Light, Coming Back (Oct, $24.95) by Ann Wadsworth. An older woman faces her husband’s impending death and her own affair with a much younger woman. Advertising. Author publicity.
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (Nov., $19.95) by Gaetan Soucy. Their father's death shatters the bizarre existence of two children and reveals the terrible truth about their lives.
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What Happened to the Miracle (Oct., $21.95) by Meri Robie. Karen realizes she has two miracles in her life: her son and her sister.
The Speed of Light (Sept., $23.95) by Elizabeth Rosner. The sorrows of the past inspire a love story for the present. Advertising. 8-city author tour.
A False Sense of Well-Being (Oct., $23.95) by Jeanne Braselton. To escape lonely marriages, some women will recklessly seek passion. Advertising. 8-city author tour.
Inside Drive: A Novel of Basketball, Life and Love (Nov., $16.95) by Justin Timberlake. The 'N Sync member tells a tale of championship basketball, movie stars and issues of race and love. Advertising. 6-city author tour.
Unknown Destination (Feb., $23.95) by Maya Rasker. A man tries to come to terms with his wife's disappearance on their daughter's sixth birthday.
Bittersweet (Jan., $23.95) by Freddie Lee Johnson III. Three brothers fight to save their marriages, proving that black men's ties to their families are strong. Author publicity.
BANKS CHANNEL BOOKS
East Liberty (Oct., $21.95) by Joseph Bathanti is a coming-of-age novel about a fatherless boy in Pittsburgh's rough Italian-American neighborhood in the 1950s and '60s. Author tour.
Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands (Feb., $TBA) Susan Carol McCarthy. A racially charged murder in 1951 Florida helps launch a national movement. 35,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
FREDERIC C. BEIL
The Sentinels (Nov., $24.95) by Derek Smith concerns the sinking of the Confederate submarine USS Hunley and its relationship to contemporary murders in Charleston, S.C.
BLUE HEN BOOKS
Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa (Jan., $TBA) by Marc Estrin uses Samsa's post-transformation to view major geopolitical and social developments of the 20th century.
Aria (Sept., $23.95) by Susan Segal. The survivor of a shipwreck that kills her family takes refuge with a manipulative opera diva.
Living Parallel (Feb., $21) by Alexandr Kliment, trans. by Robert Wechsler. This poetic novel traces the spiritual and romantic conflicts of an architect in communist Czechoslovakia.
The Smallest Color (Oct., $25) by Bill Roorbach tells of brotherly love, loss and deliverance from the past.
Sympathy for the Devil (Sept., $23) by Christopher Chambers introduces Angela Bivens, a smart and sexy FBI agent, whose work takes her from Washington, D.C.'s worst neighborhoods to the tony haunts of the city's African-American elite. Author publicity.
When the Elephants Dance (Jan., $TBA) by Tess Uriza Holthe. A family and their neighbors band together to survive the brutal Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II.
The Thief-Taker: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner (Oct., $23.95) by T.F. Banks inaugurates a series featuring Henry Morton, a member of England's first detective force. 30,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Still She Haunts Me (Sept., $23.95) by Katie Roiphe is inspired by the relationship between Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and Alice Liddell, the young model for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 35,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Whitegirl (Jan., $TBA) by Kate Manning. An upscale interracial marriage begins with love and ends in violence. 25,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Coldwater (Sept., $24.95) by Mardi McConnochie reimagines the Brontë sisters living with their father, head of a penal colony in Australia. Ad/promo.
The Crusader (Oct., $24.95) by Michael Alexander Eisner. In the year 1275, a monk seeks to exorcise the demons in a brooding aristocrat who has returned from the Crusades. Ad/promo.
The Captain's Wife (Sept., $23.95) by Douglas Kelley is a historical epic about a woman at sea with a ship of mutinous sailors and a sick husband, their captain, to care for. Author publicity.
Picture Maker (Jan., $24.95) by Penina Keen Spinka. A girl who can foresee the future comes of age in 14th-century America. Ad/promo.
Itself (Dec., $26.95) by Barret Schumacher. Reed Haler looks into the future and sees something that he doesn't want to know. Advertising.
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Conjuring Maud (Oct., $23) by Philip Danze. An aging circus magician recounts his life in colonial West Africa of the late 1800s and his obsession with Maud King, a British explorer.
Personal Velocity (Sept., $23) by Rebecca Miller. The multifaceted lives of women are explored in seven portraits. 45,000 first printing.
The Savage Girl (Oct., $26) by Alex Shakar. After her fashion model sister's attempted suicide, Ursula is drawn into the strange world of consumerism and trendspotting. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
The Stars Can Wait (Feb., $21) by Jay Basu. In 1940s German-occupied Poland, a boy unearths his brother's secrets and watches his town and family disintegrate.
London Bridges (Sept., $24) by Jane Stevenson. This contemporary homage to the classic English detective story centers on a treasure lost in the Blitz, now newly discovered by an unscrupulous lawyer. Advertising.
Carter Beats the Devil (Sept., $24.95) by Glen David Gold. In the 1920s, America is obsessed with magic, and one master illusionist's stunt involves President Harding. 150,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo.
Andrew and Joey (Feb., $23) by Jamie James. Asian-American Andrew and Joey, a Cajun choreographer, find their 12-year relationship tested when Joey falls in love with one of his dancers.
