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    9780385692977 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures On Sale Date:April 13, 2021
    $39.95 CAD 6.45 x 9.53 x 1.47 in | 1.69 lb | 496 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Bond Street Books
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      The bestselling author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling captures the excitement and spirit of the Renaissance in this chronicle of the life and work of “the king of the world’s booksellers” and the technological disruption that forever changed the ways knowledge spread.

      The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings—the dazzling handiwork of the city’s skilled artists and architects. But equally important for the centuries to follow were geniuses of a different sort: Florence’s manuscript hunters, scribes, scholars, and booksellers, who blew the dust off a thousand years of history and, through the discovery and diffusion of ancient knowledge, imagined a new and enlightened world.

      At the heart of this activity was a remarkable man: Vespasiano da Bisticci. Born in 1422, he became what a friend called “the king of the world’s booksellers.” At a time when all books were made by hand, over four decades Vespasiano produced and sold many hundreds of volumes from his bookshop, which also became a gathering spot for discussion and debate. Besides repositories of ancient wisdom by the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero, his books were works of art in their own right, copied by talented scribes and illuminated by the finest miniaturists. His clients included a roll-call of popes, kings, and princes across Europe who wished to burnish their reputations by founding magnificent libraries.

      Vespasiano reached the summit of his powers as Europe’s most prolific merchant of knowledge when a new invention appeared: the printed book. By 1480, the king of the world’s booksellers was swept away by this epic technological disruption, whereby cheaply produced books reached readers who never could have afforded one of Vespasiano’s elegant manuscripts.

      A thrilling chronicle of intellectual ferment set against the dramatic political and religious turmoil of the era, including the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks, Ross King’s The Bookseller of Florence is also an ode to books and bookmaking that charts the world-changing shift from script to print through the life of an extraordinary man long lost to history—one of the true titans of the Renaissance.

      Story Locale: Florence, Italy
      ROSS KING is the award-winning and bestselling author of Brunelleschi’s Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, The Judgment of Paris, Mad Enchantment, Leonardo and the Last Supper, and Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power, among other books. Born and raised in Canada, he now lives near Oxford, England.

      Author Residence: Oxford, UK

      Author Hometown: Estevan, Saskatchewan
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        Author Website: www.rosskingbooks.com
    • Awards & Reviews

      "If you want to celebrate the place that bookmaking and bookselling still have in our lives . . . immerse yourself in Ross King's rich history of Vespasiano da Bisticci, 'the king of the world's booksellers,' in 15th-century Florence. . . . The Bookseller of Florence doesn't pretend to wade into debates in the sociology of culture. . . . What you will find in abundance here is a historical celebration of the Greek humanist Cardinal Bessarion's belief that books 'live, they converse and speak with us, they teach us, educate us, console us.'" —The New York Times Book Review

      "A marvel of storytelling and a master class in the history of the book. The Bookseller of Florence is a dazzling, instructive and highly entertaining book, worthy of the great bookseller it celebrates." —The Wall Street Journal

      "Throughout, King deftly navigates Florence's rich cultural and political history, painting intimate portraits of Vespasiano and others involved in the book world during these incredible times, including the man who would revolutionize it all, Johannes Gutenberg. . . . A treat for book lovers." —Kirkus Reviews

      "Magnificent. . . . King's meticulous research provides an immersive reading experience as he expertly weaves the political intrigue of families vying for power and currying favor with the pope into a riveting intellectual history covering the evolution of books, Renaissance Italy, classical philosophy and literature, and the invention of the printing press. A profoundly engaging study of a time when books were considered essential to a meaningful life, and knowledge and wisdom were cherished as ends in themselves." —Booklist

      "A richly detailed portrait of 15th-century Florence and the important role booksellers played in disseminating ancient Greek and Latin texts that were vital to the Renaissance. . . . This expert account shines a new light on the Renaissance." —Publishers Weekly

      "In this fascinating biography, Canadian author King weaves Vespasiano's story into the fabric of the tumultuous times in which he lived. Although the details about the history and mechanics of early Renaissance book production, such as ink manufacture and distribution supply chains, might be tedious in another work, here they add to the depth and enjoyment of the story. The result is a narrative about a man and his books, and so much more, including the origins and history of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the influence of Johannes Gutenberg and his printing press on the arc of history. . . . Standout narrative nonfiction that will engage bibliophiles and readers who enjoy historical nonfiction." —Library Journal (starred review)

      "The scope of King's knowledge is staggering and his book bulges with facts. . . . Remarkable as these feats of factual exposition are, King's supreme ability is to imagine himself into the past . . . Spectacular." —The Times (UK)

      "An eloquent biography." —The Economist

      "The fascinating account of a 15th-century bibliophile who revered hand-lettered tomes." —Washington Independent Review of Books

      "Delightful, immersive . . . engrossing and meticulously researched." —Minneapolis Star Tribune
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    9781250077035 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:April 06, 2021 Print Run:350000
    $34.99 CAD 6.12 x 9.25 x 1.06 in | 520 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      An Instant New York Times Bestseller

      From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened comes a deeply relatable book filled with humor and honesty about depression and anxiety.

