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    City of Girls A Novel Elizabeth Gilbert
    9781594634734 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 04, 2019
    $37.00 CAD 6.22 x 9.29 x 1.47 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Riverhead Books
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      AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

      From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person.

      “A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness.” - PopSugar

      “Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger.” -USA Today

      “Pairs well with a cocktail…or two.” -TheSkimm


      “Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.”

      Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

      In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

      Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. “At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time,” she muses. “After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.” Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.


      Story Locale: New York City
      Bio
      Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love as well as several other internationally bestselling books. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a best book of 2013 by The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine,The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker.

      Author Residence: New Jersey
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      Praise for City of Girls:

      "A novel as vibrant, sexy and wise as the author’s megahit Eat Pray Love." People Magazine

      "The girls and women of the book don't simply endure: they thrive, they dance, they live. Grab some champagne and toast…" – OprahMag.com

      "Gilbert’s new novel… is a pitch-perfect evocation of the era’s tawdry glamour and a coming-of-age story whose fizzy surface conceals unexpected gradations of feeling." –New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)

      "Gilbert stays true to her pledge that she won’t let her protagonist’s sexuality be her downfall, like so many literary heroines before her. That may be the most radical thing about a novel that otherwise revels in the old-fashioned pleasures of storytelling — the right to fall down rabbit holes, and still find your own wonderland." – EntertainmentWeekly.com

      "A breezy, entertaining read — and really, something better: a lively, effervescent, and sexy portrait of a woman living in a golden time… Passion, Gilbert never tires of informing us, that's the stuff of life. Not money, not the Darwinian struggle for survival, certainly not the family you are born with — passion is our raison d'etre. It's what makes us feel we are rocketing through the streets of New York City during the best days of our lives." – NPR

      "Her story is rich with memorable characters… the larger-than-life leading lady… the alluring leading man—and a vibrant setting… Gilbert's expert world-building, flawless dialogue, and attention to detail places you right in the middle of the action." – Buzzfeed News

      "The lush prose and firm belief in love that suffuses City of Girls will be a cool place to hide out as we enter a heated summer season of contentious presidential politics."—San Francisco Chronicle

      "With all the conversations about sexual consent, it's risen up around the #MeToo movement… This author doesn't want us to forget there's also such a thing as female desire, the main character wants to have sex and she's not shy about hunting for it." – Whoopi Goldberg, The View 'Ladies Get Lit Summer Reads 2019'

      "Glittering, hot, funny, and drenched in pleasure… Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the most dazzling and luminous writers of our generation. She invites us to challenge the rules, hunt down adventure, and bear hug the highs and lows of life." – Marie Forleo, MarieTV

      "A moving novel about one woman's coming-of-empowerment… Gilbert wrote the kind of big-hearted historical novel you'll burn through in a weekend, then pass on to a friend." – Refinery 29

      "[Elizabeth Gilbert’s] witty dialogue sparkles like diamonds in champagne." – The Washington Post

      "Of course, one could — and many will — read it on the beach, but consider instead staying up late to turn pages after midnight, next to an open window on a hot summer night, fireworks flaring in the distance. That experience would mirror this novel’s story and its style: intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger." – USA Today

      "A light, fizzy summer cocktail with a strikingly complex finish… Gilbert’s book is as deliciously refreshing as a fizzy summer drink, but truly, in its second half, it’s also more like fine wine, thoughtfully crafted to be savored for its benefits." – The Boston Globe

      "The perfect summer read." – Hello Giggles

      "A glamorous, sexy novel." – PopSugar

      "Packed with showgirls, playboys, and sex—lots of it…being a ‘good girl’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be." – InStyle

      "…pure, unadulterated entertainment." – The Daily Beast

      "The descriptions... of outfits, of drinks, of faces—are delicious, and the smart, snappy dialogue races along like a screwball movie." – The Seattle Times

      "Fiercely feminist, as well as jam-packed with uplifting truths about love and freedom, this phantasmagoria is both a feast for the senses and a balm for the soul." – Esquire.com

      "City of Girls is smart and wise, and if you also want your beach read to speak to your sense of desire, longing, adventure, and coming of age, it certainly will not disappoint." –goop.com

      "A fizzy cocktail of a novel…" – The Wall Street Journal

      "Sparkling… City of Girls begs big questions about sex, chosen families, and being a woman." – Marie Claire

      "When Elizabeth Gilbert set out to write City of Girls, her goal was to tell a story of female promiscuity that didn’t end in death or misfortune—a direct and delicious rebuttal to the tragic, sexist fates of the Emma Bovarys and Anna Kareninas of the canon. The result is a wildly entertaining summertime romp." –Elle

      "City of Girls tells the story of teenage Vivian’s discovery of the life she wants to live: one full of pleasure, fun, frivolity and even scandal among the charismatic people who populate her aunt’s midtown theater." – Good Housekeeping

      "[In City of Girls] there are some of the most brilliant and truthful evocations of youthful sexual exploration that you’ll ever read. Gilbert says in her foreword that she set out to write a novel about ‘promiscuous girls whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires’. She has triumphed." – Spectator USA

      "Elizabeth Gilbert—the best-selling writer, matron saint of divorced women, modern symbol of follow-your-bliss wisdom, believer in magic, and Oprah approved contemporary guru—has decided to go back in time… Ultimately, Gilbert wants us to question all the judgement society tosses at women like Vivian—and to question the nagging voice inside every girl telling her to be good." –Cosmopolitan

      "City of Girls embraces. . . the power of a woman breaking from a traditional path, and the wisdom of taking true, two-handed joy in the pleasures that life offers up… City of Girls is an unbeatable beach read, loaded with humor and insight." – Newsday

