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A spellbinding story about a renowned Nashville brothel during the Civil War, a centuries-old secret society, and the earth-shaking power of women—charged with suspense, mystery, and sapphic romance.

by Jen Fawkes
The Overlook Press, July 2024

The year is 1862, and the United States Civil War is in full force. After a harrowing tragedy at home, 19-year-old Sylvie Swift finds herself living in a brothel in Nashville, the Union headquarters, a river city overflowing with soldiers, commanders, politicians, and powerful men––and powerful women. Targeted by a Union colonel and trained to be a spy against suspected Confederate secret societies, Sylvie suddenly finds herself neck-deep in an underground world she never expected: Also at work in Nashville is a centuries-old feminist cult populated by the women Sylvie thought she knew, including Hannah, a revolutionary with whom Sylvie falls headfirst into a heart-wrenching romance. She soon becomes entwined in the lives of the Daughters of Chaos, steadfast in their centuries-long mission to confront and eradicate the injustices enacted by the men who think they’re in charge.

Inspired both by Aristophanes’
Lysistrata, about women who strategically withhold sex from their warring men, and by the true story of Nashville’s attempt to ban its “public women” during wartime, DAUGHTERS OF CHAOS journeys through Ancient Greece, the Renaissance, and American history as Sylvie navigates the complex mythology of this secret world of women against the backdrop of a transformative American conflict.

Jen Fawkes is the author of Mannequin and Wife, a 2020 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee, winner of the 2023 Phillip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award, and Foreword INDIES gold medalist. Her collection Tales the Devil Told Me was a Foreword INDIES silver medal recipient, Largehearted Boy Favorite Collection of 2021, and finalist for the 2022 World Fantasy Award for Single-Author Story Collection. Her fiction won the 2021 Porter Fund Literary Prize and has appeared in One Story, Lit Hub, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, Best Small Fictions, and more. A two-time finalist for the Calvino Prize for fabulist fiction, Jen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

IN DARKNESS d’Andrew Reid

Fired on his first day at work, Ben Cross has hit rock bottom. Now, he’s trapped on a subway train with an anonymous killer sending messages to his phone, taunting him with pictures of the next person to die. The only way out is to confront his past, and the dark secret he fears binds them.

by Andrew Reid
Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press, 2026
(via Mushens Entertainment)

Ben thought that he put his past behind him, but his new life in New York becomes a nightmare when a killer starts sending him pictures of their targets. Trapped on the subway, he is forced to play a deadly game of cat and mouse, with instructions to stop them from getting off the train or else they will be killed. But the clock is ticking, and the cops want a quick resolution to what they consider a PR nightmare. And as more and more of Ben’s past comes to light, it seems like he is the perfect suspect. As his options run out, Ben joins forces with a disgraced NYPD detective to try and find the killer and stop them before they can hurt anyone else.

Perfect for fans of claustrophobic, high concept thrillers such as Falling by TJ Newman, Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay and The Chain by Adrian McKinty.

Born in Scotland, Andrew Reid trained as a research chemist, working between the US and UK on projects including drug development and DNA testing. He currently teaches Science and Technology, and creates STEM education resources. He lives in Stockholm with his wife, three children, and two cats.

COUPLES d’Orna Guralnik

A groundbreaking, definitive, once-in-a generation book about why couples fall in love, how they find themselves in inevitable crisis, and why it’s important—not just for them—how these crises are resolved.

The Crisis of Intimacy and the Influence of Big History
by Dr. Orna Guralnik
on submission
(via The Gernert Company)

Photo: Showtime

You may know Orna Guralnik from Showtime’s docuseries Couples Therapy, or from her excellent New York Times Magazine piece « I’m a Couples Therapist. Something New is Happening in Relationships ». Before Guralnik was a television star, however, she was a revered, influential academic—in fact, this was why the producers of the show approached her. Guralnik is part of a groundbreaking psychoanalytic movement which sees the self as nested in one’s community—collectives, as she terms it—as opposed to in conflict with civilization (as Freud thought), and understands that the unconscious cannot be set aside from the influence of history and politics (so goes much present-day thinking). As she has written in the New York Times, « psychoanalytic exploration is just as much about our deep ethical dilemmas regarding how to live with one another, and our environment, as it is about our early family dramas; my patients’ repressed experiences with the ghosts of their country’s history are as interesting as with their mothers. »

Hence, COUPLES: The Crisis of Intimacy and the Influence of Big History. In this groundbreaking, definitive, once-in-a generation book, Guralnik explores why couples fall in love, how they find themselves in inevitable crisis, and why it’s important—not just for them—how these crises are resolved. Following several couples along their dramatic developmental arcs, we learn that the person who is most important to us, who we depend on the most, is always also the exact person who is destined to fail and misunderstand us. Crisis is set into motion when differences become unbearable; couples find themselves caught up in maddening, repetitive cycles. They must then move from black-and-white thinking and blame to an understanding of the unconscious forces that guide them. The knowledge that these unconscious forces can be generational—a mother’s immigration trauma, say, or a father’s childhood poverty—enables us all to better understand personal conflicts in the context of shared history. Analysis that leads to the understanding of difference and the acceptance of multiple perspectives can heal the relationship with one’s partner—and also those in the world at large. The roots of Big History touch us all.