      As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

      With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor—the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball—is present throughout.

      A treat for Jenny Lawson’s already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter when we all need it most.

      Includes Photographs and Illustrations

      Jenny Lawson is an award-winning humorist known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with mental illness. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter and was constantly “buying too many books” (“Not a real thing,” she insists), so she decided to skip the middleman and just started her own bookshop, which also serves booze because books and booze are what magic is made of. She has previously written Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, both of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also wrote You Are Here, which inexplicably made it onto the New York Times bestseller list in spite of the fact that it was basically a very fun coloring book. She would like to be your friend unless you’re a real asshole. And yes, she realizes that this whole paragraph is precisely the reason she shouldn’t be allowed to write her own bio.
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        - 300k print run
        - NYT bestselling author of Furiously Happy which sold over 58k copies in Canada
        - Publishers Weekly review
        - Kirkus review
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        Raincoast Superlead: #1 NYT bestselling author of Furiously Happy, which sold over 57k copies in Canada; 350k print run
    • Awards & Reviews

      USA Today Best Books of the Year 2021, Long-listed

      An Instant New York Times Bestseller
      Indie Next Pick

      Praise for Jenny Lawson

      “Jenny Lawson is extremely funny because she is extremely honest. Lawson’s relentless pursuit of authenticity is the source of the darkly hilarious prose found within this memoir of depression—a memoir that is unexpectedly inspiring and comforting but not unexpectedly endearing. Because to read Jenny Lawson is to love Jenny Lawson.” —Augusten Burroughs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors

      “A new book from Jenny Lawson is always cause for celebration, and Broken is the party of the year. Even better: it’s a party that socially-anxious introverts can enjoy from the solitary comfort of their own couches, beds, cars, or closet floors buried under a pile of blankets and/or cats. HOW AWESOME IS THAT? I loved it. And if you like laughing and weirdness and honesty and—most of all—feeling seen, you will love it too.” —Sarah Knight, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

      “[Lawson]...makes others laugh. Her delivery is zany, clever, and raunchy. Her conversations with party guests, her long-suffering husband, her sister, and even herself are flat-out hilarious. And the situations she finds herself in are comic gold. Beneath the banter, however, is a heartbreaking chronicle of what goes on in the mind of a person dealing with anxiety and depression.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “Longtime fans of the author’s prose know that the destinations really aren’t the point; it’s the laugh-out-loud, tears-streaming-down-your-face journeys that make her writing so irresistible....[A] winning mix of shameless irreverence, wicked humor, and vulnerability.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “I consider Jenny Lawson to be a therapist colleague—not because she’s a fellow clinician, but because in courageously sharing the truth of her story, she makes us feel instantly seen and fully understood in all of our alternately painful and hilarious humanity.” —Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

      “Jenny Lawson’s Broken is an adventure in courage. The vulnerability, the heart, and the candor is a gift to anyone who has ever felt too different. Life is sometimes not kind to us and Jenny uses such fierce humor. Thankful for it.”
      Luvvie Ajayi Jones, author of New York Times bestseller I’m Judging You and Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual

      “Lawson’s self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak…in a real and raw way.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

      “[Lawson] writes with a rambling irreverence that makes you wish she were your best friend.” —Entertainment Weekly

      “The Bloggess writes stuff that actually is laugh out loud, but you know that really you shouldn’t be laughing and probably you’ll go to hell for laughing, so maybe you shouldn’t read it. That would be safer and wiser.” —Neil Gaiman

      “Jenny made me laugh so hard I feared for my safety!” —Allie Brosh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hyperbole and a Half

      “You’ll laugh, wince, writhe in discomfort, cry, then laugh again….But the two things you’ll never do is doubt Jenny’s brilliance or her fearlessness when it comes to having honest discussions about mental illness, shame, and the power of human resilience.” —Brené Brown

      “Take one part David Sedaris and two parts Chelsea Handler and you’ll have some inkling of the cockeyed humor of Jenny Lawson.” —Parade

      “The comic queen of the broken toys has risen, and her name is Jenny Lawson.” —Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Lamb, A Dirty Job, and Fool

      “A loop-de-loop of an emotional roller coaster that swoops from poetic to profane, madcap to moving and back again…a thing of hilarious beauty.” —BookPage

      “Lawson returns with a wry and entertaining take on her battle with depression, anxiety, and rheumatoid arthritis. As always, the author is unrivaled in her ability to use piercing humor and insight to take on heavy subjects....The beauty of these essays lies in Lawson's unfailing hopefulness amid her trials....Lawson's fans are in for a treat.” —Publishers Weekly

      “Impossible to read without howling with laughter…But Broken isn’t just about the funny. It’s incredibly moving when [Lawson] shares details about being submerged in the deep end of depression and writing notes to remind herself the dark days will pass.” —Shelf Awareness

      “Jenny Lawson is hilarious, snarky, witty, totally inappropriate, and ‘Like Mother Teresa, Only Better.’” —Marie Claire

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    9780385695992 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:April 13, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6.32 x 9.21 x 1.04 in | 1.08 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Bond Street Books
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      From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined fate and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?

      Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns that a local teenage girl has gone missing.

      The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with saving the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.

      Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives—and our faith in one another.

      Story Locale: Mendocino, California
      PAULA McLAIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Love and Ruin, Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride; the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses; and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

      Author Residence: Cleveland, Ohio

      Author Hometown: Fresno, California
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        Author Website: www.paulamclain.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook: @paulamclainauthor; Instagram: @paula_mclain
    • Awards & Reviews


      "A thoughtful exploration of the rippling impact of early trauma, perfect for true-crime aficionados and fans of Law & Order: SVU. . . . Anna Hart, it turns out, is tailor-made both for cracking the case and for probing the book's central themes. Her outspoken empathy feels downright refreshing in a fictional detective, and entirely believable because of the trauma in her own story. . . . McLain's prose is almost lyrical, especially when she turns to the untamed landscape of coastal California. But when it comes to descriptions of death, assault and abuse, she writes with measured restraint, a choice that forces the reader to accept these horrific events as grim reflections of our real world rather than gratuitous story machinations. In fact, McLain intentionally blurs the line between fact and fiction by braiding actual missing persons cases into the narrative, a touch that promptly sent me down several internet rabbit holes. . . . The kind of heart-pounding conclusion that thriller fans crave. As a bonus, avid readers of the genre will be pleased to find they've picked up several kernels of intellectual nourishment along the way." The New York Times Book Review

      "McLain has shifted so fluidly from historical fiction to suspense. . . . When the Stars Go Dark is an atmospheric and intricately plotted suspense novel." —Washington Post

      "[A] stunning crime novel . . . McLain matches poetic prose with deep characterizations as she shines a light on the kindness in her characters' souls. Fans of literary suspense won't be able to put this one down."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      "A powerful, intense read, with Paula McLain's signature lyrical writing style." —Book Riot

      "McLain offers readers flashes of insight . . . that will linger after the last, tension-packed pages of this thoughtful work. Recommend to patrons seeking a next read after Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark and the TV show Criminal Minds." Booklist

      "A psychological thriller that deftly evokes both the entrancing landscape of the Mendocino hills and the rough terrain of shattered lives. . . . Most memorable of all are the girls, past and present, who emerge here not as convenient victims but as vulnerable, believable characters. A muted yet thrilling multilayered mystery enriched by keen psychological and emotional insight." Kirkus Reviews

      "Paula McLain . . . focuses her gimlet eye on the not-so-sunny underbelly of California in this gripping new novel about a San Francisco detective who can’t seem to outrun her past."Town & Country

      "Stunning and atmospheric. . . . A complex mystery that will have you glued to the page." —Book Riot

      "An inspired psychological thriller. . . . The fast-paced narrative is enriched with insights about trauma, foster care, forgiveness, returning home, and redemption. . . . When the Stars Go Dark is beautifully written and psychologically astute. McLain has created a riveting story that illuminates a tragic subject with wisdom, grace and even hope." San Francisco Examiner

      "Paula McLain has written a powerhouse of a novel that is guaranteed to keep the reader up all night. When the Stars Go Dark is a beautifully written, sharply observed literary thriller with an extraordinary, unforgettable heroine and a twisty plot with a surprise ending. An unconventional, unflinching look at the long shadow cast by trauma and the resilience it takes to survive. This is a novel of both great sadness and great beauty, a gripping story drenched in the exquisite allure of the natural world." —Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Alone and The Nightingale

      "In Anna Hart, Paula McLain has created a vulnerable, intelligent, unforgettable protagonist whose interior life is as interesting as the mysteries she has to solve. When the Stars Go Dark is simultaneously suspenseful and moving—my favorite kind of book. I'll recommend it far and wide." —Liz Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Long Bright River

      "Lyrical and beautiful . . . a riveting deep dive into trauma, survival, and obsession. With her deeply flawed and utterly compelling heroine, elegant prose, and layered, twisting story, Paula McLain has penned an extraordinary novel of literary suspense, as gripping as it is unique and unforgettable." —Lisa Unger, author of Confessions on the 7:45

      "When the Stars Go Dark is a fantastically propulsive and deeply atmospheric novel that grabs you from the very first page. Visceral and hauntingly suspenseful, Paula McClain has proven to be a masterful storyteller no matter the genre." —Aimee Malloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

      "With this breathtaking novel, Paula McLain proves she can do anything. Exquisitely written, immersive, and atmospheric, When the Stars Go Dark is a tour de force of literary suspense. It pulled me under and left me gasping." —Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of The Exiles and Orphan Train

