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    Series: Outlander
    Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone A Novel Diana Gabaldon
    9780385685542 Hardcover FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:November 23, 2021
    $45.00 CAD 6.41 x 9.57 x 2.08 in | 2.84 lb | 928 pages Carton Quantity:8 Doubleday Canada
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      The author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series returns with the newest novel in the epic tale.

      The past may seem the safest place to be…. But it is the most dangerous time to be alive….

      Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1743, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

      It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.

      Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s tea-kettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

      Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth century might catch up to them. Sometimes they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s—among them disease, starvation, and an impending war—was indeed the safer choice for their family.

      Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity—and thus his own—and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet…on his son’s behalf, and his own.

      Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.

      Story Locale: 1770s American Colonies

      Series Overview: The New York Times bestselling Outlander saga blends rich historical fiction with riveting adventure and a truly epic love story.
      DIANA GABALDON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood; the related Lord John Grey books, Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils and The Scottish Prisoner; a collection of novellas, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall; two works of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion Volumes 1 and 2; and the Outlander graphic novel, The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

      Author Residence: Scottsdale, AZ

      Author Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
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        Author Website: dianagabaldon.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook: @AuthorDianaGabaldon; Twitter: @Writer_DG
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      A Cosmopolitan Best Historical Fiction Novel of 2021

      “Gabaldon is a gifted world-builder, and her attention to the unglamorous details of life in the past, like digging privies, plus authentic portraits of marriage and relationships lift her series above the usual bodice-rippers.” The Telegraph

      “One of the many things that Gabaldon does superbly is show how great events aren’t history to those who live through them but simply everyday life…. Gabaldon’s vast and sweeping account of the Revolutionary War is so intricately plotted and peopled that one is amazed she could conceive and write it in only seven years.” —The Washington Post
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    The Postmistress of Paris A Novel Meg Waite Clayton
    9780063136878 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:November 30, 2021
    $24.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.04 in | 15.58 oz | 416 pages Carton Quantity:36 Harper
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      The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage—about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe.

      Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the Postmistress because she delivers information to those in hiding, Naneé uses her charms and skill to house the hunted and deliver them to safety.

      Photographer Edouard Moss has escaped Germany with his young daughter only to be interned in a French labor camp. His life collides with Nanée’s in this sweeping tale of romance and danger set in a world aflame with personal and political passion.

      Inspired by the real life Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold, who worked with American journalist Varian Fry to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of France, The Postmistress of Paris is the haunting story of an indomitable woman whose strength, bravery, and love is a beacon of hope in a time of terror.


      Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Postmistress of Paris (a Publisher’s Weekly notable book; HarperCollins, Nov. 30, 2021), the National Jewish Book Award finalist and international bestseller The Last Train to London, the Langum Award honoree The Race for Paris, the Bellwether Prize finalist The Language of Light, and The Wednesday Sisters, an Entertainment Weekly 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time. Her novels have been published in 23 languages. She has also written more than 100 essays, opinions, and reviews for major newspapers, magazines, and public radio. She mentors in the OpEd Project, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the California bar. megwaiteclayton.com

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      "An evocative love story layered with heroism and intrigue — the film ‘Casablanca’ if Rick had an artsy bent … powerful.” — San Francisco Chronicle

      "A sweeping tale of perseverance and courage set against the backdrop of Nazi-era Europe, The Postmistress of Paris is the very best kind of historical fiction: a complex and intriguing story that both highlights a little-known moment in the past and resonates powerfully in the present, reminding us that bigotry can only be vanquished when people are willing to take a stand.” — Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

      "I loved The Postmistress of Paris, a novel of so many layers - a suspense story, a love story, and a story about the purpose of art. Meg Waite Clayton is a brilliant and deft writer, and I rooted for her strong, witty and brave heroine on her pulse-pounding mission to save Jewish painters, intellectuals, and a motherless child from Vichy France." — Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Eternal

      "Widely esteemed for her previous World War II novels, Meg Waite Clayton triumphantly returns with The Postmistress of Paris, a story of one woman’s heroic quest to help the forgotten in Occupied France. Clayton’s immaculately researched and beautifully written tale of passage and courage and heart is her best work yet." — Pam Jenoff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Woman With The Blue Star

      “The work of an unsung heroine rises from the pages of The Postmistress of Paris. Meg Waite Clayton draws a vivid contrast between the beauty of art and the brutality of war, the power of humanity and the human cost of cruelty, greed, and prejudice. With a heart-stopping flight across war-torn Europe, this is a story readers of historical fiction and strong female characters will devour.” — Lisa Wingate, # 1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours

      “Clayton expertly renders the story of a courageous American woman’s role in the French Resistance during WWII. . . . Clayton’s lyrical, thought-provoking prose breathes life into her characters. This sterling portrait of a complex woman stands head and shoulders above most contemporary WWII fiction.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “This gripping historical love story from Clayton brings readers into the courageous lives of those struggling just to stay alive and those risking everything to help.” — Booklist

      "Fans of Kate Quinn and Kristin Hannah will want to dive right into The Postmistress of Paris." — BookPage

      “A true gem . . . and a testament to the power of good.” — Portia Kapraun, Library Journal (starred review)

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    9780593331521 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:November 09, 2021
    $22.00 CAD 5.45 x 8.18 x 0.84 in | 0.69 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:24 G.P. Putnam's Sons
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      From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you picked up the wrong suitcase and fell head over heels for its mystery owner?

      Hopeless romantic and lifestyle reporter Laura’s business trip to the Channel Islands isn’t off to a great start. After an embarrassing encounter with the most attractive man she’s ever seen in real life, she arrives at her hotel and realizes she’s grabbed the wrong suitcase from the airport. Her only consolation is its irresistible contents, each of which intrigues her more and more. The owner of this suitcase is clearly Laura’s dream man. Now, all she has to do is find him.

      Besides, what are the odds that she’d find The One on the same island where her parents first met and fell in love, especially as she sets out to write an article about their romance? Commissioning surly cab driver Ted to ferry her around seems like her best bet in both tracking down the mystery suitcase owner and retracing her parents’ footsteps. But as Laura’s mystery man proves difficult to find—and as she uncovers family secrets—she may have to reimagine the life, and love, she always thought she wanted.

