A beautifully evocative, intensely clever novel, which draws the reader in before pulling the rug from beneath their feet
THE DRESSMAKER OF DACHAU
by Mary Chamberlain
Randam House, TBA
Ada Vaughan is hanged in Holloway Prison in 1948, a prostitute and murderess, pilloried in the press as the ‘Dressmaker of Dachau’. But who was the woman behind the epithet? And what led her to her fate? Spanning 1939 to 1948 and taking us from the glamour of the Savoy to the desperation of Dachau, we watch a woman betrayed and abandoned, forced to survive on her wits alone, and in every way underserving of her punishment. Or was she? In 1939 Ada is nothing more than an average young seamstress, from a normal home in London. But her life changes when she is swept off her feet by Stanislaus, an Austrian-Hungarian aristocrat. She elopes with him to France but when she falls pregnant he abandons her, leaving her to her fate as WWII breaks out. Forced to give up her child she is sent as a POW to Dachau where she begins to make clothes for the commandant’s wife, forever haunted by the fate of her son. On her return to London after the war she falls on desperate times and becomes a prostitute, where a chance meeting with a man she recognises from her past leads her on the steps towards the gallows.
Likable quirky villagers, a gripping case of murder and some delicious things to eat
(PROVENCAL ENTANGLEMENTS: a case for Pierre Durand)
by Sophie Bonnet
Blanvalet, March 2014
Sainte-Valérie, an idyllic village amidst the vineyards and olive groves of Provence. One-time inspector Pierre Durand from Paris would be enjoying the late summer in his adopted home village if his girlfriend hadn’t just left him. And then the tranquility of rural life comes to an abrupt end: the local Casanova is found murdered in a wine cellar – next to a recipe for « coq au vin ». Was this a macabre act of revenge by some cuckolded husband? The villagers stick together. And very soon Pierre has a niggling suspicion that behind the lovely façade of Sainte-Valérie there is a gaping abyss…
Sophie Bonnet is the pseudonym of a bestselling author who has already had several novels of suspense published in Germany and internationally.
A successful young woman and a fatal maelstrom of bullying and intrigues
by Suzanne Kliem
Carl’s Books, March 2014
Janne Amelung, a successful event manager working for a Berlin television station, has to present her department to a group of management consultants. She is all the more relieved that consultant Vanessa Ott seems to be a pleasant, open-minded person and even privately seeks her company.
Only a few weeks later, Janne’s situation has completely changed: she has become the victim of bullying and intrigues. Somebody is not only trying systematically to ruin her career but also to destroy her relationship with the man of her life, Gregor. Vanessa alone seems to be standing by her. Then she hears of a mysterious case of death the consultant was involved in. Janne gradually realises that Vanessa’s life is a construction of lies – and Janne herself might be the next victim…
The kill-for-hire antihero from SHOVEL READY returns in another riveting, twisted, genre-busting novel from Adam Sternbergh
by Adam Sternbergh
Crown, January 2015
It’s a year after SHOVEL READY. Persephone is ensconced with her newborn upstate; Simon the Magician is struggling to keep control of Harrow’s evangelical empire; and Spademan has accepted a seemingly routine job: to snuff out a no-good bed-hopper named Lesser. Lesser has been causing headaches all over the limnosphere, racking up enemies left and right. But Lesser comes back from the dream with a wild claim: that the terrorists have found a way to infiltrate the limnosphere, to hijack the luxury virtual escape from the inside. And they’re doing it from somewhere in New York. Spademan is not used to having enemies—his foes usually end up dead pretty quickly—but he tries to stay vigilant about the dangers that lurk right under our noses. He’s about to find out just how close these new enemies are—and how dangerous they can be. In his signature deadpan, pared-down style and with a bold, gritty vision of a bombed-out NYC, NEAR ENEMY is a dynamite follow-up to a beloved debut.
Rights to SHOVEL READY sold in 7 languages. Rights to NEAR ENEMY already sold in: English UK (Headline) and German (Heyne)
New novel in the international bestselling Monkeewrench series
FERTILE GROUND :
The MONKEEWRENCH Series (Book 2)
by P.J. Tracey
Penguin UK, Summer 2014
“[A] smart thriller.” — The New York Times Book Review
“A killer read in every way.” — People
“Fast, fresh, funny, and outrageously suspenseful.” — Harlan Coben
Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to the recently slain body of a young woman found in a wooded city park. Everything about the scene is all too familiar, hearkening back to a year old unsolved murder where an Ace of Spades was found under that victim’s shirt. When they discover a Two of Spades on their current victim, and a Three of Spades on a third, their worst fears are confirmed – there is a serial killer operating and he plans to finish the deck. At the same time, the Monkeewrench Software founders – Grace MacBride, Harley Davidson, Annie Belinsky, and Roadrunner – find themselves at personal and career crossroads. Weary of the darker side of their computer work with the police, they agree to take on a private missing persons case in a small farming community in southwestern Minnesota.
But that respite doesn’t last long – as Magozzi and Gino frantically try to find their killer while Monkeewrench works through the puzzles of an old farmer’s missing daughter, there is a shocking, seemingly random attempt on Harley Davidson’s life. A day later, they find Harley’s new romantic interest murdered and dumped in a garbage can on his property. The FBI and the DEA suddenly descend on their investigation, hampering their work to find the unlikely connections that ultimately weave together a farmer’s missing daughter, a dead undercover agent, a serial killer, and a criminal operation in the heart of the city.
PJ Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht. The first book of this series, MONKEEWRENCH, is national and international bestsellers.
A debut literary novel, the beginning of an exciting career
PIECE OF MIND
by Michelle Adelman
Norton, TBA (Manuscript due Summer 2014)
Lucy, the unique narrator of Michelle Adelman‘s debut novel, lives with a traumatic brain injury. She’s intelligent and quirky, socially awkward. She’s never been able to hold down a job or live independently. PIECE OF MIND follows Lucy’s journey to find herself and her place in the world during a life-changing summer at the age of thirty-five.
What’s amazing about this novel is the author’s absolute restraint. A graduate of the Columbia MFA program, Michelle has a light but powerful touch. You fall in love with Lucy as she negotiates her way from the false safety of the suburbs to a cramped studio apartment somewhere in the East Village. You root for her—she’s utterly real, tender, funny, flawed.
