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    Sex and Vanity Kevin Kwan
    9780385695404 Hardcover FICTION / Asian American On Sale Date:June 30, 2020
    $34.95 CAD 6.5 x 9.6 x 1.3 in | 1.49 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

      The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of love and longing as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds—the WASP establishment of her father’s family and George Zao, a man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with.


      On her very first morning on the jewel-like island of Capri, Lucie Churchill sets eyes on George Zao and she instantly can’t stand him. She can’t stand it when he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so that she can have the view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can’t stand that he knows more about Curzio Malaparte than she does, and she really can’t stand it when he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins of a Roman villa and they are caught by her snobbish, disapproving cousin, Charlotte. “Your mother is Chinese so it’s no surprise you’d be attracted to someone like him,” Charlotte teases. Daughter of an American-born-Chinese mother and blue-blooded New York father, Lucie has always sublimated the Asian side of herself in favor of the white side, and she adamantly denies having feelings for George. But several years later, when George unexpectedly appears in East Hampton where Lucie is weekending with her new fiancé, Lucie finds herself drawn to George again. Soon, Lucy is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancé, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment, and ultimately herself as she tries mightily to deny George entry into her world—and her heart. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.
      Bio
      KEVIN KWAN is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, a major motion picture, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. Born in Singapore, he has called New York’s West Village home since 1995.

      Author Residence: New York, NY

      Author Hometown: Singapore
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      NATIONAL BESTSELLER
      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
      BEST BOOK OF 2020: Marie Claire, NPR, New York Post, Kobo
      A PENGUIN BOOK CLUB PICK


      "Kevin Kwan's new book is his most decadent yet." —Entertainment Weekly

      "Kevin Kwan has had a singular influence on Asian American storytelling and Hollywood's pop cultural landscape." —Yoonj Kim, Los Angeles Times

      "Kevin Kwan has dedicated his fourth novel, Sex and Vanity, to two unique destinations. One is New York . . . the other is the Italian island of Capri. . . . Both locales—rich, glamorous, and filled with their share of both insiders and outsiders looking for their ticket in—serve as backdrops for Kwan's latest ode to love, class, and the problematic, hilarious search for happiness in a world spinning with too much of pretty much everything. Kwan . . . is an urban romantic and he's also a keen observer of social mores and the Teflon charms of an offbeat character. Sex and Vanity is sharp, clever, and irresistibly drawn." —Interview

      "Another riveting tale of privilege, culture and romance . . . in a world of extravagant fashion and deceit, resulting in one truly modern love story that you won’t be able to put down." —CNN

      "A summer romp with a satirical sting." —NPR

      "When the room with a view is Kevin Kwan's, things might get wild. . . . There's no other way you're getting to Capri this summer. Here's a ticket." —Janet Maslin, New York Times Book Review

      "Part of the novel's fun is that Kwan is in on the joke: He excels at satirizing the uber-rich. He's also an Olympic-level name-dropper. If I had a dollar for every reference to an A-list designer or brand mentioned here, I’d be—well, still not a fraction as wealthy as these characters. . . . Kwan's trademark snark, which hooked Crazy Rich Asians fans, remains on display in this new offering . . . readers who follow suit can revel in the kind of extravagances that sound like a dream after months of isolation and anxiety during the coronarvirus pandemic." —Washington Post

      "The Shakespeare of Status Anxiety. . . . Dishy and delightful, filled with all sorts of bad behavior performed in couture. But as loose and fun and compulsively readable as they are, Kwan's novels are also very clearly the work of someone who spends much of his social time paying extremely close attention." —The Atlantic

      "A razor-sharp rake on the one percent. . . .Like Truman Capote or Dominick Dunne before him, Kwan seems to be writing from inside the rarefied rooms where his stories take place—and he doesn't pull any punches." —Town & Country

      "Deliciously modern . . . drama, diamonds, and satire galore." —Vanity Fair

      "On its face, the story is a zippy beach read, but Kwan engages with serious subject matter (racism, identity, and deep-rooted Asian classism) all while thoroughly lampooning the extravagance of the ultrarich. . . . The best part is that like all of Kwan's work, Sex and Vanity also functions as a vacation read—it's funny, there are ridiculous, steamy sex scenes, and part of the book takes place at a luxurious destination wedding. It's the kind of thing you can take to whatever beach substitute you're working with right now (the bedroom with the most sun, or a patch of asphalt at the nearest park) and escape for a little while." —The Cut

      "Kwan's latest novel Sex and Vanity is a retelling of E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View. In Kwan’s hands, the classically white, British tale’s setting gets an update from the early 1900s to the 2010s, trading in a cast of characters from England’s stuffy upper crust for one of lavish, jet-setting Asian socialites." —Bustle

      "A deliciously fun romp from Capri to Manhattan and East Hampton. Kwan is in fine form, gleefully name-dropping luxury brands and socialites as he spins a heartfelt, satirical tale that observes the price of fame, fortune and following your heart." —BookPage

      "True love will find a way, even among the status-obsessed and filthy rich... [With] irresistibly knowing humor and delightful central characters... While he’s engineering the timeless love story and continuing our postgraduate education in all the things money can buy, Kwan manages to take a few swipes against snobbery and racism. Nice. This is the only way you’re getting to Capri this year. Why resist?" —Kirkus Reviews

      "Kwan follows up his Crazy Rich Asians trilogy with an intoxicating, breezy update of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View. . . . Kwan exploits the Forster frame for clever references—including Merchant and Ivory—and provides amusing footnotes. Kwan also relishes describing lavish meals and haute couture clothing, as well as Isabel's decadent wedding and Cecil's imaginative, over-the-top proposal. There are moments both catty and witty. . . . [A] delectable comedy of manners—the literary equivalent of white truffle and caviar pizza." —Publishers Weekly
  • 2
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    The End of Her Shari Lapena Canada
    9780385695022 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 28, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 0.93 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

      NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      The new domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Someone We Know.


      In upstate New York, Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin babies. The girls are a handful, but Stephanie doesn’t mind being a stay-at-home mom, taking care of them while Patrick does the 9-5 to pay the bills.

      And when a woman from Patrick’s past drops in on them unexpectedly, raising questions about his late first wife, Stephanie supports her husband wholeheartedly. She knows the car accident all those many years ago was just that—an accident. But Erica is persistent, and now she’s threatening to go to the police.

