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    The Swap Robyn Harding Canada
    9781982144760 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:June 23, 2020
    $24.99 CAD 134.94 x 209.55 x 17.78 mm | 0.68 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
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      “No list of thrillers is complete without Robyn Harding,” proclaims Real Simple. Now the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Party delivers a riveting tale about the toxic relationship between two couples after a night of sexual shenanigans, and the manipulative teenager with an explosive secret at the center of it all.

      Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her looming height or her dreary, isolated hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. But whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer who now owns the local pottery studio.

      After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, both feel a sense of belonging...that is, until Jamie walks through the studio door. Desperate for a baby, she and her husband have moved to the island hoping that the healthy environment will result in a pregnancy. Freya and Jamie become fast friends, as do their husbands, leaving Low alone once again.

      Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, one night of debauchery that they would put behind them, but instead, it upends their lives. And provides Low the perfect opportunity to unleash her growing resentment.

      Robyn Harding brings her acclaimed storytelling, lauded as “fast-paced, thrilling, gut-wrenching” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six, to this dark and suspenseful thriller for fans of Megan Miranda and Lisa Jewell.
      Robyn Harding is the author of numerous books, including the international bestseller, The Party, and The Swap, which was an instant #1 Globe and Mail (Toronto) and #1 Toronto Star bestseller. She has also written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, BC, with her family. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @RHardingWriter or Facebook @AuthorRobynHarding.
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      Praise for The Swap

      “There are books born for summer reading and The Swap is one of them. Steamy sex, obsession, partner swapping—this one has it all. Vancouver author Robyn Harding keeps the reader engaged with a group of fascinating characters, each with a secret.”
      The Globe and Mail
      “Gripping from the first line, The Swap is a wickedly delicious, addictive, utterly compelling read about obsession, toxic relationships, and dangerous secrets. I devoured every dark, twisted word until the last explosive scene. An absolute must-read, this suspense will shock and rivet readers through each masterful page.”
      SAMANTHA M. BAILEY, #1 bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
      “[A] deliciously scarifying story . . . No reader is likely to guess at the tantalizing path that winds its way to murder.”
      Toronto Star
      “Robyn Harding has upped her game with the page-turning and completely riveting The Swap. Harding deftly explores toxic friendship, desire, and obsession in this engrossing novel, in which two couples—one a glittering pair of former celebrities, the other stalwart high school sweethearts—become entangled in a web of secrets and jealousy. This is a clear-your-night-and-read-in-one-sitting book!”
      KATHLEEN BARBER, author of Follow Me
      “Two young couples. One remote island. And a night that goes too far. What could possibly go wrong? Robyn Harding’s The Swap is everything I've come to love about her books—provocative, sexy and full of surprises!”
      WENDY WALKER, bestselling author of The Night Before
      “Robyn Harding is an expert at slowly building creeping dread and The Swap was no exception. In what is undoubtedly her best book yet, Harding explores toxic friendships, obsession, and swinging, bringing a lonely, slightly sociopathic teenager into center of it all. The outcome is explosive, sexy, and completely absorbing. The Swap is guaranteed to be a must read this summer!”
      KATE MORETTI, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year and In Her Bones
      “Nearly everyone in this passion play becomes delightfully unhinged in the end. . . . Dangerously addictive.”
      Kirkus Reviews
      “In this intense character study, the veneer of each person cracks . . . Fans of psychological thrillers will be satisfied.”
      Publishers Weekly
      “Harding conjures a dark, inescapable feeling of intimidation on this remote island astir with gossip and lies. . . . [This] dark tale will please readers who enjoy delving into the details of a character’s personality and motivations.”
      “A new book from Harding is always a treat.”
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    The Lions of Fifth Avenue A Novel Fiona Davis
    9781524744618 Hardcover FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:August 04, 2020
    $36.00 CAD 6.19 x 9.27 x 1.24 in | 1.22 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Dutton
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      A Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller!

      In Fiona Davis’s latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.

      It’s 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more out of life—her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village’s new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club—a radical, all-female group, in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women’s rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. And when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she’s forced to confront her shifting priorities head on…and may just lose everything in the process.

      Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she’s wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie’s running begin disappearing from the library’s famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage—truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library’s history.

      Story Locale: New York City
      Fiona Davis is the nationally bestselling author of The Dollhouse, The Address, The Masterpiece, and The Chelsea Girls. She lives in New York City and is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia and the Columbia Journalism School.

      Author Residence: New York City
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      Praise for The Lions of Fifth Avenue

      “Davis delves into the history of the New York Public Library in this delightful mystery…. The characters and story are stellar, but the real star of the show is the library, which Davis evokes beautifully.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

      “The Lions of Fifth Avenue is a book written for booklovers.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

      “Davis gives readers a mystery and a historical novel all in one absorbing tale.”—Library Journal

      “The magnificent Fiona Davis has written a page-turner for booklovers everywhere! I was on the edge of my seat as Laura Lyons, the ambitious essayist, breaks down social barriers and finds herself adrift in her own life at the end of the Belle Epoque in 1913 New York City. Secrets are revealed eighty years later by her granddaughter, who found her way into the family business, working at the New York Public Library. This is a story of family ties, their lost dreams, and the redemption that comes from discovering truth.”Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife 

      “In a compelling novel that’s part family saga, part high-stakes heist, and part love story, Fiona Davis creates an intricate and beautiful puzzle that kept me turning page after page as I tried to solve its central mystery along with her characters. A gripping and satisfying story for booklovers the world over.”Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost

      “A captivating ode to the power of books, the bonds of family, and the beauty of finding the strength to be ourselves. Fiona Davis’s spectacular settingthe iconic New York Public Librarycomes alive across the generations as two womenone in 1913 and one in 1993struggle with their own identities, a compelling mystery, and a tragedy that impacts both of them. What begins as a search for vanished rare books becomes, for both women, a quest to redefine themselves and open their hearts. This is a novel for all those who believe in the transformative magic of the written word.”Kristin Harmel, international bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife and The Room on Rue Amélie 

      “A love letter to literature, the New York Public Library, and the strength of women, The Lions of Fifth Avenue is classic Fiona Davis—a masterfully executed story about two women living decades apart, mysterious family secrets, and the quest to stake a place in society and history. Dazzling and evocative, with vibrant settings and unforgettable characters, this novel is perfect for fans of female-driven historical fiction. I loved it.”Karma Brown, internationally bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

