The Coal Tattoo (Sept., $22.95) by Silas House. Two sisters learn to live through their painful pasts and become close again. 10-city author tour.
A Serious Person (Oct., $24.95) by Orland Outland. A televised contest to determine America's best singer/songwriter pits two gay men against each other for the affections of a third.
The Second Life of Samuel Tyne (Sept., $24.95) by Esi Edugyan. A family moves from urban life to a small Canadian town first settled by American blacks who abandoned the South.
Little Earthquakes (Sept., $26) by Jennifer Weiner. Three young wives discover how motherhood changes their sense of self. Ad/promo. 13-city author tour.
The Coldest Winter Ever (Oct., $21.95) by Sister Souljah. The hip-hop artist creates a quick-witted, sexy and business-minded heroine who wants more than life in the ghetto.
Family Blessings (Oct., $18) by Fern Michaels revisits the Cisco family in this holiday novella. Advertising.
Citizen Girl (Nov., $24.95) by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. The Nanny Diaries authors return with the story of a young woman's search for a career in the new economy. Advertising. 8-city author tour.
Paradise City (Sept., $24.95) by Lorenzo Carcaterra. A Naples police inspector reignites a blood feud with a Mafia don. 5-city author tour.
The Romanov Prophecy (Sept., $24.95) by Steve Berry is predicated on Rasputin's cryptic prophecy that the 1918 murder of the Romanovs was not the final chapter in their story. Advertising.5-city author tour.
Shoulder the Sky (Oct., $25.95) by Anne Perry. The sequel to No Graves as Yet continues the WWI series following the lives of the Reavley family. Advertising.
To the Last Man (Nov., $27.95) by Jeffrey M. Shaara is an emotional story of WWI. Advertising.12-city author tour.
Twisted (Dec., $26.95) by Jonathan Kellerman. Homicide detective Petra Connor and police intern Isaac Gomez team up to find a serial killer. Advertising.
Hot Target (Jan., $19.95) by Suzanne Brockmann. A special ops team is hired to protect a movie producer whose controversial film makes her the target of extremist groups. Advertising.Author publicity.
Angel of Harlem (Oct., $19.95) by Kuwana Haulsey. A woman dreams of becoming the first black female physician in New York City circa 1920. Author publicity.
Babylon Rising: Book 2, The Secret on Ararat (Sept., $25) by Tim LaHaye and Bob Phillips. Seeking Noah's ark, biblical scholar Michael Murphy is drawn to a terrifying evil about to assail the entire world. 550,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories, Vol. Two (Nov., $22) by Louis L'Amour. The adventures of Chick Bowdrie come to life in these 30 yarns. 150,000 first printing. Advertising.
The Delaney Christmas Carol (Nov., $20) by Kay Hooper, Iris Johansen and Fayrene Preston. This new hardcover edition containing three stories was first released over a decade ago. 150,000 first printing. Advertising.
Silver Bells (Nov., $15) by Luanne Rice. A rough-hewn tree farmer from Nova Scotia and a young reclusive librarian from New York City overcome past memories. 85,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.
Life Expectancy (Dec., $27) by Dean Koontz tells of five days in the life of Jimmy Tock, an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy. 600,000 first printing. Advertising.
Demon Rumm (Jan., $TBA) by Sandra Brown. The actor who will play Kirsten Rumm's late husband, a stunt pilot, in a biopic has a smile that she cannot refuse. 165,000 first printing.
Alone (Jan., $TBA) by Lisa Gardner. A Massachusetts SWAT team sniper takes out a woman's armed husband only to be faced with a wrongful death lawsuit. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Incubus Dreams (Oct., $22.95) by Laurell K. Hamilton is the latest in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.
Secrets of Sant'Angelo (Jan., $21.95) by Jeff Shapiro. A mysterious woman and her handsome son bring excitement and disruption to a picturesque village.
When Everything's Said and Done (Nov., $23) by Eboni Snoe weaves a story about the resilient bonds of family and friendship.
The Prodigal (Oct., $17.99) by Beverly Lewis. This fourth entry in the Abram's Daughters series travels the back roads of an Amish community.
