partway between webcomic, manga and children’s picture book (it’s not for children). Anyone working in comics should be looking at this.” — Warren Ellis

      “This erotic, lesbian horror story combinesCarmilla with fairy tales to create an all-new hero tale.” — Kristian Wilson,Bustle

      “Emily Carroll’s latest work is chilling, erotic, surprising, and superb.” — Mike Donachie,The Star

      When I Arrived at the Castle is a blood-drenched romance and a cartoon gothic opera.” — Benjamin Welton,New York Journal of Books

      “Already an exceptional illustrator, with this novel Carroll cements herself as one of Canada’s most impressive new horror authors.” — Jonathan Ball,Winnipeg Free Press

      Praise forThrough the Woods “Instead of the gratifying defeat of evil, the gothic stories often leave off unsettlingly with a twist of the knife, just at the moment some fresh horror beckons.”—Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

      "Through the Woods is a triumph, it's gorgeous, soft and bright, and it is dark, earthy and spin-chilling. [Emily Carroll] should be recognized as one of the best graphic storytellers out there." — Kate Beaton, author ofHark! A Vagrant

      "Beautiful, beguiling, and thrillingly eerie." — Michael Faber, author ofThe Crimson Petal and the White

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    I Know Who You Are A Novel Alice Feeney
    9781250147349 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: April 23, 2019 Print Run: 200000
    $36.50 CAD 6.12 x 9.25 x 1.03 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Flatiron Books
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      From theNew York Times and international bestselling author ofSometimes I Lie comes a brand new, highly anticipated, dark and twisted thriller:I Know Who You Are.

      Meet Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from.

      Except one person.

      Someone knows Aimee very well.

      They know who she is and they know what she did.

      When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is—but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

      InI Know Who You Are, Alice Feeney proves that she is a master of brilliantly complicated plots and killer twists that will keep you guessing until the final page.

      ALICE FEENEY is a writer and journalist. She spent fifteen years with BBC News where she worked as a reporter, news editor, arts and entertainment producer, andOne O'Clock news producer. Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog.I Know Who You Areis her second novel.
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      One of CrimeReads' Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019
      Goodreads: 39 Big Books of Spring

      “What a ride. I loved this book and the brilliant Hitchcockian twist!” —Sarah Michelle Gellar

      “Superb no-holds-barred plotting. This story romps toward a startling and totally unexpected conclusion, which will satisfy the most experienced thriller fans.” —Daily Mail (UK)

      “Stiletto-sharp writing, and characters so real you’ll be looking over your shoulder long after the final page. WithI Know Who You Are, Alice Feeney has single-handedly made the bookmark obsolete.” —Christina Dalcher, author ofVox

      “Feeney is quickly establishing herself as a luminary of psychological thrillers, a reputation this novel is sure to bolster. This is suspense as it was meant to be written.” —CrimeReads

      “A tightly woven, intricately plotted, heart-in-your-throat thriller, I couldn’t put this book down!I Know Who You Are is expertly crafted and tightly plotted. I never once guessed the end—and that is something of a feat for me!” —Christina McDonald, author ofThe Night Olivia Fell

      “A fiendishly well-plotted, deliciously dark, and twisting read—it kept me guessing throughout and reading way past my bedtime. Readers, you are in for a huge treat.” —Lucy Foley, author ofThe Hunting Party

      “A brilliant twisting, cutting, and biting examination of identity and desire.” —Ross Armstrong, author ofThe Watcher

      “Twisty and gripping.” —Jane Fallon, bestselling author ofFaking Friends

      “A roller coaster of a ride. Alice Feeney goes where others might fear to tread. I loved it!” —Jane Corry,Sunday Times bestselling author ofMy Husband’s Wifeand The Dead Ex

      “A dark and twisted tale. I didn’t know who to trust!” —Louise Jensen, author ofThe Sister andThe Date

      “Dark, but utterly compelling. I couldn’t stop reading it.” —Ruth Jones, bestselling author ofNever Greener

      I Know Who You Are blew me away! Sharp writing and enough twists to make you dizzy.” —Lisa Hall, author ofBetween You and Me andThe Party

      “I could not put it down, another compelling and devilishly twisted tale from Alice Feeney...brilliant!” —Kate Silverton, BBC News (UK)

      “Devoured it in almost one go. I was utterly absorbed in Aimee’s dark, mysterious secrets, the past, and her unraveling life. It’s a twisty, gripping, clever, brilliant read.” —Karen Hamilton, Sunday Times bestselling author ofThe Perfect Girlfriend

      “Clever, compulsive…you will never guess the ending of this one!” —Louise Candlish, Sunday Times bestselling author

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    Maiden, Mother, Crone Fantastical Trans Femmes Gwen Benaway Canada, Alexa Fae McDaniel Canada, Kylie Ariel Bemis, Ellen Mellor, Gwynception Canada, Izzy Wasserstein, Audrey Vest, Gwen Benaway Canada, Kai Cheng Thom Canada, Alex Morris, Emily Stewart Canada, Casey Plett Canada, Crystal Frasier, Lilah Sturges
    9781988715216 Paperback FICTION / LGBT Age (years) from 16 Publication Date: June 11, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.4 in | 153 pages Carton Quantity: 72 Canadian Rights: Y Bedside Press
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      Maiden, Mother, and Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes is a new anthology of fantastical short fiction by trans women, curated by celebrated poet and author Gwen Benaway.

      Drawing on high fantasy and other genres of fantasy writing, Maiden, Mother, and Crone is the first anthology by trans femme authors to explore the realms of magic, supernatural beings, and alternate universes.

      Enter a universe of wonder where trans femmes are powerful heroines, sorceresses, and warriors fighting against dark forces in vivid magical worlds! Created by celebrated trans femme writers this anthology will transform the landscape of fantasy fiction and offer radical portals into excitement, danger, and transformation.