      Story Locale: London and Jersey (UK)
      Sophie Cousens worked as a TV producer in London for more than twelve years and now lives with her family on the island of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, located off the north coast of France. She balances her writing career with taking care of her two small children, and longs for the day when she might have a dachshund and a writing shed of her own. She is the author of This Time Next Year and Just Haven’t Met You Yet.

      Author Residence: Jersey, England

      Author Hometown: Bath, England
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        Author Social Media: Twitter.com/SophieCous, Instagram.com/Sophie_Cousens; Facebook.com/Sophiecous
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      PopSugar’s 12 Enticing New Romance Reads for November 2021

      GMA.com’s 15 Books to Curl Up With This November 2021
      Bustle’s Most Anticipated Books of November 2021
      Bustle’s 9 Must-Read Books Out This Week November 2021

      BookRiot’s November 2021 Book Recommendations
      Goodreads’ Most Hotly Anticipated Romances November 2021
      E! Online’s 15 Books to Cozy Up With This November
      Buzzfeed’s Best Books of November
      Real Simple’s Best Books December 2021

      “A delightfully romantic tale of one woman’s search for her happily ever after in the form of the owner of a swapped suitcase.”PopSugar

      “Cousens’ last novel This Time Next Year was a New York Times bestseller. Her follow-up has the same sense of humor, wit, and curiosity as her previous one as she introduces us to Laura, who picks up the wrong bag at the airport on a vacation. Perhaps the fact that she has returned to the very place her parents fell in love might bode well for her prospects? As Laura writes about romance, fiction slowly becomes truth in this highly enjoyable, delectable tale.” GoodMorningAmerica.com

      “A wonderfully layered story of love and loss…This poignant romantic comedy follows the journey of an English woman discovering there’s more to herself and her family history than she knew.”—Shelf Awareness

      “Hilarious moments, heartfelt charm, dynamic character…this rom-com has it all.” —Women’s World

      “Cousens creates a world full of lovable characters who are all trying their best to be happy despite life’s many obstacles. Although all the characters are dealing with their own hardships, Cousens imbues the entire story with an uplifting sense of hope…The Jersey setting creates a cozy, wind-swept background to the deliciously slow-burn romance. A warm, witty, and absolutely charming seaside holiday that’s perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “A well-rounded romance novel for fans of One Day in December and Good Luck with That.” Shelf Awareness

      “Sweet [and] funny…It’s just the story to offer a little romantic escapism during the holiday season.”CNN

      “Appealing…Humor and poignancy keep the pages turning. Fans of Sophie Kinsella and Josie Silver will find plenty to enjoy.”Publishers Weekly

      “At times heartbreaking and incredibly hopeful, Cousens’s delightful read is a sweet romance that gives Laura the freedom to grow as a character. Readers of Jill Mansell or Mhairi McFarlane will definitely enjoy.“ —Library Journal

      ”For the friend who loves curling up at home, pick up Just Haven’t Met You Yet, a fun meld of drama and romance.“ —Parents Magazine

      ”Endearing, sparkling, and hilarious.“—Josie Silver, author of One Day in December and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

      “Exactly the sort of fun, pacy, beautifully-written romantic story I needed.”—Lorraine Brown, author of Uncoupling

      “A perfectly charming escape. I laughed, I teared up, and I smiled my way through. Just Haven’t Met You Yet hits all the right notes for a great romantic comedy.”—Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient

      ”Reading Sophie Cousens is like meeting a new best friend. She makes you laugh, she makes you cry, you feel like you’ve loved her forever, and you don’t want to let her go. Just Haven’t Met You Yet—out soon and even better than This Time Next Year.“—Clare Pooley, author of The Authenticity Project

      “This book is pure, unbridled joy. With a wholly immersive setting and pitch-perfect humor, Just Haven’t Met You Yet is sure to leave you smiling long after you’ve turned the last page.”—Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk

      Just Haven’t Met You Yet is hilarious and bursting with heart. Laura’s quest for her perfect man will charm and enlighten you. What happens when you don’t give up on magic? This book has the answer.”—Madeleine Henry, author of The Love Proof and Breathe In, Cash Out

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    Talking to Canadians A Memoir Rick Mercer Canada
    9780385696234 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:November 02, 2021
    $32.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.08 in | 1.19 lb | 312 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      Canada’s beloved comic genius tells his own story for the first time.

      What is Rick Mercer going to do now? That was the question on everyone’s lips when the beloved comedian retired his hugely successful TV show after 15 seasons—and at the peak of its popularity. The answer came not long after, when he roared back in a new role as stand-up-comedian, playing to sold-out houses wherever he appeared.

      And then Covid-19 struck. And his legions of fans began asking again: What is Rick Mercer going to do now? Well, for one thing, he’s been writing a comic masterpiece. For the first time, this most private of public figures has turned the spotlight on himself, in a memoir that’s as revealing as it is hilarious. In riveting anecdotal style, Rick charts his rise from highly unpromising schoolboy (in his reports “the word ’disappointment’ appeared a fair bit”) to the heights of TV fame. Along the way came an amazing break when, not long out of his teens, his one-man show Show Me the Button, I’ll Push It. Or, Charles Lynch Must Die, became an overnight sensation—thanks in part to a bizarre ambush by its target, Charles Lynch himself. That’s one story you won’t soon forget, and this book is full of them.

      There’s a tale of how little Rick helped himself to a tree from the neighbours’ garden that’s set to become a new Christmas classic. There’s Rick the aspiring actor, braving “the scariest thing I have ever done in my life” by performing with the Newfoundland Shakespeare Company; unforgettable scenes with politicians of every variety, from Jean Chretien to George W. Bush to Stockwell Day; and a wealth of behind-the-scenes revelations about the origins and making of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, and Talking to Americans. All leading of course to the greenlighting of that mega-hit, Rick Mercer Report… 

      It’s a life so packed with incident (did we mention Bosnia and Kabul?) and laughter we can only hope that a future answer to “What is Rick Mercer going to do now?” is: “Write volume two.”