      Patrick is afraid his job—and his reputation—will be at risk if he doesn’t put an end to Erica’s questioning immediately. And when the police start digging, Stephanie’s trust in her husband begins to falter, and Patrick is primed to lose everything. As their marriage crumbles, Stephanie feels herself coming unglued, and soon she isn’t sure what—or who—to believe. Now the most important thing is to protect her girls, but at what cost?
      Bio
      SHARI LAPENA is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House and An Unwanted Guest, which have all been New York Times and Sunday Times (London) bestsellers. Her books have been sold in thirty-five territories around the world. She lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON
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      Awards
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      NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

      "Full of surprises." —CBC

      "The End of Her will keep you guessing right up to the end . . . And so begins a nonstop page-turning that has become a hallmark of Lapena's work . . . Be sure to carve out enough time, because once you pick it up, you will not want to put down." —USA Today

      "A novel of domestic suspense with shifting POVs, The End of Her will have you questioning who to believe right up until the end." —Buzzfeed

      "The fast pace will keep those fond of mischief and murder in suburbia turning the pages." —Publishers Weekly

      "Lapena makes it all work. . . . The End of Her is a humdinger of a suspenseful read." —Winnipeg Free Press

      "The queen of the one-sit read." Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Elevator Pitch

      "I read the cracking The End of Her in one sitting. All hail the Mistress of the Page Turner." Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Suspect

      "I absolutely adore Shari Lapena's compulsive thrillers and her new novel is her best yet. More twists than a roller coaster." John Boyne, New York Times bestselling author of My Brother's Name is Jessica

      "I tore through it. It kept me on my toes throughout and the ending was just fantastic. Really tense!" Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange

      "The End of Her
      is a slippery eel of a novel—just when you think you have it in your grasp, it slithers away on a new current. I consumed it in a day. . . . Unputdownable." Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House

      "Shari Lapena is one of the best thriller writers in the business." Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of Thirteen

      "Gripping, compelling, thoroughly entertaining and devilishly clever." Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Lying in Wait

      "Another unputdownable suburban thriller with the finest love-to-hate characters and a wickedly paced mystery." Elizabeth Kay, author of Seven Lies
  • 3
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    Luster Raven Leilani
    9780385696005 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:August 04, 2020
    $29.95 CAD 5.6 x 8.5 x 0.8 in | 0.76 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Bond Street Books
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      Sharp, comic, disruptive, tender, Raven Leilani’s debut novel, Luster, sees a young black woman fall into art and someone else’s open marriage.

      Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties—sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She’s also, secretly, haltingly, figuring her way into life as an artist. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage—with rules. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren’t hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and falling into Eric’s family life, his home. She becomes a hesitant friend to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie is the only black woman who young Akila knows.

      Razor sharp, darkly comic, sexually charged, socially disruptive, Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make her sense of her life in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.
      Bio
      RAVEN LEILANI’s work has been published in Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Narrative, Yale Review, Conjunctions, The Cut and New England Review, among other publications. She won Narrative’s Ninth Annual Poetry Contest and the Matt Clark Editor’s Choice Prize, as well as short fiction prizes from Bat City Review and Blue Earth Review. Luster is her first novel.

      Author Residence: New York, NY
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2021, Long-listed
      Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 2020, Winner
      Dylan Thomas Prize 2021, Winner
      Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2020, Winner
      National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize 2020, Winner
      PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel 2021, Short-listed
      PEN/Jean Stein Book Award 2021, Long-listed
      Women's Prize for Fiction 2021, Long-listed
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      WINNER OF THE 2020 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
      WINNER OF THE 2020 KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION
      WINNER OF THE 2020 JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK (NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE)
      WINNER OF THE 2021 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE
      FINALIST FOR THE 2021 PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL

      LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD
      LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

      A BEST BOOK OF 2020
      The New York Times Book Review, Buzzfeed, Time, Wired, BookPage, Amazon, Indigo, Kobo, NPR, Harper’s Bazaar, Vox, Kirkus, InStyle, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, O: the Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Los Angeles Times, Chatelaine, The Guardian, Refinery29, Apartment Therapy, Lit Hub, Self, Town and Country, and many more

      A FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR
      The New Yorker, Barack Obama

      A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020
      AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER; LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER; WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER; SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

      "So delicious that it feels illicit . . . Raven Leilani's first novel reads like summer: sentences like ice that crackle or melt into a languorous drip; plot suddenly, wildly flying forward like a bike down a hill." ?Jazmine Hughes, The New York Times Book Review

      "There is nothing on offer like Luster?the story of a Black woman who is neither heroic nor unduly tragic . . . She is destructive but tender, ravenous for experience but deeply vulnerable?and often wickedly funny." ?Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

      "Luster . . . grapples with loneliness in a way that is socially relevant, raw, vulnerable?and darkly funny . . . Edie's internal dialogue is often tender and revealing . . . A much-needed examination of the intersection of Blackness, class, sexuality and power." ?Toronto Star

      "Raven Leilani's first novel, Luster, is so good you may need to recline momentarily and wonder how someone so young—she's 30—can be so talented. At the very least, once you pick up the story of Edie . . . you won't be putting it down. By turns dark, daring and hilarious, Luster is . . . a book that collapses expectations." —Ian Brown, The Globe and Mail

      "Edie is an African American woman, but not every African American woman is Edie. What's best about Luster is precisely her messy, unabashed individuality. As she explores the world around her, Edie addresses us in a funny, shrewd narrative voice that precisely describes the wide-ranging contours of her life, be it losing her virginity, watching Rebecca cut up cadavers, going to Comic-Con or showing how police respond to two young Black women walking in a suburban neighborhood." ?NPR

      "Wildly beguiling . . . [Raven Leilani is] a phenomenal writer, her dense, dazzling paragraphs shot through with self-effacing wit and psychological insight." ?Entertainment Weekly

      "Exacting, hilarious, and deadly . . . A writer of exhilarating freedom and daring." ?Zadie Smith, Harper's Bazaar

      "Smart and satirical about everything from the gig economy to racism in publishing to the inner politics of families, Raven Leilani's Luster . . . rings so true, and her prose has a stylish verve." —Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room, The Guardian

      "Astonishing and razor-sharp. . . . Nobody is quite who you expect them to be in this brilliant novel." —Elizabeth Gilbert, Elle

      "[Raven Leilani] is a sharp phrasemaker . . . [and] Luster, a highly pleasurable interrogation of pleasure . . . There is more than a touch of Ralph Ellison here, the hypervisible invisible woman who is cast by the world in categorical terms while trying to be seen for herself." —The New Yorker

      "Darkly funny with wicked insight . . . This keenly observed, dynamic debut is so cutting, it almost stings." ?Elle

      "Strange, hilarious, important." ?The Washington Post

      "An emotional rollercoaster that will have you on the verge of tears or in stitches with laughter." ?The Chicago Tribune

      "Raven writes with the confidence of someone who’s been at this game for decades. This is a sizzling book." ?Today

      "Narrated with fresh and wry jadedness, Edie’s every disappointment [is] rendered with a comic twist . . . Edie’s life is a mess, her past is filled with sorrow, she’s wasting her precious youth, and yet, reading about it all is a whole lot of fun." ?Vogue