      “In this thrilling, poignant, and utterly irresistible novel, we are immersed in the secrets of the famed New York Public Library and the family whose lives are intertwined with it in 1913 and 1993. At once a breathtaking, page-turning mystery and a deeply personal story of women attempting to forge independent lives, it is, ultimately, a glorious tale of love. Love of family, love of vocation, and, above all, the love of the timeless power of the written word.”—Sarah-Jane Stratford, author of Radio Girls and Red Letter Days

      “With The Lions of Fifth Avenue, author Fiona Davis proves she is the master of the dual timeline! Once again she illuminates another New York City landmark—the New York Public Library—and expertly creates two rich, mysterious worlds which she deftly braids together into a compelling, page-turning read. This is a novel for all who treasure books.”—Renée Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer

      “Fiona Davis takes readers on a journey into the heart of one of New York’s most venerable landmarks, the New York Public Library, in a story that follows two generations of strong-minded women, both connected to a mysterious series of rare book thefts. This novel is brimming with juicy literary details and fascinating feminist history.”Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light  

      “Davis’s latest NYC-set historical novel is grounded in researched detail, transporting readers between the 1910s and the 1990s. Bibliophiles and fans of Naomi Wood and Paula McLain will especially enjoy this glimpse inside the history of the institution and the tireless dedication of those who serve it.”—Booklist

      “Fiona Davis has again produced a first-class tale…. Intrigue seeps through until the final pages, revealing New York in the early 1900s, the beginnings of the feminist movement, and the insidious sale of stolen rare books. It’s a literary delight.”—Authorlink

      “This novel is made for booklovers…. A literary mystery that’s full of surprises.”—Modern Mrs Darcy

      The Lions of Fifth Avenue is a lovely story that brings you in and keeps you there…. A wonderful addition to anyone’s summer reading list.”

      More Praise for Fiona Davis and Her Novels

      “A fascinating and wholly immersive celebration of friendship, love, loyalty, and courage during a turbulent and often underrepresented period in American history, The Chelsea Girls will delight.”Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of When We Left Cuba

      “Davis tells a very good story and deserves all the praise she won for her other books set in famous New York landmarks…. What finally emerges from the mix of detailed research and solid writing is a tale that is intricate and subtle, unpredictable and exciting.”—The Washington Post on The Chelsea Girls

      “A satisfying read about the bonds between women.”Brenda Janowitz, PopSugar on The Chelsea Girls

      “Fiona Davis in The Masterpiece continues a winning formula that showcases the stories behind New York City landmarks…. A hard-to-resist and timely reminder that for far too long the work done by women has been dismissed and disrespected.”—USA Today on The Masterpiece

      “Fiona Davis achieves a world in which fictional characters and real life seamlessly meld…. The Masterpiece is a beautifully crafted, meticulously researched story.”—New York Journal of Books on The Masterpiece

      “Fiona Davis delivers another stunning narrative.”—Us Weekly on The Masterpiece

      “A delicious tale of love, lies, and madness.”—People on The Address
      “The Address is compelling, historically minded fiction with unexpected—and entertaining—twists and turns…. The novel delights.”—Ms. 
      “Lively and detail-rich…Easy to enjoy, hard to put down.”—Family Circle on The Address
      “Spanning over one hundred years, Fiona Davis’s mystery is packed with deceit.”—Us Weekly on The Address
      “Rich both in twists and period detail, this tale of big-city ambition is impossible to put down.”—People on The Dollhouse

      “The Dollhouse
       is a thrilling peek through a window into another world—one that readers will savor for a long time.”Associated Press

      “An ode to old New York that will have you yelling for more seasons of Mad Men.”—New York Post on The Dollhouse
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    Memoirs and Misinformation A novel Jim Carrey Canada, Dana Vachon
    9780735280595 Hardcover FICTION / Biographical On Sale Date:July 07, 2020
    $32.00 CAD 5.75 x 9.57 x 1.17 in | 1.15 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:12 Random House Canada
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      “None of this is real and all of it is true.”—Jim Carrey

      From movie star Jim Carrey and novelist Dana Vachon, a fearless and semi-autobiographical novel about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, destruction of persona, our “one big soul,” Canada, and apocalypses within and without.

      Meet Jim Carrey. Sure, he’s an insanely successful and beloved movie star drowning in wealth and privilege—but he’s also lonely. Maybe past his prime. Maybe even…getting fat? He’s tried diets, gurus, and cuddlin’ with his military-grade Israeli guard dogs, but nothing seems to lift the cloud of emptiness and ennui. Even the advice of his best friend, actor and dinosaur skull collector, Nicolas Cage, isn’t enough to pull Carrey out of his slump.

      Then Jim meets Georgie: ruthless ingénue, love of his life. And thanks to auteur screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, he has a role to play in a boundary-pushing new picture that may help him uncover a whole new side to himself. Finally, his Oscar vehicle! Things are looking up.    

      But the universe has other plans.

      Memoirs and Misinformation is a fearless semi-autobiographical novel, a deconstruction of persona. In it, Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon have fashioned a story about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, our “one big soul,” Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world—apocalypses within and without.
      JIM CARREY is an award-winning actor and artist. DANA VACHON is a writer who lives in Brooklyn.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles

      Author Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario
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      Memoirs and Misinformation is a deconstruction of the standard-issue show biz chronicle. There aren’t any fun anecdotes about the making of Dumb and Dumber or Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Instead, there is a wholly strange work of autofiction, laden with symbolism and metaphor, sometimes beautiful, sometimes tragic, often inscrutable.” —Los Angeles Times

      “I really enjoyed Jim Carrey’s ‘memoir.’ Like Jim, the book is wildly comic, inventive, subversive, and made primarily of compressed paper pulp.” —Conan O’Brien (on Twitter)

      “A fantastical and trippy novel that lampoons Hollywood tropes…. As chimeric as Carrey’s onscreen persona.” —Hindustan Times (India)

      ”A satirical adventure in which Carrey plumbs the chasms of Hollywood’s self-obsessed culture.“  —Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times

      “A simultaneously baffling and mesmerizing examination of Carrey’s psyche… a reimagining of the traditional Hollywood tell-all.”  —Thomas Floyd, The Washington Post

      ”An engaging, fun tale that plays with the public perceptions of celebrities, questions our compulsive need to view, and contains a gloriously off-the-wall conclusion.“ —Alexander Moran, Booklist

      ”Not a typical tell-all…. blends moving autobiography, name-droppish tabloid fodder, science-fiction, and anti-capitalist screed." —Entertainment Weekly

      “A mad fever dream… Carrey and his collaborator Vachon pull out all the stops as their protagonist Jim Carrey careens from midlife blues through love and career complications toward the apocalypse…gems of comic fantasy and the nuggets of memoir gold.”  Kirkus Reviews
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    The Safe Place A Novel Anna Downes
    9781250774989 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 14, 2020 Print Run:200000
    $24.50 CAD 6.17 x 9.33 x 0.96 in | 410 gr | 368 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Minotaur Books
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      Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downes's debut, The Safe Place, is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.