Homeward My Heart (Nov., $17.99) by Judith Pella. The Hayes family returns in this latest installment of the Daughters of Fortune series.
The Little White Car (Sept., $22) by Danuta De Rhodes sends up chick lit. 25,000 first printing. Author tour.
My Jim (Feb., $19.95) by Nancy Rawles imagines the abandoned wife of the escaped slave Jim from Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Rosa (Feb., $24.95) by Jonathan Rabb. A German police inspector in post-WWI Berlin stumbles upon the body of social activist Rosa Luxemburg.
Fire Point (Sept., $22) by John Smolens spins a suspenseful plot of love, revenge and redemption in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Before You Know Kindness (Oct., $25) by Chris Bohjalian. A hunting rifle in the wrong hands brings tragedy to the Seton family at its country home in New Hampshire. Advertising. Author publicity.
Beautiful Inez (Feb., $24) by Bart Schneider. Bohemian romance and eccentric characters enliven San Francisco in the early 1960s.
Red Light Wives (Sept., $24) by Mary Monroe. Six women practicing the world's oldest profession attempt to break free.
The Preacher's Son (Feb., $24) by Carl Weber. The son of a minister, expected to emulate his father, shocks everyone with his decision.
Echoes (Nov., $27) by Danielle Steel. Three generations of women struggle and triumph as Hitler terrorizes Europe. 900,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Red Leaves (Dec., $26) by Belva Plain. A New England widow raises the surviving daughter of a friend lost in a car accident, but as years pass, their two viewpoints clash. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
The Great and Terrible, Vol. 2: Where Angels Fall (Oct., $18.95) by Chris Stewart. Elizabeth and her brothers face the evil forces that reign in the last days.
Sweet and Vicious (Sept., $23) by David Schickler. A tough guy with stolen diamonds and the woman he loves are chased by a gangster as they flee from Chicago to Yellowstone. 75,000 first printing.Advertising. Author publicity.
Shopaholic & Sister (Oct., $23) by Sophie Kinsella. Becky Bloomwood is overjoyed that she has a long-lost sister, but horrified that the sister hates to shop. 225,000 first printing.Advertising. Author publicity.
Queen of Dreams (Sept., $21.95) by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. A young artist and divorced mother discovers prophetic journals written by her late mother. Ad/promo.
The Finishing School (Sept., $16.95) by Muriel Spark. A dubious Swiss school accepts a 17-year-old prodigy whose novel in progress about Mary Queen of Scots excites no end of envy and sexual attraction. Advertising.
The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Collector's Edition (Oct., $35) by Dan Brown now includes 150 full-color images of masterpieces, symbols and religious iconography. Ad/promo.
The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great (Oct., $24.95) by Steven Pressfield is narrated from the warrior's viewpoint.
Men and Cartoons: Stories (Nov., $21.95) by Jonathan Lethem is a cornucopia of literary fiction. Advertising.Author publicity.
Nights of Rain and Stars (Sept., $25.95) by Maeve Binchy. A group of travelers from around the world is stunned when tragedy strikes a small Greek village. Advertising.
Savannah, or A Gift for Mr. Lincoln (Oct., $23.95) by John Jakes. It's 1864 and Sherman's army advances on Savannah, where the Lester ladies struggle to save the family's rice plantation. Advertising. BOMC, DBC, LG selections.
Whiteout (Dec., $26.95) by Ken Follett. A Christmas eve blizzard only makes things worse after a canister containing a deadly virus goes missing. Advertising.
The Motive (Jan., $26.95) by John Lescroart is a courtroom thriller in which family secrets and compromised justice complicate matters. Advertising. Author tour.
The Falls (Sept., $26.95) by Joyce Carol Oates. Niagara Falls casts a spell upon two generations of a family leading to tragedy, love, loss and redemption. 50,000 first printing.
WM. B. EERDMANS
Ancestral Shadows: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales (Sept., $25) by Russell Kirk collects 19 tales that are "experiments in moral imagination."
The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essays (Sept., $23) by Albert Camus collects fiction and nonfiction by the Nobel Prize winner, affirming humanity in a universe devoid of order or meaning.
