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Fall 2013/Winter 2014

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The Goldfinch

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October 2013 Hardcover

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

978-0-316-005543-7, $30.00

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A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Tartt is a novelist, essayist and critic. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s and The Oxford American. She is the author of the novels The Secret History (1992) and The Little Friend (2002). She lives in New York.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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The Luminaries

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October 2013 Hardcover

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

978-0-316-07431-5, $26.00

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On a blustery January day, a prostitute is arrested. In the midst of the 1866 gold rush on the coast of New Zealand, this might have gone unnoticed. But three notable events occur on that same day: a luckless drunk dies, a wealthy man vanishes, and a ship’s captain of ill repute cancels all of his business and weighs anchor, as if making an escape. Anna Wetherell, the prostitute in question, is connected to all three men. 

This sequence of apparently coincidental events provokes a secret council of powerful townsmen to investigate. But they are interrupted by the arrival of a stranger: young Walter Moody, who has a secret of his own

THE LUMINARIES is an intricately crafted feat of storytelling, a mystery that reveals the ways our interconnected lives reshape our destinies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Eleanor Catton, 27, completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2007 and won the Adam Prize in Creative Writing for her first novel, The Rehearsal, which was also long-listed for the Orange Prize and short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize. She studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship. She lives in New Zealand.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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Stella Bain

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November 2013 Hardcover

Anita Shreve, Stella Bain

978-0-316-09886-1, $28.00

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When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse’s aide near the front, but she can’t remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

In a narrative that takes us from London to America and back again, Shreve has created an engrossing and wrenching tale about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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Private L.A.

January 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson, Private L.A.

978-0-316-21112-3, $28.00

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Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they’re also great parents, philanthropists and just all-around good people.

When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can’t get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast—and the world’s golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn’t begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson’s books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Publicity Contact: Sabrina Callahan, Sabrina.callahan@hbgusa.com

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Red Sky in Morning

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November 2013 Hardcover

Paul Lynch, Red Sky in Morning

978-0-316-23025-4, $25.00

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It’s 1832 and Coll Coyle has killed the wrong man. The dead man’s father is an expert tracker and ruthless killer with a single-minded focus on vengeance. The hunt leads from the windswept bogs of County Donegal, across the Atlantic to the choleric work camps of the Pennsylvania railroad, where both men will find their fates in the hardship and rough country of the fledgling United States.

Language and landscape combine powerfully in this tense exploration of life and death, parts of which are based on historical events. With lyrical prose balancing the stark realities of the hunter and the hunted, RED SKY IN MORNING is a visceral and meditative novel that marks the debut of a stunning new talent.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Lynch was born in 1977 and is a novelist and critic. He was the chief film critic of Ireland’s Sunday Tribune from 2007 to 2011. He writes regularly for the London Sunday Times on film and has also written for the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post, the Irish Daily Mail, and Film Ireland. He appears regularly on Irish radio and is a member of the Dublin Film Critics Circle. In 2011, the Irish Times called him one of Ireland’s “finest film writers.” He lives in Dublin.

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The Visionist

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January 2014 Hardcover

The Visionist, Rachel Urquhart

978-0-316-22811-4, $26.00

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In this exquisite, transporting debut, 15-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father. She and her young brother find shelter in a Massachusetts Shaker community called The City of Hope. It is the Era of Manifestations, when young girls in Shaker enclaves all across the Northeast are experiencing extraordinary mystical visions, earning them the honorific of “Visionist” and bringing renown to their settlements.

The City of Hope has not yet been blessed with a Visionist, but that changes when Polly arrives and is unexpectedly exalted. As she struggles to keep her dark secrets concealed in the face of increasing scrutiny, Polly finds herself in a life-changing friendship with a young Shaker sister named Charity, a girl who will stake everythingincluding her faithon Polly’s honesty and purity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Urquhart is a former writer and editor at Spy, Vogue, and Allure magazines. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Tin House, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and Vanity Fair and she is the author of three Chic Simple lifestyle books (Knopf). She received her M.F.A. in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Red Road

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February 2014 Hardcover

Denise Mina, The Red Road

978-0-316-18851-7, $26.00

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Police detective Alex Morrow has met plenty of unsavory characters in her line of work, but arms dealer Mark Lynch ranks among the most brutal and damaged of the criminals she’s known. Morrow is serving as a witness in Lynch’s trial, where the case hinges on his fingerprints found on the guns he sells.