      Welcome to paradise...will you ever be able to leave?

      Emily is a mess.

      Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

      Emily is desperate.

      Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

      Emily is perfect.

      Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn't play along, the consequences could be deadly.

      ANNA DOWNES was born and raised in Sheffield, UK, but now lives just north of Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children. She worked as an actress before turning her attention to writing. She was shortlisted for the Sydney Writers Room Short Story Prize (2017) and longlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Competition (2018).The Safe Place was inspired by Anna’s experiences working as a live-in housekeeper on a remote French estate in 2009-10.
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        - 200k print run
        - Publishers Weekly review
        - Kirkus review
        - a July 2020 Indie Next Pick
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      A July 2020 Indie Next Pick!

      A PopSugar "Best New Book of July 2020"
      One of Travel + Leisure's "20 Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020"
      One of Ms. Career Girls's "Summer Releases for Your TBR List"
      One of Parade's "New Thrillers and Mysteries You Won't Stop Thinking About This Summer "
      A Frolic "Most Anticipated Book of Summer 2020"
      One of "The Most Anticipated Books of Summer" on Getaway House
      A "Most Anticipated Crime Book of Summer" on Crime Reads
      One of the "Best new Books to Read This Summer" from She Knows
      A She Reads "Summer's Hottest Thrillers"
      A South Florida Sun-Sentinal "Best of the Year" Pick

      “[Downes is] skilled at ratcheting up the tension and conveying Emily’s sense of thrumming unease . . . an unusual and thrilling narrative.”—The New York Times

      “Downes keeps the sense of foreboding building . . . Emily is a compelling character who arrives in France scatterbrained and immature but find the inner strength to save herself.”—The Washington Post

      “Downes imbuesThe Safe Place with a strong sense of the gothic, keeping the suspense high and the tension in the Querencia household palpable. Surrounded by decay, Emily proves her mettle as her maturation and emotional growth enhance the solid plot with its myriad surprises and twists.The Safe Place delivers a deliciously creepy debut.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

      “Secrets are laid bare, and the novel moves toward a conclusion that melds sorrow with satisfaction, ruin with redemption. She does so with evocative and insightful prose, striking characters and a plot that’s astute, addictive and alarming. Downes, who draws on her past for elements ofThe Safe Place, shows great promise and creates equally great expectations.”—The Free Lance-Star

      “I absolutely devouredThe Safe Place, and lived and breathed every second. The images Anna Downes creates are so vivid and real that I was transported between Soho and France in the flick of an eye. I had no idea where it was going; I just knew I had to hold onto Emily’s coattails and go along for the ride. This one is going to fly!If you love a suspense thriller with a punch, I’d highly recommendThe Safe Place.”—Sandie Jones,New York Times bestselling author ofThe Other Woman

      “[A] mix of romantic escapism and gothic menace. Ruth Ware fans may want to check this one out.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Downes' debut novel is a slow burn of a story with Emily picking up on snippets of conversations as a breadcrumb trail leads her to an astounding conclusion. A great read for those looking for a side of mystery with their women's fiction.”—Booklist

      “A riveting review.”—SheKnows "Best Summer Books of 2020"

      The Safe Place is such a rare thing—a claustrophobic, addictive thriller that lets you actually feel for all of the characters involved.Anna Downes has such skill in combining the heart-in-mouth feeling that everything is building to a disaster with genuine emotion. I was right behind her as she chose this big change in her life, and in a strange way, right behind Scott and Nina, too, whose stories were heartbreaking.”—Gytha Lodge, bestselling author ofShe Lies in Wait

      The Safe Place isa brilliantly atmospheric novel that keeps you equally gripped and unsettled from page one. Starkly original and with an alarmingly plausible premise, this isdestined to be a bestseller.”—J.P. Pomare, bestselling author ofCall Me Evie

      "The Safe Place iscompellingly disturbing. Anna Downes is a powerful story writer who will lull you into a false sense of security—and then pounce.An author to be watched."—Jane Corry, bestselling author ofMy Husband’s Wife andI Made a Mistake

      The Safe Place isa dark and wonderful debutthat lulls you in with beautiful prose and complex, believable characters, then beats you over the head with a killer plot and a thrilling climax. It’s the kind of book you race through as quickly as you can so you can start it again.Everyone will be talking about this book!”—Christian White, internationally bestselling author ofThe Nowhere ChildandThe Wife and the Widow

      “The tension ratchets up and up in thisbeautifully paced thrilleran outstanding debut, populated by complex and sympathetic characters. You’ll be thinking about them long after you’ve finished reading.Destined to be a book club favorite.”—Chris Hammer, international bestselling author ofScrublands

      “I lovedThe Safe Place . . .it wastense and atmospheric with the seemingly idyllic yet eerie setting.A truly gripping read.”—Karen Hamilton, author ofThe Perfect Girlfriend

      “I could just close my eyes and float away reading this book. I tore through this one and was as blindsided as Emily was when the truth came out. Downes did a fabulous job of sucking me right into this perfect little world and left me wanting more. This was my first book by this author and I’ll absolutely be back for more!”—We Are Bookish

      “Gripping, satisfying and also promising first suspense novel. Psychological suspense, really, but in a setting where we expect a “gothic romance”—isolated house, mysterious owner, troubled child needing care. . . . But a larger cast than that, and characters that, even though we are in close point of view with each in turn, continue to surprise us.”—Shawangunk Journal

      “It all adds up to an intriguing and addictive read. A real page turner; I couldn't put the book down once the secrets began to be unveiled.”—The AU

      "Anna Downes’ debut places her firmly as a new player on the psychological thriller playing field! I can’t wait to see what she does next. With her strength for characters, structure, and pacing, I am definitely all in on it!"—Novel Lives

      "All the stars! An incredible debut from a new voice in suspense fiction, this was a tension-building and atmospheric read."—The Reading Beauty

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    The Daughters of Ys M. T. Anderson Canada, Jo Rioux
    9781626728783 Hardcover COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy Age (years) from 14 - 18 On Sale Date:August 11, 2020 Print Run:50000
    $33.99 CAD 6.37 x 8.85 x 0.78 in | 560 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y First Second
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      An Atlantis-like city from Celtic legend is the setting ofThe Daughters of Ys, a mythical graphic novel fantasy from National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and artist Jo Rioux.