Blume is a writer to watch (Publisher Weekly)
Lesley M. M. Blume is an author, journalist, and cultural observer based in New York City. A regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, Blume’s work has appeared in many prestigious publications, including Vogue, Slate,and The Daily Beast. She is a contributing editor at Departures magazine and was a founding contributing editor for The Huffington Post.
JULIA AND THE ART OF PRACTICAL TRAVEL
Knopf Books for Children, Spring 2015
“A fascinating mixture of whimsy and reality.” – Library Journal
It’s 1968 and clever, precocious Julia Lancaster has spent her entire eleven years on the secluded Windy Ridge estate, getting into trouble with her best friend Belfry and trusty camera. After Grandmother’s unexpected death, Julia’s sensible Aunt Constance knows they must sell their beloved estate, and…once summer is over, it will be time for Julia to attend Miss Horton’s boarding school for girls. But first Julia and Constance embark on a quest to find Julia’s mother, who abandoned the family long-ago and whose mystery leads them on a series of adventures across the country.
From sabotaging a dinner party in New York City to meeting Voodoo Queens in New Orleans, Julia’s hijinks are unexpected, full of heart, and endlessly amusing. Although, in Julia’s words, “the sky is the sky wherever you go,” she realizes people and places and things you find along the way make travel a little wild, sometimes sad, and entirely worthwhile.
By the bestselling author (over 300,000 copies) of CORNELIA AND THE AUDACIOUS ESCAPADES OF THE SOMERSET SISTERS, this new novel will remind readers of classics like Eloise and Because of Winn-Dixie. Shining with wonderfully evocative descriptions and accompanied by original black-and-white photographs, JULIA AND THE ART OF PRACTICAL TRAVEL will appeal to all young readers looking for an adventure.
ALL THINGS TRULY WICKED
Eamon Dolan Books, Spring 2016 (Manuscript due in Summer 2015)
ALL THINGS TRULY WICKED tells the truly wicked tale behind Ernest Hemingway’s THE SUN ALSO RISES. With an incredibly stylish yet scholarly approach, Blume will unearth the truth behind Hemingway’s explosive, timeless novel,including the real-life versions of its incendiary characters.
A hundred years passes quickly, but a lot can happen
(The LAST HUNDRED YEARS Trilogy: Book 1)
Knopf, October 2014
Life can change in an instant, and as those changes amass over the course of 100 years, something extraordinary happens, history is made. In this masterful novel, Jane Smiley explores the triumphs and tragedies of one family, while casting a panoramic eye on the first half of the twentieth century, a time of monumental change.
SOME LUCK opens on the humble, heavily indebted Langdon family farm in 1920. We meet Rosanna and Walter, their curious, brilliant newborn Frank. Soon the family grows to five children, all wildly different yet remarkable, with such potential to mark history in their own ways. Yet as time passes, as it must, some thrive as others fall victim to flaws and fate. Who will persevere? Who will simply, sadly, be forgotten? With shared joys and hushed secrets, through times of economic and political volatility, SOME LUCK examines the nature of family, character, and how we are all changed by circumstances unforeseen.
A trilogy is a literary feat few writers attempt and even fewer achieve, especially at this virtuosic level. Akin to her Pulitzer Prize-Winning A THOUSAND ACRES, SOME LUCK is brilliant, brave, and will leave you longing for books two and three. Happily, readers won’t have to wait long between installments. Knopf will publish SOME LUCK in October 2014, the second book in March 2015, and the last of the trilogy in August 2015. With a whopping first printing of 75,000 hardcovers, SOME LUCK is certain to be a major literary event.
Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A THOUSAND ACRES, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four works of nonfiction. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006. She lives in Northern California.
A cutting send-up of our cultural obsession with celebrity and a tender tale about the complexity of love
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTS
by Christopher Beha
Ecco/HarperCollins, July 2014
Handsome Eddie Hartley who, at thirty-three, has forgone dreams of an acting career for the reality of life as a drama teacher at a boys’ prep school. But when Eddie and his wife, Susan, discover they cannot have children, it is one disappointment too many. Weighted down with debt, his wife’s mounting unhappiness, and his own deepening sense of failure, Eddie is confronted with an alluring solution when an old friend-turned-web-impresario suggests Eddie sell a sex tape he made with an ex-girlfriend, now a wildly popular television star. Overcoming his initial moral qualms, Eddie figures the tape won’t cause any harm—a decision that will have disastrous consequences and propel him straight into the glaring spotlight he once thought he craved. A hilariously incisive take-down of our culture’s monstrous obsession with fame, Arts & Entertainments is also a poignant portrait of a young man’s belated coming-of-age, and the surprising ways in which the most meaningful lives often turn out to be the ones we least expected to lead.
The new novel from the acclaimed author of THE WHITE KING
THE BONE FIRE: A Novel
by György Dragomán
Magvető Kiado (Hungary), Summer 2014
In the wake of a violent and bloody revolution that ended in the televised execution of her country’s former dictator, a thirteen year-old named Emma is rescued from the orphanage she calls home by a mysterious old woman who claims to be her grandmother. Stranger than the fact that Emma never knew she had one in the first place is the power her grandmother wields over the people and objects in her life: she divines fortunes from coffee grounds, conjures the faces of the dead out of flour on a table, and shares her house with the ghost of her dead husband. THE BONE FIRE is the tale of the year that follows as Emma comes of age as an outcast in a new town and a stranger in a new home, all while still grieving the loss of her parents. It’s a novel of magical thinking that borders on fable, one that uses a child’s experience to tell the story of an Eastern European society emerging from the ruins of dictatorship, struggling to make sense of a painful past in a tumultuous and uncertain present.
György Dragomán was born in Transylvania in 1973 and moved to Hungary when he was fifteen. THE WHITE KING has been sold in 30 territories.