The General in His Labyrinth (Oct., $18) by Gabriel García Márquez is inspired by the tragic life of Gen. Simón Bolívar.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
Human Capital (Oct., $25) by Stephen Amidon. A man whose well-ordered life is slipping away meets the manager of a secretive hedge fund, and vast wealth seems to await. Advertising.
Gilead (Nov., $23) by Marilynne Robinson. In 1956, the Rev. John Ames writes to his son about his ancestors, who were split on the issue of abolition. 10-city author tour.
I Am Charlotte Simmons (Nov., $28) by Tom Wolfe. A beautiful, brilliant freshman from North Carolina discovers that sex and kegs are more important than academics at Dupont University. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.
Empire Rising (Feb., $TBA) by Thomas Kelly centers on one of the men erecting the Empire State Building in 1930 New York City.
FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY
Toouba and the Meaning of Night (Feb., $26.95) by Shahrnush Parsipur, trans. by Havva Houshmand, explores the changing fortunes of Iranian women over the past 80 years.
The Exile (Sept., $25.95) by Allan Folsom. A strange secret from our world's mysterious past may affect the fate of all things. 250,000 first printing. Advertising.
The Lance Thrower (Sept., $27.95) by Jack Whyte retells the myths of Sir Lancelot and King Arthur. Ad/promo.
An Invisible Woman (Nov., $23.95) by Anne Strieber. Stripped of her luxuries, a New York socialite learns that it is easier to hide from those out to get her. Advertising.
Zanna's Gift (Nov., $12.95) by Scott Richards. A girl's painting of her deceased brother teaches her family the true meaning of Christmas. Advertising.
The Majority Rules (Jan., $24.95) by Eugene Sullivan. A Washington judge presents a legal thriller set in an appellate court. Advertising.
Irish Cream (Feb., $24.95) by Andrew M. Greeley brings back Nuala Anne McGrail, an Irish woman blessed with second sight. Advertising.
The Final Solution (Dec., $16.95) by Michael Chabon turns to the great master of detection: Sherlock Holmes. 60,000 first printing.
The Weatherman (Sept., $23) by Clint McCown is a story of suspense by the author of War Memorials. Advertising. Author tour.
Mantrapped (Dec., $24) by Fay Weldon is a rags-to-riches, gender-bending drama.
Life Mask (Sept., $26) by Emma Donoghue. In late 18th-century England, three celebrated Londoners represent the world on the brink of revolution. 150,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity. BOMC, QPB selections.
The Double (Oct., $25) by José Saramago. A dark meditation on identity ponders whether we are merely our outward appearance rather than the sum of our experiences. 60,000 first printing. Advertising.
The Courage Consort (Nov., $22) by Michel Faber collects three novels infused with passion and ambiguity. 100,000 first printing. Advertising.
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (Dec., $23) by Yann Martel contains four stories by the author of Life of Pi. 125,000 first printing. Advertising.
The Darling (Oct., $25.95) by Russell Banks. An American woman flees her political past in America for life in Liberia. 75,000 first printing.
Going Postal (Oct., $24.95) by Terry Pratchett sends up government, the postal system and much more. 100,000 first printing.
Metro Girl (Nov., $26.95) by Janet Evanovich. Murder and explosions interweave with car races and graft. 1 million first printing.
Skeleton Man (Dec., $25.95) by Tony Hillerman is another tale featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. 400,000 first printing.
The Last Kingdom (Jan., $25.95) by Bernard Cornwell. A young man defends a vulnerable England in the ninth-century war against the Vikings. 125,000 first printing.
With No One as Witness (Feb., $26.95) by Elizabeth George brings back her series characters, who encounter a surprise. 250,000 first printing.
Chango's Fire (Oct., $23.95) by Ernesto Quinonez follows the evolution of America's neighborhoods through gentrification, and a love story driven by the attraction of opposites. 40,000 first printing.
HAY HOUSE/PRINCESS BOOKS
Final Beginnings: The Tunnel (Sept., $23.95) by John Edward and Natasha Stoynoff is a supernatural thriller culminating in a midtown Manhattan tunnel where life and death converge. 100,000 first printing. 15-city author tour.