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      "This anthology offers trans readers opportunities to see themselves represented and cis readers to see trans characters centered as heroes." - Publishers Weekly

      "This overall solid anthology should help satisfy the increasing demand for #OwnVoices writing, particularly by and for trans women." - Booklist

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    Miracle Creek A Novel Angie Kim
    9780374156022 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 16, 2019 Print Run: 100000
    $35.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.15 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Sarah Crichton Books
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      The “gripping… page-turner” (Time) hitting all the best of summer reading lists,Miracle Creekis perfect for book clubs and fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng

      How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?

      In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.

      A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?

      “A stunning debut about parents, children and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost" (Washington Post),Miracle Creekuncovers the worst prejudice and best intentions, tense rivalries and the challenges of parenting a child with special needs. It’s “a quick-paced murder mystery that plumbs the power and perils of community” (O Magazine) as it carefully pieces together the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama and the complexities of life as an immigrant family. Drawing on the author’s own experiences as a Korean-American, former trial lawyer, and mother of a “miracle submarine” patient, this is a novel steeped in suspense and igniting discussion. Recommended by Erin Morgenstern, Jean Kwok, Jennifer Weiner, Scott Turow, Laura Lippman, and more--Miracle Creekis a brave, moving debut from an unforgettable new voice.

      Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of theHarvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. Her stories have won theGlamour Essay Contest and the Wabash Prize in Fiction, and appeared in numerous publications includingThe New York Times,Salon,Slate,The Southern Review,Sycamore Review,The Asian American Literary Review, andPANK. Kim lives in northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.Miracle Creek is her debut novel.
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      AWashington PostBestseller
      An IndieNext Pick
      An April 2019 LibraryReads Selection
      An April 2019 Book of the Month Club Selection
      A Best New Book atPeople Magazine
      A Best Fiction Book of 2019 (so far) atTime Magazine
      A Best Book of Spring 2019 atSouthern Living

      A Most Anticipated Book of 2019:BuzzFeed, Refinery29, CrimeReads, Electric Literature, Nylon, The Millions, BookRiotand more.Featured inRefinery29,Harper's BAZAAR,The Saturday Evening Post, The Telegraph, and the Reading Women Podcast.

      "[A] thought-provoking journey of ideas [and] a fascinating study of the malleability of truth in the courtroom . . .Miracle Creek is a brave novel that challenges assumptions of reality."
      —Krys Lee,The New York Times Book Review

      "A deeply moving story about parents and the lengths they will go for their children . . . Readers will be riveted by the book’s genre-bending structure and superb pace.Miracle Creek is a stunning debut about parents, children and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost."
      Jung Yun,The Washington Post

      "A really, really gripping-page turner. . . . Something goes wrong, a mother and child die, there's a big courtroom showdown, and it turns out everyone is keeping secrets. . . . Recommended for those who love a good thriller."
      Jennifer Weiner for Good Morning America

      "[A] mesmerizing debut . . . [Angie Kim] shows an enormous amount of empathy for her characters, infusing them with such intense humanity that I sat weeping for them in an airplane middle seat, between two strangers, for several minutes after I finished the book. With clear, assured prose and penetrating emotional intelligence, she takes us deep into their inner lives . . . The plotting is deliberate and detailed and marvelously done."
      Steph Cha,Los Angeles Times

      "Gripping . . . Although the plot ofMiracle Creek is propelled by a murder trial . . . the book shines when the characters involved open up about what it’s like to make intense sacrifices for the people they love. From the immigrants who ran the facility to the single mother of the child who was killed, Kim makes a case for compassion that surpasses the suspense of her page-turner."
      —Annabel Gutterman,Time Magazine

      "Miracle Creekis a quick-paced murder mystery that plumbs the power and perils of community."
      Trish Bendix,O: The Oprah Magazine

      "Combining the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama with a moving study of the sacrifices that parents are prepared to make for their children, Angie Kim’s debut is pacey and thought-provoking."
      —Eithne Farry, Sunday Express S Magazine

      "Take the taut pace of a police procedural drama and infuse it with the deftly wrought relationships of a Celeste Ng novel, and you'll getMiracle Creek . . .A page-turner backed up by big ideas about family and what we'd do for them."
      Elena Nicolau,Refinery29

      "Clear your calendars, put your phones on airplane mode, and get ready to hear the sounds of your heartstrings being plucked! This stunning debut is a family drama, courtroom thriller, and a mystery, all of which add up to one of the most incredible novels of 2019 . . . My two-word review: Jaw. Dropping. I was absolutely floored by this book! Reading it felt like opening a present I had been hiding in my heart."
      Liberty Hardy, Book of the Month Club

      "[Miracle Creek] is a gripping page-turner, but what I loved most was Kim’s thoughtful, honest exploration of parents of children with special needs, and immigrants. Perfectly paced, filled with wisdom and compassion, this is a book you don’t want to miss."
      Jean Kwok,Bustle

      "I was immediately drawn in by Kim’s vivid, horrifying opening chapter, building a tension that doesn’t let up until the book’s final pages . . . [Miracle Creek] powerfully, and at times painfully, interrogates the inner lives of women who are the primary caregivers for children with chronic, debilitating medical conditions . . . Even as the courtroom plot unspools, Kim also encourages readers to look at the uncomfortable truths that might remain unspoken or barely whispered, as she lays bare her characters’ deepest vulnerabilities and darkest moments."
      Norah Piehl,BookReporter

      “A rigorous character study, touching on themes of immigration and motherhood.”
      Entertainment Weekly

      "Although the case seems open-and-shut, nothing is quite so simple in Kim's compulsively readable debut."
      The Washington Post

      "Kim has an expert knack for feeding readers clues like breadcrumbs . . . Perhaps one of the most interesting facets ofMiracle Creek is its exploration into the fragility of traditional gender roles . . . Set amidst the U.S. justice system, Kim explores the deepest, darkest and most untamed facets of the human psyche through her riveting tale of murder.Miracle Creek is a thrilling, page-turning story of how even the most well-intentioned white lie can lead to an explosive outcome."
      —Mae Hamilton,Character Media

