Reality: The Novel (Sept., $17.95) by Jeff Havens satirizes the excesses of TV’s ubiquitous reality shows.
AMERICAN UNIV. IN CAIRO PRESS
Being Abbas el Abd (Oct., $17.95) by Ahmed Alaidy, trans. by Humphrey Davies, is a stream-of-consciousness account of a young man’s breakdown set in the cafe culture of modern Cairo.
ATLANTIC MONTHLY PRESS
Ancestor Stones (Sept., $24) by Aminatta Forna captures Africa’s past and present through the lives of three generations of women.
The Thirteenth Tale (Sept., $26) by Diane Setterfield delivers an atmospheric story involving a doomed family, a ghost and a governess. Ad/promo. DBC, LG and BOMC selections. Author tour.
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (Sept., $26) by Gordon Dahlquist. In Victorian England, shocking events ensue when a young woman attempts to discover why her fiancé terminated their engagement.
The Littlest Hitler (Sept., $22) by Ryan Boudinot collects 13 stories that speak to a generation wishing for a better world. Author tour.
Oasis (Oct., $24) by Lauren Vonnegut involves a Russian beauty, her dead Moroccan husband and a tiny oasis of untrustworthy characters. Author tour.
Sharp Objects (Oct., $24) by Gillian Flynn. After the murder of two preteen girls, reporter Camille Preaker reluctantly returns to her hometown and must confront her own tragedy. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.
Blind Submission (Nov., $23.95) by Debra Ginsberg. The lines between fiction and reality begin to blur when a literary agent’s mousy assistant discovers a new mystery manuscript.
In the Country of Men (Jan., $22) by Hisham Matar centers around a nine-year-old boy growing up in Khadafy’s Libya. 45,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
The Dissident (Sept., $25.95) by Nell Freudenberger follows a performance artist and political activist who becomes involved with a wealthy L.A. family. 50,000 first printing.
Checkmate (Jan., $24.95) by Karna Small Bodman focuses on a new cruise missile defense technology and the foreign agents who plot to steal it.
Cradle Song in Candlelight (Feb., $31.95) by Kirtimaya Varma depicts a man coping with guilt because his mother spent her last years alone in Bombay.
The Righteous Men (Sept., $24.95) by Sam Bourne. Journalist Will Monroe must connect the deaths of seemingly unconnected men. 100,000 first printing.
Anonymous Lawyer (Sept., $25) by Jeremy Blachman stars a high-powered lawyer whose candid blog about his firm might prove, er, troublesome.
The Interpretation of Murder (Sept., $26) by Jed Rubenfeld. Sigmund Freud is drawn into the mind of a sadistic killer who attacks Manhattan heiresses.
Mary (Sept., $26) by Janis Cooke Newman chronicles the life of the much misunderstood Mary Todd Lincoln. 40,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo. Author tour.
MCPHERSON & CO.
The Weight of Smoke (Nov., $24.95) by George Robert Minkoff leads off the In the Land of Whispers trilogy, about Capt. John Smith, Sir Francis Drake and the founding of Jamestown. Ad/promo.
The Meaning of Night: A Confession (Oct., $25.95) by Michael Cox combines murder, deceit, love and revenge in Victorian England. BOMC, Mystery Guild, Doubleday and QPB selection. 10-city author tour.
NOVELLO FESTIVAL PRESS
(dist. by John F. Blair)
Coventry: A Novel (Oct., $22.95) by Joseph Bathanti. A prison guard confronts the legacy of violence that threatens his family and the surrounding community.
Unconfessed (Nov., $25.95) by Yvette Christianse recreates the life of an 18th-century slave woman in South Africa.
Changing Light (Feb., $23) by Nora Gallagher describes a romance between an artist and a scientist, set against the backdrop of Los Alamos and the making of the atomic bomb.
The Bucket Flower (Sept., $19.95) by Donald R. Wilson. A young woman in 1893 finds unexpected strength when she goes into the Everglades to study plants.
(dist. by PGW)
Anomaly (Sept., $24.95) by Anne Fleming portrays four women in 1970s Toronto—two sisters just coming of age, their troubled mother and an elderly neighbor.
Exit A (Jan., $25) by Anthony Swofford. The author of Jarhead writes about the legacy of a youth spent inside a U.S. military base in Japan. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
The Sweet Potato Queens’ First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn’t Actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet (Jan., $22.95) by Jill Conner Browne with Karin Gillespie describes “eggzackly” how Jill became the Sweet Potato Queen. 250,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 20-city author tour.
Death’s Witness (Oct., $24.95) by Paul Batista. When a Heisman Trophy winner turned lawyer is found murdered, his widow must unravel his secret life.
Endings (Oct., $28.95) by Barbara Bergin portrays a physician who is trying to avoid new relationships when she meets a cowboy.
(dist. by Midpoint Trade Books)
Season of Betrayal (Oct., $24) by Margaret Lowrie Robertson. Lara McCauley’s affair with a Polish journalist in war-torn Beirut precipitates a deadly chain of events.
The Long Run (Nov., $22.95) by Leo Furey. A group of boys in a Catholic orphanage band together to stave off loneliness and brutality.
UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH PRESS
Newsworld (Sept., $22.95) by Todd James Pierce gathers short stories that explore elements of news, entertainment and culture.