Auggie Wren's Christmas Story (Nov., $17.50) by Paul Auster. This new edition, illus. by ISOL, was originally commissioned for the New York Times's op-ed page and later made into the movie Smoke. Advertising.
Banishing Verona (Nov., $24) by Margot Livesey. A 29-year-old carpenter in London falls for a 37-year-old pregnant woman who leaves the next day for Boston. Advertising. Author tour.
Heir to the Glimmering World (Sept., $24) by Cynthia Ozick. Set on the outskirts of the Bronx in the 1930s, this story pays homage to Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Advertising. Author tour.
The Real Minerva (Sept., $24) by Mary Sharratt. The relationship between young Penny and her mother is as troubled as their town of Minerva, Minn., in 1923. Author tour.
The Plot Against America (Oct., $26) by Philip Roth. What if isolationist, anti-Semitic Charles A. Lindbergh had defeated FDR in the 1940 presidential election? 150,000 first printing. Advertising.
Drives Like a Dream (Feb., $23) by Porter Shreve. A mother goes to outrageous lengths to get her family back. Advertising. Author tour.
God's Gym (Feb., $23) by John Edgar Wideman is his first story collection in over a decade. Advertising.
The Same Sweet Girls (Jan., $23.95) by Cassandra King chronicles the lives of a tight-knit group of friends. 100,000 first printing. LG, BOMC, DBC selections.
Rosie Dunn (Feb., $22.95) by Cecelia Ahern. Two people meant to be together just can't seem to get it right. 100,000 first printing.
Misfortune's Daughters (Feb., $23.95) by Joan Collins. Two sisters born into privilege contend with a difficult family legacy. 50,000 first printing.
St. Dale (Feb., $25) by Sharyn McCrumb examines the heart of America, inspired by the cult following of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Birds Without Wings (Sept., $25) by Louis de Bernières. From the author of Corelli's Mandolin comes a story of Armenians living in a small town in Anatolia during the twilight of the Ottoman Empire. 150,000 first printing. Advertising. 10-city author tour.
Checkpoint (Sept., $15.95) by Nicholson Baker. Over lunch in a hotel room not far from the nation's capitol, Jay explains to Ben why and how a murder that he plans to commit will change the course of history.
An Unfinished Life (Sept., $23) by Mark Spragg. Pregnant when her husband is killed, Jean is blamed for his death by her father-in-law. 150,000 first printing. Advertising. 11-city author tour.
Runaway: Stories (Nov., $24) by Alice Munro. In the title story, a young woman is torn about leaving her husband. 100,000 first printing. Advertising.
At Risk (Jan., $25) by Stella Rimington. British intelligence reports that a terrorist who is an undetectable English citizen may be at large. 100,000 first printing.
Never Let Me Go (Jan., $24) by Kazuo Ishiguro. A 31-year-old woman recalls growing up among children cloned for their organs. 100,000 first printing.
Power of the Dog (Feb., $25.95) by Don Winslow follows a DEA agent, a drug lord, a call girl, a hit man and a priest—all caught up in the war on drugs.
Gifts of the Wise Men: A Treasury of Christmas Stories (Oct., $15.99), compiled by Colleen Reece, is an illustrated collection.
Light on Snow (Oct., $25.95) by Anita Shreve. On a December afternoon, a father and his daughter find an abandoned infant in the snow. Ad/promo.
Lux (Oct., $23.95) by Maria Flook. After a woman's husband disappears, his killer falls for the young widow.
Case Histories (Nov., $23.95) by Kate Atkinson. Startling connections among three cases emerge as a detective seeks answers. Advertising.
Los Angeles (Jan., $24.95) by Peter Moore Smith. The reclusive son of a Hollywood producer turns to drugs and a mysterious woman terrified for her life. Advertising.
The Indian Agent (Oct., $21.95) by Dan O'Brien. The sequel to The Contract Surgeon climaxes with the massacre at Wounded Knee.
Kiss Me, Judas,
Penny Dreadful and
Hell's Half Acre (Sept., $15 each) all by Will Christopher Baer form a trilogy set in a dark and gothic urban underground.
