MIDWINTER BREAK by Bernard MacLaverty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A closely observed, deeply sympathetic rendering of a relationship and the fissures that threaten to wreck it."
The Belfast-born writer etches an affecting portrait of a couple more than 40 years married as they confront the idea that one of them is thinking of leaving. Read full book review >
THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS by Sarah MacLean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A thrilling story of love reborn."
An Edwardian-era duke and duchess are torn apart by the expectations of their families and the death of their child. Read full book review >

FIVE-CARAT SOUL by James McBride
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"McBride emerges here as a master of what some might call 'wisdom fiction,' common to both The Twilight Zone and Bernard Malamud, offering instruction and moral edification to his readers without providing an Aesop-like moral."
A versatile, illustrious author brings out his first short-fiction buffet for sampling, and the results are provocatively varied in taste and texture; sometimes piquant, other times zesty. Read full book review >
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Everything that her readers, the National Book Award committee, and the Pulitzer Prize judges love about McDermott's (Someone, 2013, etc.) stories of Irish-Catholic American life is back in her eighth novel."
In Brooklyn in the early 20th century, The Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor are intimately involved in the lives of their community. Read full book review >
RESERVOIR 13 by Jon McGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A stunningly good, understated novel told in a mesmerizing voice."
A young girl disappears outside a small village in northern England. Read full book review >

THE BURNING GIRL by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Emotionally intense and quietly haunting."
Messud (The Woman Upstairs, 2013, etc.) investigates the fraught intricacies of friendship and adolescence as two girls grow up and grow apart in a small Massachusetts town. Read full book review >
AUGUSTOWN by Kei Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Despite the novel's relative brevity, Miller captures the ways community, faith, and class create a variety of cultural microclimates."
A boy's schoolroom punishment opens a window into the roiling, mystical history of a Jamaican community. Read full book review >
RECLUCE TALES by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Don't expect great significance everywhere—some of the pieces are no more than vignettes—but Modesitt is excellent company, and the more familiar you are with the series, the richer these stories will seem."
A collection of 17 new and three reprinted stories plus an essay, weaving among the prolific Modesitt's impressive 18-book (and counting) fantasy Saga of Recluse (Heritage of Cyador, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >