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Mistress

August 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson and David Ellis, Mistress

978-0-316-21107-9, $27.99

DESCRIPTION

Ben isn’t like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he’s a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential triviaand Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have.

When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben’s infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana’s illicit affairs.

In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession, on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.

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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Shorecliff

July 2013 Hardcover

Ursula DeYoung, Shorecliff

978-0-316-21339-4, $25.99

DESCRIPTION

Spending the summer of 1928 in a big house on the Maine coast with his 10 older cousins and a gaggle of aunts and uncles seems like a dream come true to lonely 13-year-old Richard.

But as he wanders through the bustling house, Richard witnesses scenes and conversations not meant for him and watches as the family he adores disintegrates into a tangle of lust, jealousy, and betrayal. At first only an avid spectator, Richard soon finds himself drawn into the confusion, battling with his first experience of infatuation and forced to cover for his relatives’ romantic intrigues.

With jump-off-the-page characters and a captivating sense of place, SHORECLIFF examines the bonds of loyalty and rivalry that can both knit a family together and drive it apart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ursula DeYoung graduated from Harvard College in 2004 and received her Ph.D. in History from Oxford in 2009. She is the author of a nonfiction book on 19th-century physicist John Tyndall, A Vision of Modern Science. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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

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The Unknowns

July 2013 Hardcover

Gabriel Roth, The Unknowns

978-0-316-22328-7, $24.99

DESCRIPTION

Eric Muller has been trying to hack the girlfriend problem since puberty, and all his attempts have backfired. As a high school freshman, Eric takes detailed notes on the girls in his class, hoping to find the one who will deign to go out with him. But when his notebook of “research” falls into into the hands of his peers, social disaster ensues. 

Flash forward to 2002. Eric is a Silicon Valley millionaire. He’s figured out how to coax girls into bed with a protocol of ironic remarks and carefully timed intimacies, but he’s never been in love. So when he falls for Maya, a disarmingly clever young journalist who sees through his moves, he’s in virgin territory. When Eric discovers that her past may hold a dark secret, he must decide: Do the factsthe dataof her life matter? Or does it only matter that he loves her?

A funny, deceptively powerful novel, THE UNKNOWNS will delight fans of Jonathan Tropper and Joshua Ferris.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gabriel Roth was born and raised in London and educated at Brown University and at San Francisco State University, from which he received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. For several years he was employed as a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He now works as a writer and software developer and lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. THE UNKNOWNS is his first novel.

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

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The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café

July 2013 Hardcover

Mary Simses, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café

978-0-316-22585-4, $25.99

DESCRIPTION

Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother’s dying wishto find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough. THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFE is a warm and delicious debut about the power of a simpler life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Simses grew up in Connecticut and spent much of her life in the Northeast, where she attended college and law school. As a child she loved to write stories, design covers for them, and staple them into books. Later, careers in journalism and law took priority and creative writing slipped away, until she enrolled in an evening fiction writing class at a local university and was hooked again. Her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. Mary now lives in South Florida with her husband/law partner and their daughter.

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

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The End of Night

July 2013 Hardcover

Paul Bogard, The End of Night

978-0-316-18290-4, $26.99

DESCRIPTION

A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans’ eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

From Las Vegas’ Luxor Beamthe brightest single spot on this planetto nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darknesswhat we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regainand the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Bogard teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University.

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

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Thinking in Numbers

July 2013 Hardcover

Daniel Tammet, Thinking in Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math

978-0-316-18737-4, $25.99

DESCRIPTION

THINKING IN NUMBERS is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and mathematical savant, was born to write. In Tammet’s world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds. Using anecdotes, everyday examples, and ruminations on history, literature, and more, Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions, and equations underpin all our lives. 

Inspired by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn’s eleven fingers, or his many siblings, Tammet explores questions such as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person, and how we can make sense of those we love. THINKING IN NUMBERS will change the way you think about math and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. He is the author of Embracing the Wide Sky and the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day. He has appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman, 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and many other publications. He lives in the UK.

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

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The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys

March 2013 Hardcover

Dean King, The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: A New, True, and Grisly History

978-0-316-16706-2, $27.99

DESCRIPTION

Nearly every American has heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys and their infamous feud, yet almost nobody knows the truth of this legendarily violent-and influential-clash in the heart of Appalachia. Contrary to popular belief, this wasn’t just hillbilly families taking potshots at each other: the Hatfields and McCoys were well-established landowners, who had intermarried and interacted for decades. But after the Civil War, things turned bloody. By the time the fury subsided, 13 family members lay dead, and the hostilities had become a national media spectacle as state officials and the United States Supreme Court were drawn into the grisly dispute.

Filled with brutal murders, clannish loyalty, reckless affairs, mercenaries, and gun-slinging lawmen, BAD BLOOD is the riveting story of two frontier families struggling for survival within the narrow confines of a vast land.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dean King is the author of the national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara. He has written for many publications, including Men’s Journal, Esquire, Garden & Gun, Granta, Outside, New York Magazine, and the New York Times. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@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

DESCRIPTION

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

DESCRIPTION

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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Gods and Beasts: A Novel

February 2013 Hardcover

Denise Mina, Gods and Beasts: A Novel

978-0-316-18852-4, $25.99

DESCRIPTION

It’s the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two.

DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather-a life-long campaigner for social justice-is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise Mina is the author of The 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 lives in Glasgow.

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

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Wise Men: A Novel

February 2013 Hardcover

Stuart Nadler, Wise Men: A Novel

978-0-316-12648-9, $25.99

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Hilly Wise is the son of one of the most powerful and wealthy lawyers in the United States. When Hilly meets Savannah, a young black girl on the beach at Cape Cod during the summer of 1952, his affection for her collides with his father’s secrets. The result shatters his family, and hers.

Years later, Hilly sets out to find Savannah, and to right the wrongs he helped set in motion. But can his sense of guilt, and his good intentions, overcome the forces of history, family, and identity? A multi-generational story about love and regret, the evolving struggle for racial dignity, and the crushing weight of familial obligation, WISE MEN confirms that Stuart Nadler is one of the most exciting young writers at work today.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stuart Nadler is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Recently, he was the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic. He is the author of the story collection The Book of Life.

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

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Alex Cross, Run

February 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson, Alex Cross, Run

978-0-316-09751-2, $28.99

DESCRIPTION Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he’s made sure that no one will recognize him—by giving himself a new face. 

A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he’s called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, D.C., is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumours of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy.

Alex’s investigations are going nowhere, and he’s too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him—and will stop at nothing until he’s dead. With white-hot speed, relentless drama, and hairpin turns, ALEX CROSS, RUN is James Patterson’s ultimate thrill ride.

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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The Pretty One

February 2013 Hardcover

Lucinda Rosenfeld, The Pretty One: A Novel about Sisters

978-0-316-21355-4, $24.99

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Perfect. Pretty. Political. For nearly forty years, The Hellinger sisters of Hastings-on-Hudson-namely, Imperia (Perri), Olympia (Pia), and Augusta (Gus)—have played the roles set down by their loving but domineering mother Carol. Perri, a mother of three, rules her four-bedroom palace in Westchester with a velvet fist, managing to fold even fitted sheets into immaculate rectangles. Pia, a gorgeous and fashionable Chelsea art gallery worker, still turns heads after becoming a single mother via sperm donation. And Gus, a fiercely independent lawyer and activist, doesn’t let her break-up from her girlfriend stop her from attending New Year’s Day protests on her way to family brunch.

But the Hellinger women aren’t pulling off their roles the way they once did. Perri, increasingly filled with rage over the lack of appreciation from her recently unemployed husband Mike, is engaging in a steamy text flirtation with a college fling. Meanwhile Pia, desperate to find someone to share in the pain and joy of raising her three-year-old daughter Lola, can’t stop fantasizing about Donor #6103. And Gus, heartbroken over the loss of her girlfriend, finds herself magnetically drawn to Jeff, Mike’s frat boy of a little brother. Each woman is unable to believe that anyone, especially her sisters, could understand what it’s like to be her. But when a freak accident lands their mother to the hospital, a chain of events is set in motion that will send each Hellinger sister rocketing out of her comfort zone, leaving her to wonder:  was this the role she was truly born to play?

With The Pretty One, author Lucinda Rosenfeld does for siblings what she did for female friendship in I’m So Happy for You, turning her wickedly funny and sharply observant eye on the pleasures and punishments of lifelong sisterhood.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lucinda Rosenfeld is the author of the novels What She Saw…, Why She went Home, and I’m So Happy For You. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Creative Non-Fiction, Slate.com, Glamour, and other magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two young daughters.

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

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The Last Girlfriend on Earth

January 2013 Hardcover

Simon Rich, The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories

978-0-316-21939-6, $19.99

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In “Center of the Universe,” God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In “Magical Mr. Goat,” a young girl’s imaginary friend yearns to become “more than friends.” In “Unprotected,” an unused condom recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy’s wallet. The stories in Simon Rich’s new book are bizarre, funny, and yet…relatable. Rich explores love’s many complications-losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it-and turns the ordinary into the absurd. With razor-sharp humor and illustrations, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Rich takes readers for an exhilarating, hilarious ride on the rollercoaster of love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Simon Rich is a graduate of Harvard University. He has written for The New Yorker and was the youngest staff writer at ”Saturday Night Live." He is the author of Ant Farm, Free Range Chickens, Elliot Allagash, and What in God’s Name, and he has written scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. He currently writes for Pixar.

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

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The Boy: A Novel

January 2013 Hardcover

Lara Santoro, The Boy: A Novel

978-0-316-20623-5, $24.99

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 Once a free spirit who refused to be tied down, Anna is a forty-something single mother trying to put her life together after a bitter divorce. She crosses paths with a twenty-year-old neighbor who could not be more wrong for her—-and her life suddenly has a new focus.

She is drawn to his youth, his easy grace, and his freedom from the constraints that rule her existence. Though she resists temptation in every way she can, Anna is soon engaged in a reckless and obsessive affair. The consequences are life changing.

Provocative, headlong, and utterly compelling, THE BOY is the story of a woman on the edge, torn between love and lust, desire and duty. Lara Santoro writes in fierce, unflinching prose about the dark side of passion, motherhood, and a woman’s unthinkable rebellion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lara Santoro spent most of her career as a foreign news correspondent, based primarily in Rome and in Nairobi working for Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Smith College, a Master’s degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne, and a Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University. She was born in Rome, and currently lives in New Mexico. She is the author of one previous novel, Mercy.

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

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