The Boy Detective Fails (Sept., $14.95) by Joe Meno. A former boy detective, now 30, leaves a mental hospital to confront the mystery of his sister’s suicide. 20,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Hot and Bothered (Sept., $12.95) by Annie Downey updates the Cinderella story for single moms.
ALLEN & UNWIN (dist. by IPG)
The Marsh Birds (Oct., $14.95) by Eva Sallis revolves around a boy orphaned when his family tries to flee Baghdad.
The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction (Oct., $15.95), edited by Denys Johnson-Davies, anthologizes contemporary tales.
Sins and Secrets (Oct., $12.95) by P.F. Kozak. A guardian promises to teach his ward about the delights of sin.
Wolf Tales III (Jan., $12.95) by Kate Douglas recounts erotic tales of shape-shifting people known as the Chanku.
Do Not Pass Go (Sept., $14.95) by Beatriz Rivera. A suicidal former child prodigy perks up when he falls in love.
Love Is Never Painless (Nov., $15) by Zane et al. gathers three novellas into one volume.
Little Ghetto Girl (Jan., $14) by Danielle Santiago. A Harlem girl’s struggle to escape the gangsta life grows complicated when she falls for a drug dealer.
It’s Not Over ’till the Phat Chick Sings (Jan., $13.95) by Meg Cabot brings back pop-star-turned-girl-detective Heather Wells. 150,000 first printing.
Thug-a-Licious: An Urban Erotic Tale (Sept., $13.95) by Noire spins a street lit story of a rapper/NBA rookie with too many women and too many dirty dealings.
HarlemGirl Lost (Oct., $12.95) by Treasure E. Blue. Gorgeous Silver Jones must outsmart vicious drug dealers to save her childhood love. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Testing Kate (Nov., $12) by Whitney Gaskell. After enrolling in law school at 29, Kate Bennett realizes playing it safe is dangerous. 40,000 first printing.
The Sunday List of Dreams (Feb., $11) by Kris Radish. A happily divorced, recently retired mom makes unexpected discoveries about her daughter. 95,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
A Merry Heart (Sept., $9.97) by Wanda E. Brunstetter tells of bitterness that smothers a woman’s faith and Amish loyalty.
BENBELLA BOOKS (dist. by IPG)
This Is Chick-Lit (Sept., $14.95), edited by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, defends the genre and collects exemplary stories. Ad/promo.
Skeleton Coast: A Novel of the Oregon Files (Oct., $16) by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. What begins as a snake hunt leads Juan Cabrillo onto the trail of a far more lethal quarry.
The Road from Chapel Hill (Nov., $14) by Joanna Catherine Scott. In this Civil War story, three young Southerners worlds apart are joined in a quest for something greater than themselves.
Open Invitation (Dec., $14) by Jasmine Haynes. Three best friends choose a hot destination—the Sex Clubm.
Prom Night: Making Out (Oct., $9.99) by Megan Stine. The sexiest moments and the wildest parties are what make prom night special.
Secrets of a South Beach Princess (Nov., $9.99) by Mary Kennedy. Miami’s newest “it” girl learns that privacy isn’t easy when you’re rich, blonde and hot.
BERKLEY PRIME CRIME
Slay Bells (Nov., $13) by Kate Kingsbury. Father Christmas and one of his helpers are found dead at Cecily Sinclair Baxter’s holiday party.
Captive Dreams (Sept., $14) by Angela Knight and Diane Whiteside. Two fictitious heroes cook up plots of their own for their sexy female creators.
Bit the Jackpot (Dec., $14) by Erin McCarthy. Is falling for a Las Vegas vampire a long shot?
The Brethren (Oct.; $13.99, cloth $19.99) by Beverly Lewis. This conclusion to the Annie’s People series ponders whether Annie will return to her art or rejoin the church. 300,000 first printing. $200,000 ad/promo.
Whispers of Winter (Nov.; $13.99, cloth $19.99) by Tracie Peterson. Two women form a bond when the men they love are trapped in the Arctic. 75,000 first printing.
Sweet Land: New and Selected Stories (Nov., $16.95) by Will Weaver adds seven new stories to several favorites, including “A Gravestone Made of Wheat,” filmed as the forthcoming Sweet Land.