The Ash Garden (Sept., $23) by Dennis Bock. The explosion of the first atomic bomb blurs lives beyond reckoning in Japan, New York and a peaceful Canadian village. 60,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
Blindsighted (Sept., $25) by Karin Slaughter. A rapist turned killer wreaks havoc in rural Grant County, Ga. 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Letters from an Age of Reason (Sept., $28) by Nora Hague. Racial tensions and shifting sexual conventions sweep through Civil War-era U.S. and Victorian London. 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Devil's Island (Oct., $19.99) by John Hagee. A Christian family is caught in Rome's persecutions as their lives interweave with the apostle John.
The King of Limbo and Other Stories (Nov., $25.95) by Adrianne Harun underscores the meaning in ordinary human suffering. Advertising. 5-city author tour.
Sap Rising: Stories (Sept., $20) by Christine Lincoln depicts young African-Americans whose lives unfold in rural settings. Ad/promo. 12-city author tour.
Jam (Jan., $25) by Alan Goldsher ventures into the daily life of musicians and the ills of the music business.
The Path of Minor Planets (Oct., $23) by Andrew Sean Greer. On a small island in the South Pacific, a group of astronomers gathers to witness the passing of a comet in 1965. Author tour.
Heresy: Book One (Sept., $25) by Anselm Audley begins a fantasy saga set in the storm-wracked waterworld of Aquasilva. Author publicity.
Gemini (Sept., $24.95) by Michael Burns. In rural Vermont in 1968, a new high school science teacher struggles with alcoholism.
Closing Time (Sept., $23.95) by Jim Fusilli. A novice New York City investigator and single father battles personal demons and vicious street crime.
I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly: And Other Stories (Sept., $21.95) by Mary Ladd Gavell is by the managing editor of Psychiatry magazine, who died in 1967 at the age of 47.
10th Grade (Jan., $23.95) by Joe Weisberg. Social cliques, hormonal urges and mathematics throw obstacles into Jeremy's young life.
Snapshots (Sept., $23.95) by William Norris peels back layers of suburban affluence to reveal a family's secrets.
The Good Men: A Novel of Heresy (Jan., $24.95) by Charmaine Craig. This novel about religious persecution is based on actual testimony by a young woman tried for heresy during the French Inquisition in 1320. Ad/promo. Author tour.
ST. MARTIN'S PRESS
The Christmas Shoes (Nov., $16.95) by Donna VanLiere is based on the song of the same name released by the group Newsong. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Publicity.
Leaving (Jan., $24.95) by Richard Dry follows an African-American family through three generations.
Queenmaker (Jan., $24.95) by India Edghill retells the biblical story of King David and Queen Michal from the female point of view.
Blood (Sept., $24.95) by Patricia Traxler shows how desire can evolve to jealousy, obsession and then murderous rage.
ST. MARTIN'S/THOMAS DUNNE
Leaving Disneyland (Oct., $23.95) by Alexander Parsons. An aging black con struggles to make parole after serving 16 years of a 20-year murder sentence.
Leaving Patrick (Nov., $24.95) by Prue Leith. A woman discovers that having the perfect man does not guarantee happiness.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Sharkman Six (Oct., $24) by Owen West focuses on the challenges of modern war with U.S. forces in Somalia. 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
Saturn's Return to New York (Sept., $23) by Sara Gran. A bright girl has a defining moment in the big city. $20,000 ad/promo.
Boy's Pond (Dec., $26.95) by Warren J. Stucki springs from the author's own experiences in southern Utah as 126 nuclear detonations occur at the Yucca Flats test site during the 1950s.
Crisis Game: A Novel of the Cold War (Jan., $24.95) by Craig Eisendrath. A war game played in the U.S. government shows the tenuous distinction between fiction and reality.
SYRACUSE UNIV. PRESS
My Suburban Shtetl: A Novel About Life in a Twentieth-Century Jewish American Village (Oct., $22.95) by Robert Rand. A boy grows up in the insular community of Skokie, Ill., in the 1960s and '70s.
UNIV. PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
Too Close to Call (Sept., $25) by Michael Kelsay. A rowdy ne'er-do-well comes of age via the Southern rite of politics.
Bitten (Oct., $24.95) by Kelley Armstrong. To her horror, a young woman learns that her fiancé is a werewolf and now she, too, is one.
The Secret Life of Bees (Jan., $23.95) by Sue Monk Kidd. Fleeing racial unrest, a girl and her guardian are taken in by a trio of black, beekeeping sisters in South Carolina.
The Eyre Affair (Feb., $24.95) by Jasper Fforde is a comic fantasy set in England where an arch criminal kidnaps characters from works of literature and holds them for ransom.
Happy Birthday to Me (Feb., $21.95) by Merrill Markoe. By her 36th birthday, Jenna had hoped to figure out men.
WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS
The Book of Fred (Sept., $24) by Abby Bardi. A girl raised in a fundamentalist sect begins to question all she's been taught. Author publicity.
The Third Witch (Oct., $25) by Rebecca Reisert revisits Macbeth as seen through the eyes of a young girl seeking vengeance. 5-city author tour.
Edinburgh (Oct., $25) by Alexander Chee concerns a gay Korean-American boy coming of age.
WHITE PINE PRESS
Empire Settings (Oct., $21.95) by David Schmahmann. Apartheid in South Africa affects various members of a family when the white son falls in love with a black domestic servant. $75,000 ad/promo.
The Rag & Bone Shop (Sept., $25) by Jeff Rackham returns to Charles Dickens's real affair with 18-year-old actress Ellen Ternan.
Volume 248 Issue 33 08/13/2001
Fall 2001 Hardcovers: Fiction/First & Collections