      "This is a booze-and sex-filled romp that, in the words of showgirl Celia Ray, ‘makes you want to smoke too many cigarettes and laugh with your head thrown back.’" – KMUW / Wichita NPR 89.1

      "City of Girls centers on relationships among women… exploring the promises and pitfalls of female friendships [and] the importance both of owning our mistakes and forgiving ourselves as well as others." – CS Monitor

      "City of Girls is more than a love letter to New York—it’s a colorful portrait of what it means to be part of a theater company, or more accurately, to become a ‘theater person’… Gilbert brings the reader into every moment happening just behind the curtain." --Bust Magazine

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    9780771050671 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date: June 04, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 5.83 x 8.25 x 1.12 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 24 McClelland & Stewart
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      From the bestselling author of We’re All in This Together comes a novel about family, friendship, fame, and the cost of living in the public eye—because when everyone suddenly knows your name, it’s easy to forget who you really are.

      “The first time they met, Mags saved Ava’s life. The second time they met, Ava saved Mags’s.”

      Ava Hart is the most reluctant cast member of a reality TV show based on her big city family’s (mostly staged) efforts to run a B&B in small-town Nova Scotia. Every family has its problems, but Ava has grown up seeing her family’s every up and down broadcast on national television, after the show becomes an unexpected success for reasons that will take a heavy toll on the Harts.

      Mags Kovach is the charismatic lead singer of a struggling Halifax rock band hoping to be the Next Big Thing. For years she’s managed to contain her demons and navigate the uglier aspects of being a woman in the music world, but after a devastating loss, she turns her anger on the only person she can: herself.

      As their private tragedies continue to set social media and tabloid headlines on fire, their every move subjected to an endless stream of public commentary, it will be their unexpected friendship that will save them. They will push back against the roles they’ve been forced to play, and take back control of something they thought they’d lost forever—the right to their own stories.


      Story Locale: (fictionalized) Lunenberg and Halifax, NS; Toronto, ON; New York City, NY
      Bio
      AMY JONES’s first novel, We’re All in This Together, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and named a “Best Book of the Year” by the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Her fiction has won the CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories, and been selected as Longform’s Pick of the Week. Originally from Halifax, she lived in Thunder Bay for many years before moving to Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

      Author Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Extensive early galley mailing to influencers

        Numerous Goodreads giveaways (starting January)

        Pre-order campaign

        Extensive social media advertising

        Google search and display advertising

        Contesting via PRHC and M&S channels



        Publicity: Review coverage - Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, Canadian Living, etc

        June - Toronto book launch, SW Ont events and Halifax

        Summer reading previews and round ups

        Fall festivals



        Author Social Media: @AmyLauraJones
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      Awards
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      “This adrenaline rush of a novel succeeds in reminding us of the humanity forgotten behind all our flickering screens. It’s easy to fall in love with Ava and Mags and their connection to each other, to relate to their vulnerabilities, and to cheer on their strengths. Jones has written a refreshing, whip-smart story about the toxicity of our ’always on,’ always online, reality TV culture. A novel with real heart.”—Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice

      “The best novels shine a light on the truth about what it means to be human, revealing both the frailties and strengths that exist within all of us. Amy Jones’s Every Little Piece of Me is one of these, a rare gem of a novel that burns toward a startling conclusion, revealing the essence of family, love, loss, and friendship as it does. This is a story to help us navigate the confusing strangeness of an all-access world, and lead us to an important realization: that meaningful connection could be what saves us from ourselves. Fresh, modern, furious, and timely, this is one of the most relevant and unforgettable books I’ve read in a long time.”—Marissa Stapley, author of The Last Resort

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    Recursion A Novel Blake Crouch
    9781524759780 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $36.00 CAD 6.44 x 9.55 x 1.13 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Crown
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      What if someone could rewrite your entire life?

      “My son has been erased.” Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop.

      Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?

      Miles away, neuroscientist Helena Smith is developing a technology that allows us to preserve our most intense memories and relive them. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to reexperience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

      Barry’s search for the truth leads him on an impossible, astonishing journey as he discovers that Helena’s work has yielded a terrifying gift—the ability not just to preserve memories but to remake them…at the risk of destroying what it means to be human.

      At once a relentless thriller and an intricate science fiction puzzle box, Recursion is a deeply felt exploration of the flashbulb moments that define us—and who we are without them.
      Bio
      Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His novels include the New York Times bestseller Dark Matter and the internationally bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, which was adapted into a television series for FOX. Crouch also co-created the TNT show Good Behavior, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He lives in Colorado.

      Author Residence: Durango, CO
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Extensive digital advertising campaign

        Social media promotion on author’s Twitter, @BlakeCrouch1 and Facebook @BlakeCrouchAuthor

        Targeted buzz mailings 

        Promotion at key fan conventions

        Enrollment in early reviewer programs

        Features on ReadItForward.com 

        Library marketing



        Author Website: blakecrouch.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @blakecrouch1
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      Awards
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      “A mind-bending thriller.”—USA Today

      “[Crouch] has sketched out the rules for a new reality. . . . [Recursion] has a thrumming pulse that moves beyond big ideas and into their effects on a larger, more complex world.”—NPR

      “[Recursion] will keep you up all night—first because you can't stop reading it, and then because you can't stop thinking about it.”BuzzFeed

      “[An] epic page-turner.”Good Housekeeping

      “Quintessential SF . . . [features] wrenching emotional moments . . . tense and vivid action scenes . . . eminently rigorous and logical methodology and science . . . And yet you will not predict anything.”Locus