      "Paula McLain, already established as the master of the historical novel, now explodes into crime fiction with a richly satisfying, tremendously moving mystery—haunting, poignant, lyrical, urgent, unique, unforgettable." —Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Diversion and The Expats

      "The twisty plot keeps the pages flying, and Paula McLain's lyrical and poetic prose reveals insight after insight about the human heart, making this riveting read not only an engrossing psychological thriller, but crime fiction of the highest order." —Lisa Scottoline, author of Someone Knows
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    Dial A for Aunties Jesse Q. Sutanto
    9780593333037 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:April 27, 2021
    $23.00 CAD 5.43 x 8.2 x 0.78 in | 0.63 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      "Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup as Meddy navigates familial duty, possible arrest and a groomzilla. I laughed out loud and you will too.”—USA Today (four-star review)

      “A hilarious, heartfelt romp of a novel about—what else?—accidental murder and the bond of family. This book had me laughing aloud within its first five pages… Utterly clever, deeply funny, and altogether charming, this book is sure to be one of the best of the year!”—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

      One of NPR's Best Books of 2021!

      One of PopSugar’s "42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021"!

      What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family? 

      You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue! 

      When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It's the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—"Don't leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!"—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie's perfect buttercream flowers.

      But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy's great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?
      Jesse Q Sutanto grew up shuttling back and forth between Indonesia, Singapore, and Oxford, and considers all three places her home. She has a Masters from Oxford University, but she has yet to figure out how to say that without sounding obnoxious. Jesse has forty-two first cousins and thirty aunties and uncles, many of whom live just down the road. When she's not writing, she's gaming with her husband (mostly FPS), or making a mess in the kitchen with her two daughters.
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      One of PopSugar’s "42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021" and "Best New Books of April 2021"!

      “Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Dial A for Aunties is a hilarious, heartfelt romp of a novel about—what else?—accidental murder and the bond of family. This book had me laughing aloud within its first five pages, and kept me bouncing between anxiety and delight until its very last. Utterly clever, deeply funny, and altogether charming, this book is sure to be one of the best of the year!”—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

      "Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup as Meddy navigates familial duty, possible arrest and a groomzilla. I laughed out loud and you will too.”—USA Today (four-star review)

      "I LOVED it. Whip-smart, original and so funny. I found it impossible to put down and lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud."—Beth O’Leary, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Switch

      "It's a high-wire act of comic timing, misunderstandings, romantic foibles and possibly foiled heists…The glue is Meddeline, endearing, capable and in full thrall to her elders, who are all absolute hoots to keep company with."—The New York Times Book Review

      "If you loved Crazy Rich Asians and all the comedic family drama, you'll definitely get a kick out of this story."—PopSugar

      "Part thriller, part rom-com, Jesse Q. Sutanto's Dial A for Aunties will give you the good laugh we could all use these days."—Marie Claire

      “Comparisons to Crazy Rich Asians are apt, as the author details the wild spending and luxurious lifestyles of the superrich. But this story is filled with mistaken identity, a gaggle of intoxicated groomsmen, five lovably hilarious sisters, and slapstick humor that leans more toward the film Clue. Readers will die for the delightfully absurd hijinks in this dark comedy.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “Wrap a romcom with a crime novel, sprinkle in Weekend At Bernie’s, and you get this deliciously fun, big-hearted book…. If you love romcoms (this is PERFECT for adaptation) do not miss this 2021 gem of a release.”—BookRiot

      Dial A for Aunties is a hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture.”—Library Journal

      “The best parts are Sutanto's portrayal of the bantering, interfering aunties (" 'How could you set Meddy up with such a douchebag?' Fourth Aunt snaps at Ma"), who excel at wreaking havoc. There's plenty of light entertainment here..."—Publishers Weekly

      “Murder is never funny, except when it is. In Sutanto’s rollicking debut, which she describes in a “Dear reader” foreword as “a love letter to my family—a ridiculously large bunch with a long history of immigration,” a fatal accident begets family reconciliation, true love at second sight, and happy beginnings all around.”—Booklist

      “A tightly-plotted, highly comic romp, Dial A for Aunties keeps you guessing till the very last twist. A+!”—Lauren Ho, author of Last Tang Standing

      “This laugh-out-loud tale is part crime novel, part romantic comedy, part immigration story, and full of heart.”—BookBub

      "Dial A for Aunties has redefined what 'page-turner' means to me...If you're in the mood for laugh-out-loud humor, unprecedented mayhem (involving meddlesome family members and over-the-top drama), and delightful twists and turns at every corner, I highly recommend Dial A for Aunties."—Buzzfeed

      “A tantalizing blend of romantic mishaps, quirky relatives, and a behind-the-scenes look at the wedding industry, Dial A for Aunties is proof of a promising new writer.”—Mystery Scene Magazine

