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The Wind Knows My Name: A Novel by Isabel Allende; Translated by Frances Riddle

This powerful and moving novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea and Violeta weaves together past and present, tracing the ripple effects of war and immigration on one child in Europe in 1938 and another in the United States in 2019.

“Both stories are rich enough to carry the weight of one novel, but Allende expertly intertwines them.”—The Washington Post

“It feels something like a modern version of The Secret Garden: lost, grieving people finding joy and hope with each other, with a touch of magic. Beautiful and moving . . . draws parallels between humanitarian crises in different times and places in a way that feels deeply personal.”—Book Riot

Available June 6th in Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.

Also Available in Spanish: El viento conoce mi nombre

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The Last Lifeboat: A Novel by Hazel Gaynor

Inspired by a remarkable true story, a young teacher evacuates children to safety across perilous waters, in a moving and triumphant new novel from New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor.

“Immersive and moving, this is a heartfelt tale of endurance, spirit and a discovery of what means the most to us—of what a human spirit can do.”—Jennifer Ryan, bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

“Emotionally riveting and beautifully told. The Last Lifeboat is an unforgettable story of survival, resolve, and the shimmering stubbornness of hope. You can count on Hazel Gaynor’s gorgeous writing to carry you away and safely bring you back.”—Susan Meissner, USA Today bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

Available June 13th in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Loot: A Novel by Tania James

A spellbinding historical novel set in the eighteenth century: a hero’s quest, a love story, the story of a young artist coming of age, and an exuberant heist adventure that traces the bloody legacy of colonialism across two continents and fifty years. A wildly inventive, irresistible feat of storytelling from a writer at the height of her powers.

Loot  held me spellbound from the first page. This is an expertly-plotted, deeply affecting novel about war, displacement, emigration, and an elusive mechanical tiger.”—Maggie O’Farrell, best-selling author of Hamnet and The Marriage Portrait

Loot is a feast—a hugely fun novel with a delicious plot that offers delights and profundities in equal measur . . . I devoured this book, and remain in awe of what Tania James has created.”—Megha Majumdar, author of  A Burning

Available June 13th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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The Spectacular: A Novel by Fiona Davis

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Magnolia Palace: A thrilling story about love, sacrifice, and the pursuit of dreams, set amidst the glamour and glitz of Radio City Music Hall in its mid-century heyday.

“An engaging story . . . the novel is rich with historical details, and it comes most vividly to life in the passages about the Rockettes, with all the sweat, agony, and camaraderie that go into those miraculously perfect performances.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Filled with intrigue, suspense and captivating characters, The Spectacular has everything I love in a novel. Fiona Davis has shaped this true crime-inspired story like a master choreographer, mesmerizing her audience with every breathless twist and turn of the narrative, right up to the thrilling finale.”—Ann Leary,New York Times bestselling author of The Foundling

Available June 13th in Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.

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The First Ladies: A Novel by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

*A LibraryReads Pick*

A novel about the extraordinary partnership between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune—an unlikely friendship that changed the world, from the New York Times bestselling authors of the Good Morning America Book Club pick The Personal Librarian.

“It’s an utter joy to watch civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt forge a partnership that changed America . . . The First Ladies is a wonder!”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye

“A powerful and unforgettable story of female strength and the triumph of the human spirit.”—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Sapphire

Available June 27th in Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.

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Do Tell: A Novel by Lindsay Lynch

Debut novelist Lindsay Lynch brings the golden age of Hollywood to glittering life, from star-studded opening nights to backlot brawls, on-location Westerns to the Hollywood Canteen. Through narrator Edie’s wry observations, Lynch maps the intricate networks of power that manufacture the magic of the movies, and interrogates who actually gets to tell women’s stories.