      "Luster is the kind of novel that makes a writer jealous . . . [It] brims with the kinds of masterful sentences one can imagine mentors like Zadie Smith and Jonathan Safran Foer underlining with linguistic glee. It gleams, as the title suggests, with words and ideas both profound and deeply honest." ?InStyle

      "An irreverent intergenerational tale of race and class that’s blisteringly smart and fan-yourself sexy." ?O: The Oprah Magazine

      "Like all great books, Luster eludes easy categorization. It’s a slippery novel about many things?being young, being Black, being a woman, being depressed, feeling lonely, latent trauma, sex . . . What is so immediately striking about Luster?and what sets it apart from the glut of millennial fiction?is the quality of the writing itself." ?Buzzfeed News

      "This fearless debut novel hurtles into some uncomfortable areas, centering on an erotic relationship that is interracial, intergenerational, cross-class, kinky and extramarital. The prose is sleek and perpetually surprising." —NPR

      "Vibrant, spiky . . . Leilani is a master . . . a major new talent . . . Luster isn’t just a sardonic book, but a powerful one about emotional transformation." ?USA Today

      "Mercilessly funny and sharp, Raven Leilani’s Luster is unexpected and utterly fascinating." ?Marie Claire

      "Sinking into the pleasures of Leilani's darkly funny and bitingly insightful prose over an aimless shut-down weekend is a treat you deserve. With a highlighter in one hand and Luster in the other, chapter one alone becomes a riot of yellow stripes." ?Salon

      "Luster is brilliant. Leilani writes as if she’s stabbing the keyboard with scalpels made of class resentment and memories of racism and misogyny . . . Edie is unforgettable, and so is Luster, a novel that shines with a distinctive darkness." ?NPR

      "The author of Luster has emerged as the year's most exciting new literary voice . . . Luster is succeeding with all its darkness and sharp corners intact, an unflinching chronicle of a young woman's attempt to make sense of the cards she's been dealt." ?Elle

      "Luster is one of those books that makes the world seem both clearer and more interesting than you thought it was. . . . Leilani plays out all the psychosexual dynamics of this juicy premise with an eye for surreal dark humor. But what really makes Luster sing is Leilani's ability to evoke with precise and damning detail the hypocrisy of the smugly virtuous white liberal landscape Edie is trying to navigate." —Vox

      "There are no perfect Black women in Raven Leilani’s debut novel, Luster, and that is by design . . . Leilani tries to liberate the Black woman figure’s range of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings from an inherent virtuousness or exceptionalism. This choice challenges readers to recognize Edie’s agency and see her as a young Black woman in progress." ?The Atlantic

      "Leilani's radiant debut belongs to its brilliant, fully formed narrator. Old soul Edie has an otherworldly way of seeing the world and reflecting it back to readers, peppering experiences of past and current despair with acceptance and humor but never sacrificing depth, of which her story has miles. A must for seekers of strongly narrated, original fiction." ?Booklist, starred review

      "Electric, heralding a singular new literary voice . . . Provocative and surprising. Edie is both emblematic of a generation of detached, fiercely intelligent yet hopelessly drifting young women, who yearn for something more." ?Refinery29

      "This debut novel from powerhouse writer Raven Leilani . . . deftly subverts the white gaze while also crafting an unforgettable protagonist. But the real fire here is Leilani’s writing. Her sentences are gorgeous, and both the prose and the content will make you sweat." ?Shondaland

      "Encountering Raven Leilani's one-of-a kind debut jolted me out of my mid-pandemic stasis . . . [Luster] is like nothing else I've read this year. Leilani's vibrant language and unflinching willingness to get down into the muck of human behavior make each sentence of this novel feel like a revelation and a discovery." ?PopSugar

      "The narrator of Luster . . . is the fierce, unruly antidote to what Jess Bergman called the ‘remote avatars of contemporary malaise’?she is not cool, nor detached, nor noncommittal, but absolutely bursting with thoughts and feelings and desires, some of which often spill over and make a mess, or a scene, or a bonfire. Edie talks shit but also takes it?she’s hilariously caustic about the world around her, but her criticism never feels empty. I loved every minute." ?Lit Hub

      "Leilani’s writing is cerebral and raw, and this debut novel will establish her as a powerful new voice . . . [She] has proven herself to be a keen social observer?especially about the truths that some people don’t want to see." ?BookPage

      "Tackling questions of race, age, and power, Luster is a must-read new novel that perfectly captures our strange age." ?Bustle

      "Despite, or perhaps because of, the various tiny sentence-level explosions of violence and delight, it’s difficult to overstate the uncanny familiarities of Edie’s voice, world, work . . . It sits in the dizzyingly perfect groove of the novel that’s under capitalism and knows it." ?Tajja Isen, The End of the World Review

      "One of the year's most anticipated titles for good reason: this story of race, privilege, art, and sexuality is brilliant."?PopSugar

      "Edie is a fascinatingly complex protagonist, and Leilani describes specific moments and scenes with great precision and nuance." ?Curtis Sittenfield, The Guardian

      "I was blown away by this debut novel . . . Every sentence is a treat to read, even when it is plumbing the bleakest truths of society and humanity. It is political and emotional, tender and sharp, absurd and relatable, heartbreaking and funny. The writing is packed with sharp observations of the most eccentric human behaviour, all propelled with an addictively page-turning plot . . . It is exquisite." ?Dolly Alderton, The Guardian

      "With Luster, Raven Leilani establishes herself as a novelist who perfectly distills millennial culture and the impact of race and class with both wit and compassion. Her central character, the twenty-something New Yorker Edie, is living a life at once highly relatable (her city apartment woes will have you nodding with sad recognition) and genuinely unorthodox (she moves in with the wife and child of the man she’s having a fling with). Leilani’s remarkable first novel is sharp, funny, and transcendent." ?Elle

      "This stunning book addresses power dynamics in a fresh, almost subversive way." ?Good Housekeeping

      “[Luster] is written in the brutally funny, sharp, and poignant voice that Raven Leilani is known for, covering the messiness of our 20s to the complexities of race and social dynamics in the workplace and in our day-to-day relationships.” —Apartment Therapy

      "Acidly funny, torrid and hyper-real." ?Los Angeles Times

      "A hand grenade disguised as a coming-of-age novel. It’s everything you want in a bildungsroman ? it’s intimate, funny and daring ? but in Raven Leilani’s skilled hands it is also volatile and complex, a profound meditation on the intersection of race and loneliness, a thorny examination of sexuality and trauma, of power and privilege, and the subtle interplay between all of the above. It’s also so absorbing and compelling that it’s almost impossible not to read it in one sitting. This is a great gift for admirers of Zadie Smith, Brit Bennett or Mary Gaitskill." ?The Chicago Tribune