      RICK MERCER co-created and performed on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, created and starred in Made in Canada, and created and starred in Talking to Americans, the most-watched comedy special in Canadian television history. He went on to host the hugely successful Rick Mercer Report for 15 seasons. Rick was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014 for his work with charitable causes and “his ability to inspire and challenge Canadians through humour.” In 2019, he received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. He is from Middle Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Middle Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador
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        Author Website: www.rickmercer.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @rickmercer; Instagram: @itsrickmercer
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      Talking to Canadians: [a] funny, pitfall-strewn, no-holds-barred memoir from the ranting TV uproarist, edge-walker, envelope-pusher and pot-stirrer who once talked me into impersonating a goalie!” —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
      “I laughed so much reading this, I kept waking up my dog in bed. Rick is a determined writer—he never stops pulling you into his stories and he never stops looking for the punchlines in everyday life. He made me realize how funny ordinary things are, how funny and how incredibly interesting. It’s heartfelt and honest and generous and edgy—just like Mercer himself. Read it! It’s fabulous!” —Jann Arden
      “A delightful and warm-hearted memoir.” Chatelaine

      “Chockablock with detail, spiced with industry gossip, thoughtfully contextualized, steeped in verve, insight, and of course comedy.” Saltwire

      “[Talking To Canadians] details the evolution of Rick Mercer as a national treasure, who through a well-informed mind, a sense of boundless energy, a fearless attitude of diving into everything head first, and a sharp, rapier wit, has continued the proud tradition of Canadian comedy. If there is one thing that you can take away about Rick Mercer after reading his book, it’s that he is definitely not afraid to speak his mind and shoot down the absurdities of everything in Canada and the world, while proudly draped in the Canadian and Newfoundland-Labrador flags.” Montreal Times

      “When Mercer was in the midst of writing his new memoir…he told a friend that his biggest concern was that ’my childhood was wonderful and my family members are terrific, so how the hell can I make this book exciting?’ The answer, as the thoroughly engaging final product makes clear, is that Mercer is incapable of being boring. [His] passion—for Newfoundland, all of Canada and the people who live within—sparks the fire that feeds Mercer’s trademark rants. It is also evident throughout this alternately funny, moving and always heartfelt book.” Policy Magazine

      “[Rick Mercer is] an interesting person who has done singularly interesting things, many recorded and broadcast, which makes the inside back story most engaging and enjoyable. Add Mercer’s brisk, informative contextualization…and Talking is an immersive read.” —Calgary Herald
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    Rez Rules My Indictment of Canada's and America's Systemic Racism Against Indigenous Peoples Chief Clarence Louie Canada
    9780771048333 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political On Sale Date:November 16, 2021
    $34.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.2 in | 1.22 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 McClelland & Stewart
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      A common-sense blueprint for what the future of First Nations should look like as told through the fascinating life and legacy of a remarkable leader.

      In 1984, at the age of twenty-four, Clarence Louie was elected Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band in the Okanagan Valley. Nineteen elections later, Chief Louie has led his community for nearly four decades. The story of how the Osoyoos Indian Band—“The Miracle in the Desert”—transformed from a Rez that once struggled with poverty into an economically independent people is well-known. Guided by his years growing up on the Rez, Chief Louie believes that economic and business independence are key to self-sufficiency, reconciliation, and justice for First Nations people.

      In Rez Rules, Chief Louie writes about his youth in Osoyoos, from early mornings working  in the vineyards, to playing and coaching sports, and attending a largely white school in Oliver, B.C. He remembers enrolling in the “Native American Studies” program at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in 1979 and falling in love with First Nations history. Learning about the historic significance of treaties was life-changing. He recalls his first involvement in activism: participating in a treaty bundle run across the country before embarking on a path of leadership. He and his band have worked hard to achieve economic growth and record levels of employment. Inspired by his ancestors’ working culture, and by the young people on the reserve, Chief Louie continues to work for First Nations’ self-sufficiency and independence.

      Direct and passionate, Chief Louie brings together wide-ranging subjects: life on the Rez, including Rez language and humour; per capita payments; the role of elected chiefs; the devastating impact of residential schools; the need to look to culture and ceremony for governance and guidance; the use of Indigenous names and logos by professional sports teams; his love for motorcycle honour rides; and what makes a good leader. He takes aim at systemic racism and examines the relationship between First Nations and colonial Canada and the United States, and sounds a call to action for First Nations to “Indian Up!” and “never forget our past.” Offering leadership lessons on and off the Rez, this memoir describes the fascinating life and legacy of a remarkable leader and provides a common-sense blueprint for the future of First Nations communities. In it, Chief Louie writes, “Damn, I’m lucky to be an Indian!”

      Story Locale: Osoyoos, British Columbia
      CLARENCE LOUIE has been chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band, in the South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, for over thirty-five years. In 2013, Maclean’s named him one of the “Top 50 Canadians to Watch.” In 2003, Louie was chosen by the U.S. Department of State as one of six First Nations leaders to review economic development in American Indian communities. In 2008, he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is a member of the Order of British Columbia, the Order of Canada, and in 2019, he was the first First Nations person to be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. In 2021, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of British Columbia and an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University.

      Author Residence: Osoyoos, British Columbia

      Author Hometown: Oliver, British Columbia, and Osoyoos, British Columbia
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      “Some people have said … there is no systemic racism in Canada. To those people I say, clearly you have not read the Indian Act. Chief Louie has spent a lifetime trying to rid Canada of such racism.”
      —The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney

      “A must-read.”
      —The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould

      “A remarkable book. I ordered fifty copies for friends and family.”
      —David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber

      “We all want to see reconciliation. Chief Louie wants it too; here’s his plan.”
      —Peter Mansbridge, former chief correspondent, CBC News

      “A raw and honest perspective on First Nations leadership.”
      —Manley A. Begay, Jr., former co-director, The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

      “A testament to the type of no-nonsense leadership we all long to see more of nowadays.”
      —Chris Chelios, NHL Hall of Fame defenseman and former Chicago Blackhawks captain

      “What is required is blunt truth telling like Chief Louie’s book.”
      —Cindy Blackstock, executive director, First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

      “Chief Louie is a wise man. His book will be endearing and entertaining to all.”
      Jim Pattison, CEO, The Jim Pattison Group

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    9780593100608 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:November 16, 2021
    $22.00 CAD 5.48 x 8.19 x 0.85 in | 0.62 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:24 Berkley
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      Opposites attract in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about a free-spirited lawyer who is determined to find the perfect match for the grumpy bachelor at her cousin’s wedding.