“There is little more alluring than the promise of secrets, and Do Tell is full of them–glamorous, tawdry, and human. A rich portrait of the lives of early Hollywood’s beautiful puppets and those holding their strings.”—Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of This Time Tomorrow

Do Tell illuminates issues of fame and notoriety as relevant now as they were almost a century ago.”—Geraldine Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of Horse

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The Mistress of Bhatia House: A Novel by Sujata Massey

Bombay’s only female solicitor, Perveen Mistry, grapples with class divisions, sexism, and complex family dynamics as she seeks justice for a mistreated young woman in this thrilling fourth installment in Sujata Massey’s award-winning series.

 Perveen is attending a lavish fundraiser for a new women’s hospital when she witnesses an accident. The grandson of an influential Gujarati businessman catches fire—but a servant, Sunanda, rushes to save him, selflessly putting herself in harm’s way. Later, Perveen learns that Sunanda has been arrested on trumped-up charges made by a man who doesn’t seem to exist and cannot stand by while Sunanda languishes in jail with no hope of justice. She takes Sunanda as a client.

When the hospital’s chief donor dies suddenly, Miriam Penkar, a Jewish-Indian obstetrician, and Sunanda become suspects and Perveen’s original case spirals into a complex investigation. Then a second fire erupts, and Perveen realizes how much is at stake. Has someone powerful framed Sunanda to cover up another crime? Will Perveen be able to prove Sunanda’s innocence without endangering her own family?

Available July 11th in Hardcover and eBook Editions.

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Crook Manifesto: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of Harlem Shufflecontinues his Harlem saga in a powerful and hugely-entertaining novel that summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory.

Crook Manifesto is a darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family.  Colson Whitehead’s kaleidoscopic portrait of Harlem is sure to stand as one of the all-time great evocations of a place and a time.

Available July 18th in Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.

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The Woman in the Castello: A Novel by Kelsey James

Set in 1960s Italy, this stylish, atmospheric debut spins a bewitching web of ruthless ambition, family secrets, and the consequences of forbidden love, as an ambitious American actress snags the starring role in a mysterious horror movie shooting on location in a crumbling medieval castle outside Rome.

“Like Jess Walters’s Beautiful Ruins, the glamour and heady indulgence of the era take center stage in this captivating, multilayered story that will keep you guessing to the end.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“You’ll get lost in the pages of this lush, entertaining story.”—Ellen Marie Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Willowbrook

Available July 25th in Trade Paperback and eBook Editions.

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The Bookbinder: A Novel by Pip Williams 

A young British woman working in a book bindery gets a chance to pursue knowledge and love when World War I upends her life in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club pick The Dictionary of Lost Words. 

The Bookbinder is a story about knowledge—who creates it, who can access it, and what truths get lost in the process. Much as she did in the international bestseller The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams thoughtfully explores another rarely seen slice of history through women’s eyes. 

Available August 1st in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions. 

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California Golden: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin

Two sisters navigate the thrilling, euphoric early days of California surf culture in this dazzling saga of ambition, sacrifice, and the tangled ties between mothers and daughters from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife.

“A shimmering rendering . . . pairs the surf culture of the Beach Boys with the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll of Daisy Jones & The Six.”—Entertainment Weekly

“It’s rare to find such raw, honest sympathy for human beings and their capacity for mistakes and redemption. California Golden is a breath of bracing salt air.”—Beatriz Williams, author of A Hundred Summers

Available August 8th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel by James McBride

From James McBride, author of the bestselling Oprah’s Book Club pick Deacon King Kong and the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird, a novel about small-town secrets and the people who keep them.

“The interlocking destinies of [McBride’s] characters make for tense, absorbing drama and, at times, warm, humane comedy . . . If it’s possible for America to have a poet laureate, why can’t James McBride be its storyteller-in-chief?”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Available August 8th in Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.

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The Fraud: A Novel by Zadie Smith

From acclaimed and bestselling novelist Zadie Smith, a kaleidoscopic work of historical fiction set against the legal trial that divided Victorian England, about who gets to tell their story—and who gets to be believed.

Based on real historical events, The Fraud is a dazzling novel about truth and fiction, Jamaica and Britain, fraudulence and authenticity and the mystery of “other people.”

Available September 5th in Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.

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