More Than You Know (Sept., $24.95) by Rosalyn Story. Family secrets devastate the marriage of a saxophonist and a singer. 7-city author tour.
The Painting (Oct., $22.95) by Nina Schuyler. In 1870s Japan, a woman avoids an arranged marriage by painting her memories of her lover and secretly sending them to a Parisian importer. 5-city author tour.
The Last Song of Dusk (Oct., $23.95) by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi. Love, loss, sex, karma and colonialism swirl through 1920s India.
Songbird (Sept., $24) by Walter Zacharius.A Jewish teenage girl loses everything in WWII and becomes a double agent to combat the Germans. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.
Star (Sept., $24) by Pam Anderson is a playful and bawdy romp through Hollywood, where a girl is transformed into a screen goddess. 200,000 first printing.
The Rock Orchard (Jan., $24) by Paula Wall. Love and sex are tempered by the power of God as extraordinary women work their wiles in Leaper's Fork, Tenn. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.
Little Fugue (Jan., $24.95) by Robert Anderson. This winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award examines the lives of Sylvia Plath and her family and friends, in particular, the impact on a young American writer. Author publicity.
The Quince Seed Potion (Nov., $23.95) by Morteza Baharloo. This saga set in Iran from 1928 to 1981 involves a servant's devotion to a dynastic family.
The Good Man (Jan., $23.95) by Edward Jae-Suk Lee. An amnesiac Korean War vet gradually regains his memory of wartime atrocities after returning to his wife and daughter on a Montana ranch.
Horseplay (Sept., $22.95) by Judy Reene Singer is the humorous tale of a woman who leaves an unsatisfying marriage for life on a North Carolina horse farm.
How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater (Sept., $21.95) by Marc Acito. A sexually confused New Jersey teenager concocts devious plans to pay his Juilliard School tuition.
Small Town Odds (Oct., $23.95) by Jason Headley relates a funny and poignant story of Eric Mercer and Pinely, W.Va.
The Eternal Quest (Jan., $23) by Julian Branston. While writing his comic masterpiece in installments, Miguel Cervantes learns that there is a real Don Quixote, who then comes to the author's aid.
Mary: A Midlife Memoir (Jan., $TBA) by Bill Gordon. Mary is a tough-talking Jersey City native who is emotionally abandoned by her husband, but uses her big heart and generous spirit to find independence. Advertising. Author publicity.
The Train to Lo Wu: Stories (Feb., $TBA) by Jess Row. Hong Kong provides the setting for a collision of race, sex, religion and culture. Advertising.Author publicity.
Articles of War (Feb., $18.95) by Nick Arvin centers on an Iowan farm boy who enlists in the army and is sent to Normandy shortly after D-Day.
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The Society of Others (Jan., $23.95) by William Nicholson is a fable, from a playwright and screenwriter, about violence and understanding.
Good News, Bad News (Sept., $23.95) by David Wolstencroft. Two friends, both spies, learn that their final assignments are to assassinate each other. Author tour.
The Family Tree (Jan., $23.95) by Carole Cadwalladr. When she becomes pregnant, Rebecca Monroe begins to question the subject of identity.
Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15 (Sept., $23.95) by Elsa Klensch. The former host of CNN's Style with Elsa Klensch reveals the dark underside of the glamorous world of fashion in a roman à clef.
Broken for You (Sept., $24) by Stephanie Kallos. Two women in self-imposed exile find their worlds transformed when their paths intersect. 30,000 first printing. 6-city author tour.
Seconds of Pleasure (Oct., $22) by Neil LaBute. The director and playwright turns to short fiction. 30,000 first printing. Author publicity.
Madeleine Is Sleeping (Sept., $22) by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum is about the discovery of art, sexuality, community and the self. Author publicity.
Please Don't Come Back from the Moon (Feb., $23) by Dean Bakopoulos. When all the fathers disappear from a blue-collar neighborhood outside Detroit, their sons struggle to resist following suit. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Ireland (Feb., $26.95) by Frank Delaney is a historical novel about the Irish spirit. 100,000 first printing.
Outside Valentine (Sept., $23) by Liza Ward. A Manhattan collector of antiquities is haunted by the horrors perpetrated years earlier by Charles Starkweather. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Professor's Daughter (Feb., $23) by Emily Raboteau traces the ragged borders between race and family, identity and assimilation.
Trespassing (Oct., $27) by Uzma Aslam Khan. Two lovers struggle for freedom and passion in modern-day Pakistan.
All That Matters (Sept., $17.95) by Jan Goldstein. With the help of her feisty grandmother, a young woman travels from the brink of death to fully embrace life. 75,000 first printing. LG, BOMC, DBC, One Spirit, QPBC selections.
The Killing Club (Feb., $19.95) by Marcie Walsh with Michael Malone. Walsh, a character on One Life to Live, introduces a smart young detective in this novel that is "as told to" Malone, an actual writer on the show. 150,000 first printing.
In the Shadow of Silence (Oct., $24.95) by Sefi Atta reveals the unusual friendship and eventual adulthood of two girls in war-torn Nigeria.
Gotcha Down (Sept., $23.95) by Chris Earl. Gambling and big-time sports join forces to make and break the careers of college football players. Advertising.Author tour.