How to Be Lost (Oct., $24) by Amanda Eyre Ward. A New Orleans cocktail waitress heads west to look for her sister, Ellie, missing since she was six. 40,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo. Author tour.
Katya (Sept., $24) by Sandra Birdsell. A girl growing up in a pacifist Mennonite community on the Russian steppes witnesses the country's revolution.
Now You See Him (Nov., $19.95) by Stella Cameron. A bookseller becomes a prime suspect when she sees a murder.
When Christmas Comes (Nov., $14.95) by Debbie Macomber. When strangers Emily and Charles anonymously exchange homes over the holidays, chaos and mad confusion ensue.
The Butterfly House (Jan., $19.95) by Marcia Preston. A home that was once a refuge for Bobbie Lee becomes the site of tragedy.
Light Before Day (Feb., $23.95) by Christopher Rice. A serial killer is preying on L.A.'s gay community. 150,000 first printing.
Windows on the World (Feb., $24.95) by Frederic Beigbeder. A divorced father, a waitress, a young executive and an adulterous couple are all in the World Trade Center on 9/11. 50,000 first printing.
The Collected Stories of Truman Capote (Sept., $24.95) has an intro. by Reynolds Price.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Sept., $25.95) by Sidney Sheldon is a thriller of espionage, murder and romance. 750,000 first printing.
California Girl (Oct., $24.95) by T. Jefferson Parker. The lives of three brothers are indelibly changed by one brutal act. 150,000 first printing.
The System of the World (Oct., $27.95) by Neal Stephenson concludes the Baroque Cycle series. 250,000 first printing.
Valley of Bones (Jan., $24.95) by Michael Gruber brings back Miami detective Jimmy Paz. 100,000 first printing.
Baker Towers (Jan., $24.95) by Jennifer Haigh is a family saga set in a Pennsylvania coal mining town following WWII. 100,000 first printing.
The Real Mother (Feb., $24.95) by Judith Michael. Love and betrayal precede a happily-ever-after ending. 100,000 first printing.
MOYER BELL (dist. by Acorn Alliance)
The Rising Place (Jan., $22.95) by David Armstrong tells of love, race relations and WWII in Hamilton, Miss.
NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY
The Parisian Affair (Oct., $23.95) by Judith Gould. An innocent woman is trapped in a game of international intrigue and high-stakes glamour.
Days of Infamy (Nov., $24.95) by Harry Turtledove imagines a Japanese-occupied Hawaii after December 7, 1941.
The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels (Oct., $150 until Dec. 31, $175 thereafter) by Patrick O'Brian offers five volumes and includes three chapters of his unfinished 21st novel.
21: The Unfinished Twenty-First Novel in the Aubrey/Maturin Series (Oct., $21.95) by Patrick O'Brian contains three chapters of the unfinished book along with a facsimile of his manuscript.
The Story of My Baldness (Nov., $22) by Marek van der Jagt. An obsessive Viennese philosophy student searches for love.
War Trash (Oct., $25) by Ha Jin looks at the experiences of Chinese POWs held by Americans during the Korean war. Advertising.8-city author tour.
The Year Is '42 (Dec., $20) by Nella Bielski. His disdain for the Nazis brings unwanted attention to a sophisticated Wehrmacht officer. Advertising.
Pearl (Jan., $24) by Mary Gordon. An Upper West Side mother and daughter confront life's ultimate questions against the backdrop of the Irish Troubles.
The Geographer's Library (Jan., $24.95) by Jon Fasman. A young reporter from a smalltown paper penetrates an international smuggling ring that promises eternal life. Author tour.
My Brother's Passion (Oct., $24) by D. James Smith. A boy tries to help his brother adjust to life after Vietnam.
The Widow's Husband (Jan., $24) by Sheila Evans. A new widow discovers that her husband squandered their life savings on a mistress.
Honorable Mention (Sept., $19.95) by Robert N. Macomber is the third in a series about the naval Civil War in Florida featuring the adventures of Lt. Peter Wake.
Trace (Sept., $26.95) by Patricia Cornwell is the latest thriller starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Ad/promo. Author tour. LG, DBC, BOMC and Mystery Guild selections.