      "A delicious and devourable read."—E! Online

      "Dial A for Aunties is a warm, hilarious book that deftly straddles genres to tell a story of romance, murder, and the joys of having a family full of strong women."—PopSugar

      "Meddy Chan didn't mean to kill her terrible blind date. And she definitely didn't mean for the body to end up at the island resort where she and her aunties are working as planners for a billionaire's wedding...the same resort her college boyfriend apparently owns. To say that hilarious hijinks ensue would be an understatement."—Good Housekeeping

      "You know when you just want to read a hilarious, murder mystery, romcom? Well, here it is! Sutanto is serving wedding weirdness, ex exigence and Auntie antics for the win. "—Ms. Magazine

      "A quirky novel that’s as fun as a rom-com and as nail-biting as a murder mystery."—The Tempest

      "If you’re looking for something uplifting with dark humor, spontaneity, and a bit of romance sprinkled in, this may be a good choice for your next read.”—The Young Folks

      "Genuinely hilarious, romantic and sweet, Dial A for Aunties is brilliantly crafted and compulsively fun to read."—BookReporter.com
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    The Haunting of Alma Fielding A True Ghost Story Kate Summerscale
    9780525557920 Hardcover TRUE CRIME / General On Sale Date:April 27, 2021
    $37.00 CAD 5.64 x 8.52 x 1.15 in | 1.06 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Press
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      Internationally bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Kate Summerscale follows a ghost hunter in 1938 London in a case that illuminates changing social attitudes toward psychoanalysis, sexuality, and the supernatural

      London, 1938. In the suburbs of the city, a young housewife has become the eye in a storm of chaos. In Alma Fielding’s modest home, china flies off the shelves and eggs fly through the air; stolen jewellery appears on her fingers, white mice crawl out of her handbag, beetles appear from under her gloves; in the middle of a car journey, a turtle materializes on her lap. The culprit is incorporeal. As Alma cannot call the police, she calls the papers instead.

      After the sensational story headlines the news, Nandor Fodor, a Hungarian ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research, arrives to investigate the poltergeist. But when he embarks on his scrupulous investigation, he discovers that the case is even stranger than it seems.

      By unravelling Alma’s peculiar history, Fodor finds a different and darker type of haunting, a tale of trauma, alienation, loss and revenge. He comes to believe that Alma’s past has bled into her present, her mind into her body. There are no words for processing her experience, so it comes to possess her. As the threat of a world war looms, and as Fodor’s obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed.

      With characteristic rigor and insight, Kate Summerscale brilliantly captures the rich atmosphere of a haunting that transforms into a very modern battle between the supernatural and the subconscious.
      Kate Summerscale, formerly the literary editor of the Daily Telegraph, is the author of The Queen of Whale Cay, which won a Somerset Maugham Award and was short-listed for the Whitbread Biography Award. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, a number one bestseller in the UK, has been translated into more than a dozen languages and won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and the British Book Awards Book of the Year. The Wicked Boy won the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. Summerscale lives in London.

      Author Residence: London, England
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        Marketing: Online advertising campaign

        Comprehensive online and social media campaign with custom assets

        Outreach to readers of mystery, thriller, and supernatural

        Consumer sweepstakes with promotional item

        Outreach to folklore, spiritual, and history interest organizations

        Backlist promotions

        PRH Targeted Email Marketing/Newsletters

        Publicity: National and regional review coverage

        Radio and podcast campaign

        Psychology, true crime, and history broadcast media and print features

        Op-ed and essays at publication

        Author Website: www.katesummerscale.com
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      “About women and power, about anxiety of the unknown and the fear of looming war, about the choices people make (consciously or unconsciously) in order to escape certain aspects of their lives . . . Summerscale's writing is so inviting, the historical details folded into the narrative so well, that The Haunting of Alma Fielding reads like a novel you don't want to put down.” —Ilana Masad, NPR

      “Delightful period piece . . . always prescient about the social status of the women she studies, Summerscale notes that Alma was the very model of a colorless, faceless, powerless housewife. But a housewife with psychic powers could escape those social constraints.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

      “Kate Summerscale’s book plunges readers into this febrile atmosphere of uncertainty that deepened as a new world war clouded the horizon. It was an electric time—quite literally— which can be seen in some ways to presage our own jittery epoch. Indeed, Summerscale has a communicative fascination for moments of societal flux.” —Tobias Grey, Airmail

      “[A] wonderful book about the world of mediums, it deals, very soberly, with a subject that's often treated in a very trivial way. If I could have created a non-fiction companion for my novel Beyond Black, that would be the book.”—Hilary Mantel, BBC Radio 4

      “Nobody is better at unpicking stories of ghosts and murders than Kate Summerscale, and this book is one of her best. Set in the unsettling world of the spiritualism-obsessed late 1930s, it is the story of Alma Fielding, a south London woman who claimed to be attacked by her own flying furniture. Was she deluded? A fraud? Or was there really a poltergeist at work? Summerscale has enormous fun finding out, and her oddly haunting story will stay with you for weeks.” —Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times