      After a devastating break-up, celebrity-obsessed lawyer Zara Patel is determined never to open her heart again. She puts her energy into building her career and helping her friends find their happily-ever-afters. She’s never faced a guest at the singles table she couldn’t match, until she crosses paths with the sinfully sexy Jay Dayal. 

      Former military security specialist Jay has no time for love. His life is about working hard, staying focused, and winning at all costs. When charismatic Zara crashes into his life, he’s thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of chaos he wants to avoid. Worse, they’re stuck together for the entire wedding season. 

      So they make a deal. She’ll find his special someone if he introduces her to his celebrity clients. But when their arrangement brings them together in ways they never expected, they realize that the perfect match might just be their own.

      Story Locale: San Francisco, CA

      Series Overview: A romantic comedy series featuring strong women who battle the matchmaking machinations of their well-meaning, meddling aunties.
      Sara Desai has been a lawyer, radio DJ, marathon runner, historian, bouncer, and librarian. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, kids, and an assortment of forest creatures who think they are pets. Sara writes sexy romantic comedy and contemporary romance with a multicultural twist. When not laughing at her own jokes, Sara can be found eating nachos.

      Author Residence: BC, Canada
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        Author Website: sarahcastille.com/

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      A LibraryReads Pick
      One of Buzzfeed’s Best Books of November
      One of POPSUGAR’s Incredible New Books Coming This November
      A LifeSavvy Buzziest November Release
      One of Brit + Co.’s Must-Read Books To Cozy Up With This Fall

      “A charmer.”People Magazine

      “A writer to watch.”—Bustle

      “Prepare to laugh-out-loud while reading The Singles Table.”—POPSUGAR

      “Hot, bantery, quirky as hell, and so sweetly romantic! I LOVED this book.”—Sonali Dev, USA Today bestselling author of Incense and Sensibility

      “I can’t wait for more from Sara Desai!”—Alexa Martin, author of Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes

      “Utterly hilarious and so, so swoony! The Singles Table is a fantastic enemies to lovers, grumpy/sunshine rom-com. I adorned Zara and her slightly chaotic energy, and the Indian Wedding setting is perfect escapist fun. A delightful read!”—Farah Heron, author of Accidentally Engaged and Tahira in Bloom

      “If you haven’t done so already, prepare to mark Sara Desai as your new fave author!”—Sajni Patel, author of The Trouble with Hating You

      “You won’t feel lonely at the singles table with this book to keep you company. A charming and hilarious rom-com filled with wonderful characters. One of my favorite books of the year.”—Jackie Lau, author of Donut Fall in Love

      “Desai does it again… Zara and Jay are a refreshingly self-aware pair, and it’s eminently satisfying to see them not just address their business conflicts but seek professional psychological help… Desai’s fans will be delighted.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Hilarious…delicious…steamy…[a] memorable romance.”Booklist (starred review)

      “A beautifully told rom-com that’s full of laughs, heart, and scorching sexual tension.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “Desai’s latest is the best way to dive into a rom-com if you have yet to make it back into theaters. In fact, it’s even better.”SheKnows

      “…[A] sexy and fun romance.”The Nerd Daily
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    9781641292429 Hardcover FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical On Sale Date:November 02, 2021
    $32.00 CAD 5.75 x 8.55 x 1.08 in | 1.11 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:20 Soho Press
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      From the award-winning author of Marriage of a Thousand Lies comes a brilliantly written, globe-spanning novel about identity, faith, family, and sexuality.

      In Tamil Nadu, India, a boy is born with blue skin. His father sets up an ashram, and the family makes a living off of the pilgrims who seek the child’s blessings and miracles, believing young Kalki to be the tenth human incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. In Kalki’s tenth year, he is confronted with three trials that will test his power and prove his divine status and, his father tells him, spread his fame worldwide. While he seems to pass them, Kalki begins to question his divinity.

      Over the next decade, his family unravels, and every relationship he relied on—father, mother, aunt, uncle, cousin—starts falling apart. Traveling from India to the underground rock scene of New York City, Blue-Skinned Gods explores ethnic, gender, and sexual identities, and spans continents and faiths, in an expansive and heartfelt look at the need for belief in our globally interconnected world.

      Story Locale: India; United States
      SJ Sindu is the author of the novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies, which won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and was an ALA Stonewall Honor Book; as well as the hybrid chapbooks I Once Met You But You Were Dead and Dominant Genes. Sindu holds an MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Florida State University. Sindu is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.

      Author Residence: Ontario, Canada

      Author Hometown: Amherst, MA
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        Extensive galley campaign with giveaways at ALA Midwinter, ALA Annual, B&T, ABA Winter Institute, ABA Whitebox.

        Included in the Soho’s Asian & Pacific Islander literature brochure stock offer for indie accounts.