The Paris Wife meets the Bloomsbury Group in this engrossing new novel by Priya Parmar
VANESSA AND HER SISTER
by Priya Parmar
Ballantine, February 2015
The first years of the twentieth century brings with it sweeping change and possibility, especially for the Stephen siblings. With the morally restrictive codes of the Victorian era fading away, the unmarried and tight-knit foursome embrace this unconventional new period and move to the bohemian Bloomsbury area of London. There, in their drawing room, they play host to Vanessa’s friends from art school, the brothers’ Cambridge classmates, and Virginia’s literary acquaintances—nearly all of whom would go on to become famous in their own right. Vanessa is often divided between her passion for painting and the responsibility she feels toward the younger Virginia, years away from publishing her first book. But caring for a sister teetering on the edge of madness pushes Vanessa to her limit, especially when Virginia’s jealousy threatens to undermine Vanessa’s burgeoning relationship with one of the young men in their circle. As their eccentric and charmed group expands and evolves into legend, the lovely symmetry of the sisters’ lives will be tested under the weight of secrets, betrayal, and tragedy.
An exquisite novel that asks probing questions about journalism and ethics, the decline of the newspaper, and the failure of language
by Amy Rowland
Algonquin, May 2014
Lena, the transcriptionist, sits alone in a room far away from the hum of the newsroom that is the heart of the Record, the New York City newspaper for which she works. Turning spoken words to print, Lena is the vein that connects the organs of the paper, even while technology dictates that her days there are numbered. When she reads a shocking piece in the paper about a Jane Doe mauled to death by a lion, she recognizes the woman in the picture – they had met on a bus just a few days before. Obsessed with understanding what caused the woman to deliberately climb into the lion’s den, Lena begins a campaign for truth that will destroy the Record’s complacency and shake the venerable institution to its very foundation. A stunning story of one woman’s effort to establish her place in an increasingly alien and alienating world.
Amy Rowland has spent more than a decade at the New York Times, where she worked as a transcriptionist.
Rights sold in Hebrew (Keter)
In the tradition of Kent Haruf and Jane Smiley, comes Amy Scheibe’s dramatic novel set in 1950s North Dakota about one young woman’s struggle to find love and connection in a confining yet changing world
A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE
by Amy Scheibe
St. Martin’s Press, February 2015
Emmeline Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold rural Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960s, Emmy doesn’t perceive that she has any say in her life. Only when her fiancé shows his true colors and forces himself on her does she find the courage to act—falling instead for a forbidden Catholic boy from a house in town, whose family seems warm and encouraging after the severe Nelson farm life. Moving to town, breaking free from her engagement and getting a job at the local newspaper begins to open Emmy’s eyes and when she uncovers dark secrets in her own family’s past, her sense of what her future could and should be, changes completely.
Full of authentic detail, Amy Scheibe’s novel has a sweeping sense of place and time and an unpretentious power.
A resonant and redemptive debut novel about a teenage boy struggling to overcome the death of his younger brother
THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH
by Christopher Scotton
Grand Central, February 2015
Reeling from the death of his younger brother, fourteen-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent to live with his grandfather for the summer. In a peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink, who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.
A mining community, Medgar’s economic future is threatened by the environmental impact of Big Coal corporations blowing up the hills and backfilling the hollows. Kevin’s grandfather and others in town attempt to rally the citizens against the ‘company’ and its powerful owner to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When Buzzy witnesses the brutal murder of the opposition leader, a sequence is set in play which tests Buzzy and Kevin to their absolute limits in an epic struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.
Narrated by an adult protagonist looking back on the summer when he took his first faltering steps to manhood, THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH is a novel about the human heart and its deeply held mysteries. Announced 1st printing of 75,000 copies.
A poignant thriller, from a writer called “a master” by Michael Connelly, A Dancer in the Dust explores the power of one wrong choice to forever change a life, or end it
A DANCER IN THE DUST
by Thomas H. Cook
Mysterious Press, September 2014
Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell, now a cautious risk-management consultant, was a well-intentioned aid worker dedicated to improving conditions in Lubanda, a newly independent African country. He is forced to reconsider that year of living dangerously when a friend from his time in Lubanda is found murdered in a New York alley. Signs suggest that this most recent tragedy is rooted in the far more distant one of Martine Aubert, the only woman Ray ever truly loved and whose fate he’d sealed in a moment of grievous error: “In Lubanda, twenty years before, I’d rolled the dice for a woman who was not even present at the table, and on the outcome of that toss, a braver and more knowing heart than mine had been forfeited.” Martine Aubert was a white, native Lubandan farmer whose dream for her homeland starkly conflicted with those responsible for its so-called development. But Ray’s failure to understand Martine’s commitment to her country had placed a noose around her neck, one tightened by a circle of vicious men, cruel taunts, and whistling machetes.
A richly told literary thriller about the dark side of the bibliophile community
by Bradford Morrow
Mysterious Press, November 2014
The rare book world is stunned when a reclusive collector, Adam Diehl, is found on the floor of his Montauk home: hands severed, surrounded by valuable inscribed books and original manuscripts that have been vandalized beyond repair. Adam’s sister, Meghan, and her lover, Will—a convicted if unrepentant literary forger—struggle to come to terms with the incomprehensible murder. But when Will begins receiving threatening handwritten letters, seemingly penned by long-dead authors but really from someone who knows secrets about Adam’s death and Will’s past, he understands his own life is also on the line—and attempts to forge a new beginning for himself and his beloved Meg.
The possibility of knowing Jesus in a new way, two thousand years after his death
THE 13th DISCIPLE: A Novel
by Deepak Chopra
Harper One, April 2015 (Manuscript due October 2014)
When a young newspaper man begins to investigate the lost reliquary, at first it seems like another case of a treasure stolen during the chaos of World War II. But it soon becomes apparent that much more is at stake. Inside the medieval reliquary is a sacred relic: a single finger bone-from an anonymous saint. Why should an anonymous person’s remains be considered holy? It turns out that a secret is hidden inside the gold box, and a small band of people know what it is: by touching the reliquary, they have received mental images and sometimes verbal messages. These point to a figure far more remote than the Middle Ages. It’s a young girl who had a chance encounter with Jesus just before he was crucified. The few people who have had visions of her have banded together as a mystery school, a closed society who preserve sacred wisdom so that it won’t be lost. .
Deepak Chopra is acknowledged as one of the master teachers of Eastern philosophy in the Western world. He is the bestselling author of more than fifty-five books translated into over thirty-five languages and his work has appeared on every bestseller list in America in both fiction and nonfiction categories.