      “A terrific true ghost story . . . her best book since The Suspicions of Mr Whicher . . . She has achieved the perfect balance between her central story and its cultural context.” —Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian

      “Prepare not to see much broad daylight, literal or metaphorical, for days if you read this . . . the atmosphere evoked is something I will never forget.” —Ysenda Maxtone Graham,
      The Times

      “Every new book by Kate Summerscale is a cause for celebration, but The Haunting of Alma Fielding is her best since The Suspicions of Mr Whicher . . . as always, she is a calm and riveting guide to traumatic historical events.” —Ruth Scurr, Spectator

      “Interwar Britain's mania for the occult underpins Kate Summerscale’s The Haunting of Alma Fielding, about a woman in suburban Thornton Heath who claimed to be surrounded by poltergeists. The whole thing was an elaborate fraud, but what made it unusual (in an era when the dodgy medium was the most ubiquitous form of charlatan) was that the traumatised Fielding's actions were ‘the products of damage rather than conscious deceit.’” —Simon Heffer, The Telegraph

      “As with her previous books, Summerscale weaves personal records with meticulous research carried out over three years, to not just resurrect the people involved, but the world in which they live. We are walking with the dead, but the author is conjuring something more believable, more unsettling, than anything you will find in a dodgy seance hall.” —David Marsland, Evening Standard

      “Summerscale revisits these strange events with her customary wide research and in lucid and unadorned prose. She draws a convincing and compelling portrait of a moment of mass anxiety in which so deep was the longing to believe that anything could become believable.Lucy Lethbridge, Literary Review

      “With The Haunting of Alma Fielding, Kate Summerscale does for ghosts what she did for a murder in her very successful The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.” —Caroline Moorehead, Times Literary Supplement

      “Summerscale's account of their strange relationship is astonishingly gripping, with the bonus of a pleasingly chilling spookiness.” —Jake Kerridge, Daily Mirror

      “Readers will be riveted . . . Edgar winner Summerscale (The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer) illuminates the bizarre events that afflicted Alma Fielding, a suburban London housewife, in this mind-bending historical investigation. . . Summerscale vividly recreates the four months in 1938 that fascinated a Britain seeking distraction from Hitler’s ominous aggressions and reconstructs the events and the secret inner torment that led to Alma’s brief appearance in the spotlight with sensitivity and a novelist’s gift for narrative.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “Likely to appeal to readers of ghost stories and psychology alike, this well-researched chronicle pulls directly from firsthand accounts, interviews, news articles, seances, photographs, and other sources to provide as comprehensive a view as possible.” Library Journal

      “Summerscale has produced a thoroughly engrossing tale about the power of trauma and how the past can haunt us all.” Booklist

      “Fascinating . . . In the 1930s, as England was mourning its dead from World War I and flinching at the possibility of a second, the practice of spiritualism, which was rapidly gaining in popularity, needed an honest man to investigate its claims. When Nandor Fodor heard about Alma Fielding, an English housewife who reportedly teleported objects and channeled spirits, he embarked on the difficult mission to prove Alma’s claims while preserving his own integrity and reputation . . . An astute psychological study enlivened by dry wit, eccentric characters, and informed analyses. Kirkus Reviews

      “With her eye for evocative period detail, her sensitivity to the quirks and poignancies of human motivation, and her brilliant storytelling skills, Summerscale has taken this corker of a case and made it as gripping as a novel. An engaging, unsettling, deeply satisfying read.” —Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet

      “A page-turner with the authority of history.” —Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Queen
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    9781989689219 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 15, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.6 in | 0.6 lb | 159 pages Carton Quantity:70 Canadian Rights: Y Now Or Never Publishing Co
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      Andrew and his fiancée, Hannah, are on board a whale-watching boat in the Bay of Fundy when the vessel is hit by a rogue wave. Thirty-eight people are rescued by the coast guard, but Hannah is not one of them, and she is subsequently presumed to have drowned. Some weeks later, however, a friend sends Andrew a link to a wedding video shot in southern Mexico, and who is there but Hannah, sitting next to a man her friends do not recognize. Desperate to get to the truth and find his fiancée, Andrew hires a detective, Matthew Harding, whose search takes him from New Brunswick to Mexico to the United Kingdom and finally to the caves under Peterborough, Ontario. A fast-paced thriller full of colourful characters and supernatural elements, The Rogue Wave hits the reader broadside.


      Paul Nicholas Mason is a prize-winning playwright and author of several books including The Night Drummer, Battered Soles and The Red Dress. His previous works have been nominated for the Stephen Leacock and ReLit Awards. He lives in Newcastle, Ontario.

