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    9781487002961 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 23, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 1 in | 1.01 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      From award-winning author Méira Cook comes a novel exploring the intricacies and interconnected lives of one community in a small and colourful prairie city.

      After twenty years Max Binder is still in love with his fiery wife, Maggie, and is determined to get her the perfect fortieth birthday gift. But Max’s singular desire — to make his wife happy — leads to an unexpected event that changes the course of his family’s life and touches the people who make up their western prairie city.

      Set over the course of a single year, Once More With Feeling tells the story of this city through intersecting moments and interconnected lives. The colourful citizens who make up the community are marked by transformation, upheaval, and loss: the worker at a downtown soup kitchen who recognizes a kindred spirit amongst the homeless; the aging sisters who everywhere see the fleeting ghosts of two missing neighbourhood children; a communal voice of mothers anxious for the future of their children in the discomfiting world they inhabit. Award-winning author Méira Cook has crafted a novel that is at once funny, poignant, and yes, full of feeling.


      MÉIRA COOK is the award-winning author of the novels Once More With Feeling; The House on Sugarbush Road, which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award; and Nightwatching, which won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. She has also published five poetry collections, most recently Monologue Dogs, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and for the 2016 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. She has won the CBC Poetry Prize and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. She has served as Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, and the Winnipeg Public Library. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, she now lives in Winnipeg.

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      Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award 2017, Winner
      The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction 2017, Short-listed
      McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award 2017, Short-listed
      Meira Cook . . . writes prose so fluid, so effortless, so vivid, you’re swept away on its sheer beauty and power. . . . Once More With Feeling manages to be both sharp and tender, tragic and fiercely funny, and wholly satisfying.
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    9780735272569 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 05, 2017
    $34.95 CAD 6.61 x 9.31 x 1.32 in | 1.64 lb | 512 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Canada
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      From the author of the critically acclaimed, prizewinning and internationally bestselling The Colony of Unrequited Dreams comes an epic family mystery with a powerful, surprise ending, which features the return of the ever-fascinating Sheilagh Fielding, one of the most memorable characters in fiction.

      Ned Vatcher, only 14, ambles home from school in the chill hush that precedes the first storm of the winter of 1936 to find the house locked, the family car missing, and his parents gone without a trace. From that point on, his life is driven by the need to find out what happened to the Vanished Vatchers. His father, Edgar, born to a poor family of fishermen, had risen to become the right-hand man to the colony’s prime minister, then suffered an unexpected fall from grace. Were he and his wife murdered? Was it suicide? Had they run away? If so, why had they left their only child behind?

      Ned soon finds himself enmeshed in another family, that of his missing father and the poverty from which the man somehow escaped. His grandparents, Nan and Reg, his Uncle Cyril and others, are themselves haunted by the inexplicable disappearance of a third Vatcher, a young man who was lost at sea on a calm and sunny day years earlier. Two other people loom large as Ned becomes Newfoundland’s first media mogul, building an empire to insulate him from loss: a Jesuit priest named Father Duggan, and Sheilagh Fielding, a boozy giantess who, while wandering the city streets at night, composes satiric columns that scandalize the rich and powerful. In Ned, Fielding sees a surrogate for her two lost children, the secret that dogs her life, while Ned believes the enigmatic Fielding to be his soulmate.

      The novel builds to a spectacular resolution of the mystery of all the Vanished Vatchers. Only Wayne Johnston could create such larger-than-life, mythic characters embroiled in events that leave us contemplating not only their tragedies and triumphs, but the forces that compel us all to act in ways that surprise and sometimes terrify us.

      Story Locale: Newfoundland, New York
      WAYNE JOHNSTON was born and raised in the St. John’s area of Newfoundland. His #1 nationally bestselling novels include The Divine Ryans, A World Elsewhere, The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which has been made into a stage play and is being developed as a TV series. Johnston is also the author of the Charles Taylor Prize-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore’s Mansion. He lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto

      Author Hometown: St John’s, NFLD
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      BMO Winterset Award 2018, Short-listed

      Few writers today rival Newfoundland’s Wayne Johnston’s sheer power to astonish. . . . [First Snow, Last Light] recalls, perhaps, a nostalgia that many still harbour of an independent Newfoundland, but at the heart of it is a love-hate relationship with The Rock. This is a wondrous book.” —Toronto Star

      [A] clear examination of the heart and its deepest wants. . . . [First Snow, Last Light] is a leisurely account of the warping of personality by loss, and a cracking mystery at the same time. . . . The novel’s strength is in its wrenching honesty; love here is persistent and uncertain, never knowing quite where to land, but always trying. Johnston has Newfoundland itself mirror this idea when it joins Confederation in 1949 after trying to go it alone, which led to ‘self-caused destruction.’ His historical touch is light, and he’s especially good on early twentieth-century social mores, particularly the enormous pressure to conform. . . . It’s also a compelling whodunit, with tension spun out across much of its length.” —Alix Hawley, author of All True Not a Lie in It, The Globe and Mail

      “[Johnston’s trilogy of Newfoundland novels] are rich in geographical and historical detail, to the point where Newfoundland itself is as important a character as the protagonists.” —Atlantic Books

      “[Johnston’s] Sheilagh Fielding is one of the great characters of all time.” —Linden MacIntyre, author of The Only Café, Winnipeg Free Press

      “Newfoundland is a brand on the soul of the people in this novel. Wayne Johnston weaves a compelling mystery into a sweeping saga of the heart. And amid a cast of terrific characters, Fielding is a signal achievement.” —Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Adult Onset and Fall On Your Knees
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    Deer Life Ron Sexsmith Canada
    9781459738775 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 16, 2017
    $16.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 170 gr | 136 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn Press
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      A wicked fairy tale of witchcraft, bullying, revenge, and a mysterious bowler hat. Includes Ron’s own whimsical illustrations.

      Deryn Hedlight was not having a very good day and it was about to get much worse. He’d read stories of witches as a boy, but never believed for a second they were true. That is, until an unfortunate hunting accident turns his world upside down. What seemed like an honest mistake leads to an altogether unexpected transformation. But poor Deryn wasn’t the only wronged character tied up in these gloomy circumstances and sinister forces.