A new novel from the author of the highly acclaimed INDISCRETION
NAKED IN THE MOONLIGHT
by Charles Dubow
William Morrow, April 2015 (Manuscript due September 2014)
Wylie Rose was instantly enchanted by the Bonet children. As an only child, he was drawn to the bond shared by these four siblings – but none of them affected him more than the eldest sister Cesca, a girl who even at a young age possessed a beauty and wild spirit that made her shine more than anyone else in a crowd. As they all grew up, Wylie’s friendship with her brother Aurelio, a budding painter of extraordinary talent and devotion, would bring him into regular contact with Cesca. She too would recognize in Wylie a youthful sensuality and innocence she would too easily take advantage of and exploit, drawing him closer to her fire, and ultimately endangering whatever passion he might feel for other, less exciting women. Spanning several decades, and including a wide cast of fascinating characters from the worlds of high finance and cutting-edge art, NAKED IN THE MOONLIGHT takes readers from the wooded cottages of old East Hampton to the parlors of Upper East Side Manhattan and the bohemian art studios of Paris and Barcelona.
Charles Dubow is a former editor at Bloomberg Businessweek.
The fourth novel in the SPYCATCHER Series
by Matthew Dunn
William Morrow, October 2014
“Like le Carré and Fleming before him, [Dunn] is the real thing.” – Daily Telegraph UK
When intelligent agent Will Cochrane encounters a Russian spymaster – codenamed Antaeus – who is very much alive despite being thought long-dead, Will is thrust into a deadly scheme that points to powerful players deep within the U.S. intelligence community. Will’s orders from Langley are clear: DO NOT TOUCH ANTAEUS. HE IS AN ASSET WITH PROJECT FERRYMAN. But as he watches Antaeus and his men attempt to execute the CIA’s own best agents, Will refuses to stand down and takes his own shot at the spymaster, knowing he will become a wanted man as a result. The only way to save his career – and his life – is to uncover the truth about Project Ferryman.
Matthew Dunn is former MI6 field officer. His previous novels in the series have been published in Germany (Blanvalet), Holland (De Boekerij), Israel (Books in the Attic), Italy (Longanesi) and Poland (Zyskiska). Book five is coming in 2015.
A man on a search for the meaning of marriage:
MY FATHER’S WIVES
by Mike Greenberg
William Morrow, January 2015
Jonathan’s wife Claire is everything he ever wanted in a woman. She is smart, and gorgeous, and classy. Best of all – she is exactly the kind of girl you marry, not like the girls who broke his heart in high school and college. Claire isn’t like a lightning strike; she’s like finding somewhere cozy to sit, with a window to watch and wait out the storm. With Claire by his side, two wonderful children, and a high-powered career, Jonathan is pretty sure his life is perfect. Until, that is, he comes home early one day to find his wife in bed with a stranger. Unwilling to confront her, he sneaks back outside and returns later in the day. Over the next few days he is dumbfounded by his wife’s ability to act like everything is completely normal. He then thinks of his deceased father, a man he barely knew. His father was a powerful man, a five-term senator and notorious womanizer, married six times. On a quest for understanding -and the meaning of manhood and marriage – Jonathan travels the country to meet one by one with each of his father’s ex-wives. Through his interactions with these six women, Jonathan uncovers startling truths about the man who made him. But, more important are the truths he discovers about himself…
A wickedly funny dystopian satire set in a financially apocalyptic future America from the critically acclaimed author of TRIBURBIA
by Karl Taro Greenfeld
May 2015 (Manuscript due April 2014)
A distant future. You are your credit score. A Tea Party equivalent has won and its agenda of rapacious, unfettered, totally deregulated capitalism has resulted in a new class of Americans: Subprimes. These people have walked out on mortgages, been foreclosed upon or can no longer afford a fixed address. Their credit ratings make them unemployable. They are fugitives who keep moving to avoid arrest. We follow a Subprime family as it is forced to travel from West to East in search of work and food. A writer and his family attempt to hold their lives together until they too end up joining this pilgrimage. They find a small settlement of Subprimes who are making a go of an agrarian utopia built on a foreclosed exurb, until that is also targeted by job creators for shale oil extraction. Finally a hero emerges, a woman on a motorcycle (suspiciously lacking a credit score), who just may save the world.
Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of the critically acclaimed novel TRIBURBIA. Born in Kobe, Japan, he has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, and Tokyo and currently lives in California.
A sordid tale of deception and greed set in the refined circles of elite colleges
by Faye Kellerman
William Morrow, September 2014
All that Peter Decker wanted was a quiet life, away from the ugliness and chaos of his former position as a Detective Lieutenant with the LAPD. He and his wife, Rina, relocated to upstate New York, to pursue hobbies and be close to their children. But after six months of rescuing cats from trees and dealing with retired seniors complaints, Decker was…dare he say it… a little bored. So it was a relief when Decker was called down on a dark, Friday night to the local cemetery to deal with a possible break in at a mausoleum. At first, it seemed like nothing, but on further inspection with an expert, it became apparent that the original Tiffany glass panels had been replaced by forgeries. The list of suspects who knew about the valuable windows was endless. A few days later, when a co-ed at one of the colleges is brutally murdered, Decker puts the quest to find an art thief on hold. Walking and running down twisted lanes along with the halls of academia, Decker and his new partner, Tyler McAdams (nicknamed “Harvard”), find themselves in the midst of dark secrets, hidden vices and ruthless people who kill for sport.
A luminous debut
GOD LOVES HAITI
by Dimitry Elias Leger
Amistad, March 2015 (Manuscript due May 2014)
“Dimitry, oh Dimitry Leger, you will have to pay for this crazy talent I discovered in your book, because Gods don’t like their fire to be stolen. May Legba be with you! ” – Dany Laferriere
Heart-warming and constantly surprising, GOD LOVES HAITI places romance, politics, and religion at the center of an impressive first novel, about the connected but diverging fates of three lovers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the trouble they have readjusting to life after an earthquake devastates their city. Reflecting the chaos of disasters and recovery, the fractured narrative jumps around in time and location, but the author anchors it with crystalline prose and a driving mystery: Will the artist Natasha Robert reunite with her injured one true love, Alain Destiné, and live happily ever after? In the tradition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “Love In The Time of Cholera”, with prose reminiscent of José Saramago and Junot Diaz, this novel pays homage to a lost time and city and its culture.
