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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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The Shortest Way Home
A Novel
By (author): Miriam Parker
9781524741884 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Jun 25, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.29 x 7.99 x 0.75 in 336 pages Dutton
“Delightful…effervescent, heady, and intoxicating.”—Elin Hilderbrand

How far would you go to find the place you belong?

Hannah is finally about to have everything she ever wanted. With a high-paying job, a Manhattan apartment, and a boyfriend about to propose, all she and Ethan have to do is make it through the last couple of weeks of grad school.

But when, on a romantic weekend trip to Sonoma, Hannah is spontaneously offered a marketing job at a family-run winery and doesn’t immediately refuse, their meticulously planned forever threatens to come crashing down. And then Hannah impulsively does the unthinkable—she takes a leap of faith.

Abandoning your dream job and life shouldn’t feel this good. But this new reality certainly seems like a dream come true—a picturesque cottage overlooking a vineyard; new friends with their own inspiring plans; and William, the handsome son of the winery owners who captures Hannah’s heart only to leave for the very city she let go.

Soon, the mission to rescue the failing winery becomes a mission to rescue Hannah from the life she thought she wanted. Crackling with humor and heart, The Shortest Way Home is the journey of one woman shedding expectations in order to claim her own happy ending.

Story Locale: Sonoma, California

FANTASTIC CONNECTIONS: The author’s day job as associate publisher at Ecco and previous position as marketing director at Little, Brown has resulted in close relationships with many bestselling authors, many of whom continue to give support on social media.

SUMMER COVERAGE: The hardcover got fantastic traction in beach read round-ups across a wide-coverage spectrum, from Fodor’s to Nylon to Southern Living, and the cheerful package continues to make it the perfect summer read.

A MARKETER’S MARKETER: Miriam’s background as a book marketer with great industry connections continues to be an incredible asset through the publication process.

CINEMATIC SETTING: With most of the novel set on a vividly described winery in Sonoma, California, the reader will have no trouble placing themselves in the setting alongside the characters.

BUILDING HER BRAND: With Miriam’s next book on Dutton’s 2020 list, we’re delighted to continue building name awareness with the paperback.

BOOKSTORE BESTSELLER: The hardcover of The Shortest Way Home was the #2 bestseller at Books are Magic during its first week on sale.

Miriam Parker has worked in book publishing for more than seventeen years, and is currently the Associate Publisher of Ecco. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington and a BA in English from Columbia University. Her short stories have been published in The Florida Review and Fourteen Hills. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her spaniel, Leopold Bloom. The Shortest Way Home is her first novel.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Marketing: New in paperback coverage

Summer reading print and online feature campaign

Targeted online promotion

Book club promotion

Discussion guide available

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @miriamparker;;

Praise for The Shortest Way Home

“Rewarding…. [An] accomplished debut.”—Publishers Weekly

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