      "Wildly assured . . . [Luster is] an audacious and tantalizing story about the ‘gray, anonymous hours’ of one’s 20s, when, for better or worse, anything and everything can happen." ?O: The Oprah Magazine

      "It's not often that you come across a book where the narrator's voice immediately draws you in, but by the time I was a few chapters into Luster, I was concerned that I was about to invite the main character, Edie, to live with my family instead of simply reading about what happens when her older lover's wife does just that. Leilani has a knack for balancing the cringe of burgeoning adulthood with the blasé wit of seeing all the things the people around you miss, and though Luster is great on its own, it also made me so excited to see her craft develop further over the next few decades." —Vanity Fair

      "Raven Leilani has written a masterpiece on her first try." —Elin Hilderbrand on Instagram

      "The most thrilling thing I’ve read in months." —Stephanie Danler on Instagram

      "Sexy, dark, truly funny. This book is on fire." —Emma Straub on Instagram

      "Among the most exciting releases of 2020—a lively, unforgettable coming-of-age story . . . Leilani brings painterly precision to each stunning sentence, making for an exacting, darkly comic story of a gifted yet wayward young woman learning to believe in her own talent." —Esquire.com

      "With its electric prose and lightning pace, Luster could be the most exciting and memorable novel you read this year. It's a wild ride. . . . Just about every page crackles with humor and modern neuroses about sex, race, class, gender, age, you name it." —Philadelphia Inquirer

      "Narrated with fresh and wry jadedness, Edie’s every disappointment [is] rendered with a comic twist . . . Edie’s life is a mess, her past is filled with sorrow, she’s wasting her precious youth, and yet, reading about it all is a whole lot of fun." —Vogue

      "Sometimes, on very rare occasions, you read a debut novel with a narrative voice that is so assured, so confident, so astute, and so devastatingly funny, it leaves you reeling . . . Leilani’s brutally accurate observations and rapier wit make this novel a singular, mordant delight. I know it’s a cliché, but I really cannot recommend this book highly enough." —Buzzfeed News

      "An unstable ballet of race, sex, and power. Leilani’s characters act in ways that often defy explanation, and that is part of what makes them so alive, and so mesmerizing: Whose behavior, in real life, can be reduced to simple cause and effect? Sharp, strange, propellent—and a whole lot of fun." —Kirkus, starred review

      "Leilani has written a book of surfaces, beheld as a painter approaches a subject. Long stretches of smoldering silence fraught with hidden meaning characterize the novel. . . . [She] draws on a long lineage of invisibility, from Ellison to Toni Morrison to the haunting spirits of Jesmyn Ward. . . . In Luster, Leilani does what Edie cannot. She captures the force of desire in a portrait from which you cannot look away." —Los Angeles Review of Books

      "Luster is bled through with an honesty about the subterfuge of survival that is both gripping and often hilarious. There is no problem with Leilani, or her generation; she's gratifying, instantly." —WIRED

      "A darkly funny, hilariously moving debut from a stunning new voice. Luster follows the unforgettable Edie, a hapless young woman suffocating under her own loneliness, whose caustic observations made me laugh out loud and gasp in recognition. Raven Leilani crafts a beautiful, bighearted story about intimacy and art that will astound and wound you. I couldn’t put this one down." —Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers

      "Raven Leilani's sentences pulse and writhe and shimmer and gut-punch. Above all they tell the truth, even when it hurts." —Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House

      "The narrative voice of this startling novel is layered, complex, pitch-black comic, and deadly earnest, even ardent in its will to sift through the chaos and idiocy of our madhouse culture and find some glimpse of human reality. Raven Leilani is intellectually supple and steely at the same time; she thinks and perceives blessedly outside any kind of norm. She has made a truly lustrous piece of art." —Mary Gaitskill, author of This Is Pleasure

      "An utterly strange and beautiful book that is both very visceral and very intellectual, about a young black woman trying to find her artistic identity." —C. Pam Zhang, The Rumpus

      "Luster is entirely remarkable, and the most delicious novel I’ve read. I couldn’t get enough of Raven Leilani’s starkly accurate portrayal of the nuances of being a young woman today." —Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie

      "Hilarious, honest, bursting with desire and sharp insight, Luster is absolutely captivating. I didn’t so much read it, as gulp it down. There’s so much to learn here, so much to admire. Leilani is an irreverent, impeccable stylist—a voice we need right now." —Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

      "A beguiling fever dream of a novel, shot through with wistfulness, humor, and a kind of breathless, furious verve. You’ll find it impossible to put down." —Ling Ma, author of Severance

      "Raven Leilani is a writer of unusual daring, with a voice that is unique and fully formed. There is humor, intelligence, emotion, and power in her work. I cannot think of a writer better suited to capture our moment." —Katie Kitamura, author of A Separation

      "In Luster, Raven Leilani has created a character unlike any other in recent fiction. A slacker black queen, a depressive painter, a damn funny woman. The narrator of this novel tells us of her history and her present life in hypnotic language that is a pleasure to read. Leilani is such a talented writer, I rushed to the end of every outrageous sentence to figure out how she would pull it off." —Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman

      "A coming-of-age story that’s sure to keep you turning pages." —Stephanie Long, Refinery29

      "In a year when the Bad Sex Award was mercifully canceled, it's time to start thinking about rewarding the rare feat of good sex writing. It's far too easy to go overboard on the groans and the stickiness, but in this simultaneously horny and contemplative debut, Leilani takes the awkwardness of clanking genitals as a given and runs with it. . . . This isn't some paint-by-numbers plot of romance. . . . Leilani knows how to talk about wanting in ways that make you sweat." —Los Angeles Times

      "Luster is both brutal and brilliant, and a debut that's sure to still be topping the best-of-the-year lists in 12 months' time. . . . Leilani's prose mesmerises; you go with her, wherever she decides to take you. . . . But Luster can be soft as well as sharp; there's a luscious, elegant sway to Leilani's long, building sentences?especially around Edie's memories of her dead parents, or when writing about her painting." ?The Guardian

      "Irresistibly unruly and strikingly beautiful, razor-sharp and slyly comic, sexually charged and utterly absorbing, Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life—her hunger, her anger—in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching depiction of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way." —The Center for Fiction 2020 First Novel Prize jury
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    9780385695855 Hardcover FICTION / Sagas On Sale Date:August 11, 2020
    $34.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.5 in | 1.63 lb | 480 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Bond Street Books
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      From the award-winning author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies comes an epic tale of humanity that stretches across space and time.

      Some stories are universal. Some are unique. They play out across human history, and time is the river that flows through them.

      This story starts with a family. For now, it is a father and a mother with two sons. One with his father’s violence in his blood. One with his mother’s artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will determine their fate. It is a beginning.

      Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years. They will meet again and again at different times and in different places. From Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium and journeying across fifty countries to a life amongst the stars in the third, the world will change around them, but their destinies remain the same. It must play out as foretold.

      A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is the story of all of us, stretching across two millennia. Imaginative, unique, heart-breaking, this is John Boyne at his most creative and compelling.
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      JOHN BOYNE is the author of 12 novels for adults, 5 novels for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was an international bestseller, selling over 7 million copies worldwide. He has won three Irish Book Awards, a Stonewall Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award. His novels are published in more than 50 languages.
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      "On the level of pure storytelling, it's marvelous. . . . Boyne's most ambitious work yet." —Independent.ie
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    9780385692793 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:August 18, 2020
    $34.95 CAD 5.8 x 8.52 x 1.08 in | 1 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      Canadian MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager interweaves the story of her search for meaning and solace after losing her first husband to cancer, her unflagging search for an Earth-like exoplanet and her unexpected discovery of new love.

      Sara Seager has made it her life’s work to peer into the spaces around stars—looking for exoplanets outside our solar system, hoping to find the one-in-a-billion world enough like ours to sustain life. But with the unexpected death of her husband, her life became an empty, lightless space. Suddenly, she was the single mother of two young boys, a widow at forty, clinging to three crumpled pages of instructions her husband had written for things like grocery shopping—things he had done while she did pioneering work as a planetary scientist at MIT. She became painfully conscious of her Asperger’s, which before losing her husband had felt more like background noise. She felt, for the first time, alone in the universe.

      In this probing, invigoratingly honest memoir, Seager tells the story of how, as she stumblingly navigated the world of grief, she also kept looking for other worlds. She continues to develop groundbreaking projects, such as the Starshade, a sunflower-shaped instrument that, when launched into space, unfurls itself so as to block planet-obscuring starlight, and she takes solace in the alien beauty of exoplanets. At the same time, she discovers what feels every bit as wondrous: other people, reaching out across the space of her grief. Among them are the Widows of Concord, a group of women offering consolation and advice, and her beloved sons, Max and Alex. Most unexpected of all, there is another kind of one-in-a-billion match with an amateur astronomer. Equally attuned to the wonders of deep space and human connection, The Smallest Lights in the Universe is its own light in the dark.
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      SARA SEAGER is an astrophysicist and a professor of physics and planetary science at MIT. She currently chairs NASA’s Probe Study Team for the Starshade project. Her research is focused on exoplanets and the search for the first Earth-like twin, and she has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere. She is from Toronto and now lives with her husband and sons in Concord, Massachusetts.

      Author Residence: Concord, MA

      Author Hometown: Toronto, ON
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      Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2021, Short-listed
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      Winner of the 2020 LA Times Book Prize for Science & Technology
      A Real Simple Best Book of 2020


      "[Seager's] prominence and how she achieved it would merit a book about her, but her personal struggles fitting in and finding a balance between her work and life are what make this memoir so compelling, even for readers who know little about science. . . . The interior journey she traces here is as extraordinary as her scientific career. A singular scientist has written a singular account of her life and work." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "In The Smallest Lights in the Universe, [Sara Seager] passionately describes her struggle to balance the job that had always been her identity with her new challenges at home. It's a beautifully written portrayal of life after loss—and the wonder that happens when you least expect it." —Real Simple

      "In The Smallest Lights In the Universe, astrophysicist Sara Seager is revealed to be an astute practitioner of metaphor as both a form of reasoning and illustration as well as a source of artful emotional resonance. . . . Seager endows these experiences with emotion and poignancy using an idiosyncratic but accessible and resonant metaphorical language." —PopMatters

      "It is the easiest thing in the world to resign yourself to what is, to curl around yourself and your circumstances. This is a book filled with hope and wonder, because falling in love after loss is a defiant act of optimism, much like searching the stars for life beyond our own little planet. You'll leave this book feeling possibility and inevitability, comforted by the knowledge that even in the dark, we are not alone." —Nora McInerny Purmont, author of It's Okay to Laugh

      "Sara Seager's exploration of outer and inner space makes for a stunningly original memoir. Far from being dwarfed by the scale of exoplanets and galaxies, her most human tale of love, loss and redemption is illuminated and given meaning by this backdrop. A beautiful and compelling read." —Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

      "I absolutely loved this book. It presents both cutting edge science and the deeply human side of a MacArthur award-winning woman astrophysicist. While searching for other planets in the universe, she grieves for her husband who died of cancer." —Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain

      "The miracle of this breathtaking book is the way Sara Seager's search for life in the universe mirrors her search for a fitting life here on earth. Who knew that so much love and beauty and hope could come from so much confusion and fear and grief? Who knew that the macrocosm and the microcosm could end up being the very same thing?" —Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations

      "Seager's beautifully written memoir strikes the perfect balance, weaving a richly told personal story with a clear and accessible tale of the birth and development of a new kind of astronomy—the search for other worlds like our own." —Katie Mack, author of The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)
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    9780385695176 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 01, 2020
    $32.00 CAD 5.93 x 9.56 x 1.19 in | 1.18 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Bond Street Books
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      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

      Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national bestseller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.


      Gifty is a fifth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford University’s School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behaviour in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to hard science to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith, and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

      Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief—a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written and emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi’s phenomenal debut.
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      YAA GYASI was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

      Author Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
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      PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2021, Long-listed
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      AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
      FINALIST FOR WOMEN'S FICTION PRIZE
      LONGLISTED FOR PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION
      LONGLISTED FOR THE DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

      A BEST BOOK OF 2020

      Harper’s Bazaar ? NPR ? Good Housekeeping ? Glamour ? Book Riot ? Library Journal ? Washington Post ? Amazon ? Marie Claire ? Kirkus Reviews ? Vanity Fair ? Entertainment Weekly ? Town and Country ? Indigo ? BBC ? USA Today ? Parade ? Real Simple ? Apartment Therapy ? Refinery29

      "Brilliant. . . . Transcendent Kingdom trades the blazing brilliance of Homegoing for another type of glory, more granular and difficult to name." —Nell Freudenberger, The New York Times Book Review

      "[Transcendent Kingdom] confirms Gyasi's literary prowess. . . An intensely emotional and deeply vulnerable examination of family, belonging, race, mental illness and addiction, Transcendent Kingdom delves into the mystery of the soul and what ties us to one another. . . . [It] could not differ more in scope, tone, and topic from Gyasi's brilliant 2016 debut Homegoing. She flexes different muscles this time around—Transcendent Kingdom is quiet and introspective, where Homegoing was loud and expansive. It is philosophical rather than historical. And it is soul-wrenching rather than jubilant. [But] there's no sophomore slump here—potent and moving, Transcendent Kingdom shows Gyasi's incredible range and solidifies her place as one of the most enlightened writers of her generation." —Winnipeg Free Press