        Creating a Reader’s Guide with discussion questions and out-of-the-book items for consumers, reviewers, and academic interests

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        Publicity: The highly anticipated follow-up to SJ Sindu’s multiple award-winning debut is an exciting addition to Sri Lankan-American and South Asian literature. Blue-Skinned Gods offers a warm, beautiful, and moving exploration of identity, belief, religion, family, and love, shot through with humor and loss. The author’s platform and recognition among critics, LGBTQ activists and readers alike will make this a buzzy book. National book and A&E coverage expected.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Shortlisted for the 2022 Lammy Award in Bisexual Fiction
      An Autostraddle Best Queer Book of the Year

      An ABA Indie Next Pick for November 2021
      An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

      Praise for Blue-Skinned Gods

      “Kalki’s life as a blue-skinned child deity at first seems rather romantic. Raised to believe he is the ’10th incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu,’ he heals the sick at his family’s ashram in Tamil Nadu, India…It is impossible not to be hypnotized by the tenderness of these opening scenes. But relatively early in the novel Kalki, narrating in adulthood as a university lecturer in Toronto, breaks the illusion of his own divinity — and any illusion that his childhood had been blessed…In attending to the fine aftershocks of this loss and many others to come, Sindu masterfully renders how our environments bake into our skin.”
      The New York Times

      “Sindu’s applied cultural knowledge and careful character-building makes each surprise believable without being predictable. Every oddity has an explanation, and societal issues left unaddressed in childhood come back around for an older, wiser Kalki to consider…On a linear timeline, Blue-Skinned Gods doesn’t end at the end; the end is tucked somewhere near the beginning. Conflicts abound in the novel, but Sindu reveals which one held the most weight in the final sentence. Although the ending is climactic and jarring, it provides both resolve and clarity.”
      Associated Press

      “SJ Sindu has imagined a fascinating premise for her novel exploring identity, family, community and the tensions that arise among them…Here Sindu is at her inventive best, with wild juxtapositions of people and situations, from a post-punk band that takes in Kalki, to hipsters of various gender identities who try to seduce him, to new-age worshipers who refuse to believe he is not a healer, to gangsters who want to bring him back to the ashram. These witty episodes allow Kalki to try to define himself as well as to understand the world around him.”
      The Star Tribune

      “SJ Sindu has written another brilliant novel in Blue-Skinned Gods. This time, she tells the story of a boy with blue skin who is trying to be the god everyone tells him he is…Here is a novel about the bonds between brothers, a deceptive tyrant and son, a mother who doesn’t know how to save herself or her child, a boy and how he yearns for his young loves, and so much more. The richness of this story will take hold of you and never let go.”
      —Roxane Gay

      “Sj Sindu has given us a true gift in Kalki Sami and his journey. A coming-of-age story wielding philosophical, historical, and emotional moments full of passion, vividly described, Blue-Skinned Gods is one of the most original and beautiful novels I’ve read in a long time.”
      —Brandon Hobson, author of Where the Dead Sit Talking and The Removed

      Blue-Skinned Gods is a marvel of a novel. S.J. Sindu has created a cast of characters so compelling it was difficult to set the book down. I was enraptured by the careful twining of these lives: a manipulative father, a mother who loves her son to the point of agony, the joy and despair of tender first love, the pressure of knowing your destiny and the devastation of losing everything at once. It is a true joy to encounter a book so beautifully written. The prose is lush and stunning, the narrative wildly gripping. Sindu is a phenomenal writer and Blue-Skinned Gods is a treasure.”
      —Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author of Mostly Dead Things

      “This marvelous novel offers up the most extraordinary circumstance in which to live a life. It delivers everything I didn’t know I desperately wanted: snake bites, ink baths, god-energy, gurus, post-punk music, viral videos, redemption, and an unforgettable character asking all the big questions. What am I and what am I capable of? In the asking comes revelations on the nature of love, power in friendship, weight of dogma, and the visceral seeping together of diverse cultures. These pages left me with the best case of culture shock, and in awe over Sindu’s storytelling talent.”
      —Devin Murphy, national bestselling author of The Boat Runner and Tiny Americans

      Blue-Skinned Gods is a memorable and vivid coming-of-age story that feels timely in its pursuit of exploring the meaning of truth and how we know what to believe about ourselves and others. Kalki’s journey from an isolated ashram in India to the kaleidoscope of New York City’s clubs and streets is captivating. This is a wonderful book about family, friendship, and miracles.”
      —Elise Hooper, author of Fast Girls, Learning to See, and The Other Alcott

      “With Blue-Skinned Gods, SJ Sindu has written an epic in every sense of the word: the amazing life and times of Kalki Sami, the boy born with blue skin and the power to heal, reads like an instant classic. Sindu has proven herself, yet again, to be a master storyteller—Blue-Skinned Gods is thrilling, remarkable, and totally irresistible. You won’t be able to put it down.”
      Nick White, author of How to Survive a Summer and Sweet & Low
      “Blue-Skinned Gods is a gorgeously atmospheric journey of faith and doubt—and ultimately, of finding one’s sense of self after a lifetime of performing for others. With exquisite prose, SJ Sindu, one of our finest storytellers, explores the entanglements of Eastern spirituality and globalism, family and trauma, gender and sexuality, in a compulsively readable and emotionally charged tale.”
      —Patrick Cottrell, Whiting Award winner and author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
      “Blue-Skinned Gods is beautifully rendered, a profound story about faith - in others, and in oneself - and manipulation. Here, a boy may or may not be the reincarnation of a God, and his quest to understand himself, and his responsibility to those around him, is utterly compelling. It is a story about miracles, both of the world we inhabit and the ordinary, flawed, spectacular people we inhabit it with, as we find that the greatest miracles might come from the friendships that help us become who we really are.”
      Tessa Fontaine, author of The Electric Woman

      “A rich, beautifully told and moving examination of the allure of superstition and legend, the pains of growing up and the pitfalls of lying to others and lying to yourself.”
      The Guardian

      “A young boy, born with blue skin and believed to be an incarnation of Vishnu, begins a soul-searching, decade-long journey to determine whether or not he believes in his own cosmic birthright. Fans of Sindu’s Stonewall and Lambda-nominated 2017 novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, will find much to love here, as will newcomers to her work.” 

      “A dramatic, intriguing story expertly told by a gifted narrator. Listeners will be finding excuses to go on walks or errands just to hear what happens next. Fans of international literature will fall in love with this unique coming-of-age novel.” 

      You thought growing up was hard? Try it with blue skin, a domineering dad, and the heavy weight of divinity. When we meet Sindu’s Kalki Sami he’s in Tamil Nadu, just turning ten, and struggling to make good on the godhood his father’s asserted; when we part a decade later, after much loss and great sadness, he’s in NYC exploring the many and varied ways to be simply human. Beautifully told and perfectly paced, Blue-Skinned Gods is a wholly compelling story of becoming who we are, and—critically—admitting who we aren’t.”  