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    Women of the Pandemic Stories from the Frontlines of COVID-19 Lauren McKeon Canada
    9780771050398 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical On Sale Date:April 27, 2021
    $24.00 CAD 5.42 x 8.24 x 0.85 in | 0.72 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      The story of the pandemic is the story of women. This riveting narrative offers an account of COVID-19, reminding us of women’s leadership and resilience, reflecting back hope and humanity as we all figure out a new normal, together.

      Throughout history, men have fought, lost, and led us through the world’s defining crises. That all changed with COVID-19. In Canada, women’s presence in the response to the pandemic has been notable. Women are our nurses, doctors, PSWs. Our cashiers, long-haulers, cooks. In Canada, women are leading the fast-paced search for a vaccine. They are leading our provinces and territories. At home, they are leading families through self-isolation, often bearing the responsibility for their physical and emotional health. They are figuring out what working from home looks like, and many of them are doing it while homeschooling their kids. Women crafted the blueprint for kindness during the pandemic, from sewing masks to kicking off international mutual-aid networks. And, perhaps not surprisingly, women have also suffered some of the biggest losses, bearing the brunt of our economic skydive.

      Through intimate portraits of Canadian women in diverse situations and fields, Women of the Pandemic is a gripping narrative record of the early months of COVID-19, a clear-eyed look at women’s struggles, which highlights their creativity, perseverance, and resilience as they charted a new path forward during impossible times.

      Story Locale: All provinces and territories
      LAUREN MCKEON is deputy editor of Reader’s Digest Canada and the author of two books, F-Bomb and No More Nice Girls. Formerly the digital editor at The Walrus and the editor of This Magazine, her feature work has been recognized several times at the National Magazine Awards, including four honourable mentions, one silver, and a gold in the personal journalism category. She has taught long-form writing at Humber College and has an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of King’s College. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Whatever Gets You Through and Best Canadian Essays, and in Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Hazlitt, and The Walrus. She lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON
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        Marketing: US Plans:

        -Longlead trade outlets for early reviews

        -Send to women’s magazines for review coverage

        -Author interviews, op-eds or excerpts in dailies and popular websites

        -Radio and podcast interviews

        -Social adverting around publication

    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Lauren McKeon:

      “[Lauren McKeon’s] vital, keenly insightful work is a must-read.”—Booklist

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    9781250765376 Hardcover FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date:April 27, 2021 Print Run:100000
    $26.99 CAD 6.85 x 6.86 x 0.71 in | 240 gr | 176 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Tordotcom
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      The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) is back in Fugitive Telemetry!

      Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read") Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today.

      No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall.

      When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

      Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!


      A standalone adventure in the New York Times and USA Today-bestselling, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning series!

      The Murderbot Diaries
      All Systems Red
      Artificial Condition
      Rogue Protocol
      Exit Strategy
      Network Effect
      Fugitive Telemetry
      System Collapse

      MARTHA WELLS has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads and ending with The Harbors of the Sun), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Her New York Times and USA Today-bestselling Murderbot Diaries series has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards.
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    • Awards & Reviews


      A Locus Award Finalist!

      Martha Wells' newest entry in her award-winning, nerd-charming, trope-bending Murderbot series, Fugitive Telemetry, is a lot of things that you probably don't expect. It is an unadorned whodunit. A cozy mystery garlanded with plasma cannons and spaceships... One of Wells' superpowers has long been her ability to pack an epic's worth of material into a very small package.” —NPR

      Wells... creates a main character who is addictive... Murderbot continues to bring intelligence and acerbic commentary on humanity to the forefront.” —Library Journal

      Murderbot’s wry observations of human behavior are as humorous as ever and the mystery is thoroughly satisfying. This is another winning series installment.” —Publishers Weekly

      More praise for The Murderbot Diaries

      “I love Murderbot!” —Ann Leckie

      “The most heartwarming action-packed literally explosive space opera I've enjoyed in a long time. Martha Wells is the best writer of loveable snarky gender-subversive killing machines out there!”—N. K. Jemisin

      “We are all a little bit Murderbot.”—NPR

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    Series: You
    You Love Me A You Novel Caroline Kepnes
    9780593133781 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:April 06, 2021
    $37.00 CAD 6.31 x 9.53 x 1.33 in | 1.38 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House
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      The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’s hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show…

      Joe Goldberg is back. And he’s going to start a family—even if it kills him.

      Joe Goldberg is done with cities, done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now, he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

      He gets a job at the local library—he does know a thing or two about books—and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old fashioned way…by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

      The trouble is…Mary Kaye already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s…busy.

      True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kaye will do the right thing and make room for him.

