A White Wind Blew by James Markert (March)
"A compelling and thought-provoking novel that will move and inspire readers of all kinds." --John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road and Northwest Corner
When the body fails, you've got two choices. Send a doctor in, or send a prayer up. And if neither works? You'll find Dr. Wolfgang Pike at his piano. In 1920s Louisville, Dr. Wolfgang Pike believes music might be the best medicine for his patients at the Waverly Hills tuberculosis sanatorium, where nearly a body an hour leaves in a coffin. Then a former concert pianist checks in, triggering something deep inside Wolfgang, and soon they give rise to an unlikely orchestra from the ashes of one of history's most crippling epidemics.
Louisville resident James Markert is a USPTA tennis professional. He is the writer and co-producer of the new feature film and tennis comedy 2nd Serve.
The One-Way Bridge by Cathie Pelletier (May)
"Cathie does a wonderful job of capturing [her characters'] moods and loves and losses, and yearnings…. Her writing is lovely and so descriptive." --Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, Conn.
After a six-year wait, beloved novelist Cathie Pelletier is back with an extraordinary story of family, loneliness, and community. She returns to Mattagash, Maine, the setting for some of her earlier novels, where neighbors are bickering over trivialities while privately struggling with deeper issues: scandal, loss, failed ambitions, and the scars of war. When a dead body surfaces in the remote town in the harsh northern Maine wilderness and a stand-off ensues between two residents, Mattagash's citizens must confront their worst fears if they're going to preserve the only way of life they know.
Pelletier's nine novels include Running the Bulls, winner of the 2006 Paterson Prize for Fiction.
From the Kitchen of Half Truth by Maria Goodin (April)
"Beautifully conveyed…delicate and magical. Happy to recommend this book!" --Marilyn Lustig, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, Mass.
Spending one last summer with her cooking-obsessed, fanciful mother, who is dying, Meg longs to know the truth about her life and not just the sugar-coated stories she grew up hearing. But with her mother in denial about their past, as well as about her health, time is swiftly running out for Meg to uncover her family's secrets. Perfect for readers who savored Chocolat and The School of Essential Ingredients, this delicious debut novel is full of quirky humor and depth of feeling.
The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow (April)
"While the reader will learn a lot about silk, it is the interconnected relationships between the characters that really engage the reader." --Nicola Rooney, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, Mich.
In this riveting debut novel, former BBC journalist Liz Trenow draws on her family's 250-year history in silk weaving to create an atmospheric tale of forbidden love set against the looms during World War II.
For decades, Lily Verner has tried to forget the terrible mistake she made as a teenager. When an unexpected event pulls her back to the 1940s British countryside, she recalls the brilliant colors of the silk woven at her family's mill, the relentless pressure of the worsening war, and the kind of heartbreaking loss that stops time. Now, Lily is finally compelled to face the disastrous decision that has haunted her for years.
The Book of Someday by Dianne Dixon (September)
"Wow" was Sourcebooks publisher Dominique Raccah's reaction after reading The Book of Someday. "This book grabs you by the throat from the very first sentence and it doesn't let go," she said of the "beautifully written, compelling, chilling, and mesmerizing" novel. (Request a copy here.)
In The Book of Someday, California girl Livvi Gray comes face to face with the eerily beautiful stranger who has long haunted her dreams, an encounter that not only alters her future but changes her perception of the past. Told in parallel with her story are those of a photographer and a suburban mother, all three of whom are swiftly moving toward events that will prove to be the ultimate turning points in their lives.
Dianne Dixon is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and author of the novel The Language of Secrets.
The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown (March)
Bestselling romance author Carolyn Brown makes her first foray into women's fiction with a novel both poignant and rollicking. The best jalapeños in the world are grown in Cadillac, Texas, where Aunt Agnes declares war on Violet Prescott, the president of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society, just in time for the annual jubilee. After the festivities--and the hostilities--are over, the four pals left standing prove that friendship is indeed forever.
Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than 60 books under her belt. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, she now makes her home in Davis, Okla. Brown credits her eclectic family for her humor, which she displays in her hilarious answers to Shelf Awareness' Book Brahmin questions. (See below.)
What a Mother Knows by Leslie Lehr (May)
"Dark and unsettling, but with a ray of hope like a splash of light, and a knockout ending you won't see coming." --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
Michelle Mason not only loses her memory after a deadly car crash, she can't locate her 16-year-old daughter, Nikki, the one person who may know what really transpired that night. Trying to put her shattered life back together, she throws herself into finding Nikki, but the deeper she digs, the more blurred the line becomes between what happened and what matters.
Leslie Lehr is the author of the novels Wife Goes On and 66 Laps.
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (May)
"What I love most about Kearsley--next to the dreamy love stories, of course--is her ability to paint a picture with words." --Billie Bloebaum, Powell's Books, Portland, Ore.
By handling an object, Nicola Marter can sometimes glimpse those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery where she works, she can see the artifact's history and knows that it was named after the Firebird--the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, she follows a young girl into the past, navigating through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts and unearthing a tale of love, courage and redemption.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley has sold more than a quarter-million copies of her novels with Sourcebooks.