      "Exceptional . . . one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, if not one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years . . . One of Stephen King’s greatest gifts as a writer, I have always felt, is how he is completely unafraid to take risks with who his characters are . . . Kim does the same, making her characters so real in their ugliness and their guilt, unafraid to show that parenting is an ugly job that sometimes has wonderful benefits . . . On every level, the characters and their relationships–whether its husband and wife, mother and child, father and child–areas layered and complex and complicated as the truth of the night of the tragedy . . . This book is amazing. I cannot recommend it enough."
      Queer and Loathing in America

      "Miracle Creekis a courtroom drama with impeccable pacing, an original plot, and stellar writing. It’s also a remarkably empathetic book, exploring the ripple effects of causality and the urgent need to do right by each other in big and small ways . . . A great read that deserves broad success."
      —Sara Hinckley,IndieBound.org

      “With so many complications and loose ends, one of the miracles of the novel is that the author ties it all together and arrives at a deeply satisfying—though not easy or sentimental—ending. Intricate plotting and courtroom theatrics, combined with moving insight into parenting special needs children and the psychology of immigrants, make this book both a learning experience and a page-turner. Should be huge.”
      Kirkus(starred review)

      “This stunning debut by Angie Kim is both an utterly engrossing, nail-biter of a courtroom drama and a sensitive, incisive look into the experiences of immigrant families in America.”

      "Kim effectively uses her background as a trial lawyer, skillfully crafting her narrative by interweaving the stories of her characters, each of whom speak for themselves as the story progresses toward a surprise ending. With touches of mystery, legal thriller, and character-driven storytelling, where nothing is ever quite as it seems, Kim's promising debut will certainly have readers looking forward to her next offering."
      Library Journal(starred review)

      “[A] masterpiece of grief, hope, and recrimination . . . A complex novel of parenting, prejudice, and putting blame where blame’s due, this one is not to be missed.”
      —Crime Reads

      "[Miracle Creek] has everything you're looking for in a book."
      —Reading Women Podcast

      "This courtroom thriller is easily one of my most favorite reads of the year-to-date and the industry buzz is massive. Pre-order this one, so that you can read it before all your friends start talking about it."
      Kristopher Zgorski,Bolo Books

      “A stand-out, twisty debut . . . Kim, a former lawyer, clearly knows her stuff . . . a masterfully plotted novel about the joys and pains of motherhood, the trick mirror nature of truth, and the unforgiving nature of justice.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Powerful courtroom scenes invite comparisons to Scott Turow, but Kim’s nuanced exploration of guilt, resentment, maternal love, and multifaceted justice may have stronger appeal for readers.”

      “I know this story but have never seen it in a novel—the struggles of the Korean immigrant entrepreneur in America, with a technology that seems like magic, who can go from hero to villain in an instant, now at the center of what is possibly a murder—a bright seam of crisis, mystery, and love emerges in these pages. Kim has written a bold debut novel about science and immigration and the hopes and fears each engenders—unforgettable and true.”
      Alexander Chee, author ofThe Queen of the Night

      Miracle Creek is a marvel, a taut courtroom thriller that ultimately tells the most human story imaginable, a story of good intentions and reckless passions. Compelling, generous, at once empathetic and unsparing. I am wrecked, I am heartened and hopeful, which means, in short, thatMiracle Creek is pretty much the perfect novel for these chaotic times in which we live.”
      Laura Lippman, author ofSunburn

      Miracle Creekgrabbed me hard right from the start. This is a terrific courtroom thriller, a sly whodunit that’s beautifully written and also full of heart.”
      Scott Turow, author ofTestimony

      Miracle Creekis an engrossing puzzle-box of a book: a twisty courtroom drama that also manages to be emotionally astute, culturally perceptive, and deeply empathetic. Angie Kim tackles hot-button subjects with a delicate touch, proving herself a master of both portraiture and storytelling. I loved this novel.”
      Janelle Brown, author of theNew York TimesbestsellerWatch Me Disappear

      "I love a good courtroom drama, so I loveMiracle Creek. But this is more than a good thriller; it is the story of parents with children needing treatment for autism or cerebral palsy; the story of a family of Korean immigrants; the story of myriad marriages and the 'right' way to raise children in a very challenging environment. I loved this book and can't wait to introduce it to book clubs . . . if only so I can have someone to talk about it with."
      Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books & Cafe

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    I Was Their American Dream A Graphic Memoir Malaka Gharib
    9780525575115 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Contemporary Women On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Clarkson Potter
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      One part Mari Andrew, one part Marjane Satrapi, I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir is a triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family’s rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. Malaka Gharib’s illustrations come alive with teenage antics and earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised.

      Malaka’s upbringing will look familiar to anyone who grew up in the pre-internet era, but her particular story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dream.

      The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigates her childhood chasing her parents’ ideals, learning to code-switch between her family’s Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid.

      I Was Their American Dream is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children.
      MALAKA GHARIB is an artist, journalist, and writer based in Washington, D.C. She is the founder of The Runcible Spoon, a food zine, and the co-founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair. She lives in a row house with her husband Darren and her 9-year-old rice cooker.

      Author Residence: Washington, D.C.

      Author Hometown: Cerritos, CA
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        Crown Bookstagrammer Newsletter inclusion

        Outreach and cross-promotion to relevant organizations such as Women in the Arts

        ComicCon placement at the Crown booth

        Promotional materials available for fairs and author appearances 

        Publicity: National publicity

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        National print + online review and feature attention

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        National/regional NPR campaign

        Feature Website: iwastheiramericandream.tumblr.com/

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      “A heartwarming tribute to immigrant families and their descendants trying to live the American dream.”Kirkus Reviews

      “Malaka Gharib tells the origin story of a person, somebody with hopes and fears and dreams…. Malaka looks to the future, to the expansive family that she has built and inherited, across continents and cultures. This memoir is as much a tribute to them as is her own coming of age story.”—Jeff Daughterty, BookTrib

      “With a sincere approach, this graphic memoir will bring to mind Persepolis, but it is absolutely on its own quirky wavelength.”—Henry Chamberlain, Comics Grinder