      “With a vast cast of intriguing characters as well as two powerful climaxes at the end of the book—thematic and emotional—Blue-Skinned Gods demonstrates Sindu’s narrative power.”
      The Margins, Asian American Writers’ Workshop

      “As Kalki is forced to reckon with the lies that form the foundation of his life, SJ Sindu’s second novel, Blue-Skinned Gods, pursues questions of sexuality, social hierarchy, family secrets, toxic masculinity and religious abuse…an exciting journey that lovingly explores the nature of chosen families.” 

      “A uniquely brilliant tale.” 
      Ms. Magazine

      “A wild book about a boy who is worshipped as a living god for his entire life, and who, at a certain point, begins to doubt his own divinity. It’s such a tangled and complex book, full of binaries broken and relationships woven and everything I love and value in queer work (including how the queerness of the book blooms slowly, slowly).”
      —Xtra Magazine

      “Brilliantly written across continents and generations, this unconventional coming-of-age story is an ambitious exploration of faith, fame and family like nothing you have ever read before.”

      “A thought-provoking book about faith and belief, the lengths that we go to, and the reasons we use to justify our actions that control someone who does not know any better.”
      The Nerd Daily

      “A beautifully written story that begs to be discussed with others.”
      —Book Riot

      “A thoughtful and fascinating story about identity.” 
      Book Riot’s All the Books

      “An explosive, provoking examination of what we are forced to or choose to believe to be true.” 

      “Sindu’s novel is the exploration of doubt by a deity, and also an examination of what we owe to the families who raise us…Blue-Skinned Gods is a great read for those who look for great character development, enjoy familial conflict, and won’t mind wrestling with some of humanity’s grittier issues.” 
      —American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table

      “Enthralling and heart wrenching, Blue-Skinned Gods takes hold of you and doesn’t let go.”
      —Apartment Therapy

      “I was completely mesmerized by this novel from the very beginning.”

      “Sindu’s marvelous coming-of-age story features a young healer in Tamil Nadu, believed to be an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu…The imagery is vivid and the slow-burn narrative by the end becomes incandescent. Sindu’s stunning effort more than delivers on her initial promise.” 
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “Sindu’s excavations of Kalki’s internal struggles are detailed, nuanced, and rich…Remarkably moving in its explorations of faith, doubt, and what it might mean to be a charlatan.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “A thoughtful exploration of contemporary religion and the relations between modern culture and tradition.”
      Foreword Reviews

      Praise for Marriage of a Thousand Lies

      “A gorgeous, heartbreaking novel…An incredibly compelling tale.”
      New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay

      A remarkable novel rich with interlocking issues both timeless and timely. SJ Sindu’s debut is more than impressive; it’s important.”
      —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

      “I love Lucky, the unforgettable narrator of Marriage of a Thousand Lies…I’m especially captivated by the novel’s honesty and tenderness—…SJ Sindu is an intuitive writer with great insights into the complications of love and friendship.”
      —Timothy Schaffert, author of The Swan Gondola

      “SJ Sindu has written an important novel about Sri Lankan immigrant culture. Here, the intersections of migration, sexuality and culture are explored in loving and heartbreaking detail. A book that reveals the secrets of a community caught between East and West.”
      —Nayomi Munaweera, author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors

      ​​ —The Toronto Star​

      “Enthralling…Sindu is a skilled writer, and this is a remarkable first novel.”
      Los Angeles Review of Books ​ 

      “Sindu’s heart-wrenching debut novel…incorporates love, loss, family, rebirth and growth to tell a captivating story you won’t be able to put down.”
      Ms. Magazine
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    Noor Nnedi Okorafor
    9780756416096 Hardcover FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date:November 16, 2021
    $36.00 CAD 5.74 x 8.52 x 0.86 in | 0.76 lb | 224 pages Carton Quantity:12 DAW
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      From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.

      Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt…natural, and that’s putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was “wrong”. But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong.

      Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the “reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist” and the “saga of the wicked woman and mad man” unfold. This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn’t so predictable. Expect the unaccepted.

      Story Locale: Postapocalyptic Africa
      Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and was a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death. Nnedi’s books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa.

      Author Residence: Chicago, IL
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      Praise for Noor

      A searing techno-magical indictment of capitalism from one of the strongest voices in fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      The novel’s true magic lies in AO’s stubborn, fierce will; in DNA’s earthy compassion; and in their self-discovery and refusal to give into a power system determined to dehumanize and defeat them.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “Okorafor exposes the cracks in this technology-driven, highly surveilled society as each detour in AO and DNA’s route adds layers of intrigue on the way to a jaw-dropping finale…. This is a must-read.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Okorafor packs swift action and harsh emotions into this slim novella, showing her strengths once again as a speculative fiction writer.” —Library Journal

      Praise for Nnedi Okorafor

      Haunting and absolutely brilliant. My heart and guts are all turned inside out.” —John Green, New York Times-bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

      Who Fears Death is one of the most striking, chilling, truly fascinating, and all-around remarkable novels I’ve read in a very long time.” —Peter S. Beagle, bestselling author of The Last Unicorn

      ”Nnedi Okorafor is American-born but her Nigerian blood runs strong, lacing her work with fantasy, magic and true African reality. Many people need to read Who Fears Death, it’s an important book.“ —Nawal El Saadawi, bestselling author of Woman at Point Zero

      ”To compare author Nnedi Okorafor to the late Octavia E. Butler would be easy to do, but this simple comparison should not detract from Okorafor’s unique storytelling gift.“ —New York Journal of Books

      ”Both wondrously magical and terribly realistic.“ —The Washington Post

      Believable, nuanced characters of color and an unbiased view of an Africa full of technology, mysticism, culture clashes and true love.“ —Ebony Magazine (editor’s pick)

      ”A fantastical, magical blend of grand storytelling.“ —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      ”Beautifully written, this is dystopian fantasy at its very best. Expertly exploring issues of race, gender, and cultural identity, Okorafor blends future fantasy with the rhythm and feel of African storytelling. “ —Library Journal (starred review)