When the investigation leads to a privileged Scottish lawyer who’s expecting to be assassinated after a money laundering scheme goes bad, and a woman who’s spying on the people who put her in jail, Morrow has her hands full. And that’s before she even gets to her family issues.

THE RED ROAD is a thrilling new novel from a masterful writer, proving once again that “If you don’t love Denise Mina, you don’t love crime fiction.” (Val McDermid)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise Mina is the author of Gods and BeastsThe End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She also writes for the popular graphic novel series Hellblazer. Mina lives in Glasgow.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Bear

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February 2014 Hardcover

Claire Cameron, The Bear

978-0-316-23012-4, $25.00

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While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, 300 pounds of fury, is attacking the family’s campsite, pouncing on her parents as prey.

At her dying mother’s faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family’s canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe dumps the two children on the edge of the woods, and the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a dangerous wilderness, we see Anna’s heartbreaking love for her family—and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.

Told in the honest, raw voice of five-year-old Anna, this is a riveting story of love, courage, and survival.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claire Cameron’s first novel, The Line Painter, was published in 2007 by HarperCollins Canada. It won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for best first novel. Cameron’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Globe & Mail, and The Rumpus. She worked as a wilderness instructor in Algonquin Park and for Outward Bound. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

Publicity Contact: Amanda Lang, amanda.lang@hbgusa.com

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The Land of Steady Habits

March 2014 Hardcover

Ted Thompson, The Land of Steady Habits

978-0-316-18656-8, $26.00

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Anders Hillnearing his early 60s and seemingly ensconced in the “land of steady habits,” a nickname for the affluent, morally strict hamlets of Connecticut that dot the commuter rail lineabandons his career and family for a new condo, and a new life. Stripped of the comforts of his previous identity, he turns up at a holiday paty full of his ex-wife’s friends and is surprised to find that the very world he rejected may be one he needs.

Thus Anders embarks on a clumsy, hilarious, and heartbreaking journey to reconcile his past with his present. Like the early work of John Updike, Ted Thompson’s debut finely observes a man deep in conflict with his community. With compassion for its characters and fresh insight into the American tradition of the “suburban narrative,” THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS introduces an auspicious talent.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ted Thompson is the recipient of a Truman Capote Fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received his MFA in 2009, as well as scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was born in Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn. He is 29 years old.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Lady of Sorrows

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March 2014 Hardcover

Anne Zouroudi, The Lady of Sorrows

978-0-316-21784-2, $25.00

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A painter is found dead at sea off the coast of a remote Greek island. For our enigmatic detective Hermes Diaktoros, the plot can only thicken: the painter’s work, an icon of the Virgin long famed for its miraculous powers, has just been uncovered as a fake. But has the painter died of natural causes or by a wrathful hand? What secret is a dishonest gypsy keeping? And what haunts the ancient catacombs beneath the bishop’s house?

In the fourth of the Seven Deadly Sins mysteries, the inimitable Hermes faces forgery, betrayal, and superstition, and the consequences of all-consuming rage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.