The Southern Devil (Sept., $14) by Diane Whiteside. A woman who once held a Confederate soldier hostage now needs his help.
TexasBad Boys (Sept., $14) by Rosemary Laurey et al. With their spurs off, Texas bad boys show gals an extra good time.
BROADMAN & HOLMAN
A Threat to Justice (Sept., $15.99) by Chuck Norris et al. Make way for the second book in the Justice Riders western series starring Ezra Justice. Author tour.
Swimming Upstream, Slowly (Sept., $12.95) by Melissa Clark. A TV producer finds herself pregnant even though she hasn’t been intimate with anyone for more than two years.
CARROLL & GRAF
Clouds and Eclipses: The Collected Short Stories (Sept., $13.95) by Gore Vidal brings together Vidal’s short fiction, including the previously unpublished title story.
The House Beautiful: A Novel of High Ideals, Low Morals and Lower Rent (Oct., $14.95) by Allison Burnett follows up on the author’s debut novel, Christopher, with more misadventures of gay curmudgeon B.K. Troop.
My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up (Oct., $13.95) by Stephen Elliott paints a portrait of sexual excess by blending autobiography and fiction. Author tour.
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS
The Exquisite (Sept., $14.95) by Laird Hunt. After 9/11, a New Yorker is caught up in mystery, art and madness.
Summer of My Amazing Luck (Sept., $15) by Miriam Toews. Two young mothers set off on an adventure, relying on luck, pluck and friendship.
Shattered Trust (Sept., $15) by Leslie Esdaile Banks. Financial genius Laura Caldwell and her husband are again in danger in this sequel to Blind Trust.
Denzel’s Lips (Oct., $14) by Anita Diggs. Four successful black women struggle with life, love and temptation.
Dark Paradise (Feb., $12.50) by Rosa Liksom collects stories set amid snow-covered landscapes populated by obsessive characters.
Confidential Sources (Nov., $12) by Barbara Fischkin. Art imitates life in this tale of a modern-day Nick and Nora Charles—like couple named Barbara Fischkin and Jim Mulvaney. (Hint: Fischkin’s real-life husband is journalist Jim Mulvaney.) 25,000 first printing.
Invisible Lives (Sept., $13) by Anjali Banerjee. A perfect Indo-American daughter has the mystical power to see people’s deepest longings.
Sex and the South Beach Chicas (Sept., $13) by Caridad Piñeiro. Four feisty Latinas hoist their mojitos while vowing never to become boring housewives.
Troubling Love (Sept., $14.95) by Elena Ferrante. When her mother dies mysteriously, Delia takes to the streets of Naples.
In Search of Dorothy (Sept., $14.95) by David Anthony. It’s 20 years later, and what if Dorothy’s trip over the rainbow was real?
GLAS (dist. by Northwestern Univ. Press)
War & Peace: Contemporary Russian Prose (Sept., $15.95), edited by Natasha Perova, presents stories that depict post-post-perestroika Russia.
DAVID R. GODINE/VERBA MUNDI
Aftershocks: Seven Stories (Feb., $16.95) by Greta Weil, trans. by John S. Barrett. This collection focuses on the effects of WWII on Germans who fled their homeland.
The End of Mr. Y (Oct., $14) by Scarlett Thomas. A potion transports a woman into the Troposphere—a wonderland where she can travel through time and space.
Is the Bitch Dead, or What? The Ritz Harper Chronicles Book 2 (Jan., $11.95) by Wendy Williams discloses what happens after Book 1, when the shock jock and gossip queen was close to death.
Darcy’s Story (Sept., $13.95) by Janet Aylmer retells Pride and Prejudice from a new point of view. 75,000 first printing.
Alphabet Weekends (Feb., $14.95) by Elizabeth Noble. Tom attempts to convince Natalie that moving from friendship to love is as easy as A, B, C. 100,000 first printing.
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (Oct.; $14, cloth $28), edited by Ann Patchett, counts Tobias Wolff, Donna Tartt and Thomas McGuane among this year’s contributors. 100,000 first printing.
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (Oct.; $14, cloth $28), edited by Dave Eggers, mixes fiction, nonfiction, TV writing and alternative comics. 60,000 first printing.