Dark Justice (Sept., $25.95) by Jack Higgins concerns a very different kind of war with very different rules.
Northern Lights (Oct., $25.95) by Nora Roberts visits Lunacy, Alaska, where secrets are buried beneath the tiny frozen town. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Prince of Beverly Hills (Oct., $25.95) by Stuart Woods. A brash detective turns onto the Hollywood fast lane. Advertising.Author tour.
Black Wind (Nov., $27.95) by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler is the latest Dirk Pitt adventure. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Falling Awake (Nov., $24.95) by Jayne Ann Krentz is a tale of murder, passion and the danger of dreams. Advertising.Author publicity.
By Order of the President (Dec., $26.95) by W.E.B. Griffin introduces a new series with a very modern hero. Ad/promo.Author tour.
The Cat Who Went Bananas (Dec., $23.95) by Lilian Jackson Braun. When an actor dies in a car accident, Jim Qwilleran's cat, Koko, decides that circumstances are suspicious. Advertising.
Florence of Arabia (Sept., $24.95) by Christopher Buckley. In Arab Matar, an emir's restless wife starts a TV network for women with the help of a maverick American State Department officer known as Florence. Advertising.
The Godfather Returns: The Saga of the Family Corleone (Nov., $26.95) by Mark Winegardner. This novel, a winner in an international competition, describes events between the end of Mario Puzo's Godfather and the beginning of Francis Ford Coppola's movie sequels. Ad/promo. 11-city author tour.
A Redbird Christmas (Nov., $17.95) by Fannie Flagg. A highly unusual event occurs in a remote small town on Christmas morning. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Gift of Christmas Present (Sept., $16.99) by Melody Carlson. A young woman seeks out her birth parents and finds a family troubled by intrigue.
The Seventh Beggar (Feb., $25.95) by Pearl Abraham. Storytelling and the limits of creation emerge in the Hasidic world of Monsey, N.Y.
Playing with Boys (Sept., $24.95) by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Three Latina friends in L.A. bond over man troubles and life's challenges. Advertising. 10-city author tour.
Company Man (Jan., $24.95) by Joseph Finder. When the son of a factory worker who becomes the company's CEO orders massive layoffs, he is thoroughly despised. Advertising. Author tour.
Unexpected Blessings (Jan., $24.95) by Barbara Taylor Bradford features a new generation of the Harte family. Advertising.
ST. MARTIN'S/THOMAS DUNNE
A Distant Flame (Sept., $24.95) by Philip Lee Williams. An elderly soldier recalls life during General Sherman's siege of Atlanta. Advertising. Author tour.
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (Sept., $35) by Stephen King. The conclusion of King's epic is illustrated by Michael Whelan. A Donald M. Grant book.
About Grace (Oct., $25) by Anthony Doerr is by the author of The Shell Collector.
Any Place I Hang My Hat (Oct., $26) by Susan Isaacs. An extraordinary young woman looks for a place she can belong.
Bad Dirt (Dec., $25) by Annie Proulx is a new collection of stories set in Wyoming.
Cold Train Coming (Sept., $16.95) by Larry Barkdull. A sheepherder's deceased dog helps a boy cope with feelings of loss and betrayal.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Love and Honor (Sept., $25) by Randall Wallace. A patriot undertakes a secret mission in Russia to save America from defeat on the eve of the Revolutionary War. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.
Wolves Eat Dogs: An Arkady Renko Novel (Nov., $25.95) by Martin Cruz Smith. The Moscow detective returns to Chernobyl 18 years after the tragic accident. 150,000 first printing. Advertising. 7-city author tour.
Loop Group (Dec., $25) by Larry McMurtry follows two offbeat women on their weird road trip. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
The Chrysanthemum Palace (Feb., $24) by Bruce Wagner. Three friends struggle against a ravenous, narcissistic Hollywood. 50,000 first printing.
The Virgin's Lover (Nov., $24.95) by Philippa Gregory recalls the first perilous years of Elizabeth I's reign.
