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Fly Me

Like some commercial airline trips, this first novel rambles along on the runway, finally takes off with a blast, detours a bit here and there, but proves to be a stimulating ride.


Wayne (The Love Song of Jonny Valentine) offers a witty and fascinating peek into today's youth culture, and delivers an enthralling portrait of male narcissism and voyeuristic obsession through the literary device of an unreliable, though brilliant, narrator. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/16.]

Three-Martini Lunch

Rindell's second novel (after her acclaimed debut, The Other Typist) offers a captivating look into the vibrancy of mid-20th-century New York City through the eyes of three flawed and therefore, fascinating young characters. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/15.]

The Underwriting

Although not as intense and masterly as Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, this fast-paced corporate thriller offers a riveting glimpse into the world of Silicon Valley start-ups, Wall Street investment firms, and today's techy Millennial generation. [This novel was originally published as a 12-part e-series.—Ed.]

Girl in the Moonlight

This is a page-turner for avid readers of romantic novels who enjoy learning how the rich live and whether they can rise above their first-world struggles. [See Prepub Alert, 11/3/14.]

Dirty Work

Weston, a British physician and author of the award-winning medical memoir Direct Red, has written a courageous, incisive debut novel that offers a reflective and compassionate view of the medical work and human dimensions surrounding the surgery to end pregnancies. The author traces neutral ground between this subject's hard inflammatory factions and offers a sensitive view of abortion providers who may be themselves conflicted.

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

With its vivid depictions of old New York City tenement life and its tale of the American ice cream business set against the backdrop of the major events of the 20th century, this rags-to-riches saga will appeal greatly to readers of American historical novels. [See Prepub Alert, 12/16/13.]


Informed by her work as a doctor, Casella's third medical novel (after Oxygen and Healer) poses interesting medical questions and offers deepening mysteries to keep the reader turning the pages. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/13.]

Paris Twilight

Sure to appeal to lovers of mysteries and European modern history, this thrillingly intelligent debut novel by the author of the NBCC finalist Genie: A Scientific Tragedy and American Beach, set among the wonders of Paris and against a backdrop of war, provides a haunting, sensitive account of a middle-aged woman's unearthing of her past and the ambiguities of her own heart. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/13.]

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