Fury (Sept., $12.99) by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh brings to a close the Great Awakenings series, about a young man who witnessed a murder.
Deadly Gamble (Nov., $13.95) by Linda Lael Miller. As Mojo Sheepshank is wondering how she’ll get on with her life, a wealthy man claims to be her long-lost uncle.
Homes of the Heart: A Book About Ramallah (Nov., $12.95) by Farouq Wadi, trans. by Dina Bosio and Christopher Tingley, is an autobiographical novel by a noted Palestinian writer.
Francesca’s Kitchen (Sept., $14) by Peter Pezzelli. Widowed Francesca finds a family in need of her special care as a nanny.
LITTLE, BROWN/BACK BAY
Breadfruit (Sept., $12.99) by Célestine Vaite. Materena Mahi, Tahiti’s best listener, receives a proposal of marriage in the series begun with Frangipani. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
Everybody Loves Somebody (Dec., $13.99) by Joanna Scott. PEN/Faulkner Award—finalist Scott shares new stories of love lost and regained.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIV. PRESS
Uke Rivers Delivers: Stories (Oct., $16.95) by R.T. Smith. The latest in the Yellow Show Fiction series collects tales of Southerners trying to come to grips with their inherited pasts.
MACMILLAN CARIBBEAN (dist. by Interlink)
Chutney Power: and Other Stories (Sept., $9.95) by Willi Chen portrays poor and rural East India lives in this darkly comic collection.
So Much for My Happy Ending (Nov., $13.95) by Kyra Davis. After being engaged to Tad for six month, April begins to ponder the “in sickness and in health” part.
Death Before Dishonor (Jan., $12) by Nikki Turner carries the tough message that betrayal is inevitable.
NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY
Singing with the Top Down (Sept., $12.95) by Debrah Williamson. With 1950s innocence as backdrop, two children and their flamboyant aunt head toward California in a Buick Skylark convertible.
A Dangerous Love (Oct., $14) by Bertrice Small. The first entry in a historical romance series centers on Adair Radcliffe, daughter of the womanizing King Edward IV.
A Summer All Her Own (Sept., $12.95) by Rosanne Keller. A young widow visits Crete.
Naughty Housewives (Jan., $14) by Elizabeth Scott presents three tales of uninhibited women who won’t let marriage put an end to their sex lives.
All You Need Is Love: The Principles of Love (Sept., $9.99) by Emily Franklin. In this fourth entry in the series, surprises aplenty await Love Bukowski during her sophomore year at Hadley Hall.
Love in a Fallen City (Oct., $14.95) by Eileen Chang is the first English-language publication to present a full selection of Chang’s novellas.
OHIO UNIV./SWALLOW PRESS
The Quick-Change Artist (Oct.; $16.95, cloth $28.95) by Cary Holladay contains stories that center around a hotel in rural Virginia.
Conjugal Love (Jan., $14) by Alberto Moravia, trans. by Marina Harss. The story of an imperiled relationship arrives in a new English translation.
Twentysomething: The Quarter-Life Crisis of Jack Lancaster (Nov., $13.95) by Iain Hollingshead concerns a young professional whose midlife crisis arrives early.
Dearest Dorothy, Merry Everything! (Nov., $13) by Charlene Ann Baumbich. This fifth Partonville novel opens with the townsfolk pitching in to help a family rocked by tragedy. 5-city author tour.
Haweswater (Oct., $13.95) by Sarah Hall. Industrialization and scandalous love threaten a remote English hamlet. 35,000 first printing.
This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers (Sept., $13.95), edited by Elizabeth Merrick, claims to be serious literary fiction by serious literary females—Francine Prose, Curtis Sittenfeld, Mary Gordon et al.
Hush, Little Baby (Dec., $12.95) by Katharine Davies. Involved with a married man, 36-year-old Eira yearns to be a mother until she must grapple with her past.
The Devil in Amber: A Lucifer Box Adventure (Nov., $13) by Mark Gatiss. Box returns for another round of louche sleuthing in the sequel to The Vesuvius Club. 20,000 first printing.
Mortality (Feb., $14.95) by Nicholas Royle collects stories that show us that our world is never what it seems.