Dr. Orna Guralnik is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst practicing in New York City. She is on faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Institute for Psychoanalysis and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City, where she lectures and publishes on the topics of couples treatment and culture, dissociation and depersonalization, as well as culture and psychoanalysis. She is co-founder of the Center for the Study of Dissociation and Depersonalization at the Mount Sinai Medical School. Dr. Guralnik is a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. She has completed the filming of several seasons of Showtime’s documentary series Couples Therapy, the latest of which will be released on May 31, 2024.

AKIKOS STILLES GLÜCK de Jan-Philipp Sendker

Where does your own personal story begin? A young woman searching for the truth about herself – a profoundly human and heartwarming story.

(Akiko’s Quiet Happiness)
by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Blessing/PRH Verlagsgruppe, September 2024

Ever since her mother’s death, 29-year-old Akiko has led a modest and reclusive life in Tokyo. Her monotonous job as a bookkeeper offers little excitement, and she has no real friends or family. Then, one evening, she runs into an old face from her schooldays: Kento is an outsider, just like her, and even back then she always felt drawn to him. As if that wasn’t enough, Akiko is shocked to discover that the man she thought of as her dad was in fact only a hired actor, paid by her single mother to play a part. Akiko begins to wonder: is everything a lie? And, more profoundly: who is she, really?
And so Akiko embarks on a journey into her own history – a physical and emotional journey she never thought herself capable of…

The major new novel by one the most successful German-language authors. A touching Japan-based tale in a stunning, atmospheric setting.

Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg, spent many years working as US and Asia correspondent for Stern magazine. After a further spell in the US, he returned to Germany, and has since published several books, including a collection of portraits entitled Risse in der Großen Mauer (« Cracks in the Great Wall »; Blessing, 2000). His bestselling novel Das Herzenhören (« Listening to heartbeats », 2002) was followed by Das Flüstern der Schatten (« Whispering shadows », 2007), Drachenspiele (« Dragon games », 2009), Herzenstimmen (« Speaking hearts », 2012), Am anderen Ende der Nacht (« At the far end of the night », 2016), Das Geheimnis des alten Mönches (« The old monk’s secret », 2017), Das Gedächtnis des Herzens (« Heart memories », 2019) and Die Rebellin und der Dieb (« The rebel and the thief », 2021). His books have been translated into more than 35 languages, and have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, making him one of the most successful German-language authors today.

De grands acteurs pour la future adaptation du MURDER CLUB DU JEUDI de Richard Osman

Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan and Ben Kingsley
Todd Wawrychuk / gdcgraphics /cc by-sa 2.0/Wiki Commons / Trae Patton / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Alors que le film tiré du roman de Richard Osman est en pré-production, la distribution commence à être dévoilée et trois des quatre rôles principaux ont été attribués à des acteurs de premier plan pour incarner les détectives septuagénaires : Helen Mirren interprètera le personnage d’Elizabeth, Pierce Brosnan celui de Ron, et Ben Kinglsey jouera Ibrahim. Le rôle de Joyce n’a pas encore été révélé.

Chris Columbus (Maman, j’ai raté l’avion, Madame Doubtfire, Harry Potter…) se chargera de la réalisation, et le film sera produit par la société de Stephen Spielberg, Amblin Partners.

Le roman, paru en 2021 aux éditions du Masque, raconte l’histoire de quatre amis vivant dans un village de retraite qui s’attèlent tous les jeudis à des affaires de meurtre classées sans suite. Lorsque l’associé du directeur de leur village est retrouvé mort, la bande se retrouve au cœur de son premier crime actuel.

Depuis la parution du premier tome, la série a connu un succès au Royaume-Uni et à l’étranger avec plus de 10 millions d’exemplaires vendus. Le tome 4 intitulé Une mort bien fâcheuse, paru le 10 avril dernier en français (traduction de Sophie Alibert), était en tête des ventes de romans au Royaume-Uni pour l’année 2023.