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As an essayist, his ability to climb inside a book and speak of it in the book’s own language is unparalleled. A few key changes, after a very important election—such as giving Washington DC and Puerto Rico statehood, overhauling the electoral college—would restore people to the equation, diffusing the partisan based polarization.

In another, at the supermarket, “a group of people circle their carts around a watermelon display like a death dance.” Both halves of a couple want to go dancing, but they stay in instead for fear of dragging the other out of their comfort zone. Mary South's bitingly funny debut collection explores how technology can both ruin relationships and provide new opportunities for genuine connection. She shows with bracing clarity just how cable news and social media magnify misery and exposure as never before.” It is a devastating novel, of course, but also a story that pointedly asks, and answers, how we can live when living seems impossible. The acclaimed novelist Katharine Grant—chair of the judges for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction—talks us through their 2020 shortlist.

Adrianne Geffel: A Fiction by David Hajdu (Sept. 22, $25.95, ISBN 978-0-393-63422-8). This collection of Krugman’s pieces for the New York Times takes readers on a tour of that world. She joined Aevitas in 2020, after interning with Folio Literary Management’s editorial and audio rights departments. Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth, illus. I won’t describe it (you can read it here) but it has never quite left my mind, and as a result, I am always here for new work from Yu.

The boy’s life is saved thanks to their intervention.

This devastating novel from the acclaimed author of Ghost Wall is set over twenty-four hours as the guests of a faded Scottish cabin park wait out the rain on the longest day of the year. With highly anticipated new novels from Man Booker Prize winners and exciting debuts from diverse voices, 2020 is shaping up to be a remarkable year for literary fiction. If any of this gives you anxiety—the before or the after—Courtney Maum is here to help, along with the 150 literary stars she’s called on for advice. In short it’s become a time against truth. My husband poked his head into the bedroom. If you have questions or need assistance setting up your account please email pw@pubservice.com or call 1-800-278-2991 (U.S.) or 1-818-487-2069 (all other countries), Monday-Friday between 5am and 5pm Pacific time for assistance.

But what ultimately emerges is a story of family, an account of a transforming Cuba, an exploration of religious devotion, and a harrowing tale of a sinister man engaged in horrific acts. The Perfect Nine by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (Oct. 6, $23.99, ISBN 978-1-62097-525-1). 50,000-copy announced first printing. Ursa sees independent women for the first time in her life, and she is drawn to Maren, the young woman who helps her navigate life in this harsh new world. The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem (Nov. 10, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-293878-7). There was—and has always been—far more to his work than reputation hunting.

Julia is assisted by two new arrivals, Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney, and over the course of three days these women will change each other's lives in unexpected ways.

After her father’s death, a young woman finds out she won’t inherit anything unless she can find her sister, estranged for over a decade. Through the 1890s the city of Wilmington, North Carolina was a model for burgeoning black middle class life, an example of what a racially mixed community in the south might look like on the eve of a new century… Until a consortium of white supremacists, in government and out, stepped in to destroy it. In a prequel to Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, set in 997 England, a young boat builder, a noblewoman, and a monk clash with a powerful, corrupt bishop. These stories explore the body and the bodily through the characters’ experiences of isolation, obsession, love and revenge.

Need some recommendations for your next literary fiction read? A Lie Someone Told You about Yourself by Peter Ho Davies (Jan. 5, $24, ISBN 978-0-544-27771-7) examines a family’s decisions about whether to have a child over the course of two pregnancies. The latest from Boyne, who is known for his bestselling YA fiction, is an epic beginning in Palestine in 1 CE, when an infant son is shown mercy by his father, who was conscripted by King Herod to kill the potential king of the Jews. The book also addresses Castillo’s changing relationship with language as he progresses through his education, eventually enrolling in an MFA program at the University of Michigan. On that level, Why We Can’t Sleep might do much to let readers like the women Calhoun writes about that they are not alone. Unable to speak the language, and with her husband working increasingly long hours, she becomes more and more isolated. His latest novel, Interior Chinatown, is a metafictional send-up of Asian American tropes, and it sounds perfectly odd and funny and deep, like the rest of his writing. Slaying Goliath reminds us that it is not, as Ravitch, a former US assistant secretary of education under George H. W. Bush, quickly lays bare the four decade-long fight to unplug, defund, and ultimately make money off one of the biggest non-businesses in American life: educating our young. As Ron Charles so aptly describes in the Washington Post, “Napolitano has written a novel about the peculiar challenges of surviving a public disaster in the modern age. What would the world look like if everything stopped working? The new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Orphan Train… Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison.

As a whole world of art and love opens up for Iris, a chance encounter with Silas, a collector of the strange and beautiful, changes everything. by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Oct. 6, $25, ISBN 978-0-8021-5700-3) follows up Convenience Store Woman with the story of a woman who grew up wondering if she’s an alien and, as an adult, continues to struggle to find her place in Japanese society as she imagines another world out there. Read Kiran Millwood Hargrave on the true story behind, Macmillan Code of Ethics for Business Partners. getting an actual book deal is the be all and end all, the final trophy at the end of a thankless, grueling marathon… But wait! –John Freeman, Lit Hub Executive Editor, “This book is not simply the great American novel,” Sandra Cisneros wrote of this story of a woman and her child fleeing the violence of their Mexico town for the northern border, “it’s the great novel of las Americas. Her son Shuggie tries to help her long after her other children have fled, but he too must abandon her to save himself. The Hiding Game is Naomi Woods’s beautifully written, atmospheric third novel about the dangerously fine line between love and obsession.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Oct. 6, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-266763-2).

Salinger, following the author as a young draftee during WWII. One Night Two Souls Went Walking by Ellen Cooney (Nov. 10, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-56689-597-2).

Erika has never been so alone, and when the children are sleeping, there is just too much time to fill all by herself. Metaphors and similes animate each of these essays.

(If you can swing it, I recommend tearing through it on a plane, where there’s less chance of interruption.) We believe you should spend your time reading, not searching.

As he spends more time with his new friends, he quickly falls in love with the mesmerising Charlotte, and tensions and rivalries begin to surface. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim (Sept. 8, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-7783-1017-4).

For a two-year period between October 2014 and November 2016 Karadzic was visited by terrorism expert Jessica Stern, who sought, as we must, to understand the psychology of genocide: its motivations, its acts, its perennial surfacing among so-called civilized society. Ndiaye blends horror elements with a meditation on postcolonial power structures. At fourteen Azzy Williams is a rising star. Can’t wait for another story to mull over until the end of time.

Khalidi draws on familial archives, from documentation of his great-great-uncle and former mayor of Jerusalem, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, which debunks several colonial myths imposed on pre-Balfour Palestine, to stories Khalidi’s father revealed to him just months before passing.

In 2016, Amistad at last released Zora Neale Hurston’s Baracoon, which grew out of her interviews with Cudjoe Lewis, the last remaining survivor of the Middle Passage. Thirteen years later, Vincent disappears from a ship owned by the same company Leon worked for . The war rages during the summer of 1943.

Diane Ravitch’s latest book opens with an eye-popping quote. “This mother is not my mother,” begins Dicks’s coming-of-age novel about a boy whose life is disrupted after his father’s death and his mother’s remarriage.

Her debut collection is a magnificently mordant work, full of delicious one-liners, perennially creeping menace, and hypnotically nihilistic depictions of cold-eyed young women trapped in strange, lonely, sometimes dystopian situations, often surrounded by predatory or unhinged older men. In Kim’s debut, 26-year-old Margot Lee sifts through the details of her mother Mina’s past after her sudden death, learning of Mina’s experience as a Korean War orphan and her winding path to Los Angeles’s Koreatown, where Margot grew up. Petty’s debut dissects the murky details of a woman’s sexual assault at a lacrosse party 16 years earlier, when she was a high schooler in a Baltimore suburb.

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