      “[A] fantastic philosophical thriller [with] ingenious plotting, cinematic action and unflappable characters.”—Minneapolis StarTribune

      “Recursion will leave you breathless as it dives headfirst into a strange reality.”PopSugar

      “The fragile elements of time, identity, and memory intertwine in Crouch's unforgettable new sci-fi thriller. . . . A lightning-paced, techno-fantasy that lingers long after the last, mind-numbing page.”SyFy Wire

      “The smartest, most surprising thriller of the summer.”BookPage

      “Crouch isn’t just a world-class thriller writer, he’s a Philip K. Dick for the modern age. Recursion takes mind-twisting premises and embeds them in a deeply emotional story about time and loss and grief and most of all, the glory of the human heart.”—Gregg Hurwitz, #1 internationally bestselling author of the Orphan X series

      “Blake Crouch has invented his own brand of page-turner—fearlessly genre-bending, consistently surprising, and determined to explode the boundaries of what a thriller can be.”—Karin Slaughter, #1 internationally bestselling author of Pieces of Her

      “Brilliant. Crouch’s innovative novels never fail to grip!”—Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl

      “A masterful mind-bender of a novel. Crouch brilliantly infuses his story with dire repercussions and unexpected moral upheaval, and leaves you wondering what you would do if you had the chance to turn back the clock.”—Mark Sullivan, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Private series and author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

      “Cutting-edge science drives this intelligent, mind-bending thriller. . . . Crouch effortlessly integrates sophisticated philosophical concepts—such as the relationship of human perceptions of what is real to actual reality—into a complex and engrossing plot. Michael Crichton’s fans won’t want to miss this one.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Completely engrossing . . . highly recommended, especially for readers who enjoy suspenseful, fast-moving, well-crafted, science-based SF.”—Library Journal (starred review)
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    Bunny Mona Awad Canada
    9780735235885 Hardcover FICTION / Satire On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $29.95 CAD 6.23 x 9.29 x 1.07 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Hamish Hamilton
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      The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a clique of rich girls who seem to move and speak as one.

      “We were just these innocent girls in the night trying to make something beautiful. We nearly died. We very nearly did, didn’t we?”

      Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more different from the other members of her master’s program at New England’s elite Warren University. A self-conscious scholarship student who prefers the company of her imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort—a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and are often found entangled in a group hug so tight it seems their bodies might become permanently fused.

      But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ exclusive monthly “Smut Salon,” and finds herself drawn as if by magic to their front door—ditching her only friend, Ava, an audacious art school dropout, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into Bunny world, and starts to take part in the off-campus “Workshop” where they devise their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur, and her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies are brought into deadly collision.

      A spellbinding, down-the-rabbit-hole tale about loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and female friendship and desire, Bunny is the dazzlingly original second book from an author with tremendous “insight into the often-baffling complexities of being a woman” (The Atlantic).
      Bio
      MONA AWAD is the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize that won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Colorado Book Award, and an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. It was also longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. The recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, she has published work in Time, VICE, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Boston.

      Author Residence: Boston, MA

      Author Hometown: Toronto, Canada
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Goodreads Personal Selection Mailer

        Goodreads Giveaway

        Sponsored Influencers

        Instagram

        Search ads



        Publicity: Select review coverage in outlets like the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Elle, Chatelaine and Flare

        Select feature coverage in outlets like Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, Georgia Straight, Chatelaine, CULT MTL

        Limited national radio interviews like CBC Q and The Next Chapter

        Select blogger coverage

        Event in Toronto, possibility of Montreal



        Author Website: MonaAwadAuthor.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @MonaAwadAuthor; Instagram: @Misery_Saga
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "O Bunny you are sooo genius!"—Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

      Bunny is a curioser Wonderland where vicious, rabidly entitled artists mix hare-brained potions, where sweet bunnies are terrifying swains, and where literature’s newest and sexiest hybrid lurks. Hilarious and creepy with dead-on satire: I cannot think of a new book I like more.”
      Lynn Crosbie

      A Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and Vancouver Sun Best Book of Summer

      One of CBC's Most Anticipated Books of Summer
      One of NOW's Most Anticipated Books of Summer
      Loan Star Best of June

      "Mona Awad’s precision is only matched by her wit as she mounts one of the most pristine, delightful attacks on popular girls since Clueless. Bunny made me cackle and nod in terrified recognition. You will be glued to your cashmere blanket."
      —Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl

      “Prepare to go down the rabbit hole withthis weird and wonderful book.”
      —The Globe and Mail

      “Gripping [and] frenetically readable . . .In this exploration of how women’s repressed rageand desires can manifest, Awad weaponizescuteness in a ferocious and dynamic way.”
      Quill and Quire, STARRED REVIEW

      "Like one of those razors marketed to women: you know, pink but still GD dangerous."
      Elle

      "Bunny is a kind of pastel-toned goth lit, an examination of what happens when 'soft' femininity meets the tougher kind—but one that also recognizes how blurry the distinction can be . . . This isn’t your garden-variety–or even your rabbit-hutch–view of feminist sisterhood . . . It's a spiritual cousin to Stephen King’s Carrie."
      TIME

      "Mona Awad lets femininity bare its fangs."
      The Toronto Star

      "To call this a dark comedy undersells the richness of its message, and to say it’s a satire misses its realism. Bunny is so sharp it will leave you bloody."
      Vulture

      "A viciously funny bloodbath . . . Awad gleefully pumps up the novel's nightmarish quality until the boundary between perception and reality has all but dissolved completely. It's clear that Awad is having fun here—the proof is in the gore—and her delight is contagious . . . Wickedly sharp . . . A near-perfect realization of a singular vision."
      Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

      "Outstanding . . . highly addictive, darkly comedic . . . Awad will have readers racing to find out how it all ends—and they won’t be disappointed once the story reaches its wild finale. This is an enchanting and stunningly bizarre novel."
      Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW


      "Awad has proved herself one of the most innovative and original authors out there, and Bunny is a wild, audacious and ultimately unforgettable novel."
      Los Angeles Times

      "A work of toothsome and fanged intelligence."
      The New Yorker

      "Deliciously evil . . . Awad is a stone-cold genius."
      The Washington Post

      "The Secret History meets Jennifer’s Body. This brilliant, sharp, weird book skewers the heightened rhetoric of obsessive female friendship in a way I don't think I've ever seen before. I loved it and I couldn't put it down."
      —Kristen Roupenian, author of "Cat Person" and You Know You Want This

      "Hilarious and subversive, magical and knife-sharp. This novel—a send-up of academia, an astute exploration of class in creative circles, and an ode to the uncanny power of art—confirms Mona Awad as one of our great chroniclers of what it means to be alive right now. Bunny is a stunner."
      —Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

      "It is not an exaggeration to say that I devoured Bunny—teeth, fur, claws and all. Mona Awad has written a truly delectable novel that is equal parts wit, fancy, and wickedness. Unafraid to challenge some sacrosanct notions about women artists, female friendship, and writing, her book is a compulsively readable testament to the sheer creative force of loneliness and longing."
      —Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author of Miss Hempel Chronicles

      "Very funny and very sharp . . . An extremely readable page-turner."
      —NPR's "Weekend Edition"

      "[One of] the most cerebral and compulsively readable books of the season . . . This compelling novel about a mysterious grad school clique draws a bit of inspiration from Mean Girls or Heathers...before long, the novel takes a turn into the surreal, applying the logic of a horror movie to its incisive exploration of cruelty between young women."
      Vanity Fair

      "Vivid [and] gripping . . . What makes it memorable, and powerful, is the coupling of its go-for-broke sendup with an immense compassion . . . For all its dagger-sharpness, Bunny has a tenderly accommodating heart."
      The Boston Globe

      "It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky, and you will not be able to put it down."
      The Washington Post

      "A surreal, darkly funny take on art, power, and female friendships."
      Entertainment Weekly

      "Exquisitely precise [and] funny as hell.'"
      The Boston Globe

      “The weirdest novel you'll read this year . . . in the best way possible…With hints of Heathers and Mean Girls, I read Bunny in one night and was genuinely bummed when it was over.”
      Cosmopolitan

      "[A] dizzying tale of misandry, class anxiety, and psychological torment . . . Fans of sinister girl gangs, take heart!"
      Harper’s Bazaar

      "A dark, twisted novel that sharply interrogates women's relationships to one another and to art, academia, and class—it's the kind of book that leaves a taste in your mouth, the taste of blood. Who knew that would taste so good?"
      Nylon

      "Mona Awad’s prose is dangerous. She crafts beautiful meals laced with poison."
      The Paris Review

      "With notes of Scream Queens and Heathers, Bunny takes readers into a twisted, terrifying cabal." Newsweek

      "[Bunny] quickly ascends to a Heathers level of camp without losing its grip on emotional reality . . . the struggle, shame, and frustration of making art rings true . . . enjoyable, insightful [and] compulsively readable."
      Ploughshares

      "Awad’s genius lies in her ability to take a familiar setup and turn it on its head—and then shake it and throw it off a cliff. That’s how twisted Bunny gets."
      Purewow


      "Tall, dark and culty."
      TheSkimm

      "If you’ve ever been the odd one out, read Bunny."
      Refinery29

      "[A] riotous, pitch-black novel . . . [Awad's] sheer panache powers you through the hilarious, hallucinogenic freakery."
      The Daily Mail

      "Gripping [and] unique."
      InStyle

      "The Secret History meets Heathers with a dash of Mean Girls. You’re gonna love it." HelloGiggles

      "[A] clever, contemplative, truly absurd campus novel that manages to strike to the truth of things with a hot blade of magic.”
      LitHub

      "[Awad] has a wicked sense of humor . . . The energy in her writing is truly infectious, and it’s a lot of fun to go with her down the rabbit hole."
      Washington Independent Review of Books

      "Bunny is the lovechild of Otessa Moshfegh’s Eileen and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History after a chance meeting at a midnight showing of Heathers . . . Dark but hilarious, quirky yet insightful, and at times just flat out weird, Bunny is the perfect anti-beach read for those of us who spend summer dreading the outside, opting to stay in burning scented candles with our curtains drawn and our white noise machine set to 'thunder storm.'"
      Napa Valley Register

      "[A] riveting and often funny tale about the dark side of female seduction."
      Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

      "Social acceptance, female friendship, the coming-of-age process . . . it's all ripe for the discussion here."
      Bustle

      “Astonishingly self-assured...Awad’s writing is somehow both gorgeous and gritty as she explores creativity, art and the universal desire to belong.”
      BookPage

      "Sharp and utterly bonkers; think Heathers gone to grad school."
      Booklist

      "[A] dark story that defies categorization."
      Library Journal
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    The Porpoise Mark Haddon
    9780385692670 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 18, 2019
    $34.00 CAD 6.49 x 9.51 x 1.19 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Bond Street Books
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      Description
      From the acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes this stunningly ambitious, fantastical novel that reworks Shakespeare’s Pericles into a parable for today.