      ”Her pacing is tight. Her expository sections sing like poetry. Descriptions of paranormal people and battles are disturbingly vivid and palpable. But most crucial to the book’s success is how the author slowly transforms Onye’s pursuit of her rapist father from a personal vendetta to a struggle to transform the social systems that created him.“ —The Village Voice

      ”Okorafor is a master storyteller who combines recent history, fantasy, tradition, advanced technology, and culture into something wonderful and new that should not be missed." —RT Book Review (top pick)
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    All Her Little Secrets A Novel Wanda M. Morris
    9780063205635 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:November 16, 2021
    $23.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.96 in | 14.11 oz | 384 pages Carton Quantity:32 William Morrow Paperbacks
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      All Her Little Secrets is a brilliantly nuanced but powerhouse exploration of race, the legal system, and the crushing pressure of keeping secrets. Morris brings a vibrant and welcome new voice to the thriller space.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author

      In this fast-paced thriller, Wanda M. Morris crafts a twisty mystery about a black lawyer who gets caught in a dangerous conspiracy after the sudden death of her boss . . . A debut perfect for fans of Attica Locke, Alyssa Cole, Harlan Coben, and Celeste Ng, with shades of How to Get Away with Murder and John Grisham’s The Firm.

      Everyone has something to hide...

      Ellice Littlejohn seemingly has it all: an Ivy League law degree, a well-paying job as a corporate attorney in midtown Atlanta, great friends, and a “for fun” relationship with a rich, charming executive, who just happens to be her white boss. But everything changes one cold January morning when Ellice arrives in the executive suite and finds him dead with a gunshot to his head.

      And then she walks away like nothing has happened. Why? Ellice has been keeping a cache of dark secrets, including a small-town past and a kid brother who’s spent time on the other side of the law. She can’t be thrust into the spotlight—again.

      But instead of grieving this tragedy, people are gossiping, the police are getting suspicious, and Ellice, the company’s lone black attorney, is promoted to replace her boss. While the opportunity is a dream-come-true, Ellice just can’t shake the feeling that something is off.

      When she uncovers shady dealings inside the company, Ellice is trapped in an impossible ethical and moral dilemma. Suddenly, Ellice’s past and present lives collide as she launches into a pulse-pounding race to protect the brother she tried to save years ago and stop a conspiracy far more sinister than she could have ever imagined…


      Wanda M. Morris is the acclaimed author of All Her Little Secrets, which has been praised by Karin Slaughter as "brilliantly nuanced" and reviewed by The Boston Globe, LA Times, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and South Florida Sun Sentinel among others. It was named as one of the "Best Books of 2021" by Hudson Booksellers and selected as the #1 Top Pick for Library Reads by librarians across the country. It was serialized in Entertainment Weekly and selected as a Marie Claire book club pick.

      Wanda is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Crime Writers of Color. A corporate attorney, Wanda has worked in the legal departments of some of America's top Fortune 100 companies. She is an accomplished presenter and leader. As a former President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, she established a signature female empowerment program known as the Women's Initiative. She is married, the mother of three and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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      All Her Little Secrets is a brilliantly nuanced but powerhouse exploration of race, the legal system, and the crushing pressure of keeping secrets. Morris brings a vibrant and welcome new voice to the thriller space.” — Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author

      “Wanda M. Morris hits all the right notes in All Her Little Secrets, a taut, sleek thriller that’s also a searing story about the secrets we can never manage to leave behind. A stunning debut.” — Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author

      "It's hard to know just how far you might go to protect yourself and your secrets... but it's remarkably easy to get swept up into this razor-sharp workplace thriller. At times deeply disturbing and all the while gripping, All Her Little Secrets is a refreshing whodunnit that will keep you guessing—and second-guessing—from start to finish." — Zakiya Dalila Harris, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Black Girl

      "Wanda M. Morris' All Her Little Secrets is that rare debut novel that doesn't miss a beat—expertly plotted, beautifully written, and so compelling I read it in one sitting. Fans of Attica Locke and Celeste Ng, take note!" — Wendy Corsi Staub, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Family

      "All Her Little Secrets is a truly remarkable debut—an expertly paced thriller with terrific twists, as well as depth, heart and conscience...not to mention the smart, complicated Ellice Littlejohn, a protagonist who kept me turning pages well into the night." — Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author of The Collective

      "All Her Little Secrets is teeming with passion, family, power, history, and heartbreak—it will provoke you, haunt you, and inspire you. Wanda M. Morris is the consummate storyteller, filling this riveting, relentless page-turner with her powerhouse talent and shattering insight...Morris has created an instant classic. Stop everything and read this." — Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

      All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris is a terrific, timely thriller you won’t be able to put down. I devoured this story faster than a plate of chicken and dumplings and the deeply satisfying conclusion made me cheer out loud!” — Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Sister Dear and You Will Remember Me

      "Tense, taut, and relentlessly suspenseful, Wanda M. Morris's riproaring debut All Her Little Secrets delivers full-throttle twists reminiscent of The Firm with the winning characters and nuanced social justice commentary of an Attica Locke...Wanda Morris is the sharpest new voice in thrillers today. I'm hooked." — Amy Gentry, bestselling author of Bad Habits and Good as Gone

      "Talk about toxic work environments... A thriller with a heart, this novel had me turning pages late at night. It’s a fast-paced journey into the haunting secrets we keep and the lengths we’ll go to protect our family—even at the expense of ourselves." — Tara Laskowski, Agatha Award-winning author of One Night Gone and The Mother Next Door

      "In All Her Little Secrets, the trap tightens deftly around Ellice Littlejohn, boxing her in, cutting off all means of escape, and you’ll want to be there for every well-written, tension-filled minute of it. Buckle up. It’s a wild ride... I cannot wait for her follow-up. Brava!" — Tracy Clark, Sue Grafton Memorial Award-winning author of the Cass Raines Chicago Mystery Series

      "Wanda M. Morris’ All Her Little Secrets heralds the arrival of a new and necessary voice in thrillers. This debut is at turns heart-pounding and heart-breaking." — Lori Rader-Day, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Under a Dark Sky