      I Was Their American Dream is a pure and utter delight. With both a deft lightness and a deep poignancy, Malaka Gharib perfectly captures the feeling of growing up—of being a child of immigrants, of being a woman of color, of being thrown in the mix between cultures, of love, of family—with nostalgia, humor, and heart. Her words and illustrations are wittily observed and emotional in equal measure, able to draw a laugh and a tear over the span of a single page. I Was Their American Dream is a portrait of growing up in America, and a portrait of family, that pulls off the feat of being both intimately specific and deeply universal at the same time. I adored this book.”—Jonny Sun, author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and New York Times best-selling illustrator of Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda
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    Trust Exercise A Novel Susan Choi
    9781250309884 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 09, 2019 Print Run: 75000
    $35.00 CAD 6.72 x 9.4 x 0.96 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      “Electrifying” (People) “Masterly” (The Guardian) “Dramatic and memorable” (The New Yorker) “Magic” (TIME)Ingenious” (The Financial Times) "A gonzo literary performance” (Entertainment Weekly) “Rare and splendid” (The Boston Globe) “Remarkable” (USA Today)“Delicious” (The New York Times) “Book groups, meet your next selection" (NPR)

      In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

      The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls—until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true—though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place—revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

      As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi'sTrust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

      Susan Choi’s first novel,The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel,American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a film.Her third novel,A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her fourth novel,My Education, received a 2014 Lammy Award. Her fifth novel,Trust Exercise, and her first book for children,Camp Tiger, came out earlier this year. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she teaches fiction writing at Yale and lives in Brooklyn.
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      NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2019 (so far) by Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Bustle, Refinery29,Town & Country,Cosmopolitan, The Millions, andTIME


      “Mind-bending. . . . A Gen-X bildungsroman that speaks to young generations, a Russian nesting doll of unreliable narrators, and a slippery #MeToo puzzle-box about the fallibility of memory. . . . [Trust Exerciseis] a perfectly stitched together Frankenstein’s monster of narrative introspection and ambiguity. . . . It flexes its own meta-existence—as a novel about the manipulation inherent in any kind of narrative—brilliantly.”
      New York Magazine

      “[Trust Exercise] burns more brightly than anything [Choi’s] yet written. This psychologically acute novel enlists your heart as well as your mind. Zing will go certain taut strings in your chest. . . . Choi builds her novel carefully, but it is packed with wild moments of grace and fear and abandon. . . . [A] delicious and, in its way, rather delicate . . . phosphorescent examination of sexual consent.”
      The New York Times

      “An intelligent and layered portrait of a school’s legacy. . . . [Trust Exercise] makes something dramatic and memorable from the simple elements of a teen movie.”
      The New Yorker

      “Perhaps the best [novel] this year. . . . [Trust Exercise] begins as an enthralling tale of teenage romance and then turns into a meticulously plotted interrogation of the state of the novel itself. . . . Read it once for pleasure, and then again to turn up all the brilliant Easter eggs.”

      “Ingenious. . . . Choi’s prose is damp with tears and sweat, bruised with hurt and lust, sprinkled with sugar, salt, and e-numbers. Hormones practically drip off the page. . . . [But] then, suddenly and without warning, Choi executives a bravura bait-and-switch. . . . Sure, submitting to it is a ‘trust exercise’ all of its own, but the razzmatazz that awaits is well worth it.”
      The Financial Times

      “Magic. . . . This mind-bending book is worth the wait as Choi challenges readers to consider the boundaries between fiction and reality.”

      “Masterly. . . . [Choi has] taken the issues raised by #MeToo and shown them as inextricable from more universal questions about taking a major role in someone else’s life, while knowing that we’re offering only a minor part in return. . . . With consummate wit, punchiness and feeling, [Choi] shows how much we need our female novelists within the sea change of our current moment.”
      The Guardian

      “An elaborate trick; [Trust Exercise] is a meta work of construction and deconstruction, building a persuasive fictional world and then showing you the girders, the scaffolding underneath, and how it’s all been welded together. It’s also a work that lives in the gray area between art and reality: the space where alchemy happens.”
      The Atlantic

      “Book groups, meet your next selection. . . .Trust Exerciseis fiction that contains multiple truthsandlies. Working with such common material, Choi has produced something uncommonly thought-provoking.”

      “Electrifying. . . . [A] story that cuts to the heart of gender politics and the teacher-student dynamic.”

      “A gonzo literary performance one could mistake for a magic trick, duping its readers with glee before leaving them impossibly moved. . . . Facts are debated inTrust Exercise, yes, but Choi always tells the truth.”
      Entertainment Weekly

      “In her masterful, twisty [novel], Susan Choi upgrades the familiar coming-of-age story with remarkable command . . . [displaying her] talent for taking ineffable emotions and giving them an oaken solidity. . . . So many books and films present teenage years as a passing phase, a hormonal storm that passes in time. Choi, in this witty and resonant novel, thinks of it more like an earthquake—a rupture that damages our internal foundations and can require years to repair.”
      USA Today

      “A twisting feat of storytelling. . . . [Choi] uses language brilliantly. . . . She is an astute, forensic cartographer of human nature; her characters are both sympathetic and appalling. In the end, [Trust Exercise] is a tale of missed connection and manipulation—and of willing surrender to the lure and peril of the unknown.”
      The Economist

      “Choi’s voice blends an adolescent’s awe with an adult’s irony. It’s a letter-perfect satire of the special strain of egotism and obsession that can fester in academic settings. . . . [Choi is] a master of emotional pacing: the sudden revelation, the unexpected attack. . . . How cunningly this novel considers the way teenage sexuality is experienced, manipulated, and remembered. . . . The result is a dramatic exploration of the distorting forces of memory, envy, and art. . . . You won’t be disappointed.”
      The Washington Post

      “Compulsively readable and formally brilliant: this is basically a literary unicorn.”
      —Lit Hub

      “Sharp, willy. . . .Trust Exercisebusts out of its coming-of-age shell and becomes a stranger and far more marvelous creature.”

      “Choi, a master novelist, takes advantage of her prose’s magnetic qualities. . . . Kaleidoscopic. . . . Prepare for an ending that will make you questioneverything.”