      Ys, city of wealth and wonder, has a history of dark secrets. Queen Malgven used magic to raise the great walls that keep Ys safe from the tumultuous sea. But after the queen's inexplicable death, her daughters drift apart. Rozenn, the heir to the throne, spends her time on the moors communing with wild animals, while Dahut, the youngest, enjoys the splendors of royal life and is eager to take part in palace intrigue.

      When Rozenn and Dahut's bond is irrevocably changed, the fate of Ys is sealed, exposing the monsters that lurk in plain view. M. T. Anderson and Jo Rioux reimagine this classic Breton folktale of love, loss, and rebirth, revealing the secrets that lie beneath the surface.


      M. T. Anderson is theNew York Times–bestselling author ofFeed(a National Book Award Finalist and winner of theLos Angeles TimesBook Prize),The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation(winner of the 2006 National Book Award), andSymphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad(aBoston Globe–Horn BookHonor Book). He is the author of the previous graphic novels:Yvain: The Knight of the Lion,with Andrea Offermann, andThe Assassination of Brangwain Spurge(a National Book Award Finalist), with Eugene Yelchin. He lives in New England.

      Jo Rioux
      is an author and illustrator of children's books. Since graduating from Sheridan College with a degree in illustration, she has illustrated young adult books, chapter books, and picture books, but her biggest passion is comic books. Her debut graphic novelCat's Cradlewent on to win the 2013 Joe Shuster Award for Comic for Kids. She lives in the lush suburbs of Ottawa where she spends her time drawing, reading, teasing her dog, and spinning tales of magic and monsters.

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      A YALSA 2021 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

      "Like [M. T. Anderson's] National Book Award-winningThe Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, this graphic novel is both accessible to a wide age range and rich with ideas that will intrigue adults... Jo Rioux’s character designs—which reference fifth century Anglo-Saxon art—aren’t just beautiful, they allow her to test the evocative possibilities of minimalist cartooning." —NPR, from "NPR's Favorite Books Of 2020"

      "Anderson adds compelling depth to the story with just a few details beyond the original tale, and Rioux’s lush, dense artwork, full of dynamic figures, swirling lines, dramatic angles, and colors that seem to glow, cultivates a fantastic, magical folk-tale atmosphere."—Booklist,starred review

      "Anderson and Rioux have woven a lush folktale filled with magic, lust, and feminine power. Rioux’s pencil illustrations are melancholic, with dramatic shadows, glowing moonlight, and swirling seas. ...A haunting rendering of an ancient folktale, packed with magic."—School Library Journal,starred review

      "Anderson’s [lyrical] version of the original lore...draws the reader into the eerie mystical world of Ys. Rioux’s enchanting classical artwork employs rustic pencils in a romantic style that recalls Emily Carroll, and autumnal colors which harken back to Breton culture. Readers keen on Celtic mythology will appreciate this whimsical tale with a dark turn, with crossover for Anderson’s teen fans likely."—Publisher's Weekly

      "Rioux’s graphics stress the magical effects and action elements of the folktale, with a shadowy, subdued palette and abundant, inventive sound effects. [Rioux and Anderson] transport us to a world that seems beyond language itself, a dangerous confluence of nature’s forces."—Horn Book

      "Intriguing and accessible, this thought-provoking tale will be new to many."—Kirkus

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    Seven Lies A Novel Elizabeth Kay
    9780735239265 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:June 16, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 6.09 x 9 x 0.92 in | 0.92 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Viking
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      “Scalpel-sharp writing and a killer concept-dark, clever, compelling and utterly assured.”

      —Lucy Foley, author of The Guest List, a Hello Sunshine x Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

      It all started with just one little lie. But we all know that it never ends there. Because, of course, one lie leads to another…

      Growing up, Jane and Marnie shared everything. They knew the other’s deepest secrets. They wouldn’t have had it any other way. But when Marnie falls in love, things begin to change.

      Because Jane has a secret: she loathes Marnie’s wealthy, priggish husband. So when Marnie asks if she likes him, Jane tells her first lie. After all, even best friends keep some things to themselves. If she had been honest, then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive today…

      For, of course, it’s not the last lie. In fact, it’s only the beginning…

      Seven Lies is Jane’s confession of the truth—her truth. Compelling, sophisticated, chilling, it’s a seductive, hypnotic pageturner about the tangled, toxic friendships between women, the dark underbelly of obsession and what we stand to lose in the name of love.

      Publication History: Original Trade Paperback
      ELIZABETH KAY works in the publishing industry under a different name. She lives in London and has a first-class degree in English Literature.

      Author Residence: London
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        Publicity: Extensive review coverage in daily newspapers like The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star

        Select review and feature coverage in lifestyle magazines like Canadian Living and Chatelaine

        Select national radio interviews with programs like CBC The Next Chapter

        Extensive blogger outreach to our thriller community

        Pitch for CTV’s The Social “The Social Chapter” book club selection for August

        Potential to tour to Calgary & Toronto

        Extensive ARC mailing for early review coverage

        Indie bookstore visits and signings

        Indigo bookstore visits and signings

    • Awards & Reviews

      One of…
      Elle Canada’s 15 Buzzy New Books to Read This Summer
      BBC’s “Books of 2020: What you could be reading”
      Her’s “30 debut novels to keep an eye out for in 2020”

      Winnipeg Free Press’s “In with the new: First half of 2020 sure to satisfy most literary tastes”
      The Globe and Mail’s “Six thrillers to entertain you through the dog days of August

      Praise for Seven Lies:

      “A dark, gripping story with one of the most interesting and compelling narrators I’ve ever encountered. Highly recommended!” —Shari Lapena, the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