      Deer Life tells the story of a kind-hearted boy from Hinthoven and his mother_s undying love. Mostly though, it’s all about patience, friendship, and heroism where you least expect it.
      Ron Sexsmith is an internationally acclaimed, Juno Award–winning recording artist. He spends most of his time writing songs, touring, and making records. Deer Life was mostly written on the road, during long drives and in dressing rooms and hotel rooms. Ron lives in Perth County, Ontario.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Dewey Divas and the Dudes Fall 2017 Pick 2017, Commended
      Loan Stars Top Pick 2017, Commended
      Sexsmith’s novel has much the same effect as his music, conveying uncertainty with fearlessness and heart.
      It’s a bit Disney and a bit Dickens, and in the end, love conquers all.
      Written in jaunty prose that Neil Gaiman, Erin Morgenstern and Audrey Niffenegger fans will admire.
      Deer Life is a charming tale with a lot of heart.
      There’s a sort of musical quality to Ron’s writing.
      Full of mischief, magic, heroes, villains and the kind of lyricism you would expect to find from Sexsmith’s writing.
      Whimsical, absurd, and entertaining indeed!
      A brilliant fairy tale that begs to be read.
      Simple, magical and entrancing
      A tale that will entertain, amuse, and, yes, even educate. No small accomplishment for a writer.
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    A Reckoning A Novel Linda Spalding Canada
    9780771098222 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 26, 2017
    $32.00 CAD 6 x 8.5 x 1.2 in | 0.99 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      As the deeply moving and troubling account of a family's breakdown, A Reckoning is the perfect companion to Linda Spalding's bestselling, award-winning novel, The Purchase.

      It opens in the spring of 1855, when John Dickinson is involved in a shameful secret that will require a tragic decision. The family's resources have been wasted by a reckless brother who holds all of them hostage and, adding fuel to John's desperation, the enslaved workers have been visited by a Canadian abolitionist who pushes them to escape. Bry does, and his pursuit of freedom will involve a dangerous quest to find his mother and child in Canada.
           Meanwhile, the Dickinsons become fugitives of another kind, escaping their losses in a wagon en route to the West that will eventually be loaded onto a Missouri river boat for a dark adventure. Forests and rivers prevail in this story, and each person will be tested, especially thirteen-year-old Martin, whose lonely journey with a pet bear is almost mythic.
           Spalding, a Kansas native who lives in Toronto, writes with irresistible force and breathtaking passion. Her language is stunning, her voice unique. A Reckoning confirms her place at the forefront of Canadian literature.
      Born and raised in Kansas, LINDA SPALDING immigrated to Canada in 1982 from Hawaii. She is the author of The Purchase, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, and three much earlier novels and two acclaimed works of non-fiction, The Follow, which was shortlisted for The Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize; and, most recently, Who Named the Knife. She received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. She lives in Toronto, where she is the editor of Brick magazine. Her website is www.lindaspalding.com.
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      Praise for A Reckoning:

      "A Reckoning is an extraordinary novel. A humane and timely examination of how the societies we create—just or profoundly unjust—set the parameters for the people we become. This is a beautiful and brilliant work of art, vulnerable, driven, and unsettling." —Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing

      Praise for The Purchase:

      "The Purchase is an epic novel in every way that matters -- in scope, depth, and heart." —Jury citation, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

      "Engrossing. . . . One of the finest historical novels in recent years." —National Post

      "Imbued with the power of myth." —Globe and Mail

      "A complex and engaging novel . . . Hardy-esque." —Ottawa Citizen
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    Lost in September Kathleen Winter Canada
    9780345810120 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 12, 2017
    $29.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.29 x 1.07 in | 1.09 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Canada
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      Long-awaited, thrilling new fiction from Kathleen Winter, whose previous novel Annabel was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller, Governor General's Award, Writers' Trust and Orange prizes, was a Globe and Mail "Best Book" and a New York Times "Notable," and was a #1 bestselling Canada Reads selection.

      From one of Canada's most exciting writers comes a gripping, compassionate and stunning novel that overturns and rewrites history. Enter the world of Jimmy--a tall, red-haired, homeless thirty-something ex-soldier, battered by PTSD--as he camps out on the streets of modern-day Montreal, trying to remember and reclaim his youth. While his past is something of an enigma, even to himself, the young man bears a striking resemblance to General James Wolfe, "Conqueror of Canada" and "Hero of Quebec," who died on the Plains of Abraham in 1759.

      As a young soldier in his twenties, the historical James Wolfe (1727-1759) was granted a short and much longed-for leave to travel to Paris to study poetry, music and dance--three of his passions. But in that very year, 1752, the British Empire abandoned the Julian calendar for the Gregorian, and every citizen of England lost eleven days: September 2 was followed by September 14. These lost eleven days happened to occur during the period that Wolfe had been granted for his leave. Despondent and bitter, he never got the chance to explore his artistic bent, and seven short years later, on the anniversary of this foreshortened leave, he died on the Plains of Abraham.

      Now, James is getting his eleven days back . . . but instead of the salons of 18th century Paris, he's wandering the streets of present-day Montreal and Quebec City, not as "the Hero of Quebec" but as a damaged war veteran wracked with anguish. Much like George Saunders in Lincoln in the Bardo, award-winning author Kathleen Winter takes a brief, intensely personal incident in the life of a famous historical figure, and using her incomparable gifts as a fiction writer, powerfully reimagines him. Here is a wrenching, unforgettable portrait--like none you have ever seen or read--of one of the most well-known figures in Canadian history.
      KATHLEEN WINTER's novel Annabel was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail "Best Book," a New York Times "Notable" book, a Quill & Quire "Book of the Year" and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada's Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes and has been sold internationally. The Freedom in American Songs (Stories, Biblioasis) also came out in 2014. Born in the UK, Winter lives in Montreal after many years in Newfoundland. The author lives in Montreal, QC.
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      Governor General's Literary Awards - Fiction 2017, Short-listed
      Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction 2017, Short-listed
      International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2019, Long-listed
      Finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction
      Finalist for the 2017 QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

      “Kathleen Winter’s Lost in September is evocative, humane and totally original. . . . [A] novel of suspense and lyricism. . . . Winter’s writing is undeniably elegant: undulating with recurring motifs of water and rivers, blindness and vision, a painterly attention to detail involving primary coloured figures that lend more elemental power to the prose. . . . Wolfe’s stubbornness and tenderness, his love of dogs and comrades, of art and his mother, reveal a multidimensional person haunted by the past, a hope not to lose his ‘humanity’ despite years of killing. And however misty or complex its forces, Lost in September coalesces into a touching portrait of a broken man, as well as a considerable addition to the literature of war, of trauma and recovery. It’s energized by a deep compassion for our drive to heal and remember, even in the shadow of unimaginable bloodshed: an afterworld where time ceases to make sense, and regrets can last a lifetime—and some, perhaps, might even last forever.” —The Globe and Mail

      Kathleen Winter returns to the upper echelons of CanLit with her audacious new novel, Lost in September. A heartfelt portrait of Jimmy, an ex-soldier battling PTSD, it’s also a cryptic ghost story. . . It’s to Winter’s credit that [hints about Wolfe] are subtle and incremental, just enough to keep the reader guessing at the relationship between James and Jimmy through to the novel’s finale. . . . In the end, the identity of our hero is perhaps less important than the themes of trauma, sacrifice, and intimacy which Winter so richly explores. . . . [I]t’s a book that uses a wealth of archival material to its advantage. As readers, we are tasked with navigating the mysterious heart of this brooding soldier, and the rich trove of historical letters serve as able way-finding guides.” —Trevor Corkum, author of The Electric Boy, Toronto Star

      “[F]unny, captivating, completely eccentric and totally wonderful.” —Parry Sound North Star
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    Demi-Gods Eliza Robertson Canada
    9780670068272 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 05, 2017
    $29.95 CAD 5.7 x 8.51 x 0.88 in | 0.77 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Hamish Hamilton
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      “The book is of a piece with André Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name and other soft-core explorations of how we mess one another up, and realize it only later.…Rarely have blurred lines, in weird sex or otherwise, been explored with such grace.” The New York Times

      Winner of the 2018 Quebec Writers' Federation Award for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction 

      "One of the most memorable first novels I’ve read in 2018.”—Wall Street Journal

      "The heat ripples into sentences dripping with delicious detail… Its nod to the classics makes Demi-Gods comparable to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. As does the feeling of a new and important author arriving." - Financial Times

      "In her poetic, essential debut novel, Eliza Robertson aims an unflinching gaze at the temptation and consequences of weaponized desire. Demi-Gods is a brutally beautiful coming-of-age story that sings with language as lovely, wild, and full of ominous longing as the young woman at its center." - Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on Fire

      A story of love, lust, and the spaces in between, from a "captivating" (New York Times) new voice in fiction.

      It is 1950, and Willa’s mother has a new beau. The arrival of his blue-eyed, sun-kissed sons at Willa’s summer home signals the end of her safe childhood. As her entrancing older sister Joan pairs off with Kenneth, nine-year-old Willa is drawn to his strange and solitary younger brother, Patrick.

      Left to their own devices, Willa is swept up in Patrick’s wicked games. As they grow up, their encounters become increasingly charged with sexuality and degradation. But when Willa finally tries to reverse the trajectory of their relationship, an act of desperation has devastating results. 

      Unfolding between the wild freedoms of British Columbia and the glittering beaches of California, Demi-Gods explores a girl’s attempt to forge a path of her own choosing in a world where female independence is suspect. Sensitive, playful, and entirely original, Eliza Robertson is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary literature.
      Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island. She attended the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and Journey Prize. Her first story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book award and selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice. In 2015, she was named as one of five emerging writers for the Writers’ Trust Five x Five program. She lives in Montreal.
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      The Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Award - Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction 2018, Winner
      One of The Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2017
      One of Now Magazine's 10 Books to Read This Summer
      One of The National Post's Best Books of 2017
      One of The Chicago Reader's Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

      “The book is of a piece with André Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name and other soft-core explorations of how we mess one another up, and realize it only later.…Rarely have blurred lines, in weird sex or otherwise, been explored with such grace.” ?The New York Times

      Demi-Gods reminded me favorably of novels like Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home and Emma Cline’s The Girls, where a hazy, swollen summer ambience is sliced through by the razor-wire of menace and illicit arousal. Ms. Robertson’s writing is compact, barbed and often startling…Her uncanny recall, disturbing all the senses and making the past seem more vivid than the present, makes this one of the most memorable first novels I’ve read in 2018.” ?Wall Street Journal

      “Unsettling and compulsive, Demi-Gods is a fearless novel and Eliza Robertson a daring new novelist.” John Boyne, author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies

      "Atmospheric and lushly detailed, Demi-Gods captures the wonder and menace of adolescence in ways both unsettling and profound.” Christina Baker Kline, bestselling author of A Piece of the World

      "The heat ripples into sentences dripping with delicious detail… Its nod to the classics makes Demi-Gods comparable to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. As does the feeling of a new and important author arriving." —Financial Times

      "Dark and kinky with disturbingly good prose… Elena Ferrante-esque." Julianne Pachico, author of The Lucky Ones

      "In her poetic, essential debut novel, Eliza Robertson aims an unflinching gaze at the temptation and consequences of weaponized desire. Demi-Gods is a brutally beautiful coming-of-age story that sings with language as lovely, wild, and full of ominous longing as the young woman at its center." Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on Fire

      “A poetic debut novel . . . she juxtaposes grime and glory . . . to beautifully disturbing effect.” —The Globe and Mail

      Demi-Gods is a resolutely sure-footed piece of writing, moving with fleetness and agility over its chosen terrain. It’s the work of a writer who knows how to pace herself – when to sprint and when to hang back." —Quill & Quire

