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Penguin: Putnam Trade Spring 2019

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More Than Words
By (author): Jill Santopolo
9780735218307 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Women Feb 05, 2019
$34.00 CAD
Active 5.81 x 9.56 x 1.14 in 352 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
“A smart, sexy, delicious novel.”—People

“Santopolo is a true master of matters of the heart.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost comes a tender and moving new novel about a woman at a crossroads after the death of her father, and caught between the love of two men.

Nina has always known who she’s supposed to be. But is that who she truly is?

Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City’s glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And Tim—her devoted boyfriend and best friend since childhood—feels the same. But when Nina’s father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core.

As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life—her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss, Rafael—in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she loves, and a passion that could upend everything.

More Than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.

Story Locale: New York City

THE LIGHT WE LOST has sold more than 160,000 copies across all formats.

PERFECT FOLLOW-UP TO AN EXCITING DEBUT: A New York Times and international bestseller, The Light We Lost hardcover debuted the Skimm Reads partnership with Target, was an iBooks Best of May 2017, and a Belletrist Book Club pick with coverage in Bustle, Real Simple, Us Weekly, and more. The paperback was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick, shipping more than 100,000 copies. The response to this story has been authentic and passionate, and in More Than Words Santopolo taps into the same rich world of love, loss, and the choices every woman must make, set once again in New York City.

PAGE-TURNING LOVE STORY: Just as in The Light We Lost, Santopolo delivers a moving and ultimately redemptive story of love and self-discovery that will delight readers of Jojo Moyes, David Nicholls, and Emily Giffin. With a quick pace, smart plot, and emotional ending, this a perfect book for the beach and summer reading promotions, and readers will be looking for the next book from Jill Santopolo.

GLOBAL RESPONSE: The Light We Lost sold into more than thirty foreign territories and has become a bestseller in five, with more publications to come. There is something universal in Santopolo’s storytelling.

SAVVY AND HARDWORKING AUTHOR: Santopolo is the editorial director of Philomel Books at Penguin Young Readers, adjunct professor of writing at The New School, and speaks at conferences worldwide. She has done everything we asked and more to promote The Light We Lost and will do the same for this new novel.

FILM EXCITEMENT: The movie of The Light We Lost is being developed by Southpaw Entertainment, with Santopolo herself adapting the screenplay.

Jill Santopolo received a BA in English literature from Columbia University and an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series and works as the Associate Publisher of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Santopolo travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She is the author of The Light We Lost, a national and international bestseller that has been translated into more than thirty languages. More Than Words is her second novel for adults. She lives in New York City.

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: Hewlett, NY

Marketing: National author tour

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“An outstandingly poignant and honest novel. Jill Santopolo is a true master of matters of the heart. This is a tender and wise story about family, love, and self. I couldn’t put it down.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid

“The perfect combination of romantic and real.”—Leslie Cohen

“Thought-provoking, heartfelt, and, ultimately, life-affirming, More Than Words should move anyone who loves reading Jodi Picoult.” —Andrew Blauner

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