Donna Bettencourt

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On Swift Horses

Debut novelist Pufahl’s sharp, gritty details of 1950s San Diego and Las Vegas effectively draw the reader into her protagonists’ struggles to bring meaning to their lives, however different their experiences. [See Prepub Alert, 11/5/19.]

My Dark Vanessa

A deeply relevant debut that the author has been writing since age 16, drawing on her own experiences, and the reading enlightens even as it chills. [See Prepub Alert, 7/1/19.]
 
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gods with a little g

Hassman’s second novel, after her award-winning debut, Girlchild, is witty, irreverent, inventive but above all hopeful with memorable characters who remain with readers long after the novel is finished.

Inland

National Book Award finalist Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife) suspensefully reimagines an extraordinary American West filled with larger-than-life characters, imaginary marauding beasts, and ghosts who commune with the living. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

Before Us Like a Land of Dreams

Anderson's fictionalized journey through time was prompted by her mother's declining health, her son's hospitalization, rampant wildfires plaguing the region, and a beloved country severely divided. A work of universal appeal.

The River

Using an artist's eye to describe Jack and Wynn's wilderness world, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Heller has transformed his own outdoor experiences into a heart-pounding adventure that's hard to put down. [See Prepub Alert, 9/10/18.]
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Soon the Light Will Be Perfect

Patterson has captured an ordinary family clinging to traditions despite extraordinary odds in this spare, honest tale.
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Bitter Orange

Desmond Elliott Prize-winning Fuller's stunning third novel (after Swimming Lessons) is a masterpiece that takes us to the dark places of human emotions.
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Horse

English presents an original, often lyrical story of a teen girl and her horse as she finds her way in a world full of false friends and traitorous adults. A solid choice for thoughtful readers interested in stories of families and relationships. [See Prepub Alert, 2/19/18.]

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