      "Episodic and spare, it jangles with deceptive pace. . . . Demi-Gods is an uncomfortable, propulsive and deeply enjoyable read. It has an air of coastal gothic to it, a sense of chaos barely restrained amid all the calm." —National Post

      "Demi-Gods is an entertaining read that leaves one feeling a tad sickly, yet completely satisfied." —Vancouver Sun

      “A dark story of sexually charged friendship in the 1950s, it’s as daring as it is exciting.” —Fashion

      Demi-Gods traces the border between fear and attraction. The novel throbs with ominous details—a foot on the small of a back, a jellyfish’s tendrils, a broken doll house. As Willa’s relationship to Patrick develops so does our sense of dread. Yet, it is also a book riddled with beauty—the way sunlight can transform a body, the depth of a moth’s wings, the way a girl’s body can beat to the same rhythm as the sea. Willa’s beauty is described as sly. The novel too, is sly. It will sneak under your skin.” Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You

      combines the unnerving, naked female candour of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend with a darkened menace worthy of German director Michael Haneke. Eliza Robertson imbues each page with an almost perverse eroticism – all actions and even inanimate objects and innocent vegetation are charged with sexual tension. In the younger brother, Patrick, she has created one of the most convincing antagonists in recent memory – my gut churned each time he appeared on the scene.” Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

      "There are easy ways to describe Demi-Gods--poetic, observant, tragic, gut-churning--but above all else Robertson's debut novel demonstrates masterful restraint, a complete and uncompromising commitment to dramatic *pull*. Everything is just so potent, so charged: the sexuality, the emotions, the violence. And like the deviant relationship at the novel's centre, there is something inescapable about Demi-Gods, so that by the end you feel as though you've been inches underwater, unable to surface, but desperate to." D.W. Wilson, author of Ballistics

      Demi-Gods is a resolutely sure-footed piece of writing, moving with fleetness and agility over its chosen terrain. It’s the work of a writer who knows how to pace herself – when to sprint and when to hang back. Robertson – whose 2014 story collection, Wallflowers, was extravagantly praised by critics – is a landscape artist with the signal ability to re-map spacious exteriors into teeming headspaces… Readers who allow themselves to get fully caught up in Robertson’s dense, disturbing prose may wonder how long it will take to free themselves from this novel’s own thrall.” —Quill & Quire (starred)

      “Robertson’s deliciously enigmatic style is the perfect analogue to Willa’s absorbing yet deeply haunting journey of self-discovery.” —Publisher's Weekly

      “An exquisite, unconventional story of obsession, barely repressed desires, brimming with erotic detail, chafing with innuendo, and filled with desperately complex characters--Eliza Robertson has written a stunner of a debut novel.” Lee Henderson, author of The Road Narrows As You Go

      "Demi-Gods is both languid and full of menace, a slow burn that compulsively gathers heat. Robertson explores one girl’s passivity and power, and one boy’s monstrous impulses, with shocking honesty and language that is as precise and sensuous as a poet’s. This story is frighteningly real and beautifully told." Deborah Willis, author of The Dark and Other Love Stories

      “Demi-Gods is a feat of subtlety and daring that opens with unease, builds into a dark drama, and culminates in an unforgettable scene of revenge. Robertson portrays complex relationships with breathtaking precision and compassion, revealing the human bonds that protect, falter, survive, and heal. I absolutely love this novel.” Alison MacLeod, author of All the Beloved Ghosts

      “Unsettling and compulsive, Demi-Gods is a fearless novel and Eliza Robertson a daring new novelist.” —John Boyne, author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies

      “A daring page-turner to devour in one sitting.” Express by Elizabeth Archer

      “Robertson writes with compelling precision and complexity about the charged ambivalences of sexual discovery. As an award-winning short-story writer, she has a gift for sharply compressed description and minute character observation.” —The Sydney Morning Herald

      “Robertson's strength lies in her detailing of the characters, and in her sparse but powerful language.” The Telegraph

      Praise for Wallflowers:

      “Reading Wallflowers, Eliza Robertson’s debut story collection, is like taking a solo swim across a chilly lake. You become mesmerized by details – the silken texture of the water, the cool air on your arms as they rise and fall, the rhythm of your breath, the dark scrub of trees on the distant shore – without ever forgetting the mysteries and potential dangers that lurk beneath. In this captivating book, people down in gray water, shacks burn on stony beaches, planes crash into rivers, hummingbirds are trapped and tethered to wrists, neighborhoods flood. Grief and loss cast long shadows over these stories, which sometimes bring us to the threshold of disaster and sometimes explore its aftermath.” —New York Times Book Review

      "A little bit dark. A little bit weird. Eliza Robertson is Canada's next big lit star." —Flare

      "An absolutely stunning collection. Without question it announces a major talent...There are doubtless many awards in her future." —Toronto Star

      “Confirms her as a significant new talent. The ordinary and everyday become imbued with a strange significance, albeit with a feather-light touch; Robertson's prose is never weighed down, even as it imparts a sense of uneasiness, anticipation. Robertson lets images vibrate with possibilities. Almost every story, individually, is sharp, illuminating.” Independent on Sunday

      “Tremulous, tender, indeed, Munro-esque.” —Maclean's

      “Robertson pays careful attention to the smallest detail, the one rich with opportunity and heartbreak.” The Scotsman

      “Robertson writes with a keen command, both of language and of form, pushing both beyond the realm of comfort.” Vancouver Sun

      “Robertson is poised to become a master.” —The Globe and Mail

      “Robertson’s writing is ambitious, and her imagination fearless. Weird, disturbing and oddly bewitching . . . unlike anything I’ve read before.” —The Fountain
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    The Visitors Catherine Burns
    9781501164019 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date:September 26, 2017
    $35.00 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 30.48 mm | 1.03 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Gallery/Scout Press
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      “Once you start Catherine Burns's dark, disturbing, and enthralling debut novel, it's hard to stop. The Visitors is bizarrely unsettling, yet compulsively readable.” —Iain Reid, internationally bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things

      With the smart suspense of Emma Donoghue’s Room and the atmospheric claustrophobia of Grey Gardens, Catherine Burns’s debut novel explores the complex truths we are able to keep hidden from ourselves and the twisted realities that can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces.

      Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother John in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John’s rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door...and turning a blind eye to the women’s laundry in the hamper that isn’t hers. For years, she’s buried the signs of John’s devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind—until the day John is crippled by a heart attack, and Marion becomes the only one whose shoulders are fit to bear his secret. Forced to go down to the cellar and face what her brother has kept hidden, Marion discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible. As the truth is slowly unraveled, we finally begin to understand: maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side....
      Born in Manchester, Catherine Burns is a graduate of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She worked as a bond trader in London before studying at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and teaching film theory at the University of Salford. The Visitors is her debut novel.
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      "Once you start Catherine Burns' dark, disturbing, and enthralling debut novel, it's hard to stop.The Visitors is bizarrely unsettling, yet compulsively readable."
      "I absolutely loved it. I would advise any nail biters to sit on their hands while reading this book because they will chew right down to the knuckle. By far the creepiest novel I have read in a long time and I mean that in a really good way."
      "The novel sets up plenty of creeps and shivers, but… there is still a twist at the end."
      “Deliberate pacing, a claustrophobic setting, and vivid, wildly unsympathetic characters complement the twisted plot and grim conclusion.”
      The Visitors is an insidious, creepy novel, with a slow burn that leads to a horrifying revelation.

      “With its two unsympathetic main characters, chilling atmosphere and grim dénouement, this is an insightful study of loneliness and evil.”
      "Shades of Room."
      "I made the mistake of starting this one night before going to bed... It’s not an all out creepfest, but somehow through the use of these dichotomies, Burns has created a story and characters that are even more horrifying as they feel thoroughly realistic."
      "The Visitors, is dark and atmospheric, and its imagery is quite evocative... Through vignettes from Marion's point of view, Burns slowly layers morbid details as she unravels the disturbing Zetland history."
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    9780735224292 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 12, 2017
    $36.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.2 in | 1.29 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Press
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      From the New York Times bestselling author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, a beautiful novel set in meticulously planned Shaker Heights, that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives

      “I read LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope…”

      - Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of SMALL GREAT THINGS and LEAVING TIME

      In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules.

      Enter Mia Warren- an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

      When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family—and Mia’s.

      Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
      Celeste Ng is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the novels Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere, and Our Missing Hearts. Ng is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and her work has been published in over thirty languages.

      Author Residence: Cambridge, MA
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      “I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope: how do questions of race stack up against the comfort of privilege, and what role does that play in parenting? Is motherhood a bond forged by blood, or by love? And perhaps most importantly: do the faults of our past determine what we deserve in the future? Be ready to be wowed by Ng's writing—and unsettled by the mirror held up to one's own beliefs.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Wish You Were Here

      “Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning

      “Witnessing these two families as they commingle and clash is an utterly engrossing, often heartbreaking, deeply empathetic experience . . . It’s this vast and complex network of moral affiliations—and the nuanced omniscient voice that Ng employs to navigate it—that make this novel even more ambitious and accomplished than her debut . . . Our trusty narrator is as powerful and persuasive and delightfully clever as the narrator in a Victorian novel . . . It is a thrillingly democratic use of omniscience, and, for a novel about class, race, family and the dangers of the status quo, brilliantly apt . . . The magic of this novel lies in its power to implicate all of its characters—and likely many of its readers—in that innocent delusion [of a post-racial America]. Who set the littles fires everywhere? We keep reading to find out, even as we suspect that it could be us with ash on our hands.” —Eleanor Henderson, The New York Times Book Review

      “[Ng] captures her setting with an ethnologist’s authority . . . And there are time-capsule pleasures in her evocation of 1997 . . . The writing is poised.” —Wall Street Journal

      “Delectable and engrossing . . . A complex and compulsively readable suburban saga that is deeply invested in mothers and daughters . . . What Ng has written, in this thoroughly entertaining novel, is a pointed and persuasive social critique, teasing out the myriad forms of privilege and predation that stand between so many people and their achievement of the American dream. But there is a heartening optimism, too. This is a book that believes in the transformative powers of art and genuine kindness—and in the promise of new growth, even after devastation, even after everything has turned to ash.” Boston Globe

      “[Ng] widens her aperture to include a deeper, more diverse cast of characters. Though the book’s language is clean and straightforward, almost conversational, Ng has an acute sense of how real people (especially teenagers, the slang-slinging kryptonite of many an aspiring novelist) think and feel and communicate. Shaker Heights may be a place where “things were peaceful, and riots and bombs and earthquakes were quiet thumps, muffled by distance.’ But the real world is never as far away as it seems, of course. And if the scrim can’t be broken, sometimes you have to burn it down. Grade: A-” Entertainment Weekly

      “Stellar . . . The plot is tightly structured, full of echoes and convergence, the characters bound together by a growing number of thick, overlapping threads . . . . Ng is a confident, talented writer, and it’s a pleasure to inhabit the lives of her characters and experience the rhythms of Shaker Heights through her clean, observant prose. Before she became an author she was a miniaturist—almost too perfect for a writer of suburban fiction—and there’s a lovely, balanced, dioramic quality to this novel. She toggles between multiple points of view, creating a narrative both broad in scope and fine in detail, all while keeping the story moving at a thriller’s pace.” LA Times

      “Riveting . . . unearthing the ways that race, class, motherhood and belonging intersect to shape each individual . . . Perhaps Ng's most impressive feat is inviting the reader's forgiveness for Mrs. Richardsona woman whose own mission for perfection, and strict adherence to rules ultimately become the catalyst for the maelstrom that ensues.” Chicago Tribune

      “Like Sue Monk Kidd or Madeleine Thien, Celeste Ng has a carpenter’s sure touch in constructing nested, interconnected plots . . . There are few novelists writing today who are as wise, compassionate and unsparing as Ng, about the choices you make, the ones you don’t, and the price you might pay for missed lives.” —Financial Times