This novel was previously published by Virgil Press.
A profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about the beauty of forgiveness and the power of second chances
THE STORY HOUR
by Thrity Umrigar
Harper, September 2014
As a dedicated and seasoned practitioner, psychiatrist Maggie prides herself on her ability to remain professionally detached from her patients. But when a young Indian woman ends up at her hospital after a suicide attempt, Maggie finds herself ignoring all the rules. Lakshmi, who left all her family behind when she immigrated to America, is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage, her life circumscribed by the walls of her husband’s small Indian restaurant and grocery store. Ending her life feels like the only way out of her misery. Deeply affected by Lakshmi’s loneliness and disturbed by her domineering husband, Maggie impulsively offers to treat her as an out-patient free of charge. When the sessions begin, it’s apparent that Lakshmi doesn’t really need a doctor; she needs a friend. Maggie abandons protocol, determined to empower Lakshmi as a woman who feels valued in her own right, and the two develop a powerful relationship that is full of affection but also warped by conflicting expectations. Blossoming, on the road to healing her marriage, Lakshmi finally shares the reason for her departure from India – and inadvertently discovers that Maggie has a dark secret of her own. These revelations jeopardize everything they have worked so hard to build, forcing them to make some extremely difficult choices.
Based on true events at the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of Manhattan, where the author’s grandfather grew up
ORPHAN # 8
by Kim Van Alkemade
William Morrow Paperback, May 2015 (Manuscript due August 2014)
In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a smart, lively four-year-old living with her brother, Sam, and their parents in a crowded tenement on the Lower Eastside of New York City. When tragedy strikes the family, Rachel is separated from her brother and sent to an orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research using children as her subjects. Rachel is given x-ray treatments that leave her permanently bald and subject her to ridicule by the other children. At fifteen, she runs away to Colorado to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had. Now it’s 1954, and Rachel is a nurse at a home for the elderly. She thinks she has put her painful childhood behind her—until Dr. Solomon becomes her patient, forcing Rachel to confront the past. When she discovers that those long-ago x-rays now threaten her health, Rachel turns on her patient and subjects the old doctor to a dangerous experiment of her own design. Before the night shift ends, Rachel will have to choose between forgiveness and revenge.
And if Jane Eyre had an unlimited text-and-data plan?
TEXTS FROM JANE EYRE
And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters
by Mallory Ortberg
« Mallory Ortberg is regularly my favorite thing on the Internet. » — Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl
Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car.
Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website “The Toast”, presents this whimsical collection of hilariously imagined text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Based on a popular web-feature, TEXTS FROM JANE EYRE is a witty, irreverent mash-up that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twentyfirst century.
« Roberto Ampuero’s writing is exhilarating ; he is a delight to read. » – Isabel Allende
Roberto Ampuero is an internationally bestselling, award-winning author. He has published twelve novels in Spanish, and his works have been translated around the world. THE NERUDA CASE is his first novel published in English. Born in Chile, Ampuero is a professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa and currently serves as Chile’s ambassador to Mexico. He lives in Mexico City and Iowa City.
An atmospheric, brilliant novel from an internationally bestselling literary luminary. The best mystery of 2012 for the Wall Street Journal
THE NERUDA CASE
Riverhead/Penguin (USA), June 2012 – Grupo Editorial Norma (Spain), 2008
This unforgettable book is brilliantly imagined, and features the poet Pablo Neruda in a remarkably intimate role. – Isabelle Allende
This is the Cayetano’s first case as a private eye. Set against the fraught political world of pre-Pinochet Chile and perilous behind-the-Wall East Berlin, this mystery spans countries, cultures, and political ideas, and features one of literature’s most beloved figures: Pablo Neruda.
Cayetano meets the poet at a party in Chile in the 1970s. The dying Neruda recruits Cayetano to help him solve the last great mystery of his life. As Cayetano fumbles around his first case, finding it hard to embrace the new inspector identity foisted upon him, he begins to learn more about Neruda’s hidden agenda. Neruda sends him on a whirlwind expedition around the world, ending back in Chile, where Pinochet’s coup plays out against the final revelations of their journey.
Evocative, romantic, and full of intrigue, Ampuero’s novel is both a glimpse into the life of Pablo Neruda as death approaches and a political thriller that unfolds during the fiercely convulsive end of an era.
Rights sold in more than 10 territories.
This is the seventh novel featuring private eye Cayetano Brulé, who was born in La Habana, lives in the port of Valparaiso and investigates around the world
BAY OF MYSTERIES: a Cayetano Brulé Novel
Random House Espanol (Spanish Edition), April 2014
Joe Pembroke, an American academic specializing in pre-Columbian culture, is beheaded in the legendary port of Valparaiso, Chile. His head was found on the well-trafficked Esmeralda Street while his body was thrown off a nearby cliff. The scholar was traveling alone on a cruise around Latin America and all evidence indicates this heinous crime, unusual for Chile, was the work of Columbian or Mexican drug trafficking. A year later, the widow of the academic arrives in Valparaiso and makes a visit to Cayetano Brulé’s office to find out what really happened on that cruise ship. Cayetano’s investigation takes him to Miami, New Orleans and Chicago to find clues and he soon discovers the scholar was working on a book about pre-Columbian history that posed some controversial theories. Cayetano then approaches historians in Chile, Mexico, Scotland and the U.S. and discovers that it is possible that the Mayans reached Europe before Christopher Columbus sailed to America in 1492. Not only that, but there have been several documented murders of historians from the sixteenth century connected to this knowledge so that this fact would remain a secret. As the investigation continues, it becomes clear that Pembroke was the latest victim of a Spanish reactionary organization dedicated to “the purity of the story,” which has successfully silenced the true history behind Western civilization. Until now.