      “A rare and splendid literary creature: piercingly intelligent, engrossingly entertaining, and so masterfully intricate that only after you finish it, stunned, can you step back and marvel.”
      The Boston Globe

      “[As readers] we find ourselves doubting everything we previously took as fact. It’s dark, evocative, and fun.”

      “Choi captures this awkward, vulnerable stage [of maturity] perfectly—the shifts in peer loyalty, the perilous allure of adults. . . . Dazzling.”
      The Mail on Sunday (UK)

      “One of the most insightful commentaries on life in the #MeToo era.”
      Vogue (UK)

      “A fun twisty treat. . . . You’ll definitely want to read with a friend to trade reactions and hot takes.”
      Book Riot

      “A punchy, hotly anticipated novel. . . . Strap in for a wild ride.”
      Town & Country

      “Fresh, nuanced. . . . Choi writes passages of real beauty, some of which stumble forth raw and unformed, fragments and observations that double back, accreting. Other times she deploys descriptions that feel more planned out and note perfect.”

      "Fans of experimental plot structure will find much to love in [this] spellbinding new novel."

      “A feat. . . . [Trust Exercise] isbold.. . . There is innuendo and insinuation and a hint of sinister. . . . In the end, there’s no shortage of insight in this novel. Or pathos.”

      “[A] remarkable novel with a narrative twist that will knock you out.”

      “Gets at questions of truth and fiction in a way that feels, this year, particularly relevant.”
      Vanity Fair

      “Never have I ever encountered a narrative twist that caused me to questioneverythingI’d just read.”

      "Explosive. . . . [Trust Exercise] will linger long after the book ends."

      "This twisty novel . . . seems a straightforward enough storyuntil the roller-coaster second half makes you doubt everything that came before."
      Marie Claire

      “Immerses the reader in the suffocating hothouse atmosphere of a 1980s performing arts high school and all the intense drama, heartbreak, and scandal many remember from their teen years.”
      Los Angeles Times

      “Riveting. . . . [Trust Exercise] will surely become a favorite with book clubs.”
      International Examiner

      “A book you will very much want to discuss with other readers.”

      "Superb, powerful . . . Choi’s themes—among them the long reverberations of adolescent experience, the complexities of consent and coercion, and the inherent unreliability of narratives—are timeless and resonant. Fiercely intelligent, impeccably written, and observed with searing insight, this novel is destined to be a classic."
      Publishers Weekly(starred review)

      "What begins as the story of obsessive first love between drama students at a competitive performing arts high school in the early 1980s twists into something much darker in Choi's singular new novel . . . an effective interrogation of memory, the impossible gulf between accuracy and the stories we tell. . . . The writing (exquisite) and the observations (cuttingly accurate) make Choi's latest both wrenching and one-of-a-kind. Never sentimental; always thrillingly alive."
      Kirkus Reviews(starred review)

      “[Choi’s] finest novel. . . .Trust Exerciseshould immediately put readers on alert . . . exposing tenuous connections between fiction, truth, lies, and, of course, people. Literary deception rarely reads this well.”
      Booklist(starred review)

      “Choi toys with our trust but it pays off in dividends. . . . Trust us.”
      Broadway Direct

      “Brilliant. . . .Trust Exercisedeftly shifts time and perspective, and teen drama becomes a dark, edgy exploration of boundaries between coercion and consent, theater and reality, charisma and manipulation, and student and teacher.”
      The National Book Review

      "An ingenious, morally complex exploration of how our youthful entanglements, cruelties, and traumas shape the rest of our lives. Choi’s writing is dazzling in its control and precision; this witty, sharp, unsettling novel grabs you and won’t let you go."
      —Dana Spiotta, National Book Award-nominated author ofEat the DocumentandInnocents and Others

      "I can't remember the last time I had such a visceral reaction to a book, or was so dazzled by a writer's inventiveness with structure. Susan Choi is a master andTrust Exerciseshould be on every human's reading list. A perfect knockout, with profound things to say about art-making, adolescence, and consent."
      —Julie Buntin, author ofMarlena

      "This novel is a work of genius and should be a future classic. It has the most audacious narrative shift I've read since John Fowles'sThe Collector. Plus, it includes the phrase 'a virtuoso feeling-state lasagna.'"
      —Gabe Habash, author ofStephen Florida

      "What a wickedly clever, formally inventive bookTrust Exercise is. I was blown away by Susan Choi's literary vision, not to mention her sensitivity and wit."
      —Jami Attenberg,New York Timesbestselling author ofAll Grown UpandThe Middlesteins

      “As soon as I finished . . . [I was] desperate to talk about the novel with anyone else who’d read it. A startling, perplexing, fascinating book by a writer I’ve long been—and will always be—eager to read.”
      —R.O. Kwon, author ofThe Incendiaries

      "Packed with the kind of shrewd psychological insights that make you sit up straighter, Trust Exerciseis a frequently brilliant novel that draws you in slowly and carefully and then becomes increasingly hard to put down. I don't want to give too much away, so all I'll say is that the book is full of twists that are thrilling without being manipulative or melodramatic. I am sure I am far from the only one who had to put aside everything else while I raced to the end."
      —Adelle Waldman, nationally bestselling author ofThe Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

      "Trust Exercise is a brilliant and challenging novel, an uncanny evocation of the not-so-distant past that turns into a meditation on the slipperiness of memory and the ethics of storytelling. Susan Choi is a masterful novelist, who understands exactly where we are right now and how we got here."
      —Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author ofMrs. Fletcher, The Leftovers, Little Children, andElection

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    9780771009846 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 5.74 x 8.25 x 0.9 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 24 McClelland & Stewart
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      Bestselling and award-winning author Todd Babiak returns with an immersive and affecting story about a teenager’s fascination with an enigmatic new woman in town whose past is catching up with her.