      "When you're in the mood for family drama that's not your own, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng will have you hooked.” —The Skimm

      “Sharp and entertaining—you can’t look away even when things are crashing and burning (literally)—and it possibly ranks up there with all-time great suburbia fiction, like Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides.” —Goop

      “Opposites attract and also ignite in this thoughtful novel.” People

      “Ng writes with the wisdom of a hundred lives lived.” —Harpers Bazaar

      “A riveting read and one of our favorite new works of fiction this fall.” —Refinery29

      “[Ng] probes privilege and the compromises it requires in a riveting novel.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

      “A meditation on rules, race, class, insiders, outsiders, motherhood. There is no throwaway character. And after you've raced to the end of the book, you'll want to read it again, to take the ideas and hold them up to the harsh light of 2017. Ng's novel would be a great read in any time period—but if you’re struggling with the present moment and how we got here, this novel will do what any good piece of fiction does: illuminate.” —Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Best Books of 2017

      “Like Everything I Never Told You, Ng’s excellent debut, the book plots its way into a smart, accessible conversation about race and class. But free of the restraints of Everything’s thriller construction, Little Fires gives Ng the space and patience to confront how progressive-minded communities approach identity.” —GQ.com

      “[A] suspenseful, tense tale.” W Magazine

      “[Ng’s] descriptions are so dead-on you can practically see the Cleveland skyline as you ride shotgun with these characters.” Glamour

      “A meditation on the unspoken pains and contradictions of motherhood. Its story unspools all the raw, knotted tensions that go into making a family . . . Choosing a rambling van over a 401(k) isn't a sign of delinquent parenting in Ng's universe; it's just one of a series of possible paths, with its own unique pleasures and pitfalls.” —Refinery29

      “Unmissable . . . Ng’s psychological insight is acute, yet generous . . . Little Fires Everywhere examines the cruelties that we unwittingly inflict on those we claim to love.” ―Claire Fallon, HuffPost’s Best Fiction Books of 2017

      “Takes unerring aim at upper-middle-class America’s blind spots . . . a nuanced study of mothers and daughters and the burden of not belonging to our families or our communities.”Vogue

      “Totally absorbing, each character drawn so well it makes it impossible to decide whose side you’re on.” —Marie Claire

      “Ng writes with the wisdom of a hundred lives lived, churning out complex characters mostly sympathetic, sometimes loathsome, but all startlingly human.” —HarpersBazaar.com

      “Fans of novelist Celeste Ng’s debut, Everything I Never Told You, and devotees of her resistance-ready Twitter feed can rejoice . . . The story drifts effortlessly between characters; each is full and memorable as they coax the novel to its fiery climax. Ng reminds us that action is a choice, and you’ll want to keep reading until the last irreversible actions play out.”Bust

      “Couldn’t be more timely . . . Little Fires Everywhere might just be the signpost that we need, pointing a way forward with the gentle suggestion that sometimes doing the right thing means breaking some rules.” —Paste

      “Compelling . . . Little Fires Everywhere invests all of its emotional energies in the relationship between mothers and their children . . . in Ng’s precisely rendered perfect suburb.” —Vox

      “Ng’s taut class drama is calibrated for fireworks.” —New York Magazine, Books to Read This Fall

      “Written with deep empathy and vivid characters who feel true to life, Little Fires Everywhere is a captivating, insightful examination of motherhood, identity, family, privilege, perfectionism, obsession, and the secrets about ourselves we try to hide.”Buzzfeed

      “There are few modern writers as brilliant at capturing the complexities of a family as Celeste Ng . . . The book is smart, nuanced, and exhilarating—but more than anything, Little Fires Everywhere is a gorgeous exploration of motherhood in its many forms, and the many different paths that women travel to get there.” —Shondaland.com

      “Ng’s uncanny ability to embody multiple viewpoints makes for a powerful, revelatory novel.” —BBC.com, Ten Books to Read in September

      “The un-put-downable story that everyone will be talking about this Fall. A must read for book clubs.” —PopSugar

      “Equal parts clever, relatable, surprising and unsettling . . . Ng covers a lot of ground here, from class nuance to the nature of conformity. But the story really shines when she examines complex mother-daughter relationships and how they work . . . until they don’t.” —PureWow

      “Engrossing . . . Ng’s characters are authentic and complex, but it’s her confident narration that will invite readers to settle in for the ride—a storyteller who knows what she's doing is at the wheel . . . With each revelation, Little Fires Everywhere grows more propulsive and insightful, boring through the placid surface of American suburbia.” —Dallas Morning News

      “Ng has one-upped herself with her tremendous follow-up novel . . . a finely wrought meditation on the nature of motherhood, the dangers of privilege and a cautionary tale about how even the tiniest of secrets can rip families apart . . . Ng is a master at pushing us to look at our personal and societal flaws in the face and see them with new eyes . . . If Little Fires Everywhere doesn’t give you pause and help you think differently about humanity and this country’s current state of affairs, start over from the beginning and read the book again.” —San Francisco Chronicle

      “The truth is messy for everyone in Little Fires Everywhere. As she did so well in Everything I Never Told You, Ng crafts sympathetic backstories for the characters that make their decisions understandable if not entirely acceptable. She also creates layered portraits, especially of the girls and women, to raise questions about what mothers can give and what their children need when no one can stick to the rules.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

      “Ng’s talent for depth of story and character development shines and will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

      “Immersive and thought-provoking . . . Hang on and prepare to be mesmerized as you meet two families in idyllic Shaker Heights, Ohio.” The Missourian

      “A haunting, layered story of mothers and daughters, and how they attract and repel each other.” Seattle Times

      “A multilayered, tightly focused and expertly plotted narrative . . . A deeply impressive novel with the power to provoke and entrance.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “One of the best novels of the fall is an emotional tale about motherhood, class and so much more . . . Everything I Never Told You, was good, but this is better.” —AARP.org