      “Scalpel-sharp writing and a killer concept—dark, clever, compelling and utterly assured.”
      Lucy Foley, author of The Guest List, a Hello Sunshine x Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

      “Every once in a while, you read a book and just know that you’ll read whatever else they write. If you’re a fan of thrillers, Elizabeth Kay is one of those writers.”
      Elle Canada

      “Shockingly intimate and scarily insidious. Seven Lies explores the explosive truths behind obsession, love, and a seemingly perfect friendship.”
      —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Never Tell

      Seven Lies is a relentless, chilling story of what happens when friendship becomes obsession.  Keep the lights on—you’ll be turning pages deep into the night with this one.”
      —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away

      “I loved it from the first page: spellbinding, urgent, creepy, and impossible to put down. Seven Lies is a hugely satisfying novel of deeply disturbed psychological suspense.”
      —Chris Pavone, the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Diversion

      Seven Lies is brilliant.”
      Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of Let Me Lie

      “Dark, vivid, and engrossing. You won’t want to put this one down!”
      Cara Hunter, bestselling author of Close to Home

      “Seven Lies is a good old psychological thriller of the Patricia Highsmith school. It’s so solid that it’s hard to believe that it’s a debut…”
      The Globe and Mail

      “This is the smartest thriller we’ve read in a while. Which is to say it messed with our minds…. It’s twisted and thrilling, and you will zip through it.”

      “An electrifying psychological thriller…Even readers who suspect where the story is heading should brace themselves for a wild and surprising ride. Kay…is off to an impressive start.”
      Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “[F]ascinating, and wicked entertainment.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “[Seven Lies is] a fresh take on ’best friend noir’…”
      —The Standard (UK)

      “This compelling and unsettling thriller will have you totally gripped!”
      The Sun (UK)

      “[C]ompelling…. Seven Lies is a fascinating psychological thriller…”
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    Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-Garcia Canada
    9780525620785 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date:June 30, 2020
    $36.00 CAD 6.32 x 9.39 x 1.09 in | 1.12 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Del Rey
    • Marketing Copy

      From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel, a story about an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico—and the brave socialite drawn to its treacherous secrets.

      He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.

      After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

      Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

      Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

      And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

      Story Locale: Mexico
      Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow, named one of the best books of summer 2019 by Publishers Weekly; Signal to Noise, named one of the best books of the year by Book Riot, Tordotcom, BuzzFeed, io9, and other publications; Certain Dark Things, one of NPR’s best books of the year, a Publishers Weekly top ten, and a VOYA “Perfect Ten”; the fantasy of manners The Beautiful Ones; and the science fiction novella Prime Meridian. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (aka Cthulhu’s Daughters). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

      Author Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

      Author Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Advance reader’s edition

        Pre-pub consumer outreach and reviews

        Online marketing

        Social media and influencer campaign

        Targeted email marketing

        Random House e-newsletters and websites

        Consumer convention promotions: BookCon (5/30-5/31), SDCC (San Diego, 7/23-26)

        Publicity: National/local review and feature print attention

        Online review and feature attention

        Targeted blogger outreach

        Author Website:

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @silviamg
    • Awards & Reviews

      “An inspired mash-up of Jane Eyre, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Dracula, Rebecca and that 1958 classic sci-fi movie, The Blob …Inventive and smart, [Mexican Gothic is] injecting the Gothic formula with some fresh blood.”—NPR’s Fresh Air

      “Stylish and edgy…While the book draws inspiration from Gothic classics like Rebecca and Jane Eyre—there is a spunky female protagonist and an ancient house filled with disturbing secrets—its archly intelligent tone and insightful writing make Mexican Gothic an original escape to an eerie world.”New York Times

      “[An] irresistibly dark feminist reimagining of the Gothic fantasy novel…It’s all wonderfully creepy, blending chilling scenes of horror with classic Gothic tropes for a seductive and subversive tale. A book to devour in a few—very thrilling—sittings.”Vanity Fair

      “The author’s postcolonial spin on the gothic tradition evokes the usual suspects: Daphne du Maurier, Emily Brontë, Mary Shelley, even Anne Radcliffe. Like those authors, Moreno-Garcia works in a tradition in which chills and thrills tap into elemental cultural fears—runaway science, carnal passion. But to these she adds a more politically inflected horror, both ancient and timely.”Los Angeles Times

      “A new classic of the genre…alluring and foreboding, ambiguous and beautiful. And like its heroine Noemí, its ambitious, determined, and well worth getting to know.”Chicago Review of Books

      “This twisty horror fantasy is engrossing and wonderfully repulsive…. This is a must-read for fans of gothic writers like the Brontës, Daphne du Maurier, and Shirley Jackson, and also for those who enjoy the feminist, surreal fiction of Carmen Maria Machado.”Buzzfeed

      “Deliciously creepy…Read it with your lights on—and know that strange dreams might begin to haunt you, as they haunted Noemí.”Vox

      “Masterful…a gloriously moody adventure, spooky, smart, and wry. Chic, no-nonsense Noemí Taboada is one hell of a tour guide through this world of mystery, scandal and spirits.”—Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

      Mexican Gothic terrified and fascinated me. Silvia Moreno-Garcia proves once again that she’s a genre-jumping wizard, one of the most exciting and necessary authors writing today.”—Charlie Jane Anders, nationally bestselling author of The City in the Middle of the Night

      “Darkly brilliant and captivating…Readers who love old houses and family secrets will devour this book (as I did!). The setting itself—High Place, with its reputation for swallowing the dreams of young women—is a character in this marvelously fantastical novel, stretching from glamorous 1950s Mexican high society to the crumbling pride of an abandoned silver mine. Silvia Moreno-Garcia enthralls with this twisty tale of love and betrayal.”—Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride
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    Piranesi Susanna Clarke
    9781635575637 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 15, 2020 Print Run:300000
    $36.50 CAD 5.75 x 8.54 x 0.99 in | 420 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Bloomsbury Publishing
    • Marketing Copy


      New York Times Bestseller!