From the author of the New York Times-bestselling series The Spellman Files comes a remarkably honest, funny and insightful literary novel about the great mystery that is women’s friendship
HOW TO START A FIRE
by Lisa Lutz (writing as Parker Lurie)
Houghton Mifflin, March 2015 (Manuscript due May 2014)
Anna, Kate and George (short for Georgianna) were thrown together by chance in college, but their lives over the next twenty years became deliberately intertwined as they each struggle with the memory of one night that shaped them all. Their story is told in concentric circles around this central event, peeling back the layers of their relationship until we see its deepest roots, and the unexpected way they grow stronger by leaning on each other. We also discover, along with Anna, Kate and George, that like any good mystery, there are times when we think we’ve solved someone – that we truly know them – only to discover there is one more great twist waiting for us. And sometimes this twist is actually what we reveal about ourselves.
Part murder mystery and part family saga, this dramatic and often hilarious novel explores the history of Los Angeles’ Iranian Jewish community
THE LUMINOUS HEART OF JONAH S
by Gina B. Nahai
Akashic Books, October 2014
From Tehran to Los Angeles, The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. is a sweeping saga that tells the story of the Soleymans, an Iranian Jewish family tormented for decades by Raphael’s Son, a crafty and unscrupulous financier who has futilely claimed to be an heir to the family’s fortune. Forty years later in Los Angeles, Raphael’s Son has nearly achieved his goal—until he suddenly disappears, presumed by many to have been murdered. The possible suspects are legion: his long-suffering wife; numerous members of the Soleyman clan exacting revenge; the scores of investors he bankrupted in a Ponzi scheme; or perhaps even his disgruntled bookkeeper and longtime confidant. Gina B.Nahai pulls back the curtain on a close-knit community that survived centuries of persecution in Iran before settling and thriving in the United States, but now finds itself divided to the core by one of its own members.
Gina B. Nahai is a best-selling author. Her novels have been translated into eighteen languages, and have been selected as “Best Books of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
The newest title in the internationally bestselling, intelligent British mystery series featuring Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid
TO DWELL IN DARKNESS
by Deborah Crombie
Morrow, September 2014
Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station. By fortunate coincidence, Melody Talbot, Gemma’s trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb. As Kincaid begins to gather the facts, he finds every piece of the puzzle yields an unexpected pattern, including the disappearance of a mysterious bystander.
The bombing isn’t the only mystery troubling Kincaid. He’s still questioning the reasons behind his transfer. But what he discovers will leave him questioning his belief in the job that has shaped his life and his values—and remind him just how vulnerable his precious family is.
Film rights optioned by The Documentary Company, Producers of 2013 Oscar-winning “Searching for Sugar Man”.
A stolen treasure may hold the secret to a ghastly crime…
THE BERKELEY SQUARE AFFAIR
by Teresa Grant
Kensington, March 2014
Ensconced in the comfort of their elegant home in London’s Berkeley Square, Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch are no longer subject to the perilous life of intrigue they led during the Napoleonic Wars. Once an Intelligence Agent, Malcolm is now a Member of Parliament, and Suzanne is one of the city’s most sought-after hostesses. But a late-night visit from a friend who’s been robbed may lure them back into the dangerous world they thought they’d left behind… Playwright Simon Tanner had in his possession what may be a lost version of Hamlet, and the thieves were prepared to kill for it. But the Rannochs suspect there’s more at stake than a literary gem – for the play may conceal the identity of a Bonapartist spy – along with secrets that could force Malcolm and Suzanne to abandon their newfound peace and confront their own dark past…
An incredible debut novel:
A GOOD FAMILY
by Erik Fassnacht
Saint Martin’s Press, September 2015 (Manuscript due April 2014)
This stunning debut from a talented young writer is the story of a family that is falling apart—sometimes quietly, sometimes spectacularly. From Henry Brunson, who has left his family only to find that all the penthouses and nightclubs in Chicago’s Viagra Triangle can’t render him invincible; to his wife, Julie, who had abandoned her dance career for Henry, but is beginning to see the true cost of the sacrifices she made; to Charlie, their oldest son, who has just returned from Afghanistan with a constant ringing in his ears and a burden of guilt he’s neither able nor willing to relinquish; to Barkley, the bumbling, awkward baby of the family, who is trying to hold them all together. Over the course of one year, the Brunsons will progress and regress, love and fight, live and die, and maybe, just maybe, relearn how to be a family.
The first novel in a provocative erotic trilogy
by M. Pierce
St. Martin’s Griffin, July 2014
At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers — all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce. At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano is a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal. Matt and Hannah meet on-line as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent… Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah. Hannah’s picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that’s passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.
Book two in the series, Last Light, will publish in November 2014, with the third book following in March 2015.
Rights sold in Hungarian (Agave) and Hebrew (Ahavot)
An exciting new crime writer, an exciting new crime series!
by Ben Sanders
Saint Martin Press, Fall 2015
Marshall Grande, an NYPD officer turned mob informant, has been moved to New Mexico as part of a witness protection program because for two years in his early twenties, as part of an undercover FBI operation, he provided security for New York gangster Crews.
Marshall, now living in Santa Fe, is (unofficially) investigating the murder of a young woman named Alyce Ray. Although for all intents and purposes he is a construction worker, a sense of guilt stemming from his undercover work with Sean Crews makes him feel obligated to personally remediate injustice (and in doing so negate any wrongdoing with which he was complicit while undercover). The main suspect in the Alyce Ray murder is her boyfriend, Lionel Weir, the last person with whom she was seen alive, but he cannot be found…
Ben Sanders is a 24-year-old New Zealander. He published his first novel, THE FALLEN, at age 20. That title went on to become a bestseller in his native country.
A novel about the residents of an apartment building who make life-changing decisions and a goldfish who witnesses the culminating moments as he falls from a 27th-floor balcony
by Bradley Somer
Saint Martin’s Press, June 2015 (Manuscript due April 2014)
Told through the lens of a goldfish named Ian, falling from the twenty-seventh floor balcony of an apartment building, this novel follows an eclectic cast of characters on a single day. There is the handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and his mistress; the construction worker who feels trapped by a secret; the building’s superintendent who feels invisible and alone; the pregnant woman on bed rest; the shut-in; and the home-schooled boy, Herman, who thinks he can travel through time.