SHOEMAKER & HOARD
The Lazy Boys (Oct., $15) by Carl Shuker. Sex, violence and drugs fuel the despair of a band of aimless young men in New Zealand.
The Slightest Provocation (Sept., $14) by Pam Rosenthal puts an erotic slant on this Britain-set historical romance.
Love, Lust and Pixie Dust (Oct., $14) by LuAnn McLane. Three erotic stories with a country twang kick off when the Barone family from Brooklyn hits Nashville.
SOFT SKULL PRESS
American Genius (Oct., $15) by Lynne Tillman details life inside a scholarly colony that functions like Melville’s Pequod. Author tour.
Dirty (Jan., $13.95) by Megan Hart. Elle embarks upon a passionate affair with Dan, but rejects any feeling beyond sexual desire.
Duty and Desire: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman (Oct., $14) by Pamela Aiden. The second work in a trilogy revolves around Jane Austen’s enigmatic hero.
I, Mona Lisa (Nov., $14.95) by Jeanne Kalogridis addresses the mysteries behind the famous painting. 100,000 first printing.
The Black Door (Feb., $14.95) by Velvet introduces a members-only club that houses three floors of carnal delight for the city’s richest women.
Grave Risk (Jan., $13.95) by Hannah Alexander. Nurse Jill Cooper questions her faith and her sanity when tragedy strikes a small town.
If the Shoe Fits (Jan., $13.95) by Marilynn Griffith. When three different men pursue shoe designer Rochelle, she seeks support from the Sassy Sistahood.
The New Bedside Playboy: A Half Century of Amusement, Diversion and Entertainment (Sept., $19.95), edited by Hugh M. Hefner, anthologizes a diverse selection of stories, journalism, humor and cartoons from the magazine.
Take Two and Pass (Nov., $13) by Nane Quartay follows street hustler Tokus Stone and affluent businessman Way Jalon as they move toward their inevitable collision.
The Enchantress (Nov., $15) by Allison Hobbs. A fallen goddess in the guise of a Southern slave is tortured to death, then seeks vengeance 200 years later.
The Honorable Cody (Oct., $22.95) by Richard S. Wheeler imagines the aftermath of Buffalo Bill Cody’s death.
Golem Song (Nov., $15.95) by Marc Estrin. The misguided protagonist sets out to save Jewish America from anti-Semitism. Author tour.
UNIV. OF ALABAMA/FICTION COLLECTIVE TWO
The Complete Tales of Merry Gold (Sept., $19.95) by Kate Bernheimer offers contemporary fairy tales about the oldest and meanest of the Gold sisters.
UNIV. OF GEORGIA PRESS
Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: An Anthology (Nov.; $24.95, cloth $59.95), edited by Margaret Earley Whitt, depicts some of the era’s seminal events.
UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO PRESS
The Vote (Oct., $19.95) by Sybil Downing. In 1918, after being mistakenly arrested with suffragists, Kate Brennan becomes a zealous supporter of the National Woman’s Party.
UNIV. OF NOTRE DAME PRESS
The Road to Cosmos: The Faces of an American Town (Nov., $22) by Bill Meissner gathers stories centering on the residents of Cosmos, U.S.A.
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN/TERRACE BOOKS
The Tree of Life: A Trilogy of Life in the Lodz Ghetto, Book Three—The Cattle Cars Are Waiting, 1942—1944 (Sept., $21.95) by Chava Rosenfarb depicts the struggle to retain a sense of humanity while enduring ghetto life.
UNIV. PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
20 over 40 (Sept., $20), edited by David Galef and Beth Weinhouse, assembles 20 stories written by authors over 40 that confront issues of middle age.
The Crimson Labyrinth (Oct., $14.95) by Yusuke Ksihi. Nine people show up for a job interview and wake up in the Australian outback with only a global positioning system.
Knitting Under the Influence (Sept., $12.99) by Claire Lazebnik. Three close friends meet weekly to knit, share a bottle of wine and make tough choices.
Fire Dancer (Oct., $14.99) by Colleen Coble. A serial arsonist called the Fire Dancer strikes in Arizona.
Reason to Believe (Oct., $13) by Jessica Inclán. In this second title in a trilogy, Rufus Valasay is drawn to a beautiful stranger.