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The Birthday Girl
A Novel
By (author): Melissa de la Cruz
9781524743772 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Women Aug 06, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.26 x 9.3 x 1.13 in 288 pages Dutton
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex & Eliza comes a return to adult fiction, centered around a mysterious woman’s birthday celebration—and what it reveals about her past.

Ellie de Florent-Stinson is celebrating her fortieth birthday with a grand celebration in her fabulous house in Palm Springs.

At forty, it appears Ellie has everything she ever wanted: a handsome husband; an accomplished college-age stepdaughter; two adorable and rambunctious six-year-old twin boys; lush, well-appointed homes in the city, desert and beach; a thriving career as a well-known fashion designer of casual women’s wear; and a glamorous circle of friends.

Except everything is not quite as perfect as it looks on the outside—Ellie is keeping many secrets. And scrubbing her past of its shadows has a cost, and all of Ellie’s secrets come to light on the night of her fabulous birthday party in the desert—where everyone who matters in her life shows up invited or not, old and new, friends and frenemies. Stepdaughters and exes and mistresses and ex-lovers congregate and the beautiful facade of her life crumbles in one eventful night.

Beautifully paced and full of surprises, The Birthday Girl is an enthralling tale of a life lived in shadow, and its unavoidable consequences.

Story Locale: Palm Springs, CA

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Melissa de la Cruz has written a number of New York Times bestselling novels, including the hit Alex & Eliza Trilogy, which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. More than 6 million copies of her books are in print.

AN EXCITING RETURN TO ADULT FICTION: After writing children’s and YA fiction for years, Melissa de la Cruz returns to the adult space—in a novel with plenty of darkness and twists.

A PENGUIN FAVORITE: Melissa has charmed every publisher she’s worked with—including Putnam Young Readers, the publisher of the Alex & Eliza trilogy, the third of which is publishing in April 2019—and we’re looking forward to publishing Melissa’s adult novel in partnership with the children’s group.

MEDIA TIE-INS: Melissa’s 2018 novel 29 DATES has been fast-tracked for TV production by Disney’s streaming service, and her last adult series, Witches of East End, became a Lifetime series. In November 2018 film rights to her Alex and Eliza and Triple Moon series were bought by Chloe Moretz’s production company. The Birthday Girl has received film interest as well.

Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel and Triple Moon: Summer on East End. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies, and her Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Marketing: 5-city author tour

National print and online publicity

Radio interviews

National advertising campaign

Tie-in to author speaking events

Social media promotion

Pre-publication consumer outreach

Bookstagram campaign

Influencer outreach

Library marketing campaign

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Praise for the Alex & Eliza trilogy:

“This charming historical romance is a must-read for any fan of Hamilton who felt drawn in, first and foremost, by the sweeping love story.”—Booklist on Alex and Eliza

[A] compelling war drama, a legal thriller, and a lyrically written portrait of a young woman.”—Booklist on Love & War

“Both characters have rich, lyrical voices…Fans of the previous entry will be thrilled to continue to read about the struggles and passions of these two characters.”—School Library Connection on Love & War

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