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A Working Theory of Love

A wildly inventive, major literary debut about a disaffected man who learns—with the help of a sentient computer that speaks in his deceased father’s voice—to make peace not just with his past but with his future.

In Sunlight and in Shadow

Mark Helprin’s enchanting and sweeping new novel asks a simple question: can love and honor conquer all? New York in 1947 glows with post-war energy. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, returns home to run the family business. In a single, magical encounter on the Staten Island ferry, the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale falls for him in an instant, too late to prevent her engagement to a much older man. Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in postwar America’s Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherine’s choice of Harry over her long-time fiancé endangers Harry’s livelihood and eventually threatens his life. Entrancing in its lyricism, In Sunlight and in Shadow so powerfully draws you into New York at the dawn of the modern age that, as in a vivid dream, you will not want to leave.

The Heart Broke In

From the prizewinning author of the international bestseller The People’s Act of Love comes a rich and intricate novel about everything that matters to us now: children, celebrity, secrets and shame, the quest for youth, loyalty and betrayal, falls from grace, acts of terror, and the wonderful, terrible inescapability of family.

Ritchie Shepherd, an aging pop star and a producer of a reality show for teen talent, is starting to trip over his own lies. Maybe filming a documentary about his father, Captain Shepherd, a British soldier executed by Northern Irish guerrillas, will redeem him.

His sister, Bec, is getting closer and closer to a vaccine for malaria. When she’s not in Tanzania harvesting field samples, she’s peering through a microscope at her own blood to chart the risky treatment she’s testing on herself. She’s as addicted to honesty as Ritchie is to trickery.

Val Oatman is the editor of a powerful tabloid newspaper. The self-appointed conscience of the nation, scourge of hypocrites and cheats, he believes he will marry beautiful Bec.

Alex Comrie, a gene therapist (and formerly the drummer in Ritchie’s band), is battling his mortally ill uncle, a brilliant and domineering scientist, over whether Alex might actually have discovered a cure for aging. Alex, too, believes he will marry Bec.

Colum Donobhan has just been released from prison, having served a twenty-five-year sentence for putting a gun to Captain Shepherd’s head when he refused to give up an informer. He now writes poetry.

Their stories meet and tangle in this bighearted epic that is also shrewd, starkly funny, and utterly of the moment. The Heart Broke In is fiction with the reverberating resonance of truth.

The Other Normals

Given the chance, fifteen-year-old Peregrine “Perry” Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures & Caverns, an epic role-playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons. The world of C&C is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin. But that isn’t happening—not if his parents have anything to do with it. Concerned their son lacks social skills, they ship him off to summer camp to become a man. They want him to be outdoors playing with kids his own age and meeting girls—rather than indoors alone, with only his gaming alter ego for company. Perry knows he’s in for the worst summer of his life.

Everything changes, however, when Perry gets to camp and stumbles into the World of the Other Normals. There he meets Mortin Enaw, one of the creators of C&C, and other mythical creatures from the game, including the alluring Ada Ember, whom Perry finds more beautiful than any human girl he’s ever met. Perry’s new otherworldly friends need his help to save their princess and prevent mass violence. As they embark on their quest together, Perry realizes that his nerdy childhood has uniquely prepared him to be a great warrior in this world, and maybe even a hero. But to save the princess, Perry will have to learn how to make real connections in the human world as well. Bestselling author Ned Vizzini delivers a compulsively readable and wildly original story about the winding and often hilarious path to manhood.

The Diviners

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City — and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult—also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.” When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer—if he doesn’t catch her first.

Burn for Burn

Jenny Han, the author of the New York Times bestselling The Summer I Turned Pretty series and Siobhan Vivian, the acclaimed author of The List, team up for Burn for Burn, the first book in a captivating trilogy. Set on postcard-perfect Jar Island, Burn for Burn introduces three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. LILLIA used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll be damned if she lets the same thing happen to her little sister. KAT is through with being called a freak. She’s over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person—her ex-best friend—and Kat’s ready to make her pay. Six years ago, MARY left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s back, he’s gonna be in trouble… cause she’s coming after him. These three girls learn that sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong….

Tap Out

In Pleasant Meadows, seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch has learned that survival comes down to one simple formula; keep your head down and your mouth shut. But with a mother who serves as a punching bag for her boyfriends and a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits, Tony finds himself in deep without knowing exactly how he got there. Mixed Martial Arts classes provide an escape but may not be all that he needs to break a seemingly endless and hopeless cycle. Tony has the blood and guts, but is it enough to give him the glory of living his own life freely?

Tap Out is at once gritty, powerful, and unapologetic, and offers an honest look into one teen’s struggle to break the cycle and carve a path of his own choosing.

Live By Night

Combining edgy suspense and the vivid period detail that made The Given Day a smashing success, award-winning, bestselling author Dennis Lehane delivers a masterful epic of Prohibition-era America told through the story of a charismatic young gangster on his rise through the glitz and the violence of the Roaring 20s.

Sutton

Willie Sutton was driven by two things—a lost love and a fierce vendetta against banks. Among the most notorious criminals in American history, he spent half his life in prison, the other half on the run. Then came Christmas Eve, 1969. Sutton’s surprise parole from Attica sparked a media frenzy. Every journalist and talk show host wanted an interview. Sutton, however, granted only one. Sixty-eight years old, in failing health, he spent all that Christmas with a newspaper reporter and photographer, driving around New York City, visiting the scenes of his many heists, betrayals, heartbreaks and escapes. The result was a strangely cursory front-page article, filled with half-truths and platitudes. Notably missing was any mention of Sutton’s first accomplice, the girl who led him into a life of crime, then broke his heart. Sutton, a historical novel based on extensive research, is a comic, moving, gritty imagining of that mysterious Christmas, and the remarkable life that preceded it, a life defined by thrills, follies, unseen bravery and treachery, and the long shadow of a doomed, unforgettable romance.

Wilderness

Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain meets David Guterson’s East of the Mountains in this sweeping historical novel of a Civil War veteran’s last journey on the Pacific Coast. Thirty years after the Civil War’s Battle of the Wilderness left him maimed, Abel Truman has found his way to the rugged, majestic coast of Washington State, where he lives alone in a driftwood shack with his beloved dog. Wilderness is the story of Abel, now an old and ailing man, and his heroic final journey over the snowbound Olympic Mountains. As Abel makes his way into the foothills he his haunted by his memories of the horrors of the war and the savagery he took part in and witnessed. And yet, Abel has somehow managed to hold on to his humanity, finding weigh stations of kindness along his path. In its contrasts of light and dark, wild and tame, brutal and tender, and its attempts to reconcile a horrific war with the great evil it ended, Wilderness not only tells the moving tale of an unforgettable character, but a story about who we are as human beings, a people, and a nation.