      From the New York Times bestselling author ofJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

      Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

      There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

      For readers of Neil Gaiman’sThe Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller’sCirce,Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

      Susanna Clarke is the author of theThe Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories and theNew York Times bestseller and Hugo Award–winningJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. She lives in England.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - five starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, and BookPage
        - Raincoast Superlead

        - US confirmed media includes a New Yorker profile and NPR All Things Considered

        Raincoast Superlead: over 20k copies of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell sold in two formats in Canada; 300k print run

    • Awards & Reviews


      "[Piranesi]flooded me, as the tides flood the halls, with a scouring grief, leaving gleaming gifts in its wake… rich, wondrous, full of aching joy and sweet sorrow. "- The New York Times Book Review

      “A novel that feels like a surreal meditation on life in quarantine.” —The New Yorker

      Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling, at once a gripping mystery, an adventure through a brilliant new fantasy world, and a deep meditation on the human condition: feeling lost, and being found. I already want to be back in its haunting and beautiful halls!” —Madeline Miller, New York Times Bestselling Author of CIRCE

      “Unforgettable - surely one of the most original works of fiction this season. It drops you into a mind-bending fantasy world, a vast labyrinth with infinite rooms and seas that sweep into halls and up staircases with the tides. … It's a hypnotic tale that you can devour in a day (and probably will; it's that hard to put down).” —AARP

      Piranesiis a high-quality page-turner-even the most leisurely reader will probably finish it off in a day-but its chief pleasure is immersion in its strange and uncannily attractive setting. . . Establishing that sense of totality-and the feeling of peacefulness that accompanies it-is Ms. Clarke's standout feat.” —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

      “CouldPiranesimatch [the hype]? I'm delighted to say it has, with Clarke's singular wit and imagination still intact in a far more compressed yet still captivating tale you'll want to delve into again right after you read its sublime last sentence.” —The Boston Globe

      “Piranesi is a gorgeous, spellbinding mystery that gently unravels page by page. Precisely the sort of book that I love wordlessly handing to someone so they can have the pleasure of uncovering its secrets for themselves. This book is a treasure, washed up upon a forgotten shore, waiting to be discovered.” —Erin Morgenstern, NYT bestselling author of THE STARLESS SEA and THE NIGHT CIRCUS

      “A short and beautiful novel that reads like a poem, not in its use of language (which is very accessible) but rather in its cumulative effect of expressing an emotion and state of being that is inexpressible. It's a strange and lovely read.” —Buzzfeed

      “What a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being, what a tick-tock-tick-tock of reveals, what a pure protagonist, what a morally-squalid supporting cast, what beauty, tension and restraint, and what a pitch-perfect ending. Piranesi is an exquisite puzzle-box far, far bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.” —David Mitchell, New York Times bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS

      “Destined to become a work of classic fantasy.” —Ron Charles, CBS Sunday Morning Book Report

      PiranesiWill Wreck You: The novel establishes Susanna Clarke as one of our greatest living writers.” —New York Magazine

      “Infinitely clever… none of [Clarke's] enchantment has worn off - it's evolved. . . to abide in these pages is to find oneself happily detained in awe.” —The Washington Post

      "Enthralling [and] transcendent… the sweetness, the innocence of Piranesi's love for this world is devastating to read. Clarke's writing is clear, sharp — she can cleave your heart in a few short words. . . The mystery of Piranesi unwinds at a tantalizing yet lightening-like pace — it's hard not to rush ahead, even when each sentence, each revelation makes you want to linger."

      "The long-awaited followup toJonathan Strangeis even more magically immersive. . . Here is a protagonist with no guile, no greed, no envy, no cruelty, and yet still intriguing." -The Los Angeles Times

      “[Piranesi’s] love of the house and the meaning he finds in his humble life within it give this unusual novel a radiant, gentle, melancholy heart." -Slate, Best Books of 2020

      "Susanna Clarke’s astonishingPiranesi proves she’s one of the greatest novelists writing today." -Vox

      "Piranesi hit my mind and soul like a thunderbolt. It is a work of deep power."

      “Susanna Clarke has fashioned her own myth anew and enlarged the world again.” —The New Republic

      "Spellbinding, strange, and unforgettably original." -Esquire

      “Almost impossible to put down… lavishly descriptive, charming, heartbreaking and imbued with a magic that will be familiar to Clarke's devoted readers,Piranesiwill satisfy lovers ofJonathan Strange and win her many new fans.” —Bookpage, starred review

      “Readers who accompany [Piranesi] as he learns to understand himself will see magic returning to our world. Weird and haunting and excellent.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

      “Clarke wraps a twisty mystery inside a metaphysical fantasy in her extraordinary new novel . . . Sure to be recognized as one of the year's most inventive.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “As questions multiply and suspense mounts in this spellbinding, occult puzzle of a fable, one begins to wonder if perhaps the reverence, kindness, and gratitude practiced by Clarke's enchanting and resilient hero aren't all the wisdom one truly needs.” —Booklist, Starred Review

      “Clarke creates an immersive world that readers can almost believe exists. This is a solid crossover pick for readers whose appreciation of magical fantasy leans toward V.E. Schwab or Erin Morgenstern.” —Library Journal, Starred Review

      “Clarke's imagination is prodigious, her pacing is masterly and she knows how to employ dry humor in the service of majesty.” —Gregory Maguire, The New York Times

      “Nobody writes about magic the way Clarke does . . . She writes about magic as if she's actually worked it.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

      "I read it months ago and still think about it almost every day." -Emily St. John Mandel, Book Marks (Lit Hub)

      "Piranesi is a luminescent, dreamlike adventure, a book that will soothe your soul and transport you to a beautiful, strange world where you will want to linger, savoring every moment, every page." -Boston Magazine

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    Hamnet and Judith A novel Maggie O'Farrell
    9780735280175 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:July 21, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 5.67 x 8.24 x 1.02 in | 0.9 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Knopf Canada
    • Marketing Copy




      “[An] exceptional winner…. It expresses something profound about the human experience that seems both extraordinarily current and at the same time, enduring.”

      —Martha Lane Fox, Chair of The Women’s Prize for Fiction judges


      England, 1580. A young Latin tutor—penniless, bullied by a violent father—falls in love with an eccentric young woman: a wild creature who walks her family’s estate with a falcon on her shoulder and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer. Agnes understands plants and potions better than she does people, but once she settles on the Henley Street in Stratford she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband. His gifts as a writer are just beginning to awaken when their beloved twins, Hamnet and Judith, are afflicted with the bubonic plague, and, devastatingly, one of them succumbs to the illness.

      A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, Hamnet & Judith is mesmerizing and seductive, an impossible-to-put-down novel from one of our most gifted writers.

      Published as Hamnet in the US and the UK.

