Highlights of the many titles being published by Atria this season:
These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen (Washington Square Press, April 10) follows the lives of three women who live together in New York City, all of whom are at crossroads. Cate is features editor at Gloss magazine whose rise through the ranks causes much controversy; Renee wants to become beauty editor on Gloss so much that she takes dangerous black market diet pills to lose weight; and Abby is despairing enough that she quit her job and left town for a while. With each other's support and encouragement, the three women aim to overcome their problems. Pekkanen is the author of The Opposite of Me and Skipping a Beat.
Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany (Washington Square Press, February 7). Eden, 30, is determined to find her father, David, who vanished from her life two decades earlier after trying to commit suicide. The search takes her to a homeless shelter whose handsome, charming director helps her in her quest--and becomes more than just a helper. Alternating between Eden's and David's points of view, Hatvany here explores mental illness and homelessness. Hatvany is the author of three previous novels, including Best Kept Secret.
Abdication by Juliet Nicolson (Atria, May 22), the author's debut novel, is set in London in 1936 and involves the romance of new King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson; a royal driver and student who feel strongly for each; a housekeeper with Nazi sympathies; and a childhood friend of Simpson whose resentments toward her are growing. The granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and daughter of Nigel Nicolson, Nicolson is the author of historical works The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm and The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age.
The Time in Between by María Dueñas, translated by Daniel Hahn (Atria, November 8, 2011) is a first novel that traces the adventurous life of Sira Quiroga from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War through World War II. Quiroga goes from being a poor seamstress in Madrid to an exclusive couturiere--who gathers information in Casablanca-era North Africa and sends it to the British Secret Service in code stitched in the hems of her haute couture dresses. The Time in Between was a #1 bestseller in Spain and sold nearly three million copies.
White Horse by Alex Adams (Emily Bestler Books/Atria, April 17, 2011) is set in a time when a virus dubbed "white horse" has accidentally been unleashed and killed 90% of the population. Zoe, who has worked at GeneTech, which she comes to believe is not as benevolent a company as she thought, begins to see a therapist and falls in love. When the virus spreads, he flees to Greece to avoid possibly infecting Zoe. Zoe discovers she is pregnant and tries to find Dr. Rose, believing that even in a dying world, love and human kindness can survive--and even flourish.
The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma (Atria, summer). New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore--if he reproduces the invasion from outer space featured in H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds. This leads to three interconnected stories of time travel and mystery featuring cameos by Edgar Allan Poe, Captain Derek Shackleton and Charles Winslow from Palma's earlier novel The Map of Time. Appropriately, this book will include a 3D endpaper in its first printing.