New in Paperback: The Kept, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart and 10% Happier

One of my very favorite books of 2014, I think this has the potential to break out in paperback the way The Orchardist did. Both are gorgeous, atmospheric period novels fraught with complex family relationships, heart-breaking moral questions and made vivid by the literary talents of the authors. Ideal for book clubs, this is a book readers want to pass on to one another and talk about. This was an Indies Introduce title as well as an Indie Next Pick in hardcover and now paperback.

“Scott is a master of mood… This landscape is more mythic than historic, and Scott’s characters are dark brush strokes of appetite and deceit. His central concern, as a storyteller, is the dynamic of consequence.”
— New York Times Book Review

“[A] bravura debut…. as breathless as it is inevitable.”
— Boston Globe

“Graceful…unsettling…The Kept is a novel where most everyone harbors dark secrets and most characters are not who they appear to be.”
— USA Today

“Dark and mysterious… A novel whose daring is found in its bleakness… sparse, elegant… haunting.”
— New York Times

The Kept (9780062236654) by James Scott. $15.99 trade paperback. 1/6/15 on sale.

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Swanson is an elegant suspense writer with a 21st century sense of pacing.  His classic noir plots move with breathless, cinematic speed. (Indeed, this one has already been picked up for film.) He’s got a new book coming in February and if reviews are any predictor, I think Peter Swanson is a writer worth watching—and reading. This is an Indie Next Pick in both hardcover and paperback.

The book has pace to burn. It feels like a throwback to Ross MacDonald’s flawed but relentless work . . . glimmers with bright and original moments.”
   — USA Today

“Who are literature’s most lethal women? There are many candidates, of course . . . but we might start with Shakespeare’s Goneril and Regan . . . And here’s a new contender: Liana Decter, who causes endless heartbreak and occasional death in Peter Swanson’s compulsively readable first novel….This is a highly original story, well told, that should be a contender for crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014.”
   — Washington Post

“The parallel stories unwind relentlessly with audacious and spectacular twists . . . An intense mix of noir, pulp fiction, and fun.”
   — Boston Globe

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (9780062267504) by Peter Swanson. $14.99 trade paperback. 1/6/15 on sale.

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Several years ago we had a smart, witty, accessible self-help book that was a bestseller in hardcover. The Happiness Project then blew up in paperback and now has over a million copies in print. That’s what this book feels like. Harris had a very nice bestseller with the hardcover but I think we’re about to go stratospheric with the paperback for years to come.

“With startling, provocative, and often very funny candor, Dan Harris tells the story of why he urgently needed to tame the strident voice in his head, and how he did it….[It] will convince even the most skeptical reader of meditation’s potential.”
— Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

“This is a book that will help people, simply put. I know a lot of very powerful, very stressed-out, type-A personalities who will be getting this book from me as a gift this year.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story (9780062265432) by Dan Harris. $15.99 trade paperback. 12/30/14 on sale.

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