As the goldfish passes each floor, he witnesses just a moment in the characters’ lives, and through this unfolds their stories of love, new life and death, of facing the ugly truth of who one has been and the beautiful truth of who one can become, and the fact that sometimes taking a risk is the only way to move forward, because as Ian the goldfish knows, “an entire life devoted to a fishbowl will make one die an old fish with not one adventure had.”
A thrilling new novel from the author of JUSTICE FOR SARA
by Erica Spindler
Saint Martin’s Press, February 2015 (Manuscript due July 2014)
“Spindler’s chilling novels explore our deepest fear—that danger is closer than we think. She is a master of addictive suspense.”—Lisa Gardner
An idealistic young woman marries a man she barely knows only to discover suspicions in the town about the disappearance of his first wife, and rumors about other women from the area who have gone missing. When another woman disappears, all signs point to her husband’s involvement. Will Bailey believe what everyone says is true, or bet her life on the man she loves, but is realizing she hardly knows?
Erica Spindler‘s previous books have been sold in: Finnish (Harlequin), German (Cora), Norwegian (Harlequin), Polish (Gruner + Jahr), Swedish (Harlequin), English UK (Little Brown)
A funny, smart, heart-wrenching, unique novel
by Jami Attenberg
Grand Central, Spring 2015 (Manuscript due Summer 2014)
For decades Mazie Phillips has run a movie theater on the Bowery in New York City, but what she is famous for is helping the homeless. She gives them money and soap every day, lets them watch movies for free at her theater, and at night, she tends to their needs on the dark streets of New York. But Mazie Phillips is a real broad too: boozy, feisty, and funny, she is “the Queen of the Bowery.” Inspired by Joseph Mitchell’s legendary essay collection Up in the Old Hotel, Jami Attenberg imagines the life of this real good-time girl turned saint about whom very little is known. Mazie’s troubled love life, her struggles with poverty and family, and her unique way of living outside of society’s constructs will be brought to life in a funny, smart, heart-wrenching, unique new novel from critically acclaimed Jami Attenberg.
The fifth book of a bestselling series:
WALKING ON WATER
by Richard Paul Evans
Simon & Schuster, May 2014
Praise for THE WALK series:
“There’s no doubt Evans knows how to keep the pages turning. A cliff-hanger ending ups the stakes, putting Alan’s journey in jeopardy and ensuring readers will come back for the fourth outing. There’s no stopping now.”—Booklist
“A fast and pleasurable read with plenty of local color and enough sentiment to evoke a tear or two.” —Kirkus
In this fifth entry in the New York Times bestselling WALK series, Richard Paul Evans’ hero Alan Christoffersen must say some painful goodbyes and learn some important lessons as he comes to the end of his cross-country walk to Key West. After the death of his beloved wife, the loss of his advertising business to his once-trusted partner, and bankruptcy forced him from his home, Alan Christoffersen’s daring cross-country journey—a walk across America, from Seattle to Key West, with only the pack on his back—has taught him lessons about love, forgiveness and, most of all, hope. Now Alan must return west to face yet another crisis, one that threatens to upend his world just as he had begun to heal from so much loss, leaving him unsure of whether he can reach the end his journey. It will take the love of a new friend, and the wisdom of an old friend, to help him to finally leave the past behind and find the strength and hope to live again.
Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of THE WALK. Each of his twenty-two novels have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and several have been international bestsellers.
An intense psychological drama about family and love, tyranny and freedom
IN CERTAIN CIRCLES
by Elizabeth Harrower
‘Harrower can pierce your heart.’ – Washington Post
Zoe Howard is seventeen when her brother, Russell, introduces her to Stephen Quayle. Aloof and harsh, Stephen is unlike anyone she has ever met, ‘a weird, irascible character out of some dense Russian novel’. His sister, Anna, is shy and thoughtful, ‘a little orphan’. Zoe and Russell, Stephen and Anna: they may come from different social worlds but all four will spend their lives moving in and out of each other’s shadow. Set amid the lush gardens and grand stone houses that line the north side of Sydney Harbour, IN CERTAIN CIRCLES is an intense psychological drama about family and love, tyranny and freedom.
Elizabeth Harrower is without doubt among the most important writers of the postwar period in Australia.
If you want to see your life, you must see it through the eyes of another
THE SNOW KIMONO
by Mark Henshaw
Paris, 1989. Recently retired police inspector Auguste Jovert receives a letter from a woman who claims to be his daughter. Two days later, a stranger knocks on his door. His name is Tadashi Omura, and he is a former law professor. He tells Jovert stories about his life, and about a lan named Katsuo Ikeda, whom he met when they were both children and who later became a successful writer.
Set in France, Japan and Algeria, THE SNOW KIMONO is a jigsaw puzzle of a novel. The stories that Jovert and Omura tell each other fit together in unpredictable ways. Each new story changes the possibilities of what might happen next. Little by little we glimpse how these men have lied to themselves and to each other. These lies are about to catch up with them.
Mark Henshaw is the author of the bestselling, multi-award-winning OUT OF THE LINE OF FIRE (1988).
A mystery, a meditation on fatherhood, a harrowing examination of love and loss: a new departure in literary crime from Stephen Orr
ONE BOY MISSING
by Stephen Orr
Detective Bart Moy, newly returned to the country town where his ailing, cantankerous father still lives, finds nothing. As far as he can tell no one in Guilderton is missing a small boy. Still, he looks deeper into the butcher’s story—after all, he had a son of his own once. But when the boy does turn up, silent, apparently traumatized, things are no clearer. Who is he? Where did he come from and what happened to him?
For Moy, gaining the boy’s trust becomes central not just to the case but to rebuilding his own life. From the wreckage of his grief, his dead marriage and his fractured relationship with his father may yet come a chance for something new. A mystery, a meditation on fatherhood, a harrowing examination of love and loss: a new departure in literary crime from Stephen Orr.
Stephen Orr is the author of several published works of fiction and non-fiction.
Gritty and confronting – powerful stuff
by Stephen Orr
Trevor Wilkie works long hours to keep his farm afloat. He feels unable to meet various expectations, becomes depressed and withdrawn. He retreats to his shed, to the solitude and satisfaction of carving hands from wood. Driving home from a School of the Air picnic he rolls the family car and his wife, Carelyn, is killed. His younger son, Harry, has his leg crushed.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, Trevor is forced to take on more responsibility, caring for Harry in hospital, juggling farm work and dealing with his family. The drought worsens and finances suffer, until Trevor has to face the possibility that there might not be a future for him on the land.