      Monument, Colorado, July 1989. Fourteen-year-old Adam Lisinski is mesmerized the moment Beatrice Cyr steps into his life. Adam has a lot going for him: he’s hoping to be a starter on his high school football team, he has a fiercely protective mom, a girlfriend, and a part-time job at Eugene’s Gas Stop, where he works with his best friend. But he neglects everything that matters to him after Beatrice, his neighbour’s enigmatic new wife, comes to town. Soon he finds himself alone with her—in the change room at Modern You, a clothing store on Second Street; in the back row of the theatre at Chapel Hill Cinema; in the front seat of her truck. He’s confused about who she is, what she wants, and where she comes from. Adam is desperate, caught between wanting to spend time with Beatrice—whose past is catching up with her—and lying to everyone he cares about. The guilt overwhelms him. And when Beatrice convinces Adam’s mom to quit her job and partner in a risky real estate venture, he has to do something before everything spins further out of control. The plan he comes up with tests his courage and leads him to an unshakable truth about loyalty and love.

      By turns riveting and tender-hearted, The Empress of Idaho is a story about the vulnerability and confusion of adolescence at the moment when it slams against adulthood. It’s an unforgettable portrait of a boy’s difficult coming of age.

      Story Locale: Monument, Colorado
      TODD BABIAK’s most recent novels are Son of France and Come Barbarians, which was a Globe and Mail book of the year and a number one bestseller. His earlier work includes The Garneau Block, which was a national bestseller, a longlisted title for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the winner of the City of Edmonton Book Prize; The Book of Stanley; and Toby: A Man, which was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal and won the Alberta Book Award for Best Novel. Todd Babiak is the co-founder of Story Engine, a consulting company based in Edmonton and Vancouver.

      Author Residence: Edmonton, Alberta
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      Praise forTodd Babiak and The Garneau Block:

      “Babiak’s language isn’t lofty, but dense with keen observation—highlighting the beauty, kindness, cynicism, sense of humour and contradiction found in many Edmontonians, most Canadians and modern life in general.”—Ottawa Citizen

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    Series: TALES OF PELL, THE
    No Country for Old Gnomes The Tales of Pell Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
    9781524797775 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date: April 16, 2019
    $37.00 CAD 6.35 x 9.49 x 1.4 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Del Rey
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      Go big or go gnome. The New York Times bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy return to the world of Pell, the irreverent fantasy universe that recalls Monty Python and Terry Pratchett.

      War is coming, and it’s gonna be Pell.

      On one side stand the gnomes: smol, cheerful, possessing tidy cardigans and no taste for cruelty.

      On the other side sit the halflings, proudly astride their war alpacas, carrying bags of grenades and hungry for a fight. And pretty much anything else.

      It takes only one halfling bomb, and Offi Numminen’s world is turned upside down—or downside up, really, since he lives in a hole in the ground. His goth cardigans and aggressive melancholy set him apart from the other gnomes, as does his decision to fight back against their halfling oppressors. Suddenly Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts—from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelets to a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than his cudgel to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses—all on a journey to the Toot Towers to confront the dastardly villain intent on tearing Pell asunder. These adventurers never fit in anywhere else, but as they become friends, fight mermaids, and get really angry at this one raccoon, they learn that there’s nothing more heroic than being yourself.

      In No Country for Old Gnomes, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly tweak the tropes of fantasy. Here you’ll find goofy jokes and whimsical puns, but you’ll also find a diverse, feminist, and lighthearted approach to fantasy that will bring a smile to your face and many fine cheeses to your plate.

      Story Locale: Fantasy World
      Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles.

      Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Phasma, Hit, Servants of the Storm, the Blud series, the creator-owned comics Ladycastle and Sparrowhawk, and the Shadow series (written as Lila Bowen). She lives in Florida with her family and a fat mutt named Merle.

      Author Residence: Ontario, Canada (Hearne) and Lutz, FL (Dawson)

      Author Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ (Hearne) and Roswell, GA (Dawson)
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      “Hilarious…Dawson and Hearne present another puntastic adventure set in the universe of their Tales of Pell series [with] laugh-out-loud trials, tribulations, and wanderings of a completely new band of endearing eccentrics…. Fans and new readers will giggle and guffaw and be pleased to discover that a third book is coming for this thoroughly entertaining series.”Booklist
      No Country for Old Gnomes is good fun, full of laughs, clever details, and characters…in whom you may see a little of yourself.”Elitist Book Reviews
      “[A] hilarious new fantasy comedy.”Bustle
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    Lost and Wanted A novel Nell Freudenberger
    9780385352680 Hardcover FICTION / Friendship On Sale Date: April 02, 2019
    $35.95 CAD 6.62 x 9.53 x 1.25 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Knopf
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      New York Times Best Seller

      “Freudenberger’s brilliant and compassionate novel takes on the big questions of the universe and proves, again, that she is one of America’s greatest writers.” —Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

      An emotionally engaging, suspenseful new novel from the best-selling author, told in the voice of a renowned physicist: an exploration of female friendship, romantic love, and parenthood—bonds that show their power in surprising ways.

      Helen Clapp’s breakthrough work on five-dimensional spacetime landed her a tenured professorship at MIT; her popular books explain physics in plain terms. Helen disdains notions of the supernatural in favor of rational thought and proven ideas. So it’s perhaps especially vexing for her when, on an otherwise unremarkable Wednesday in June, she gets a phone call from a friend who has just died.

      That friend was Charlotte Boyce, Helen’s roommate at Harvard. The two women had once confided in each other about everything—in college, the unwanted advances Charlie received from a star literature professor; after graduation, Helen’s struggles as a young woman in science, Charlie’s as a black screenwriter in Hollywood, their shared challenges as parents. But as the years passed, Charlie became more elusive, and her calls came less and less often. And now she’s permanently, tragically gone.

      As Helen is drawn back into Charlie’s orbit, and also into the web of feelings she once had for Neel Jonnal—a former college classmate now an acclaimed physicist on the verge of a Nobel Prize-winning discovery—she is forced to question the laws of the universe that had always steadied her mind and heart.

      Suspenseful, perceptive, deeply affecting, Lost and Wanted is a story of friends and lovers, lost and found, at the most defining moments of their lives.