      “Mesmerizing . . . The result is a deftly woven plot that examines a multitude of issues, including class, wealth, artistic vision, abortion, race, prejudice and cultural privilege.” —BookPage

      “Ng’s best-selling first novel Everything I Never Told You proved her deft hand at crafting family dramas with the deep-rooted tension of a thriller, a skill she puts to pitch-perfect effect in her latest entry . . . that is equal parts simmering and soulful.” —HarpersBazaar.com

      “A quiet but powerful look at family, secrets, and running from the past. Once again, Ng has delivered a near-perfect novel.” BookRiot

      “An intricate and captivating portrait of an eerily perfect suburban town with its dark undertones not-quite-hidden from view and a powerful and suspenseful novel about motherhood . . . Ng explores the complexities of adoption, surrogacy, abortion, privacy, and class, questioning all the while who earns, who claims, and who loses the right to be called a mother . . . an impressive accomplishment.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Ng’s stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest . . . [A] tour de force.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “This incandescent portrait of suburbia and family, creativity, and consumerism burns bright . . . As in Everything I Never Told You, Ng conjures a sense of place and displacement and shows a remarkable ability to see—and reveal—a story from different perspectives. The characters she creates here are wonderfully appealing, and watching their paths connect—like little trails of flame leading inexorably toward one another to create a big inferno—is mesmerizing, casting into new light ideas about creativity and consumerism, parenthood and privilege. With her second novel, Ng further proves she's a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America.” —Kirkus (starred review)

      “Spectacular sophomore work . . . a magnificent, multilayered epic that’s perfect for eager readers and destined for major award lists.” —Library Journal (starred review)

      “Little Fires Everywhere takes us deep into other people's homes and lives and darkest corners. Along the way, Celeste Ng is always witty, engrossing, unsparing and original.” —Meg Wolitzer

      “Little Fires Everywhere is a dazzlingly protean work—a comedy of manners that doubles as a social novel and reads like a thriller. By turns wry, heart-rending and gimlet-eyed, it confirms Celeste Ng's genius for gripping literary fiction.” —Peter Ho Davies, author of A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself and The Fortunes

      “As if it wasn't totally obvious from her stunning first novel, Little Fires Everywhere showcases what makes Celeste Ng such a masterful writer. The way she examines the complexity of place, and the people who inhabit that place, is some of the most virtuosic, compelling, and wise storytelling that I've seen in a long time. By looking so closely at this community, she opens up the entire world, and it's an amazing experience.” —Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here and The Family Fang

      “Yes, it's the story of one Ohio town, but Little Fires Everywhere is not that familiar tale of the underside of the American suburb. It's a powerful work about parenthood and politics, adolescent strife and artistic ambition, and the stark choice between conformity and community. Celeste Ng possesses the remarkable ability to write about the most serious of subjects with the lightest possible touch.” —Rumaan Alam, author of Leave The World Behind

      “I cracked open this book mid-morning and did not even move again until it was time to turn on a light. What a joy it was to be so thoroughly taken, to let the chores and clocks and even my own breathing stop while I raced through these pages. Celeste Ng once again proves she is a force to be reckoned with. Little Fires Everywhere is a deft, smoldering masterpiece.” —Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk: A Memoir

      “As I read Celeste Ng's second novel I found myself thinking, again and again: How does she know so much? About all of us? How does she write with such perception, such marvelous grace, such daring and generosity? Little Fires Everywhere has the irresistible pace of an expertly tuned thriller, and the observational brilliance of lasting literature. It marks Celeste Ng as a writer of the first rank, among the very best in her generation—right there with Zadie Smith and Jacqueline Woodson. I was mad for this book.” —Joe Hill, author of The Fireman and Heart-Shaped Box

      “I was fascinated, not to mention worried about, and frightened of and for, these intriguing characters. Celeste Ng is a powerful and poignant writer whose attention to detail is pitch-perfect. Her intuitive rendering of how and why people behave in such unflattering ways is important. Her writing is honest and rich—and I love how little fires spread here until they're put out.” —Terry McMillan, author of It's Not All Downhill From Here and Waiting to Exhale
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    Series: Virtue Falls
    The Woman Who Couldn't Scream A Novel Christina Dodd
    9781250028488 Hardcover FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:September 05, 2017 Print Run:50000
    $38.99 CAD 6.37 x 9.4 x 1.22 in | 530 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Press
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      FromNew York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd comes the next riveting novel in the Virtue Falls series,The Woman Who Couldn't Scream

      Merida Falcon is a world-class beauty, a trophy wife who seems to have it all…except she has no voice.

      For nine bitter years, Merida lived to serve her wealthy elderly husband, never leaving his side, always doing his bidding…

      On his death, Merida vanishes…and reappears in Virtue Falls with a new name, a new look, and a plot to take revenge on the man who loved her, betrayed her and walked away, leaving her silent, abused and bound to an old man's obsession.

      But Merida faces challenges. Her school friend Kateri Kwinault is the newly elected sheriff of Virtue Falls. A chance meeting with her former lover intrigues him and brings him on the hunt for her, and meeting him face to face shakes her convictions. Will she have time to discover the truth about the events that occurred nine years ago? For someone in Virtue Falls is stalking women and slashing them…to death.

      Danger closes in. Merida's fears build. There’s no one to turn to…no one she dares to trust. And she has to wonder—who is the killer stalking? Is he trying to silence forever THE WOMAN WHO COULDN'T SCREAM?