THE HANDS is part Australian pastoral, part tragedy. It is a portrait of real people struggling to come to terms with the land, and each other.
Stephen Orr has worked as a teacher and writer-in-residence at various secondary schools. He also writes for the Advertiser and the Adelaide Review. His previous novels include DISSONANCE, TIME’S LONG RUIN (which was longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Award), ATTEMPTS TO DRAW JESUS (which was the runner-up in the 2000 Vogel/Australian award), and HILL OF GRACE.
From the critically acclaimed author of DOGFIGHT, A LOVE STORY
by Matt Burgess
Doubleday/Vintage, Early 2015
« Like Richard Price and the late, great Elmore Leonard, Matt Burgess is one of those cool, quick and funny writers who can turn a seemingly routine crime caper into something special. »—Carl Hiassen
UNCLE JANICE is author Matt Burgess’s second novel, set in his native Queens and about a young woman named Janice Itwaru, a shield-chasing West Indian police officer who struggles to fit in as an undercover narcotics officer with the NYPD, and then, later, struggles to get herself out.
UNCLE JANICE is a cross between Catch-22, “The Office” and “The Wire”. It’s an excellent police drama with great characters, laugh-out-loud and cry-your-head-off moments.
Rights sold in: German (Suhrkamp)
A successful comedy podcast transformed into a novel
“Welcome to Night Vale” has been the #1 comedy podcast for the past year on iTunes in the U.S. and has also hit #1 in Netherlands and Italy while dominating the charts in other foreign markets as well. Now this brilliant podcast is being transformed into a novel. Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale has a City Council of inhuman telepaths, draconian laws enforced by the friendly Sheriff’s Secret Police, and a forbidden dog park that is illegal to enter or think about. Oh, and also there is a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone’s homes. While life in Night Vale is terrifying, and the death toll from the last street cleaning day was astronomical, it is ultimately a close -knit town full of people who care about each other and about their home. Community life centers around Night Vale Community Radio, and the deep voice of radio host Cecil Palmer, who gently ushers Night Vale through the most terrifying thing for all people, no matter who you are and where you live: the day to day minutia of living your life.
The first of a sizzling new series that moves from the remote wilds of southwest England to the turbulent royal court
TRAPPED AT THE ALTAR
by Jane Feather
Gallery, August 2014
Headstrong Ariadne Fairfax is convinced she loves handsome Gabriel Fawcett, but her grandfather has other plans for her. He decrees that she marry Ivor Chalfont, thus forging a powerful alliance between the two warring families who share ownership of their valley. Given no time to plot an escape, Ari finds herself standing reluctantly at the altar, swearing to honor and obey a man who is not her choice. Ivor has treasured Ari as a friend ever since he was brought to the valley as a child, but now he feels a man’s desires. He longs to take the beautiful young woman to his bed and make their marriage more than an empty vow. Ari may believe she loves another man, but Ivor swears he will not rest until he gains her heart, her trust . . . and her passion.
Jane Feather is the New York Times bestselling author of A HUSBAND’S WICKED WAYS, A WICKED GENTLEMAN and more than twenty-five other historical romances. There are more than 10 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
A beautiful illustrated version of
A beautiful illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s beloved novella THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS, set to publish in hardcover and also a separate deluxe, limited edition together with the audio CD of Neil reading the story at the Sydney Opera House, accompanied by the FourPlay String Quartet. And in a revolutionary new concept of synchronized multi-media storytelling, Gaiman, accompanied once more by the FourPlay String Quartet and artist Eddie Campbell, is bringing this live show to Carnegie Hall in New York and to the Barbican in London in the Summer of 2014.
From the author of THE UNTETHERED SOUL, #1 New York Times bestseller and licensed in 24 territories
THE LAST QUEEN OF INDIA
by Michelle Moran
Touchstone, Winter 2015 (Manuscript due Summer 2014)
For twenty years, Queen Victoria has been seated on the throne of England. At thirty-eight years old, and with a vast empire before her, there are few worlds left to conquer for the British ruler. But when her powerful Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, suggests that England should include India among its colonial dominions, she immediately approves. After all, the riches of India are legendary: temples filled with rubies and emeralds, gods worshipped with offerings of silver and pearls, and kings so wealthy they ride in golden howdahs atop elephants through the streets. But what Queen Victoria doesn’t anticipate—what even her cunning Prime Minister never suspects—it will be an Indian queen who leads India’s people into battle and proves to be England’s most fearsome rival.
THE LAST QUEEN OF INDIA will be followed by a stand-alone sequel called QUEEN VICTORIA’S EMPIRE, narrated by Queen Victoria and exploring the queen’s scandalous fifteen-year relationship with two Indian servants—one, a handsome Hindu doctor from Delhi, the other a Muslim named Abdul Karim from Agra.
Rights to Michelle Moran’s books have been sold in 20 countries.
The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most
by Shawna Yang Ryan
Knopf, Summer 2015 (Manuscript due Fall 2014)
GREEN ISLAND begins on the night of a brutal massacre that forever alters the fate of Taiwan’s people, and of the Tsai family in particular: Dr. Tsai is ripped away from his wife and children after the birth of his new daughter—a girl who will grow up with only rumors of a father, until Dr. Tsai suddenly and miraculously reappears years later, alive but forever haunted by his time away.
Spanning nearly a century of Taiwan’s and the Tsai family’s story, from a brutal war that plunges Taiwan into the iron rule of a shadow government, and traveling across the globe—from a small village near Taipei, to secrets learned on the Golden Gate Bridge, and back into the thick of a major, paralyzing epidemic— GREEN ISLAND is at heart the story of a father’s betrayal, a mother’s fortitude, and a daughter who ultimately chooses between what is right and what might save her family… a choice that echoes the one her father made years ago.
Shawna Yang Ryan spent 14 years working on Green Island, earning a Fulbright scholarship, traveling to Taiwan to research her family history, and even learning a new language in order to unravel a hidden history of the island where her mother was raised.