      Story Locale: Cambridge, MA
      Nell Freudenberger is the author of the novels The Newlyweds and The Dissident, and of the story collection Lucky Girls, which won the PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Named one of The New Yorker’s “20 under 40” in 2010, she is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY
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      “Beautiful, startling, affecting …Freudenberger joins [an] august tradition of yoking poetry to cutting-edge science. She navigates complicated concepts from physics with admirable clarity. This is a novel about female friendship begun in America in the 1990s, when women didn’t talk about sexual harassment and friends didn’t talk about race; when women (and especially women of color) were trying to build careers and no one was acknowledging how much harder it would be for them than for white men. Under such strain, the book seems to say, it’s incredible that women sustain any friendships at all. And yet in this novel, even the distance between Charlie and Helen is moving: the space that opens between them reverberates with what might have been. I was moved by intimacies near and far, real and imagined, lost and found.” —Louisa Hall, The New York Times Book Review, cover review 

      “Absorbing, intelligent, touching…a bittersweet love story about a lost friend, a missed romance, and an all-consuming career. Freudenberger deploys physics as a catalyst for new perspectives on time and our trajectories through it, rather than just metaphorical ballast. She balances the science with tender, convincing portraits of two kids. Enriched by multi-level discussions about the spacetime continuum, whether Einstein believed in God, uncertainty, gravity, and, most notably, the force we exert on each other, Lost and Wanted is a moving story about down-to-earth issues: an outstanding achievement.” —Heller McAlpin, NPR
      “Dazzling, ingenious…a gorgeous literary novel about loss and human limitations. Over the months that follow her friend Charlie’s death Helen, a distinguished professor of physics at MIT, grapples with grief, midlife regrets and the disruptive possibility of life after death. Helen’s thoughts meander from a wry social observation to a digression on physics to a heart-rending epiphany [and] the novel ends with its own version of a ‘big bang.’ Freudenberger has a penetrating imagination.” Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

      “A marvelous depiction of the direct link between the body’s cravings and the passions of the mind.” Richard Powers, “By the Book” in The New York Times Book Review
      “Sometimes a novel guarantees you a pleasurably mind-bending time just with its opening paragraph. That’s the case with Lost and Wanted, a novel with venturesome verve…Cultures in collision [here] have less to do with nationality or identity than with the world of science and its seeming opposite: human feelings of being haunted in times of grief. The book slyly weighs the way we use intuition and intellect to parse our realities; the artful parallels between emotional questions and scientific inquiry feel urgent…Freudenberger handles the mystery of where noise fades and pattern emerges brilliantly.” —Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

      “An account of dazzling friends—brilliant, gorgeous, funny Charlie, with a thriving career as a screenwriter, [and] Helen, an MIT physics professor, a deeply sympathetic heroine. Freudenberger [writes] warm, enlivening dialogue; intimations of the paranormal [also] flicker through the novel, seeding certainty with doubt. This is a novel of grief: it opens in the first dazed stages of mourning. Freudenberger tells a story of connections forged and severed, of love orphaned of its object. Lost and Wanted is about having basked in a glow that should have shone so much longer — about not knowing where that light went, or what to do with the black hole it left behind.” —Laura Collins-Hughes, Boston Globe
      “Insightful…a search for a ripple in space-time becomes a symbol of how lives are changed by forces we cannot see. Freudenberger relates the momentous  discovery by physicists of a gravitational wave. What other wonders might we be missing simply because, for the moment, we lack the instruments to detect them? The phenomenon that troubles Lost and Wanted is life after death—an age-old concern viewed here [through] the narrator, an MIT physicist. This novel is smart about the ways that parents try to explain mortality to children—kids are usually patronized in works of fiction, but in this book they’re on equal footing with the adults, who have no clearer understanding of what awaits us after death than they do.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
      “Satisfying. In vivid, crisp prose, Freudenberger asks how a scientist reckons with the inexplicable. Her best friend’s death causes more emotional fissures than she anticipates, and she [must] confront dark matter—the ebb and flow of new and evolving relationships; the way memory feels truer than reality; and phenomena that can never be explained. With page-turning acceleration, Lost and Wanted is a piercing meditation on the immutable truths that mourning calls into question. Freudenberger [has a] gravity-defying gift.” Nafissa Thompson-Spires, O, The Oprah Magazine
      “Intelligent and moving—astute. This novel is wonderful on the energy, intellectual affectation, genuine intellectual curiosity, and exaggerated feeling of youth. The novel is good, too, on the alternating joy, frustration, hilarity, and boredom of parenting. More than anything though, Freudenberger is excellent in her account of female friendships: the intensity with which they form in youth, the pressures that external circumstances put on them, and then the reshaping they undergo in middle age. It is very hard not to like this ambitious, thoughtful, and philosophical novel right away, and very hard not to be moved by its portrait of grief and of what endures.”
                  —Dehn Gilmore, Los Angeles Review of Books

      “Lively, deft—[an] absorbing and intelligent tribute to female friendship…What does the matter-of-fact Helen believe about the junction of science and the unknown? Freudenberger leaves that decision to us, but not before she sets up a pyrotechnic ending.” Helen T. Verongos, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
      “Timely and delightfully observant of relationships, this novel is deeply heartfelt, amazingly intellectual, and beautifully thought- provoking.” —The Christian Science Monitor

      “A searching tale of grief and friendship…After Helen, a professor of theoretical physics, learns that her college best friend has just died, suddenly the universe stops making sense — or maybe, as Freudenberg engrossingly posits, it’s actually just starting to make sense. Freudenberger employs her distinctive skills — her stylistic restraint, the unmannered quality of her prose…Freudenberger [is] a major novelist.” —David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly
      “An empathetic and gorgeous novel.” —Elena Nicolau, Refinery29
      “Engrossing…[this is] Freudenberger doing her best work.” —Boris Kachka, Vulture

