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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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Night of Miracles
A Novel
By (author): Elizabeth Berg
9780525509509 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Women Nov 13, 2018
$35.00 CAD
Remaindered 5.79 x 8.54 x 1.01 in 288 pages Random House
A delightful novel about surprising friendships, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change a life, from the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv.

Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. Her classes have become so popular that she’s hired Iris, a new resident of Mason, Missouri, as an assistant. Iris doesn’t know how to bake but she needs to keep her mind off one big decision she sorely regrets.

When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln’s parents aren’t the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures. In these difficult times, the residents of Mason come together and find the true power of community—just when they need it the most.

“Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart” said Fannie Flagg about The Story of Arthur Truluv. The same could be said about Night of Miracles, a beautiful novel that reminds us that the people we come to love are often the ones we don’t expect.

Story Locale: Mason, Missouri

A TRULUV NOVEL: This book is a STAND ALONE STORY, so readers don’t need to have read The Story of Arthur Truluv to enjoy it, but the two novels are connected by overlapping characters and the same small-town. Berg is planning more novels set in Mason, MI.

FRIENDSHIP: This wholesome story centers on the power of friendship and of untraditional family, which will spark discussion among book club readers.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Random House published Elizabeth Berg’s first New York Times bestseller, Durable Goods, in 1994, and since then, she has had numerous bestsellers, including Talk Before Sleep, Open House, and The Dream Lover.

BAKING: The book features descriptions of sinfully delectable treats.

Praise for THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV: “Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart. I dare you to read The Story of Arthur Truluv and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv.” Fannie Flagg; “I don’t know if I’ve ever read a more affecting book about the natural affinity between the young and the elderly than Elizabeth Berg’s The Story of Arthur Truluv. It makes the rest of us—strivers and preeners and malcontents—seem almost irrelevant.” Richard Russo; “Elizabeth Berg reminds us of both the richness of any human life and the heart’s needed resilience.” Jane Hirshfield

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including Open House, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, The Dream Lover, Talk Before Sleep, The Pull of the Moon, Tapestry of Fortunes, The Last Time I Saw You, Home Safe, The Year of Pleasures, and Dream When You’re Feeling Blue. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. Berg has been honored by the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She divides her time between Chicago and San Francisco.

Author Residence: Chicago, IL

Author Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Marketing: Pre-pub consumer outreach and review push

Online marketing outreach

Social media campaign

Targeted email marketing

Random House e-newsletters and websites

Reading group guide online

Library outreach

Back ad in The Story of Arthur Truluv hardcover



Publicity: National/local review and feature print attention

Online review and feature attention

Local author promotion: Chicago, IL

Targeted blogger outreach



Author Website: www.elizabeth-berg.net

Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/bergbooks

“Happy, sad, sweet and slyly funny, [Night of Miracles] celebrates the nourishing comfort of community and provides a delightfully original take on the cycles of life.”People (Book of the Week)
 
“Find refuge in Mason, a place blessedly free of the political chaos we now know as ‘real life.’ In Berg’s charming but far from shallow alternative reality, the focus is on the things that make life worth living: the human connections that light the way through the dark of aging, bereavement, illness and our own mistakes…. As the endearing, odd-lot characters of Mason, Missouri, coalesce into new families, dessert is served: a plateful of chocolate-and-vanilla pinwheel cookies for the soul.”USA Today
 
“Full of empathy and charm, every chapter infuses the heart with a renewed sense of hope.”Woman’s World
 
Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg is comfort food on a frosty day, a welcome reunion with characters we met in Berg’s novel The Story of Arthur Truluv…. Berg stirs our hearts with her palette of heartwarming small-town people, ordinary folks but nonetheless endearing. Simply written, homespun but not soppy with sentimentality, Night of Miracles is a feel-good read that would make a lovely gift featuring a crusty widow who believes in ‘baking from scratch’ for ‘cripes’ sake,’ a spitfire readers are sure to enjoy.”The Missourian
 
“Elizabeth Berg’s new novel is a feel-good affirmation of life and love, but edgier and more interesting than the scripts one finds on the Hallmark Channel…. What elevates Night of Miracles is Berg’s crisp and often poetic writing and how effortlessly she weaves together her ensemble cast.”The Columbus Dispatch
 
“Berg is a master of the ensemble cast, twining character arcs together, teasing knots apart, and tying the entire plot together beautifully. This will delight and inspire fans of Anna Quindlen and Amy Bloom and anyone who’s ever imagined living in Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow”Booklist
 
“Mason, Mo., is the enchanting setting for a series of small but life-changing events in Berg’s winning novel…. The language is smooth and the story moves along at a comfortable pace…. This pleasant novel highlights the joys that can come from the little things in life.”Publishers Weekly

“Elizabeth Berg is a master storyteller and one of my personal favorites. Night of Miracles is full of charming, entertaining characters that tug at the heart.”—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
 

“The thing about an Elizabeth Berg novel is, it’ll always make you feel hopeful. True to form, Night of Miracles is wise and funny, not shying away from life’s troubles but spotlighting the shining small miracles and pleasures of ordinary days. And, of course, there are delicious cakes.”—Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us

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