      "Meticulous, psychologically complex. . . . At once a vivid evocation of the immigrant experience and a sharp delineation of an individual's inner struggle, the novel brilliantly succeeds on both counts." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "Gyasi's wise second novel pivots toward intimacy. . . . In precise prose, Gyasi creates an ache of recognition, especially for readers knowledgeable about the wreckage of addiction. Still, she leavens this nonlinear novel with sly humor. . . . The author is astute about childhood grandiosity and a pious girl's deep desire to be good; she conveys in brief strokes the notched, nodding hook of heroin's oblivion." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "The novel is full of brilliantly revealing moments, sometimes funny, often poignant. . . . [Gifty is] provokingly vital." —James Wood, The New Yorker

      "Profoundly moving. . . . Through deliberate and precise prose, [Transcendent Kingdom] becomes an expansive meditation on grief, religion and family." —The Boston Globe

      "Laser-like. . . . A powerful, wholly unsentimental novel about family love, loss, belonging and belief that is more focused but just as daring as its predecessor, and to my mind even more successful. . . . [Transcendent Kingdom] is burningly dedicated to the question of meaning. . . . The pressure created gives her novel a hard, beautiful, diamantine luster." —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

      "A book of blazing brilliance . . . of profound scientific and spiritual reflection that recalls the works of Richard Powers and Marilynne Robinson. . . . A double helix of wisdom and rage twists through the quiet lines. . . . Thank God, we have this remarkable novel." —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

      "A stealthily devastating novel of family, faith and identity that’s as philosophical as it is personal. . . . It’s bravura storytelling by Gyasi, so different in scope, tone and style from her 2016 debut Homegoing. That, too, was brilliant literature, as expansive as Transcendent Kingdom is interior. . . . The range Gyasi displays in just two books is staggering." —USA Today

      "Elegant. . . . Transcendent Kingdom burrows into the philosophical, exploring with complexity what it might mean for us to live without firm answers to the mysteries that wound us. . . . The measured restraint of Gyasi’s prose makes the story’s challenging questions all the more potent." —The San Francisco Chronicle

      "Poised to be the literary event of the fall." —Entertainment Weekly

      "The Homegoing author's new novel works in a completely different register. . . . A book of profound scientific and spiritual reflection, [Transcendent Kingdom] recalls the works of Richard Powers and Marilynne Robinson, though it's anything but derivative. Gyasi's ability to interrogate medical and religious issues in the context of America’s fraught racial environment makes her one of the most enlightening novelists writing today." —The Washington Post

      "I would say that Transcendent Kingdom is a novel for our time (and it is) but it is so much more than that. It is a novel for all times. The splendor and heart and insight and brilliance contained in the pages holds up a light the rest of us can follow." —Ann Patchett

      "Absolutely transcendent. A gorgeously woven narrative about a woman trying to survive the grief of a brother lost to addiction and a mother trapped in depression while pursuing her ambitions. Not a word or idea out of place. Completely different from Homegoing. THE RANGE. I am quite angry this is so good." —Roxane Gay

      "[Transcendent Kingdom] will stay with you long after you've finished it." —Real Simple

      "Unforgettable. . . . Transcendent Kingdom has an expansive scope that ranges into fresh, relevant territories—much like the title, which suggests a better world beyond the life we inhabit."
      —BookPage, starred review

      "With deft agility andundeniable artistry, Gyasi’s latest is an eloquent examination of resilient survival." —Booklist

      "Multilayered and beautifully written. . . . Truly a compelling read that you'll think about for weeks to come, Transcendent Kingdom illustrates that life is messy, painful, and sometimes, utterly beautiful. Furthermore, Gyasi weaves in so many metaphysical questions throughout the pages, it will have you pondering about the aspects of life we take for granted. Those who can handle a heavier read will not regret picking up Transcendent Kingdom. Between the incredible narration and easy-to-follow time jumps, it will be a book you think about weeks after finishing it." —PopSugar

      "[Gyasi] probes the boundaries of despair and grief—and love—to powerful effect in Transcendent Kingdom, revealing the ways we seek to rationalize emotionally incomprehensible things. As Gifty navigates her conflicting desires—reason and faith—Gyasi nimbly shows how human the desire is to reconcile the tragedies that surround us, to search for meaning, and to come to terms with all that we will never know.” —Refinery29

      "Yaa Gyasi stunned us with her first novel Homegoing, and she proceeds to pull on our heartstrings again with Transcendent Kingdom, a story about family, loss, and faith." —Apartment Therapy

      "Achingly lovely. . . . This is a quiet, ruminative story, proceeding through its ideas as carefully and deliberately as cautious Gifty proceeds when she makes her way through an experiment. The pleasure of Transcendent Kingdom comes from peeling back all that deliberation." —Vox

      "[Transcendent Kingdom] offers a powerful perspective on addiction and race. . . . Gyasi's first-person narrative is confiding and atmospheric. . . . An absorbing, moving book." —Financial Times

      "We saw Yaa Gyasi's incredible talent in Homegoing, but her sophomore novel shows even more depth and range. Transcendent Kingdom is heartbreaking, perspective-changing, and completely unforgettable." —Book Riot

      "Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply raw, compassionate and intimate novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama, ravaged by addiction, depression and grief. . . . With a laser-like focus on its characters, the author dissects grief with a deft touch, peeling back the layers of human suffering with unsentimental precision. . . . [Transcendent Kingdom] is nothing short of a masterpiece and a work of whispered beauty." —Zoella Book Club
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    Forest Green Kate Pullinger Canada
    9780385683043 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:August 25, 2020
    $29.95 CAD 5.8 x 8.56 x 0.8 in | 0.78 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      For readers of Elizabeth Strout and Anne Tyler, a powerful, heartrending novel about a man on the run from himself, by Governor General’s Award-winning author Kate Pullinger.

      On a rain-soaked Vancouver sidewalk in 1995, a homeless man fights for breath. Forest Green is the story of how he ended up there.

      Arthur Lunn is a golden boy who spends long summer days roaming the hills and swimming in the lakes of the Okanagan Valley. But the Great Depression is destroying lives, even in Art’s remote and bucolic hometown. Soon, Art finds himself caught up in a battle between the town and the vagrants flowing through it, and before long the tension reaches a boiling point.

      A catastrophe follows—and changes everything. The trauma from this event shapes and haunts Art’s life moving forward, from his experiences as a soldier in World War II to his reckless, nomadic working days in logging camps across British Columbia to his turbulent relationship with his one great love—a woman he cannot believe he deserves.