      Mark Haddon’s breathtaking novel begins with a harrowing plane crash: Maja, the pregnant wife of the unimaginably wealthy Philippe, is killed, but their daughter, Angelique, survives. Philippe’s obsession with the girl’s safety morphs into something sinister and grotesque. A young man named Darius, visiting Philippe with a business proposition, encounters Angelique and intuits their secret—he decides to rescue her, but the attempt goes awry.

      This contemporary story mirrors the ancient Greek legend of Antiochus, whose love for the daughter of his dead wife was discovered by the adventurer Appolinus of Tyre. The tale appeared in many forms through the ages; Shakespeare transformed Appolinus into the swashbuckling Pericles in his play. In The Porpoise, as Angelique grapples with the wreck of her life, trapped on her father’s estate, Darius morphs into Pericles, voyaging through a mythic world. In a bravura feat of storytelling, Haddon recounts his many exploits in thrilling fashion, mining the meaning of the old legends while creating parallels with the monstrous modern world Angelique inhabits. The language is rich and gorgeous; the conjured worlds are perfectly imagined; the plot moves forward at a ferocious pace.

      But Haddon’s themes are deeply urgent—the theft of female agency by rapacious men; the uses of archetypal stories to warp history and the present. As profound as it is entertaining, The Porpoise is a major literary achievement by an author whose myriad talents are on full, vivid display.
      Bio
      MARK HADDON is the author of the bestselling novels The Red House, A Spot of Bother and the story collection The Pier Falls. His novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and is the basis for the Tony Award-winning play. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, has written and illustrated numerous children’s books, and has won awards for both his radio dramas and his television screenplays. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.

      Author Residence: Oxford, UK
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      "The Porpoise is terrifically violent, with a bright, innocent ferocity. . . . Haddon's book is almost more evocative of pre-stories: of the phase before the story is told, when it is still indeterminate, unbound from words. . . . Haddon, with his ever-shifting narrative, offers something like a stay of execution, a plane that enters the cloud and does not come down." —The New Yorker

      "Stunning. . . . The extraordinary force and vividness of Haddon's prose ensure The Porpoise reads as a continually unfolding demonstration of the transporting power of stories. . . . Though it is undeniably, a rollicking adventure story, The Porpoise is also about humanity stripped down to its starkest elements by forces beyond its comprehension and control; about damage and survival, and the balancing act between the two." —The Guardian

      "Haddon's glittering tapestry of a novel skillfully redeploys the structures of Pericles' source material. . . . In The Porpoise, Haddon gives voice to a character who, in Shakespeare, receives no more than a passing mention, and in doing so, shows the transcendent power of stories to heal and restore." —The Independent

      "[A] terrifically exciting novel. . . . Haddon [has] astounding skill as a storyteller. . . . The way Haddon has streamlined this ramshackle tale into a sleek voyage of gripping tribulation is fantastic. But what's especially remarkable is that the modern-day scenes interwoven with Pericles' ancient adventures feel no less electrifying. The contemporary events have been polished to an antique patina and endowed with classical weight. . . . The result is a novel just as thrilling as it is thoughtful." —The Washington Post

      "Haddon writes with wrenching beauty about how the world inflicts itself on the disadvantaged. . . . [The Porpoise is] a testament to Haddon's prodigious gifts as a storyteller that this strange, epic adventure is so compulsively readable." —TIME

      "Haddon . . . has spun fantastical yarn using fibers from the Pericles legend . . . [in this] time-traveling tale of dark family confidences, cataclysmic events and deep-sea symbolism . . . capturing the emotional gulfs between human beings." —The Boston Globe

      "Elegant and full of vivid descriptions, The Porpoise pulls . . . mythology into the present with intertwined narratives about fathers, daughters and the men who threaten their aberrant relationships. . . . The Porpoise is full of death and darkness, but Haddon uses them as vehicles to deliver keen observations on the nature of loss, depression, judgment and cowardice. . . . Haddon knows how to turn an event into a lesson, and his prose ensures those lessons are not lost on readers. . . . The Porpoise is a rich, beautiful read. . . . Readers will not come out of it untouched.” —NPR

      "An artfully crafted story of layered lives. . . . Haddon's ambitious tale captures the ethos of tragic Shakespearean vibrations and the tangle of lives that magically intersect. The prose is exquisite and elevates this story that blends reality and mythology to great effect." —Publishers Weekly

      "A labyrinthine narrative that wends its way through classical myth, Shakespearean theater and childlike fairy tale as it twists toward a tentative contemporary conclusion. . . . British author Haddon has never written anything like the same book twice, but his fourth novel is in some ways even more audacious and ambitious than his breakthrough debut." —Kirkus Reviews

      "[The Porpoise] is a beautifully rendered retelling . . . full of telling, cinematic detail. . . . What [Haddon] really seems interested in is giving the bare bones of the play a kind of emotional and psychological plausibility that is alien to Gower, and even to Shakespeare. In doing so he has written a gripping novel that, despite its rollicking plot, never feels relentless, and is often very affecting indeed." —The Financial Times

      "Haddon's prose is beautiful, and he is utterly in command of his slippery material. . . . His novel is an elegant homage to stories' capacity for endless renewal, and to the ways even the oldest still surge through our lives." —Evening Standard

      "The Porpoise is a sinuous, baffling, time-jumping, narrative-hopping novel." —Literary Review (UK)

      "[A] wild adventure . . . a journey towards understanding and reconciliation—the great themes of late Shakespeare. . . . [The Porpoise] is charming. . . . There is much to enjoy in this novel—the liveliness of Haddon's imagination and the virtuosity of his style." The Scotsman