      "A heartbreaking, heart-bursting page-turner of a book! Wanda Morris's debut is a refreshing read—both entertaining and wise." — Rachel Howzell Hall, Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for And Now She's Gone

      "Corporate intrigue, emotional angst, and a serious look at today's racial issues makes All Her Little Secrets a stellar debut!" — Tori Eldridge, critically acclaimed author of the Lily Wong Mystery series

      "Race, secrets, and the love of family are on a collision course in Morris's brilliant debut. Her protagonist, Ellice Littlejohn, is complicated and flawed in the best possible ways. I could have followed her for another 300 pages! Morris is a dynamic, essential new voice in fiction—one you don't want to miss." — Nancy Johnson, author of The Kindest Lie

      "Brilliantly crafted and thought-provoking, All Her Little Secrets thrilled me with its plot twists and broke my heart with its social commentary. I found myself examining not only the characters but myself with the turn of every page. A must read." — Erica Katz, author of The Boy's Club

      “Perfect for fans of Alyssa Cole and How to Get Away with Murder, this book deftly carves out a new space on the shelf as surely as its conflicted, finely-wrought protagonist makes a space for herself... Wanda M. Morris is an unforgettable new voice, and we’ve only seen the beginning!” — Wendy Heard, author of Too Pretty to Burn and Hunting Annabelle

      "The flashy, busy, unlikely plot is elevated by Morris' urgent portrayal of a Black woman trying to navigate a world stacked against her, and the moving flashbacks to her childhood." — New York Times Book Review

      "A fresh perspective on the legal thriller..." — Los Angeles Times

      “Ellice Littlejohn discovers at the start of this tense and propulsive thriller that the boss with whom she was having an affair has been murdered, setting the tone for a page-turning tale dripping with suspense and intrigue.” — Boston Globe

      “Wanda M. Morris is ready to shake up the legal thriller as only one who knows that world inside out can.” — Entertainment Weekly

      "All Her Little Secrets is an impressive debut." — Marie Claire

      "Wanda M. Morris' All Her Little Secrets is a carefully constructed thriller wrapped in a narrative about racism, gentrification, and being the only Black person in an all-white environment." — NPR

      "Attorney Morris puts her experiences as a Black woman navigating the corridors of corporate power to good use in her strong debut... John Grisham fans will be pleased." — Publishers Weekly

      "In her debut thriller, corporate attorney Morris deftly combines a creepy Nazi-esque sect with a murderous plot and rounds out the intrigue with a striking commentary on racism, sexual assault, and misogyny." — Library Journal

      "Morris builds an escalating thriller plot packed with convincing details about corporate politics and skulduggery. She also provides a knowledgeable portrait of Atlanta’s complex social structure...Corporate competition is not only racist and sexist, but deadly in this confident debut thriller." — Kirkus Reviews

      “An eye-opening look at what it is to fight all the -isms of being Black and female in America. Ellice is a compelling and multidimensional hero in this must-have debut that will be embraced by all legal-thriller readers.” — Booklist (starred review)

      "All Her Little Secrets builds to an exciting conclusion, marking Morris as an electrifying new voice in the genre. Morris's debut will prove perfect for readers looking for thrillers that reveal dark secrets and twisted webs of lies alongside hard truths about the realities of racism and sexism in corporate America." — Shelf Awareness

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    The London House Katherine Reay
    9780785290209 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:November 02, 2021
    $21.99 CAD 139 x 213 x 22 mm | 0.63 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:36 Harper Muse
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      Uncovering a dark family secret sends one woman through the history of Britain’s World War II spy network and glamorous 1930s Paris to save her family’s reputation.

      Caroline Payne thinks it’s just another day of work until she receives a call from Mat Hammond, an old college friend and historian, but Mat has uncovered a scandalous secret kept buried for decades: In World War II, Caroline’s British great-aunt betrayed family and country to marry her German lover.

      Determined to find answers and save her family’s reputation, Caroline flies to her family’s ancestral home in London. She and Mat discover diaries and letters that reveal her grandmother and great-aunt were known as the “Waite sisters.” Popular and witty, they came of age during the interwar years, a time of peace and luxury filled with dances, jazz clubs, and romance. The buoyant tone of the correspondence soon yields to sadder revelations as the sisters grow apart, and one leaves home for the glittering fashion scene of Paris, despite rumblings of a coming world war.

      Each letter brings more questions. Was Caroline’s great-aunt actually a traitor and Nazi collaborator, or is there a more complex truth buried in the past? Together, Caroline and Mat uncover stories of spies and secrets, love and heartbreak, and the events of one fateful evening in 1941 that changed everything.

      In this rich historical novel from award-winning author Katherine Reay, a young woman is tasked with writing the next chapter of her family’s story. But Caroline must choose whether to embrace a love of her own and proceed with caution if her family’s decades-old wounds are to heal without tearing them even further apart.

      Praise for The London House:

      “Carefully researched, emotionally hewn, and written with a sure hand, The London House is a tantalizing tale of deeply held secrets, heartbreak, redemption, and the enduring way that family can both hurt and heal us. I enjoyed it thoroughly.” —Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names

      • A stand-alone split-time novel
      • Partially epistolary: the historical storyline is told through letters and journals
      • Book length: approximately 102,000 words
      • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

      Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at www.katherinereay.com; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @katherine_reay; or Instagram: @katherinereay.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      'Reay's characters are engaging, and her descriptions of Paris and London are lovely.'
      'Reay's (Of Literature and Lattes) latest is a complex portrait of a family torn apart by secrets. It covers multiple threads, from the brave women spies in World War II to perspectives on history to the ways in which trauma stops people from accepting the love that they are offered . . . For readers who enjoy novels featuring courageous women in World War II. Reay explores the uncertainty of history and how trauma can be carried across generations, but makes clear that it's never too late for redemption--Jan Marry, Heritage P.L., New Kent and Charles City, VA'
      'A woman searches for the truth about the disappearance of her ancestor in the spellbinding latest from Reay (Dear Mr. Knightly) . . . Reay's fast-paced foray into the past cleverly reveals a family's secrets and how a pivotal moment shaped future generations. Readers who enjoy engrossing family mystery should take note.'

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