      New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense and adventure, and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. More than fifty-seven of her novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by the Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, and been called the year's best byLibrary Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in theLos Angeles Times crossword puzzle. With more than fifteen million copies of her books in print, including the Virtual Falls series (Obsession Falls,Because I'm Watching) her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they’ve found, as Karen Robards writes, “an absolute thrill ride of a book!”
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      Praise forThe Woman Who Couldn't Scream:

      "Dodd's new title delivers complex storytelling, a rollicking pace, and surprising twists and turns, plus sly humor, a touch of the supernatural, and a full cast of interesting and diverse characters. Readers will be thrilled to get back to Virtue Falls." —Kirkus Reviews

      "Tense, taut, and beautifully paced, this latest addition to Dodd's series is another stunner; it will appeal to romance and suspense fans alike." —Library Journal (starred review)

      Praise forBecause I’m Watching:

      Two emotionally damaged characters find hope, self-forgiveness, and love in this exquisitely crafted, modern version ofGaslight that hooks readers and keeps them mesmerized until the end. A chilling and gripping tale, beautifully done.” —Library Journal(starred review)

      "Romantic suspense favorite Dodd heads back to Virtue Falls for another smart, dramatic mystery that will keep readers flipping pages until the very end, with unexpected twists, psychological tension, and emotional depth...Another Virtue Falls winner." —Kirkus Reviews(starred review)

      Praise forObsession Falls:

      “Dodd delivers another white-knuckle tale of romantic suspense...The plot’s twists and turns are handled with a positively Hitchcockian touch, while the brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor are pure Dodd.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “This one is impossible to put down. A remarkable, mesmerizing series.” —Library Journal(starred review)

      Praise forVirtue Falls:

      "A winning read. Intense and suspenseful, with touches of romance, humor and mysticism." —Kirkus Reviews

      "Mega talent Dodd returns with a truly stunning work of mystery, danger and romance." —Romantic Times (Top Pick)

      “Dodd slowly ratchets up the suspense level to the breaking point, while introducing readers to the diverse and quirky characters…a nail-biting book.” —Booklist

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    Godsgrave Book Two of the Nevernight Chronicle Jay Kristoff
    9781250073037 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date:September 05, 2017 Print Run:60000
    $39.99 CAD 6.33 x 9.4 x 1.5 in | 450 gr | 448 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Press
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      The second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

      In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

      Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

      When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

      JAY KRISTOFF is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Lotus War, The Illuminae Files and The Nevernight Chronicle. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the Locus Award, David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,665 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell. He does not believe in happy endings.
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        "National Print Publicity National Online Publcity Online Advertising and Promotion Extensive Early Reviewer Campaign Social Media Campaign Library Marketing Campaign Signed 1st Edition Printing Designed ARCs Tor.com Promotion CriminalElement.com Promotion Paperback Tie-In: Nevernight Author Website: JayKristoff.com Author Twitter: @MisterKristoff Author Facebook: /AuthorJayKristoff"
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      "Kristoff again graces his story with hilarious asides, vicious competition, and a protagonist as relentless as she is fearless. Her brutal world is populated with a fascinating array of characters who often meet dismal and bloody fates.... Through tragedy, betrayal, and victory, this glorious adventure thrills and satisfies with cold violence, terrifying monsters, roaring crowds, and bloody honor." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      "Sexier, grittier, fiercer, bloodier — Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave is an action-packed showstopper. ... Godsgrave thrums with unrelenting tension and suspense and you won’t know what to do with yourself once it’s over." —USA Today

      "I feel like I really can't do this book justice with words. But it is in fact bloodier, sexier, stabbier and badassier (just go with it) than Nevernight. Seriously, who knew that was even possible? Questions are answered, many more are asked and we are slowly fed more information about Mia's past." —The YA Circle blog on Godsgrave

      "Kristoff has put together an excellent follow-up to Nevernight, and it will not disappoint....Things get more and more intense in just about every area of Mia's life, and it's all leading to a showstopping conclusion in book three. I'll be waiting for it!" —The Eater of Books blog on Godsgrave

      "Godsgrave is intense and dark... There’s a lot of dynamic and strong characters especially the women. The last 80 pages will leave you shouting your head off and it’s never info dumped or out of left field.... If you like YA fantasy but want more sex and blood and language, read Nevernight and then quickly follow it with Godsgrave..." —Bang Bang Books blog on Godsgrave

      "The Nevernight Chronicle is a fantastic story. Absolutely original work, fantastic interaction between characters, a well developed world and politics. Jay is truly an amazing writer." —Burkhead's Books and Bad Reviews blog on Godsgrave

      "All I can say is "Wow!" I'm speechless with wonder, with awe at the twists and turns the story had taken. Though I'm expecting things not to go swimmingly for Mia, I never imagined the routes the plot would take to bring her to where she was by the end of the book." —The Romance Reviews blog

      "I rate this book a glowing 5 out of 5 stars! Perfect for fantasy readers who love a badass heroine, assassins, action, and blood!" —The Introverted Book Nerd blog

      "Come for the vengeful assassins, stay for the fear-drinking shadowcats. Godsgrave is a stylish, fast-paced and welcome return to the world of Nevernight." —Peter Newman, award-winning author of The Vagrant

      "Launching the Nevernight fantasy series, Kristoff (the Lotus War trilogy) creates a splendid world of corruption and violence. Kristoff portrays a world as rife with villains and treachery as the ancient Italian civilizations it echoes. Absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness, this beginning promises (and delivers) equal shares of beauty and decay."—Publishers Weekly, starred review on Nevernight

      "A sensuous, shades-of-moral-gray world; a compelling, passionate heroine; a high-stakes quest for revenge—this is a fantasy fans won't be able to put down."—Kirkus Reviews on Nevernight

      "The world-building is delightfully detailed, its baroque flourishes supplied by sarcastic footnotes, but we are drawn through the narrative by Mia’s triple quest: to rescue her family members, to avenge her father’s death and to survive her education at the church, where the ultimate test is to avoid being killed by the training."—The Daily Mail on Nevernight

      "Kristoff's new fantasy series is off to a rollicking start."—Booklist on Nevernight

      "A very entertaining and well thought out story with a very readable main protagonist and her sidekick set at it’s heart.... It’s dark and twisted with a great streak of humour that softens some of the blows. An excellent start to series and one that I’m really looking forward to continuing with." —The Speculative Herald blog on Nevernight

      "The innovative setting, fast-moving plot, vivid descriptions, and thrilling action scenes make this a refreshing addition to the steampunk canon." —Publishers Weekly, starred review on Stormdancer

      "Soars higher than the arashitora Kristoff writes about; superb." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Stormdancer

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