The Ha-Ha (Jan., $23.95) by Dave King. A mute war veteran opens his home to a young boy and glimpses life outside his shell. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Attraction (Sept., $24) by James Manlow. In a letter to a French policeman, Jack tells of his passionate, troubled marriage to Anne-Marie.
Welcome to the Fallen Paradise (Oct., $24) by Dayne Sherman. A returning soldier stumbles into a blood feud over a derelict farm.
Sammy's Hill (Sept., $23.95) by Kristin Gore takes an amused look at Capitol Hill through the eyes of a young woman working as a health-care analyst. 75,000 first printing.
Liberating Paris (Sept., $24.95) by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. The creator of TV's Designing Women tells of love, memory and hope in a small Arkansas town. 50,000first printing.
The Reunion (Oct., $24.95) by Sue Walker. Former troubled teens, now respectable adults, are thrown into a panic when two of their number die unexpectedly. 50,000 first printing.
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Bernardo and the Virgin (Nov., $26.95) by Silvio Sirias. In this novel based on purportedly actual events, a pig farmer in 1980s Nicaragua sees the Virgin Mary.
Eve Green (Sept., $23.95) by Susan Fletcher. While pregnant with her first child, Eve recalls the aftermath of her mother's death when as a grieving eight-year-old she was sent to rural Wales, where a local girl disappeared. Advertising.
NOVELLO FESTIVAL PRESS
Portisville (Oct., $21.95) by Steve Cushman. An unsolved murder is at the heart of the relationship between an estranged father and son.
Meritocracy: A Love Story (Sept., $18) by Jeffrey Lewis. Tragedy awaits a group of recent Yale graduates in 1966 dealing with repercussions of the Vietnam War.
Chasm: A Weekend (Sept., $22.95) by Dorothea Tanning. The artist and poet has produced a surrealist gothic fantasy about the nature of desire.
The First Desire (Sept., $24) by Nancy Reisman. In 1929 Buffalo, Sadie's brother announces that their elder sister, Goldie, has vanished without a trace. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.
Loosing My Espanish (Oct., $23) by H.G. Carrillo chronicles the struggles faced by men and women in a tiny Cuban-American Chicago enclave.
Washed Up with a Broken Heart in Rock Hall (Nov., $26) by Peter Svenson. A middle-aged author looks for validation and companionship while sailing on Chesapeake Bay.
Mutual Life and Casualty (Feb., $26) by Elizabeth Poliner follows two girls through their parents' stormy 23-year marriage.
Metropolis (Feb., $25.95) by Elizabeth Gaffney. In the second half of the 19th century, a young German emigrates to New York City and is falsely implicated in the arson of P.T. Barnum's stable. Ad/Promo.
Stop That Girl: A Novel in Stories (Feb., $22.95) by Elizabeth McKenzie. Intrepid Ann grows up by chapters with frequent appearances by Ann's mother and grandmother, known even within the family as Dr. Frost.
Seven Types of Ambiguity (Jan., $27.95) by Elliot Perlman. Told in seven parts by six different narrators, this novel corners obsessive love. Advertising.
Upstate (Jan., $19.95) by Kalisha Buckhanon is a coming-of-age novel. Author tour.
Snobs (Feb., $24.95) by Julian Fellowes. The Gosford Park screenwriter delivers a new comedy of manners.
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The Sucker's Kiss (Oct., $23.95) by Alan Parker. The director of The Commitments traces a pickpocket's odyssey through America. 25,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Political Animal (Sept., $24) by David Mizner. Young love and raunchy youth catch fire on the campaign trail.
Jack Fish (Jan., $23) by J Milligan. Paddling through seaweed, secret agent Jack Fish, an operative of the Elders of Atlantis, plans to find and spear his community's enemy.
Bluff Walk (Oct., $26.95) by Charles Crawford. While searching for the missing son of a family friend, a PI meets a rogue policeman and a former judge determined to rid a city of its criminal elements.
THUNDER'S MOUTH PRESS
Scream Queens of the Dead Sea (Sept., $22) by Gilad Elbom. Heavy metal, hardcore sex and linguistic analysis entertain our young protagonist in contemporary Jerusalem.
Antioxidants and Other Stories (Oct., $19.95) by Terry Bennett collects 10 tales about men and women whose lives have reached turning points they can't ignore. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Green Age of Witherow (Oct., $24.95) by M. Allen Cunningham follows the boom and bust years of an immigrant coal-mining town in 19th-century California. Ad/promo.
UNIV. OF GEORGIA PRESS
The Send-Away Girl (Oct., $24.95) by Barbara Sutton, a winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award, explores chance encounters.
The Memory of Running (Jan., $TBA) by Ron McLarty. A 279-pound man bicycles from Rhode Island to California to collect the body of his late mentally disturbed sister.
The Ivy Chronicles (Feb., $TBA) by Karen Quinn. After Ivy finds her husband in bed with the wife of a traitorous co-worker, she opens her own business: consulting with parents of toddlers who want access into New York City's fanciest schools.
Slick (Sept., $24.95) by Daniel Price is a tale of crime, sex and deception in media-saturated America, with an antihero who's a master at manipulating the news.
Admissions (Sept. $23.95) by Nancy Lieberman aims pointed barbs at the admissions circus surrounding the Big Apple's elite private schools. Ad/promo.
The Effects of Light (Feb., $23.95) by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. Myla and Pru are the favorite subjects of a female photographer and family friend whose images of children involve nudity. Ad/promo.