      "The Porpoise . . . envelope[s] the reader in an imaginative new world. . . . A whirlwind of sea voyages to plague-ridden ports, royal murder plots, Greek goddesses, and the ghost of Shakespeare. . . . This gripping and evocative novel questions the nature of the stories we tell ourselves and others, and proves the ancient tales are far from boring." —The Irish Times

      "A full-throttle blast of storytelling mastery. Ancient and modern overlap in exhilarating ways, it's like romping through a literary Netflix: an episode of something historical and bloody, then something slick and contemporary, then something really weird and unnerving. . . . The Porpoise is a joy to read." —Max Porter, author of the International Dylan Thomas Prize-winning Grief is the Thing With Feathers

      "Mark Haddon cuts down to the grittiness of humanity every time he writes. The Porpoise is a beautiful, unputdownable, ancient tangle with its own sweeping tides and dangerous depths." —Daisy Johnson, author of the Booker Prize finalist Everything Under

      "Staggeringly ambitious, innovative, beautifully written. . . . The Porpoise has the pace of a really good thriller, combined with a subtlety and depth that few thrillers possess." —Pat Barker, author of The Silence of the Girls and the Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road
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    Big Sky Kate Atkinson
    9780385691550 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 25, 2019
    $32.95 CAD 6.52 x 9.27 x 1.3 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Bond Street Books
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      New York Times Bestseller

      Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel by the brilliant Kate Atkinson about secrets, sex and lies.


      Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.

      Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network—and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.
      Bio
      KATE ATKINSON won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. The international sensation Life After Life was one of The New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2013, won the Costa Novel Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize. Her companion novel, A God in Ruins, also won the Costa Novel Award. Her latest novel, Transcription, was an international bestseller. Atkinson was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

      Author Residence: Edinburgh, UK

      Author Hometown: York, UK
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      Praise for Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie Series:

      “The suspense ratchets up quickly and palpably…. Atkinson’s novel is like something her detective might drink in the wee hours after knocking around the docks, something straight up with a twist.” —The Globe and Mail

      “Ms. Atkinson remains a wonderful stylist and Grade A schemer…. Future installments [in the Jackson Brodie series] are well worth waiting for.” —The New York Times

      “This is a detective novel packed with more wit, insight and subtlety than an entire shelf full of literary fiction…. Highly recommended reading.” —Marie Claire

      “[Case Histories is] not just the best book I’ve read this year, but the best mystery of the decade.”—Stephen King

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    Penny Nichols MK Reed, Greg Means, Matt Wiegle
    9781603094481 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Contemporary Women On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $25.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.59 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Top Shelf Productions
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      Somehow, sarcastic Penny’s gotten roped into helping make an amateur slasher film. With a team of flakes and weirdos, she’s probably the only one who can save this stupid movie…but maybe it can save her, too. Now can somebody please stop that dog from licking the fake blood?

      “I never wanted to be a teacher or lawyer. I never wanted to be anything, really.” Stuck working mind-numbing temp jobs, Penny Nichols yearns to break free from the rut she’s found herself in. When, by chance, she falls in with a group of misfits making a no-budget horror movie called “Blood Wedding,” everything goes sideways. Soon her days are overrun with gory props, failed Shakespearean actors, a horny cameraman, and a disappearing director. Somehow Penny must hold it all together and keep the production from coming apart at the seams.

      This hilarious original graphic novel is a loving tribute to the chaos and camaraderie of DIY filmmaking, and the ways we find our future—and our family—in the unlikeliest of places.


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      Bio
      MK Reed is the Eisner Award-nominated author of Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers, as well as, Americus, Palefire, and The Cute Girl Network (with Greg Means and Joe Flood); all graphic novels and comic series on subjects ranging from humorous paleontology history, to romance, to young adult first amendment rights. Her latest series, The Castoffs, is about teen girl wizards who fight robots.

      Greg Means is co-author of The Cute Girl Network (with MK Reed and Joe Flood) and is the editor/publisher of the Ignatz Award-winning anthology series Papercutter.

      Matt Wiegle is the artist of the webcomic Destructor (with Sean Collins) and drew the Romeo & Juliet adaption for Spark Notes. He currently works as an industrial designer in Philadelphia.


      Author Residence: Portland, OR; Portland, OR

      Author Hometown: north New Jersey; Portland, OR

      Matt Wiegle is the artist of the webcomic Destructor (with Sean Collins) and drew the Romeo & Juliet adaption for Spark Notes. He currently works as an industrial designer in Philadelphia.

      Illustrator Residence: Philadelphia, PA

      Illustrator Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
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        Marketing: Promotion through a variety of Social Media: Facebook (134k), Twitter (127k), Tumblr (25k), and Instagram (19k) with a feature on IDWpublishing.com

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        Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts

