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2019 June Loan Stars Top Picks

Every Little Piece of Me
By (author): Amy Jones
9780771050671 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Jun 04, 2019
$24.95 CAD
Active 5.83 x 8.25 x 1.12 in 400 pages McClelland & Stewart
From the bestselling author of We’re All in This Together comes a novel about family, friendship, fame, and the cost of living in the public eye—because when everyone suddenly knows your name, it’s easy to forget who you really are.

“The first time they met, Mags saved Ava’s life. The second time they met, Ava saved Mags’s.”

Ava Hart is the most reluctant cast member of a reality TV show based on her big city family’s (mostly staged) efforts to run a B&B in small-town Nova Scotia. Every family has its problems, but Ava has grown up seeing her family’s every up and down broadcast on national television, after the show becomes an unexpected success for reasons that will take a heavy toll on the Harts.

Mags Kovach is the charismatic lead singer of a struggling Halifax rock band hoping to be the Next Big Thing. For years she’s managed to contain her demons and navigate the uglier aspects of being a woman in the music world, but after a devastating loss, she turns her anger on the only person she can: herself.

As their private tragedies continue to set social media and tabloid headlines on fire, their every move subjected to an endless stream of public commentary, it will be their unexpected friendship that will save them. They will push back against the roles they’ve been forced to play, and take back control of something they thought they’d lost forever—the right to their own stories.

Story Locale: (fictionalized) Lunenberg and Halifax, NS; Toronto, ON; New York City, NY

AUDIENCE: For readers of smart, contemporary novels that shine a spotlight on a pressing aspect of the way we live now, especially women’s experiences, including readers of Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six, Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, and fans of Tom Perrotta, Celeste Ng, Scaachi Koul, and Curtis Sittenfeld.


MUCH-ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO BESTSELLING DEBUT NOVEL: We’re All in This Together was a national bestseller throughout the summer of 2016, a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, a Loan Stars Pick, and has been optioned for film.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE UNREALITY OF REALITY TV AND THE NOT-SO-GLAMOROUS LIFE OF BEING A CELEBRITY: Sure to appeal to fans of Unreal and Missing Richard Simmons, and anyone whose guilty pleasure is seeing how people handle their 15 minutes of fame in an increasingly 24/7 all-access world.

REVEALING LOOK AT WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER READ THE COMMENTS: The interstitial social media comments that appear throughout the book are drawn from real life.

AMY JONES’s first novel, We’re All in This Together, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and named a “Best Book of the Year” by the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Her fiction has won the CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories, and been selected as Longform’s Pick of the Week. Originally from Halifax, she lived in Thunder Bay for many years before moving to Toronto.

Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

Author Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Marketing: Extensive early galley mailing to influencers

Numerous Goodreads giveaways (starting January)

Pre-order campaign

Extensive social media advertising

Google search and display advertising

Contesting via PRHC and M&S channels

Publicity: Review coverage - Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, Canadian Living, etc

June - Toronto book launch, SW Ont events and Halifax

Summer reading previews and round ups

Fall festivals

Author Social Media: @AmyLauraJones

“This adrenaline rush of a novel succeeds in reminding us of the humanity forgotten behind all our flickering screens. It’s easy to fall in love with Ava and Mags and their connection to each other, to relate to their vulnerabilities, and to cheer on their strengths. Jones has written a refreshing, whip-smart story about the toxicity of our ’always on,’ always online, reality TV culture. A novel with real heart.”—Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice

“The best novels shine a light on the truth about what it means to be human, revealing both the frailties and strengths that exist within all of us. Amy Jones’s Every Little Piece of Me is one of these, a rare gem of a novel that burns toward a startling conclusion, revealing the essence of family, love, loss, and friendship as it does. This is a story to help us navigate the confusing strangeness of an all-access world, and lead us to an important realization: that meaningful connection could be what saves us from ourselves. Fresh, modern, furious, and timely, this is one of the most relevant and unforgettable books I’ve read in a long time.”—Marissa Stapley, author of The Last Resort

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