      Story Locale: Stratford-upon-Avon
      Born in Northern Ireland in 1972, MAGGIE O’FARRELL grew up in Wales and Scotland and now lives in Edinburgh. Her debut novel, After You’d Gone (2000), won a Betty Trask Award and was followed by My Lover’s Lover (2002); The Distance Between Us (2004), winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (2006); Costa Book Award winner The Hand That First Held Mine (2010); Instructions for a Heatwave (2013); This Must Be the Place (2016); and most recently, the memoir I Am, I Am, I Am (2018).

      Author Residence: Edinburgh

      Author Hometown: Ireland
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Extensive ARC mailing ft cover + letter from editor

        Organic and paid social media campaign

        Premium Goodreads advertising, including newsletter + giveaway

        Amazon+ content

        Publicity: Targeted review coverage in Globe & Mail, Toronto Star historical fiction roundup

        Remote radio coverage (CBC Next Chapter)

        Blogger/influencer mailings

        Author Website:

        Author Social Media:
    • Awards & Reviews

      Irish Novel of the Year 2020, Short-listed
      National Book Critics Circle Awards 2020, Winner
      Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2021, Short-listed
      Women's Prize for Fiction 2020, Winner
      New York Times Top Ten Book of 2020


      “[An] exceptional winner…. It expresses something profound about the human experience that seems both extraordinarily current and at the same time, enduring.” Martha Lane Fox, Chair of The Women’s Prize for Fiction judges 

      Hamnet & Judith is an exploration of marriage and grief written into the silent opacities of a life that is at once extremely famous and profoundly obscure…In Hamnet & Judith, Shakespeare’s marriage is complicated and troubled, yet brimming with love and passion…This novel is at once about the transfiguration of life into art—it is O’Farrell’s extended speculation on how Hamnet’s death might have fueled the creation of one of his father’s greatest plays—and at the same time, it is a master class in how she, herself does it…O’Farrell has a melodic relationship to language.  There is a poetic cadence to her writing and a lushness in her descriptions of the natural world…We can smell the tang of the various new leathers in the glover’s workshop, the fragrance of the apples racked a finger-width apart in the winter storage shed, and we can see how the pale London sun “reaches down, like ladders, through the narrow gaps in buildings to illuminate the rain glazed street.”…As the book unfolds, it brings its story to a tender and ultimately hopeful conclusion: that even the greatest grief, the most damaged marriage, and most shattered heart might find some solace, some healing.“ —Geraldine Brooks, The New York Times Book Review

      “All too timely…inspired…[An] exceptional historical novel.” The New Yorker

      “Magnificent and searing…A family saga so bursting with life, touched by magic, and anchored in affection that I only wish it were true. Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life, about whether he even wrote his own plays, here is a novel that matches him with a woman overwhelmingly more than worthy… I nearly drowned at the end of this book, and at some other spots besides. It would be wise to keep some tissues handy. Hamnet & Judith is so gorgeously written that it transports you from our own plague time right into another and makes you glad to be there.” The Boston Globe

      “A thing of shimmering wonder.” —David Mitchell

      Hamnet & Judith is a beautiful read, a devastating one, intricate, and breathtakingly imaginative. It will stay with me a long time.” —Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

      “What could be more common, over centuries and continents, than the death of a child—and yet Maggie O’Farrell, with her flawless sentences and furious heart, somehow makes it new. This story of remarkable people bereft of their boy will leave you shaking with loss but also the love from which family is spun.” —Emma Donoghue, author of Room

      “Love, grief, hope, resilience—the world of this novel is so vivid I could nearly smell the grass in the fields, hear the rain in the gutters. In moments where the story shoots up to heaven I was there, too, grieving with these characters, feeling how lucky weall are to be alive, understanding how desperately we want the people we love to be remembered. It’s without a doubt one of the best novels I’ve ever read.” —Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes

      “Stunning. The writing is exquisite, immersive and compelling…deserves to win prizes.” —Marian Keyes
      “One of the most eagerly awaited books of the spring…. [Hamnet & Judith] takes an unconventional approach to literary history and has already been hailed as a critical hit.” —The Guardian

      “Miraculous…. [A] beautiful imagination of the short life of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, and the untold story of his wife, ‘Agnes’ Hathaway, which builds into a profound exploration of the healing power of creativity.” —The Observer

      “The story of Hamnet Shakespeare has been waiting in the shadows for over four hundred years. Maggie O’Farrell brings it dazzlingly, devastatingly, into the light.” —Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire
      “Blisteringly brilliant…. You’ll lap up this intricately told story of grief, love and the bond between twins.” —Cosmopolitan UK

      “Heartstopping. Hamnet & Judith does for the Shakespeare story what Jean Rhys did for Jane Eyre, inhabiting, enlarging and enriching it in ways that will alter the reader’s view for ever.” —Patrick Gale, author of Take Nothing With You
      “Grief and loss so finely written I could hardly bear to read it.” —Sarah Moss, author of Ghost Wall
      Hamnet & Judith knits the loose threads of Shakespeare’s shadowy family life into a shimmering tapestry. Rooted in history but lightly drawn, this dreamlike novel builds to a haunting finish. Gorgeous, penetrating, and memorable.” —Alix Hawley, author of My Name Is a Knife

      Hamnet & Judith is breathtaking—as rich in historical detail as it is emotionally resonant. This is O’Farrell at her best.” –Claire Cameron, author of The Last Neanderthal
      “Luminous and sensual, Hamnet & Judith draws open a curtain on a new vision of Shakespeare’s children and mysterious marriage. O’Farrell’s creation of ’Agnes’ Hathaway as a strong, dark, visioning person carries such poignancy, beauty and surprise—yet seems the perfect answer to what Shakespeare’s wife might have been like. In fact, Maggie O’Farrell has imagined a Shakespearean heroine, unschooled yet intuitively gifted, flesh to his brilliant mind. A fascinating exploration into the domestic roots of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.” —Shaena Lambert, author of Petra and Oh, My Darling
      “A bold undertaking, beautifully imagined and written.” —Claire Tomalin, author of Charles Dickens: A Life

      “I don’t know how anyone could fail to love this book. It is a marvel: a great work of imaginative recreation and a great story. It is also a moral achievement to have transformed that young child from being a literary footnote into someone so tenderly alive that part of you wishes he had survived and Hamlet never been written.”  —Dominic Dromgoole, author of Hamlet Globe to Globe
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    Home Before Dark A Novel Riley Sager
    9781524745172 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:June 30, 2020
    $36.00 CAD 6.25 x 9.27 x 1.32 in | 1.3 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:12 Dutton
    • Marketing Copy

      Anticipated by…

      Huff Post Today Goodreads Good Housekeeping Travel + Leisure PopSugar Working Mother Newsweek Publishers Weekly BookPage The Star Tribune Buzzfeed The Everygirl

      In the latest thriller from New York Times bestseller Riley Sager, a woman returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound—and dangerous—secrets hidden within its walls?