      “Freudenberger’s novel is set in a Boston that calls to mind Henry James country, a bastion of correctness and rational thought. It is all the more jarring, then, when Helen Clapp, a single mother and tenured chair in MIT’s physics department, receives a phone call and then text messages from the afterlife. Helen doesn’t write off the transmissions as a hoax—she sits tight and collects data, all the while conducting a meticulous reexamination of her long and bewildering relationship with her estranged best friend, Charlie, who moved to Hollywood after college and died from an autoimmune disease. The book takes up weighty themes such as grief and sexism in the worlds of academia and entertainment, peppering the narration with evocative asides on black holes and quantum entanglement…The prose is enticing [on] friendship, that most unstable and mysterious of connections.” —Lauren Mechling, Vogue
      “A magnificent novel: a warm and insightful look into human relationships and the mysteries of time. Refreshingly, the science in Lost and Wanted is never window dressing: the concepts that Freudenberger describes are integral to the plot. And the story takes unexpected turns on its way to a heartbreaking conclusion.” —Michael Magras, BookPage (starred review)

      “Heartbreaking: fulfilling what the heart wants and what the mind wants—Lost and Wanted examines our desires.” —Ann Patchett, quoted in The Wall Street Journal 
      “What happens to our souls when we die? Does our consciousness leave a trace on earth? Freudenberger explores the complicated nature of friendship—especially the relationships that we form in youth, as we are trying to discover ourselves—and delves into the existential questions that plague physicists and laypeople alike… Lost and Wanted is prescient [in] connecting scientific and metaphysical faith in things that cannot be seen with the naked eye.” Newsday
      “A truly lovely story about friendship.” —Mehera Bonner, Cosmopolitan
      “A beautifully written, moving meditation on grief and friendship.”—Mackenzie Dawson, New York Post

      “There aren’t many novels that bring to mind both Middlemarch and Bridget Jones’s Diary—but Lost and Wanted is one of them. On the one hand, it’s a serious-minded exploration of loss, grief and disappointment; on the other, Freudenberger is always aware not just of the annoying gap between our imagined self and the messier reality, but also of how comic that gap can be. Freudenberger’s willingness to accept human contradictions—and to lay them out with a combination of calm rigour and rueful comedy—triumphantly makes Lost and Wanted the real thing…An endlessly rich novel.” —James Walton, The Times (UK)
      “Are we connected? Are we alone? Freudenberger’s brilliant and compassionate novel takes on the big questions of the universe and proves, again, that she is one of America’s greatest writers.” —Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

      “Lost and Wanted is a new kind of mystery novel, written with an artist’s rigor and a scientist’s intuition. Nell Freudenberger shines her light into the farthest reaches of the universe, and also into the whirring spaces between parents and children, lost loves, and best friends. A beautiful book.“ —Karen Russell

      ”This tender, engaging story takes a physicist for its heroine, and boldly bends the forces of the universe to the binding love between friends, between partners, between parents and their children. It’s not sci-fi, but something we might call fi-sci—a literary and emotional adventure peopled by complex, sympathetic characters, some of whom happen to do science as they navigate their most important relationships.“ —Dava Sobel 

      ”Intellectually dazzling and almost unbearably moving. Probing the mysteries of the physical universe and the equally mysterious nature of human connection, Freudenberger writes fearlessly and lyrically about physics and grief; parenthood and friendship; the subtleties of race and the seriousness of female ambition. I’ve read many novels that made me think and some that made me cry, but few that did both as powerfully as this one did.“ —Amy Waldman

      “Like the finely calibrated tools of particle physics described in its pages, Nell Freudenberger’s novel demonstrates an astonishing sensitivity to the forces that move us all. Her rendering of grief—with its shadings of denial, anger, longing, dark humor, and magic—is nothing short of perfection.” —Julie Orringer

      “Before the full scope of the accomplishment has sunk in—the lucid, compassionate portraits of a wide array of characters, the meticulous hand with which Freudenberger paints their world—you’ll be beguiled, as I was, by Helen’s narration, so full of humble longing and deep, sweet ruefulness.”—Jonathan Lethem

      “An iridescent story of friendship. Lost and Wanted is an extraordinary book, startling in its open curiosity and love.” —Rivka Galchen

      ”Remarkable—a lucid, humane and wryly comic view of the way we live today. One reads the novel with pleasure and marvels at Freudenberger’s courage and intelligence. A great work of art." —David Bezmozgis

      “Gorgeous, brainy, and passionate. Lost and Wanted is the best kind of big American novel: a majestic book that takes on nothing less than the nature of the universe—literally—while probing that similarly infinite mystery known as the human heart. Nell Freudenberger’s writing is fearless and profound, as it absolutely must be in order to pull off this very modern ghost story that unfolds in the life of an MIT physicist. Freudenberger is one of our best novelists, and she’s delivered a real powerhouse of a novel.” —Ben Fountain

      “[A] stunning portrayal of grief…. Freudenberger resists the impulse to use science solely as metaphor; indeed, readers will learn a great deal about the LIGO project and its Nobel Prize–winning work with cosmic gravitational waves. The integration of ideas from physics sparks in the reader new ways of thinking about the nature of time and existence as well as, on a less cosmic scale, about human relationships. [This] story is about grief not only at the loss of [a] friend but also at the demise of countless possible futures.  A beautiful and moving novel.” Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)

      “Compelling, seductively poetic; deeply involving, suspenseful and psychologically lush. Freudenberger’s obvious pleasure in the heady realm of physics ensures that Helen is a mesmerizing narrator. Freudenberger is spellbinding in her imaginative use of particle physics as a mirror of human entanglement and uncertainty. She ventures into the curious alignments among physics, memory, sorrow and the fate of consciousness after death. With daring, zest, insight, wit, and compassion, Lost and Wanted gracefully and thrillingly bridges the divide between science and art.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

      “Brimming with wit and intelligence and devoted to things that matter: life, love, death, and the mysteries of the cosmos. Nell Freudenberger is good at explaining physics, but her real genius is in the depiction of relationships. Each one in the novel—whether between adults, adults and children, or among children—is unique, finely calibrated, and real. The title is a line from a poem by W.H. Auden, which doesn’t fully hit until the end of the book, when it takes on heart-rending poignancy.” Kirkus (starred review)

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