      Story Locale: Bainbridge Island, Washington
      Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies, Providence, and numerous short stories. Her work has been translated into a multitude of languages and inspired a television series adaptation of You, currently on Netflix. Kepnes graduated from Brown University and previously worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer for 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and now lives in Los Angeles.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

      Author Hometown: Cape Cod, MA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Tie-in with You Season 3

        Influencer campaign with actors from the show and Caroline’s contacts

        Pre-pub buzz building campaign

        Online marketing

        Preorder campaign

        Social media campaign

        Targeted email marketing

        Bookstagram influencer campaign

        National advertising campaign

        Random House e-newsletters and websites

        Book club outreach

        Reading group guide online

        Library outreach

        Publicity: National media attention

        National/local review and feature print attention

        National/local radio attention

        Online review and feature attention

        NPR campaign

        Local author promotion: Los Angeles

        Social Media Campaign

        Targeted blogger outreach

        Book & author festival outreach

        Author Website: carolinekepnes.com/author/
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      “Caroline Kepnes must be some kind of storytelling sorcerer. How else can Joe Goldberg . . . be such an entertaining narrator? This high-wire narrative act continues to work because Kepnes is brilliant.”The New York Times Book Review

      “Kepnes is among an elite group of writers who have crafted such compellingly charismatic criminals that they’ve both transfixed readers and transcended the page . . . one of fiction’s boldest, most inimitable voices.” Criminal Element

      “Joe Goldberg has become a cultural mainstay . . . Kepnes has mastered the likeable villain with Joe, crafting an affable character with rock-solid reasoning behind all of his horrific actions.”Rolling Stone

      “You may think you’ve seen the worst of Joe, but you haven’t seen nothing yet. . . . This book is absolutely wild and not in the way that you expect. . . . A captivating thriller that will keep you jaw dropping until the very last page.”PopSugar

      “Reading Kepnes is like a mashup of EW and Jim Thompson . . . You Love Me delivers and then some.”CrimeReads

      “I will read anything Caroline Kepnes writes. She’s one of the smartest, most insightful writers out there with a true gift for crafting flawed, complicated characters that force us to reckon with our own flaws and complications. Joe’s back (and so are all the reasons you love to hate him).” —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Is Also a Star

      “Kepnes writes with such malevolent energy, such dark grace and such ink-black humor. An utterly unique character and an utterly unique writer, in a marriage made somewhere between heaven and hell.”—Richard Osman, New York Times bestselling author of The Thursday Murder Club

      “That peerless author who makes me laugh and glance over my shoulder on the very same page . . . Thank the reading gods that Joe Goldberg is back and just as seductive, dangerous, and witty as ever.”—Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister

      “I absolutely loved it. It’s completely addictive, razor-sharp writing from Kepnes. Internet creeping at its most darkly humorous. Joe’s back, and this time it’s definitely real love.”—Catherine Steadman, New York Times bestselling author of Something in the Water

      “This is Kepnes’s best yet.”—Andrea Dunlop, author of We Came Here to Forget

      “A sly, subversive exploration of what people choose to reveal and what they hide in their relationships, and just how difficult it is to truly know another person . . . There's never been a better time to get acquainted with Kepnes’s dangerously appealing leading man.”Booklist (starred review)

      “Kepnes’s savage takedowns . . . make Joe a more culturally aware Dexter, or perhaps a more romantic and humorous Hannibal.”LitHub
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    Mirrorland Carole Johnstone
    9781982136352 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date:April 20, 2021
    $36.00 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94 mm | 1.18 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scribner
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      “Unnerving.” —People
      “Unsettling...unlocks its mysteries slowly.” —The New York Times Book Review
      “A dark, twisty, and richly atmospheric exploration of the power of imagination” —Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10

      “Beautifully written and told with a watchmaker’s precision” (Stephen King), Mirrorland is a thrilling psychological suspense novel about twin sisters, the man they both love, the house that has always haunted them, and the childhood stories they can’t leave behind.

      Cat lives in Los Angeles, far from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As kids, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs, full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days, Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband, Ross.

      But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to 36 Westeryk Road, which hasn’t changed in twenty years. The grand old house is still full of shadowy corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues: a treasure hunt that leads them back to Mirrorland, where the truth lies waiting...

      A brilliantly crafted story that “feels like the love child of Gillian Flynn and Stephen King” (Greer Hendricks, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about love, betrayal, revenge—and the price of freedom.
      Carole Johnstone is the award-winning author of the novels Mirrorland and The Blackhouse. She lives in the Highlands of Scotland, although her heart belongs to the wild islands of the Outer Hebrides.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “Unnerving.” —People

      “Unsettling... unlocks its mysteries slowly.” —The New York Times Book Review

      “A dark, twisty, and richly atmospheric exploration of the power of imagination.” —Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10

      "I loved Mirrorland. It’s dark and devious, a neo-gothic featuring twin sisters and a deeply frightening old dark house. Beautifully written and plotted with a watchmaker’s precision." —Stephen King

      “Johnstone’s debut had me flying through the pages while also wanting to sink into her gorgeous writing. Paired with twists and turns I didn’t see coming, readers will certainly be in for tons of surprises.” —Buzzfeed

      "It's Gone Girl meets Rebecca . . . atmospheric, tightly plotted and utterly gripping, a must read for fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn." —Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes

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