      What was it like? Living in that house.

      Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

      Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.

      Story Locale: Vermont
      Home Before Dark is the fourth thriller from Riley Sager, the pseudonym of an author who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley’s first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two dozen countries, and won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel. Sager’s novels The Last Time I Lied and Lock Every Door were New York Times bestsellers.

      Author Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: National print and online publicity

        Radio and podcast interviews

        5-city author tour

        National advertising

        Pre-publication consumer review push

        Social media campaign

        Bookstagram campaign

        Library marketing campaign

        Influencer outreach

        Consumer sweepstakes

        Discussion guide available online

        Author Website:

        Author Social Media: @riley_sager (Twitter); @riley.sager (Instagram);;
    • Awards & Reviews

      “A dark, frightening and twisty story that you won’t be able to put down. Read with the lights on!”
      Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

      “A cross between Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and ghost hunter heir Alexandra Holzer’s autobiography, Sager’s latest is a haunted house story—with a twist…. Sager is a master of the twist and the turn, and he does not hold back in his fourth book. Like any good thriller, you have to read to the very last page to find how who did what to whom and why.”
      —Rolling Stone

      “Sager’s novel is packed with the expected horror-trope-tinged suspense, literary jump-scares, and more than one twist, but its best moments are the quiet ones exploring the history of the house.”
      —USA Today

      “Something fresh, shot through with shocks of real horror.”
      —New York Times Book Review

      “Riley Sager reimagines the classic haunted house tale in Home Before Dark, a stunning tale that blends genres with the ease of a master painter mixing colors…. This is scintillating suspense writing, Sager leaving no stone unturned in crafting a page-turner of rare depth and complexity.”
      —The Providence Journal 

      “This spooky, surreal haunted-house story goes through plenty of twists at the end…. Sager has become one of my favorites for gothic stories that scare and make you think.”
      The Parkersburg News & Sentinel

      “You might believe in ghosts; you might not. But a story with a ghost inhabiting a creaky old house and haunting its new residents is simply irresistible. At least in the right hands, and Riley Sager’s definitely are the right hands. From the shadowy figures in the woods to the sounds that go bump in the night, Home Before Dark is certain to creep you out.“

      ”Clever, twisty, and altogether spine-chilling…[A] deliciously terrifying story…You’ll want to read this one after dark, ideally with the wind whistling in the eaves and a window banging somewhere just out of reach. But keep the light switch handy. You just might need it.“
      Ruth Ware, Book of the Month

      “Sager has laid out an exciting story that is hard to put down.”
      New York Journal of Books 

      Home Before Dark pays homage to The Amityville Horror and, as in Sager’s other novels, the story blends psychological suspense with elements of classic horror, for a creepy, edge-of-your-seat read.”

      Home Before Dark is a compelling and layered mix of taut psychological suspense, genuinely scary haunted-house terrors, and the vagaries of memory, capped off with an inventive and satisfyingly wild ending.” 
      –Bookpage, starred review

      ”What could be better than a haunted house with ghosts aplenty? Home Before Dark is equally superb and terrifying. Buckle up for a wild ride. This book should come with a warning not to be read after dark.“ 
      Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.  

      ”Flawless pacing, a dexterous dual narrative, and character through the roof. But the biggest revelation to be found in Home Before Dark is this: There’s nobody writing scarier books than Riley Sager is right now.“
      –Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie 

      “Holy moly, I haven’t been that shocked by a twist in quite some time. I actually laughed aloud when the big reveal came-because I was so delighted to have been so fooled. It’s hard to write a book that’s equal parts fun and frightening but Sager has done just that-and thrown in impeccable plotting for good measure. If you liked The Haunting of Hill House, you’re going to love Home Before Dark. Addictive and atmospheric with a twist you definitely won’t see coming.”
      Stephanie Wrobel, bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

      ”Houses breathe. Some have a heartbeat. None forget. Grabbing you from the first page, Riley Sager crafts a devilish plot, twisted timelines, and horrors that linger in this haunting thriller that needs to be on your reading list!“
      J. D. Barker, international bestselling author of She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be

      ”Part ghost story, part murder mystery, Home Before Dark is a nightmare ride of haunting terror and suspense. Dripping with atmosphere and danger, Baneberry Hall is the new Hill House. I couldn’t turn the last 100 pages fast enough.“
      –Richard Chizmar, New York Times bestselling author

      “[An] outstanding supernatural thriller…Sager, who makes the house a palpable, threatening presence, does a superb job of anticipating and undermining readers’ expectations. Haunted- house fans will be in heaven.”
      Publishers Weekly
      , starred review

      “The ghosts and poltergeist activity Sager conjures are truly chilling, and he does a masterful job of keeping readers guessing until the very end.”
      Kirkus Reviews 

      “For fans of the Amityville Horror story comes yet another breath-stealer from the hit machine Sager.”
      –Good Housekeeping, “The 35 Best Books to Add to Your Reading List ASAP”

      ”Sager does a superb job of upsetting reader expectations in this horror thriller.“
      Publishers Weekly, ”Summer Reads 2020“

      “Enough twists to keep you guessing until the final, shocking chapter unfolds.”

      ”King of thrillers, Sager returns with a pulse-pounding, goosebump-inducing tale of a woman who goes back to her childhood home—and the setting of a true horror story."

      “Another breathtaking hit from Sager, who’s proven himself a master at crafting new twists on classic horror tales.”

      “If you love your thrillers with a touch of the supernatural, Sager’s haunting new bestseller is just the thing to tingle your spine…. This is a keep-the-lights-on winner from the horror master.”

      “[A] propulsive thriller…There are truly horrifying scenes…. Maggie soon learns what we already know: Real life is scarier than ghost stories.”
      –Washington Post

         • “A dark, frightening and twisty story that you won’t be able to put down. Read with the lights on!” Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

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