      Painful, poignant, yet full of hope, Forest Green explores how trauma can warp our lives while love can help us to mend.


      Story Locale: British Columbia (Okanagan, Charlotte Islands, Vancouver) and Italy
      Bio
      KATE PULLINGER grew up in British Columbia. In 2009, her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her prize-winning digital fiction projects include the ground-breaking title for children Inanimate Alice and, most recently, a ghost story for smartphones, Breathe. Flight Paths: A Networked Novel was the inspiration for her 2014 novel, Landing Gear. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University, England. Forest Green is her tenth novel.

      Author Residence: London, UK

      Author Hometown: Cranbrook and Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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      Praise for Forest Green:

      "Pullinger's beautiful writing captures the sweep of a life." —Toronto Star

      "[This] novel evokes a lifespan turned paltry and ruinous by the reverberations of one childhood event. Forest Green is a spare, economical novel . . . [and an] artful portrait of steady personal erosion." —Vancouver Sun

      "On a rainy Vancouver day, Art Lunn lies tangled up in a blanket in a doorway. Estranged from family, the homeless man finds solace in his memories. . . . Lyrical prose by the Governor General's Literary Award-winner slowly unravels the past that led to this present. . . . The poignant glimpses and fragments take shape to reveal how childhood trauma can set decades of misfortune in motion." —Zoomer

      "Kate Pullinger renders Art Lunn's tumultuous life in episodes that have the clarity of tree rings. This slim, engrossing novel holds worlds, and its complicated central character is offered up to us with deep and unwavering empathy." —Catherine Bush, bestselling author of The Rules of Engagement, Claire's Head and Blaze Island

      "I read Forest Green in one go, gripped and charmed and moved by its Everyman logger protagonist and all he lives through." —Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of The Wonder and Room

      "At the same time intimate and sweeping, Forest Green tells the story of a single man's life, and the history of a family, an industry, a nation. Pullinger expertly and sensitively reveals the different stages of her character's life, and the way it has been shaped by both inside and outside pressures." —Johanna Skibsrud, award-winning author of The Sentimentalists and Island

      "Childhood wonder and promise collide with a day whose lifelong repercussions Springsteen might have penned had he decided to turn to prose and reimagine Nesbit's The Railway Children. Pullinger's new novel is a freedom song for the working man." —Kathleen Winter, #1 bestselling author of Annabel and Lost in September
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    Hope in the Balance A Newfoundland Doctor Meets a World in Crisis Andrew Furey Canada
    9780385692618 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical On Sale Date:October 13, 2020
    $32.95 CAD 6.27 x 9.28 x 1 in | 1.06 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      How the caring spirit of Newfoundland was exported to a world in crisis.

      Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon, was sitting by a large fireplace at home in St John’s, watching an even larger flat-screen TV, when dreadful images of the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti burst in on the cosy domestic scene. Human suffering on an epic scale was being documented in real time. Dr. Furey spent a sleepless night, and woke knowing he had to help in some way. In what has been a theme throughout Newfoundland and Labrador’s history, he found himself answering the call for help.

      Dr. Furey formed a team of three—himself; his wife and pediatric emergency room physician, Dr. Allison Furey; and orthopedic surgeon Will Moores—and together they travelled from to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they spent a week volunteering. The challenge seemed overhelming: a multitude of badly injured victims, horrendous working conditions and the official agencies who left much to be desired in terms of organization. But somehow the trio did not lose hope. Instead, they redoubled their efforts.

      After returning from that first mission, Dr. Furey founded Team Broken Earth—an expert, unbureaucratic, fleet-footed volunteer task force of physicians, nurses and physiotherapists committed to providing aid in Haiti. The organization has continued to grow, recruiting volunteers from all over Canada. It has carried out many more missions to Port-au-Prince and has expanded its operations to other countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Guatemala and Nicaragua. And its mission has expanded in other ways, with education and training for local medical professionals now at the heart of its endeavour.

      Dr. Andrew Furey tells the story of Team Broken Earth’s founding and remarkable work with vivid immediacy and raw honesty. He shares his doubts and failures and moments of near-despair. He explores how his Newfoundland upbringing has informed his efforts abroad. And he reaches an optimistic conclusion that will leave readers inspired to bring about positive change in their own lives.


      Story Locale: St. John’s, Newfoundland; Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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      DR. ANDREW FUREY, orthopaedic trauma surgeon, was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

      Dr. Furey’s dedication to medicine and philanthropy, which he attributes to the examples of his parents and siblings, led him to spearhead the non-profit organization Team Broken Earth in 2010, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January of that year. Dr. Furey organized a task force of Canadian physicians, nurses and physiotherapists to travel to the affected areas and offer medical support and training. Since that time, Team Broken Earth has grown to include teams all across the country. Dr. Furey finds time to remain active in the local St. John’s community, attending and organizing charity events. He also does work with the Liberal Party of Canada, teaches at Memorial University and raises three children with his wife, Allison.


      Author Residence: St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

      Author Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
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      NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      “Team Broken Earth is one of Canada’s greatest exports. Andrew Furey tells the story of its founding in vivid, dramatic detail.” —Rick Mercer
       
      “Passionate, evocative, and ultimately hopeful—a much needed antidote to a world wrestling with turmoil and uncertainty. Furey writes with an honesty and urgency that add tremendous depth to the storytelling. He doesn’t evade difficult questions about the complexities of humanitarian aid in disaster zones but embraces them, offering a rich and nuanced portrait of what it truly means to ’help.’” —Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder and president of War Child Canada and War Child USA
       
      “I have always believed that the call to public life and service to others is one of the noblest endeavours in our society. In today’s cynical world, it is refreshing and inspiring to read the incredible selfless journey of Dr. Andrew Furey. From his humble roots on one island answering the call for help on another island, Dr. Furey walks the talk of the Hippocratic Oath—Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the benefit of the sick. Dr. Furey sees hope and a future where others do not and answers the call to help his brothers and sisters in need. In these challenging times, this book will leave you believing in the fact that individually we can make a difference. Hope makes a difference.”—The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien
       
      “Furey’s journey from well-intentioned naiveté, through the darkest horror, to ethical resolve, is deeply reminiscent of my own journey in Rwanda. Despite the enormity of the need, the relentlessness of the adversity, is Furey’s indefatigable, inextinguishable hope.” —Lieutenant-General (ret) the Honourable Roméo Dallaire
       
      “There are lots of stories about giving back. Andrew Furey’s story is about giving your all. Hope in the Balance shows us just how small our world is and how much of an impact one person can make. The book is exactly what we need in these trying times.” —Mark Critch
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    The Lost Love Song A Novel Minnie Darke
    9780385696357 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date:October 13, 2020
    $17.95 CAD 5.2 x 7.96 x 0.77 in | 0.63 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      Behind every great love song is a great love story.