Publicity Contact: Theresa Giacopasi, theresa.giacopasi@hbgusa.com

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Amity & Sorrow

April 2013 Hardcover

Peggy Riley, Amity & Sorrow

978-0-316-22088-0, $25.99

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A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she’s convinced will follow them wherever they goher husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can’t imagine what the world holds outside their father’s polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley’s abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, Amity & Sorrow is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peggy Riley is a writer and playwright. She recently won a Highly Commended prize in the 2011 Bridport Prize. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio and has been published in “New Short Stories 4”, Mslexia Magazine, and as an app on Ether Books. Her plays have been commissioned and produced off-West End, regionally and on tour. She has been a festival producer, a bookseller, and writer-in-residence at a young offender’s prison. Originally from Los Angeles, Peggy now lives on the North Kent coast in Britain. She is currently working on her second novel, which will be set in the women’s internment camp on the Isle of Man during WWII.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga, Elizabeth.garriga@hbgusa.com

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Life After Life

March 2013 Hardcover

Kate Atkinson, Life After Life

978-0-316-17648-4, $27.99

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On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can   will she?

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread Book of the Year award for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been an internationally bestselling author ever since. Her most recent books include Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, and Started Early, Took My Dog. Atkinson lives in Edinburgh.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Liars’ Gospel

March 2013 Hardcover

Naomi Alderman, The Liars’ Gospel

978-0-316-23278-4, $25.99

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"He was a traitor, a rabble-leader, a rebel, a liar and a pretender to the throne. We have tried to forget him here."

This is the story of a Jewish man, Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, four people tell their stories. His mother moves between grief and rage while trouble brews between her village and the occupying soldiers. Iehuda, who was once Yehoshuah’s friend, recalls how he came to lose his faith. Caiaphas, the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, tries to hold the peace between Rome and Judea. And Bar-Avo, a rebel, strives to bring that peace tumbling down.

This thrilling novel makes the oldest story entirely new. Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the period: massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal, it finds echoes of the present in the past. It was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny and occupation. Young men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. Rumors spread from mouth to mouth. Rebels attacked the greatest Empire the world has ever known. The Empire gathered its forces to make those rebels pay.

And in the midst of it all, one inconsequential preacher died. And either something miraculous happened, or someone lied.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Naomi Alderman is the author of Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers and has been published in 10 languages. She contributes regularly to the Guardian and lives in London.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe, Carolyn.okeefe@hbgusa.com

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Bay of Fires: A Novel

March 2013 Hardcover

Poppy Gee, Bay of Fires: A Novel

978-0-316-20168-1, $24.99

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Sarah Avery’s reckless behavior has cost her a job, her boyfriend, and the independence she desperately craves. Reluctantly home for the holidays in the tiny seaside town where her parents live, the quiet retreat she craves ends with her discovery of the body of a young female backpacker, washed up on the shore. A year earlier, another woman went missing and hasn’t been seen since: is there a killer among them?

Journalist Hall Flynn arrives to investigate the murder, which has set the locals reeling. Haunted by demons of his own and yearning for a fresh start, Hall will do whatever it takes to break the story-and Sarah will do whatever it takes to keep her own secrets safe.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Poppy Gee has written for newspapers and magazines, and she’s taught journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. She is currently finishing her Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing, and her short stories have been short listed for various writing competitions in Australia.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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In the Land of the Living: A Novel

March 2013 Hardcover

Austin Ratner, In the Land of the Living: A Novel

978-0-316-20609-9, $25.99

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Isidore is a brilliant young man, driven in equal measure by grief at his young mother’s death, rage at his distant, abusive father, and his own fierce ambitions. When Isidore becomes a doctor, and a father himself, the cycle of grief continues, and soon it is his son Leo who is left behind too young, also grown to be a doctor. The story becomes Leo’s, an alternately heartbreaking and hilarious account of his cross-country road trip with his younger brother as they try to understand their family, their relationship, and their own futures. An appealingly oddball character, angry at the world but angrier at himself, Leo yearns for love and simple satisfaction. Through his eyes we see the power of family to both destroy and create, and the price and rewards of independence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Austin Ratner’s first novel, The Jump Artist, was the 2011 winner of the Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and has been honored with the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize in Fiction. He attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Before turning his focus to writing he received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and he is co-author of the textbook Concepts in Medical Physiology. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He grew up in Cleveland, OH, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and two sons.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga, Elizabeth.garriga@hbgusa.com

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