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      “[A] smart, snarky ode to the joy of creation…Wiegle’s fantastic, funny black-and-white art is the perfect match for the offbeat story; the characters are ingeniously figured with asymmetrical shapes and rubbery poses, and writing team Mean and Reed depict the film’s visual excesses with wicked glee…Under the wonky humor, this comedy revels in the pleasures of finding fellow enthusiasts.” — Publishers Weekly
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    Grass Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, Janet Hong
    9781770463622 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary On Sale Date: August 27, 2019 Print Run: 8000
    $34.95 CAD 6.12 x 8.4 x 1.3 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Drawn & Quarterly
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      This true story of a Korean comfort woman documents how the actrocity of war devestates women's lives. This true story of a korean comfort woman documents how the atrocity of war devastates women's lives Grass is a powerful anti-war graphic novel, offering up firsthand the life story of a Korean girl named Lee Ok-sun who was forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during the second World War - a disputed chapter in 20th century Asian history. Beginning in Lee's childhood, Grass shows the leadup to World War II from a child's vulnerable perspective, detailing how one person experienced the Japanese occupation and the widespread suffering it entailed for ordinary Korean folk. Keum Suk Gendry-Kim emphasizes Lee's strength in overcoming the many forms of adversity she experienced. Grass is painted in a black ink that flows with lavish details of the beautiful fields and farmland of Korea and uses heavy brushwork on the somber interiors of Lee's memories. Cartoonist Gendry-Kim's interviews with Lee become an integral part of Grass, forming the heart and architecture of this powerful non-fiction graphic novel and offering a holistic view of how Lee's wartime suffering changed her. Grass is a landmark graphic novel that makes personal the desperate cost of war and the importance of peace.
      Bio
      Keum Suk Gendry-Kim was born in the town of Goheung in Jeolla Province, a town famous for its beautiful mountains and sea. Her graphic novels include The Song of My Father, Jiseul, and Kogaeyi, which have been translated and published in France. She also wrote and illustrated The Baby Hanyeo Okrang Goes to Dokdo, A Day with My Grandpa, and My Mother Kang Geumsun. She received the Best Creative Manhwa Award for her short manhwa ?Sister Mija,? about a comfort woman. She has had exhibitions of her works in Korea and Europe since 2012, and her graphic novels and manhwa deal mostly with people who are outcasts or marginalized.
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      ?Her traditional ink drawings are powerful for their bleak beauty, sometimes without dialogue for page after page.? ? Jeju Weekly
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    The Girl in Red Christina Henry
    9780451492289 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: June 18, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.31 x 7.97 x 0.76 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic “Little Red Riding Hood”…about a woman who isn’t as defenseless as she seems.

      It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

      There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

      Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods….


      Story Locale: Post-apocalyptic America
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      Christina Henry is the author of Alice, Red Queen, Lost Boy, The Mermaid, and the national bestselling Black Wings series, featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle.

      Author Residence: Chicago, IL
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      "Satisfyingly upends the familiar tale of a clever girl, a dangerous wolf, and a brave savior, and folklore fans will enjoy this bloody near-future variation on a familiar theme."—Publishers Weekly

      "The versatile Henry has reimagined another classic fairy tale, this time with a fascinating narrative about surviving the apocalypse."—Booklist

      "With The Girl in Red, Christina Henry once again proves that retellings don’t necessarily lack originality."—Kirkus Reviews

      "An engrossing page-turner that will delight anyone who loves running through thought experiments about the apocalypse.”—Paste

      Praise for Christina Henry's novels

      "A riveting rewrite of Peter Pan."--The Wall Street Journal

      "Multiple twists keep the reader guessing, and the fluid writing is enthralling....This is a fine addition to the shelves of any fan of children's classics and their modern subversions."--Publishers Weekly

      "This wild, unrelenting tale, full to the brim with the freedom and violence of young boys who never want to grow up, will appeal to fans of dark fantasy."--Booklist

      "A horrifying fantasy that will have you reexamining your love for this childhood favorite. Smooth, velvety prose blends well with the deliciously complex characters and intricate story line."--RT Book Reviews (top pick)

      "It's full of magic and passion and courage, set against a convincing historical backdrop....Henry's spare, muscular prose is a delight. I loved this novel."--Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches
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    Patsy A Novel Nicole Dennis-Benn
    9781631495632 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 04, 2019
    $35.95 CAD 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.4 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Liveright
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      When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy’s plans don’t include her overzealous, evangelical mother—or even her five-year-old daughter, Tru.

      Beating with the pulse of a long-witheld confession, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first—not to give a better life to her family back home. Patsy leaves Tru behind in a defiant act of self-preservation, hoping for a new start where she can be, and love, whomever she wants. But when Patsy arrives in Brooklyn, America is not as Cicely’s treasured letters described; to survive as an undocumented immigrant, she is forced to work as a bathroom attendant and nanny. Meanwhile, Tru builds a faltering relationship with her father back in Jamaica, grappling with her own questions of identity and sexuality, and trying desperately to empathize with her mother’s decision.

      Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another.

      As with her masterful debut, Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn once again charts the geography of a hidden world—that of a paradise lost, swirling with the echoes of lilting patois, in which one woman fights to discover her sense of self in a world that tries to define her. Passionate, moving, and fiercely urgent, Patsy is a prismatic depiction of immigration and womanhood, and the lasting threads of love stretching across years and oceans.
      Bio
      Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn. Her website is www.nicoledennisbenn.com.
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      It’s a story about resilience.... Patsy is a book that will open a lot of minds. I think particularly now, it’s critical that we open our minds to the way others live.... At the end this is a beautiful story of love. —Jenna Bush Hager, NBC's TODAY #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection

      Nicole Dennis-Benn carefully unspools the stories behind each wound over the long course of this richly imagined novel... [she] beautifully illustrates how the characters are connected to one another by love, desire and violence, and how they bear those histories permanently, both within and on their bodies. [Patsy] continually and subtly defies predictability as it tells a vital and remarkable life story.... I never knew what turn the story would take next, how the past would reassert itself, what alliances and rifts would form, where love would fail and where it would unexpectedly appear. Again and again, Patsy surprises and illuminates. —Chelsey Johnson, New York Times

      Sumptuous... Dennis-Benn ingeniously humanizes and changes up the typical immigrant saga... The result is a knowing, at times painfully funny novel about the disorienting relationship between selfhood and sacrifice.—O, The Oprah Magazine

      Stunning…. Patsy fills a literary void with compassion, complexity and tenderness. —Joshunda Sanders, TIME

      Admirers of Here Comes the Sun have waited three years for Dennis-Benn's followup, and anyone who was enchanted by her gorgeous writing are in for a happy surprise: Patsy isn't just as good as its predecessor, it's somehow even better.... Dennis-Benn isn't just a compassionate writer, she's also a courageous one, unafraid to address topics that too often go ignored. And in Patsy and Tru, she's managed to create two unforgettable characters who function as real people and not literary archetypes. Dennis-Benn is quickly becoming an indispensable novelist, and Patsy is a brave, brilliant triumph of a book. —Michael Schaub, NPR

      Nicole Dennis-Benn’s sophomore novel, Patsy, methodically and unapologetically engages with choices women do and should be allowed to make, and as with her last novel, Here Comes the Sun, does so with nuance and grace.... Patsy is a deeply queer, sensitive and vividly written novel about a woman’s right to want and a child’s right to carve her own path. —Ilana Masad, Washington Post

      Dennis-Benn writes about the immigrant experience with abiding, bone-deep empathy—swinging between standard English and patois the same way that Patsy and her daughter navigate their own need to code-switch as the years pass. Estranged from one another and bound to a world that tends to treat black womanhood and queer sexuality as invisible at best, their separate but intertwined stories wend through hurt and hope and inalienable dreams; not just for a better life, but a truly honest one.—Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

      Brilliant… [Dennis-Benn] writes with keen awareness of what others experience living undocumented in America—and the compromises that women make in order to prioritize themselves.—Elle

      Dennis-Benn gives her characters the dose of happiness and self-assurance that many stories about social ills refuse women like them. She does that without facilely wishing away the big issues—racism, homophobia, gender, classism—that her novel tackles. Patsy is a portrait of black queer women grasping for self-determination, and a challenge to the conventions of what is expected of good mothers and good women and good immigrants.... In writing beautifully about that unending struggle, Dennis-Benn finds a way to extend to black girls and women some of the love that the world may never offer. —Adrienne Green, The Atlantic

      While Patsy highlights the profound, and often unseen, sacrifices made in immigrants’ lives in America, it also emphasizes the struggles of those who are LGBTQIA+.... In the end, Dennis-Benn touches upon the question of whether or not America is even still the promised land for all identities seeking freedom from persecution. —C.E. Miller, Bustle

      Patsy is a probing novel about freedom, examining one woman's shifting conception of it, and how people weigh what they are willing to trade for liberty.... The immigrant novel has a rich tradition in American literature.... Patsy adds to that lineage with its engrossing portrait of a complicated woman who struggles against crushing societal forces in her quest—not to sacrifice her life for future generations—but to finally unfurl her true self. —Jenny Shank, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      Astonishing.... Dennis-Benn’s writing is ravishing, full of the musical rhythm of Jamaican dialect, sprinkled like hot spices throughout a narrative that is colorful, heartbreakingly sad and bristling with life.—Caroline Leavitt, San Francisco Chronicle

      [A] provocative, muscular book. Dennis-Benn takes care with characters, building intricate relationships, and writes in exquisite prose that brings to life Pennyfield, the Jamaican neighborhood Patsy is from, and the Caribbean diaspora in New York.... Draws the complexity of experiencing one’s sexuality, and the varying ways sexuality is understood in the larger community.—Alexia Arthurs, Ms. Magazine

      Although she's lovingly drawn by Dennis-Benn, Patsy has done the single most-damning thing a mother can do in our society: She has abandoned her child. It's a marker of Dennis-Benn's masterful prowess at characterization and her elegant, nuanced writing that the people here—even when they're flawed or unlikable—inspire sympathy and respect. Dennis-Benn has written a profound book about sexuality, gender, race, and immigration that speaks to the contemporary moment through the figure of a woman alive with passion and regret. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun, 2016) builds big worlds inside and outside her touchable characters, writing through their knotty love in all its failures and mercies in this empathetic intergenerational epic of womanhood and inheritance.
      —Annie Bostrom, Booklist (starred review)

      A Jamaican woman abandons her daughter for a chance to reunite with her childhood friend turned lover in this wrenching second novel from Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun).... An immersive study in unintended consequences…. This is a marvelous novel. —Publishers Weekly

      A stunningly powerful inter-generational novel about the price—the ransom really— women must pay to choose themselves, their lives, their value, their humanity. Frank, funny, salty, heartbreaking, full of love, Dennis-Benn is a map-maker to those places in the heart held so closely, the holder may not know even they’re there.—Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

      Beautiful, shattering, and deeply affecting. Patsy’s story ultimately makes for a novel that is destined to endure.—Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen

      Nicole Dennis-Benn is an exquisite writer who paints scenes with words so vivid you might as well be walking through it as a character, not a reader. In Patsy, she addresses motherhood, sexuality, racism, and colorism; turning her prodigious talents to the timely story of an undocumented immigrant straddling two worlds while learning that love isn’t a choice, but the beat in one’s blood. —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things

      One of my favourite novels of 2017 was easily Nicole Dennis-Benn’s first novel, Here Comes the Sun, and when her second, Patsy, was announced, I almost lost my mind. The richness of Dennis-Benn’s writing is taken to another level in Patsy, the story of a Jamaican woman working towards her own version of the American dream.... Dennis-Benn explores in such a textured, taut way what in love is gained, and what, or who, is left behind.... Bliss. —Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie: A Novel

      A novel that splits at the seams with yearning, elegantly written and deeply felt. Dennis-Benn leads the reader through Patsy's life with empathy and grace.—Esme Weijun Wang, author of The Collected Schizophrenias

      An aching meditation on motherhood, sacrifice, and what it means to look truth in the face in order to fully become oneself. A beautiful book, as heartbreaking as it is restorative.—Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

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