      It’s been seven years and Diana is finally ready to marry her long-time fiancé, Arie; she’s even composing a beautiful love song for him, working on it in hotels and concert halls as she criss-crosses the world as a classical pianist. Before she can finish it, though, tragedy strikes—and Diana is lost to Arie forever.

      But her song might not be….

      In Australia, the world has gone quiet for Arie and he lives his life accordingly, struggling to cope with his loss. In Scotland, Evie is taking stock of her life after the end of another lacklustre almost-relationship. Years of wandering the globe and failing to publish her poetry have taken their toll, and she might finally be ready to find what her travels have never been able to give her: a real home.

      As Diana’s song is passed from musician to musician, winding its way around the world, it just might bring these two lost souls together. With heart-wrenching emotion, The Lost Love Song explores what it means to be lost, what it means to be found, and the power of music to bring people together.


      Story Locale: Australia, Scotland

      Publication History: Trade Paperback Original
      Bio
      MINNIE DARKE is the author of Star-Crossed and a librarian. She lives in Australia with her husband and their children.

      Author Residence: Australia

      Author Hometown: Australia
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      A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2020

      "A tender tribute to the healing powers of love and music . . . Readers will be wowed." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "Minnie Darke weaves the heaviness, euphoria, and heartbreak of relationships into a poetic tale, making for an enchanting novel that'll make your heart feel both full and achy throughout the characters' journeys." —PopSugar

      "[A] lively and charming novel."—The Sydney Morning Herald

      "Clever, warm-hearted and a touch bittersweet, with an ending as satisfying as the plagal cadence Diana loves, The Lost Love Song will have readers hoping for all of Darke’s characters to find true happiness—musical and otherwise." —Shelf Awareness

      "A heart-warming, bittersweet, and moving story . . . The Lost Love Song is a tribute to living and loving." —The Nerd Daily

      "This sweeping, life-affirming tearjerker from Darke tracks a love song as it makes its way around the world, touching lives and hearts as it passes from musician to musician, ultimately offering a grieving man a second chance at love. Darke makes a powerful case for the healing power of music with this vibrant romantic panorama."Publishers Weekly
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    The Company The Rise and Fall of the Hudson's Bay Empire Stephen Bown Canada
    9780385694070 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:October 27, 2020
    $37.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.5 x 2 in | 1.71 lb | 496 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      A thrilling new telling of the story of modern Canada’s origins.

      The story of the Hudson’s Bay Company, dramatic and adventurous and complex, is the story of modern Canada’s creation. And yet it hasn’t been told in a book for over thirty years, and never in such depth and vivid detail as in Stephen R. Bown’s exciting new telling.

      The Company started out small in 1670, trading practical manufactured goods for furs with the Indigenous inhabitants of inland subarctic Canada. Controlled by a handful of English aristocrats, it expanded into a powerful political force that ruled the lives of many thousands of people—from the lowlands south and west of Hudson Bay, to the tundra, the great plains, the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific northwest. It transformed the culture and economy of many Indigenous groups and ended up as the most important political and economic force in northern and western North America.

      When the Company was faced with competition from French traders in the 1780s, the result was a bloody corporate battle, the coming of Governor George Simpson—one of the greatest villains in Canadian history—and the Company assuming political control and ruthless dominance. By the time its monopoly was rescinded after two hundred years, the Hudson’s Bay Company had reworked the entire northern North American world.

      Stephen R. Bown has a scholar’s profound knowledge and understanding of the Company’s history, but wears his learning lightly in a narrative as compelling, and rich in well-drawn characters, as a page-turning novel.


      Story Locale: North America
      Bio
      STEPHEN R. BOWN has written ten books on the history of exploration, science, and ideas—including books on

      the medical mystery of scurvy, the Treaty or Tordesillas, the lives of Captain George Vancouver and of Roald Amundsen and a doomed Russian sea voyage. His books have been published in multiple English-speaking territories, translated into nine languages and shortlisted for many awards. He has won the BC Book Prize, the Alberta Book Award, the William Mills Prize for Polar Books. His previous book, The Island of Blue Foxes, about Vitus Bering’s voyage to Alaska, was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize. Born in Ottawa, he now live near Banff in the Canadian Rockies.


      Author Residence: Banff, AB

      Author Hometown: Ottawa, ON
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      Awards
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      WINNER OF THE 2021 J.W. DAFOE BOOK PRIZE
      NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      "Absorbing and nuanced . . . . What distinguishes The Company’s popular history is Bown's highlighting of those dynamic Indigenous polities and, as far as the historical records allow, some key individuals within them. . . . The Simpson era, generally featured as a business triumph in earlier histories, is a more fine-grained and melancholy tale in The Company." —Maclean's

      "In The Company, Stephen Bown . . . tells the story of the Hudson’s Bay Company with verve and an astringent, contemporary slant. . . . Bown widens the lens to include a more-informed portrait of the peoples and a more-balanced assessment of the HBC’s impact during 200 years of monopoly. . . . The Company is compelling, both as a lively narrative about a corporation that helped shape North American development and as a thoughtful exploration of the complex indigenous cultures that once dominated the continent." —Wall Street Journal

      "A thorough and comprehensive history of the international operation that helped create western Canada, The Company focuses on vivid portraits of the people whose personalities and actions made the Hudson's Bay Company what it was and what it failed to be. The book seamlessly weaves together a continuous series of often unlikely adventures, bringing to the fore personalities both familiar (George Simpson and Samuel Hearne) and previously slighted (the Chipewyan woman guide and interpreter Thanadelthur, the bilingual intermediary Matonabbee, and the Black translator James Douglas). Written by experienced writer and historian Stephen R. Bown, The Company moves at a fast pace with many intriguing twists and turns. It's a well-written corporate biography for this generation." —Eugene Walz, 2021 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize Jury Chair

      "It is the story of the HBC as depicted by the people who created it, led it to its success, and then led it to its demise and the end of its monopoly in North America. There is no question that the author has had to fill in blanks not provided by biographies, autobiographies, letters and other records of the players in the HBC drama. Fortunately Bown is a gifted writer who seems to know relevant details of the landscape over which the HBC story unfolded, and over which the people in his story paddled and walked in every season." —Emoke Szathmáry, 2021 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize Juror

      "At a time when the downtown Bay is a white elephant in many Western Canadian cities, this book is a timely reminder of the vast and historic successes—and flaws—of the company and how the recent history of Western Canada is really a corporate one. It is also a reminder of just how adventurous and swashbuckling that recent history actually is, full of weird and admirable and occasionally contemptible colonial characters. This book was, to my surprise, a page-turner and upended many of my vague impressions of the famous men who colonized the west." —Mary Agnes Welch, 2021 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize Juror

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