The Midnight Band of Mercy (Sept., $25) by Michael Baline. In the late 19th century, the American belief in scientific progress could lead to a slaughter of innocents. 25,000 first printing.
truecrime (Oct., $25) by Jake Arnott plunges into London's shady and dangerous underworld.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV. PRESS
The Orchards of Ithaca (Sept., $25) by Harry Mark Petrakis. A prosperous Chicago couple's marriage unravels on the eve of the millennium in a comic tale of lust and salvation.
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIV. PRESS
Cookie Lily (Oct., $22.50) by Mary Troy. Nine stories and one novella take place primarily in Hawaii.
SYRACUSE UNIV. PRESS
The Night of the First Billion (Nov., $34.95) by Ghada Samman is the third book in a trilogy dealing with Lebanon's civil war.
An Apology for Autumn (Sept., $19.95) by David Turrill. A man just home from Vietnam learns that his brother, a Lutheran minister, refused to expel a gay couple from his congregation. Advertising. Author tour.
Hawkes Harbor (Oct., $21.95) by S.E. Hinton concerns a petty criminal who finds redemption through an encounter with the ultimate evil. 250,000 first printing. $200,000 ad/promo. Author publicity.
Lion of the Balkans (Nov., $24.95) by Vladimir Chernozemsky. Adventure, heroism and romance play out against the Balkan Wars. $40,000 ad/promo.
UNIV. OF GEORGIA PRESS
Chicken Dreaming Corn (Sept., $24.95) by Roy Hoffman. A Romanian Jewish family sets up shop in 1916 Mobile, Ala.
UNIV. OF IOWA PRESS
Christmas on the Great Plains (Oct., $25), edited by Dorothy Dodge Robbins and Kenneth Robbins, features stories by Hamlin Garland, Jane Smiley and others.
UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO PRESS
Serafina's Stories (Sept., $22.95) by Rudolfo Anaya. This fable set in 17th-century Santa Fe is a southwestern version of the Arabian Nights.
UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH PRESS
Bring Your Legs with You (Oct., $24.95) by Darrell Spencer contains nine interconnected stories set in Las Vegas.
UNIV. OF TENNESSEE PRESS
Minyan: Ten Jewish Men in a World That Is Heartbroken (Oct., $32) by Eliezer Sobel. Norbert Wilner finds salvation through humor, the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov and the camaraderie of lifelong friends.
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN PRESS
The Bonjour Gene (Jan., $26.95) by J.A. Marzan. Every Bonjour male carries a womanizing gene, and after one brother is murdered, the family confronts its heritage.
Buddha, Vol. 5: Deer Park (Sept., $24.95) by Osamu Tezuka. Siddhartha encounters his quasi-rival, Devadatta.
Dark Water (Oct., $21.95) by Koji Suzuki collects short stories about the sea. Author publicity.
The Inner Circle (Sept., $25.95) by T.C. Boyle. A virginal young man accepts a job with Dr. Alfred Kinsey in 1940. Advertising. 12-city author tour.
A Bit on the Side: Stories (Oct., $24.95) by William Trevor assembles 12 new stories.
Oh, Play That Thing: Vol. 2, The Last Roundup (Nov., $24.95) by Roddy Doyle is a sequel to A Star Called Henry. 10-city author tour.
Life Studies: Stories (Jan., $TBA) by Susan Vreeland is inspired by the works of great artists.
Mountain Betty (Jan., $22.95) by Hannah McCouch. Elizabeth, a recent college grad from Manhattan, moves into a cabin in Wyoming with her gorgeous boyfriend and fellow ski instructor.
WALK WORTHY PRESS
Flippin' the Script (Oct., $23.95) by Aisha Ford. Sabrina Bradley is a young Christian woman who produces a TV talk show in this novel about office politics, workplace romance and evangelical issues. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Cage's Bend (Jan., $24.95) by Carter Coleman. When one of three brothers dies, a tight-knit Southern family begins to unravel. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Good Guys (Jan., $24.95) by Bill Bonanno and Joe Pistone with David Fisher. Former mob chief Bonanno and former undercover FBI agent Pistone deliver an unusual crime thriller. Ad/promo.
Sarah's Song (Sept., $13.99) by Karen Kingsbury continues the Red Gloves series as two women are healed by the power of one song. Ad/promo. Author tour.