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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

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Megan Abbott
Reagan Arthur Books / Back Bay Books
On sale: August 27, 2013

For a review copy (US and Canada only), or to schedule an interview with Megan Abbott, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] hbgusa.com.

From Edgar Award-Winning Author, Now in Paperback

PRAISE FOR DARE ME
“It’s ‘Heathers’ meets ‘Fight Club’ good.”
—New York Times Book Review

“Abbott’s latest is not only a page-turning mystery—it’s also a close look at teen girls’ ferocious rivalries and intense bonds….A psychologically astute thriller.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Ms. Abbott turns the frothy world of high-school cheerleading into something truly menacing.”—Wall Street Journal

“A very grown-up look at youth culture and how bad behavior can sometimes be redeemed by a couple of good decisions.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

“Following the direction taken by her last novel (The End of Everything), Edgar winner Abbott again delivers an unsettling look at the inner life of adolescent girls in the guise of a crime story….Compelling, claustrophobic and slightly creepy in a can’t-put-it-down way.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A gut-churning tale of revenge, power, desire, and friendship in the insular world of high school cheerleading….Deliciously slick and dark…the plot is tight and intense, building a world in which even the perky flip of a cheerleader’s skirt holds menace.”Publishers Weekly

ABOUT DARE ME
Rivalries, secret alliances, the looming threat of bodily harm: welcome to the world of competitive high school cheerleading, where friendship and loyalty are pared away to reveal the dark heart of adolescence—a subject about which award-winning novelist Megan Abbott “writes with total authority and an almost desperate intensity,” says Tom Perrotta.

Megan Abbott’s dark and seductive thrillers have been lauded by everyone from Gillian Flynn to Tana French, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal. In DARE ME (on sale August 27, 2013; Reagan Arthur Books / Back Bay Books), Abbott turns her lens to the lives of head varsity cheerleader Beth Cassidy and her lifelong best friend and lieutenant Addy Hanlon.

A far cry from the pom-pom shakers and prom queens of yore, their squad is no fluffy respite or easy ticket to popularity. Dangerous and bruising, today’s acrobatic style of cheerleading is a kind of Fight Club for girls, the most perilous of sports: highly competitive, addictive, and a powerful outlet for all the tumult and complexities of teenage girlhood.

Beth and Addy’s unchallenged reign over this club comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of a new coach, charismatic and seductive, who upsets the established pecking order and wins the girls over with her seeming perfection. When Addy falls under the new coach’s spell, Beth becomes reckless.

A shocking turn of events and a police investigation of the coach and her squad send the tension sky high. As the last game of the season approaches, and as the girls’ physical feats get increasingly dangerous, Addy and Beth are forced to ask where their loyalties truly lie.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan Abbott
is the Edgar Award–winning author of five previous novels. She received her PhD in literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film at NYU, the New School, and SUNY Oswego. She lives in New York City.

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Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power by Seth Rosenfeld

SubversivesSubversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power
Seth Rosenfeld
Picador Paperback
On sale: July 23

For a review copy (US and Canada only), or to schedule an interview with Seth Rosenfeld, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com.

Winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize

PRAISE FOR SUBVERSIVES
Subversives has a powerful story to tell about the vanity and stupidity of political leaders of any persuasion who squander public resources spying on personal enemies…and the frightening weakness of the laws designed to restrain their authority.”—Matt Taibbi, The New York Times Book Review

“Crucial history. It’s also a warning….Rosenfeld has an agenda in this book of patience and passion: setting straight a previously hidden—and consequential—record….Chilling.”The Christian Science Monitor

“A well-written, dramatic narrative on Berkeley in the 1960s containing many scoops…Significant.”The Wall Street Journal

“Masterfully researched…A potent reminder of the explosiveness of 1960s politics and how far elements of the government were (and perhaps still are) willing to go to undermine civil liberties.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Narrative nonfiction at its best.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

ABOUT SUBVERSIVES
Part history, part biography, and part police procedural, SUBVERSIVES is a fresh look at the legacy of the sixties and a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked power.

SUBVERSIVES traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Through their converging narratives, the award-winning investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters, and secret detention lists.

The FBI spent more than one million dollars trying to block the release of the secret files on which SUBVERSIVES is based. This is an extraordinary view of what the government was up to during a turning point in our nation’s history.

ABOUT SETH ROSENFELD
SETH ROSENFELD
was for many years an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, where his article about the FBI and the Free Speech Movement won seven national awards.

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We Sinners by Hanna Pylväinen

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Hanna Pylväinen
Picador Paperback
On sale: July 23

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PRAISE FOR WE SINNERS
“In some ways, the Rovaniemi family is like ordinary American families. But the questions about faith—how it binds the family together but also mutates and divides it—elevate it beyond the confines of the traditional domestic novel and into a resonant and magical work of imagination.”Chicago Tribune

“A beautiful, understated novel…We Sinners hums with rare respect for religious outsiders.”The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[A] nuanced portrait of an unnuanced world.”The New York Times

“It’s impossible not to like these characters, so beautifully drawn, and so very loving to one another.”Los Angeles Times

“In a debut collection of dazzling economy, precision, and reach, Hanna Pylväinen explores a familiar yet unfamiliar world—a distinct culture of amazing power—from the points of view of ten different family members with immense sensitivity to her characters, and a surprisingly light, deft touch.”
—Jaimy Gordon, author of National Book Award Winner Lord of Misrule

ABOUT WE SINNERS
“[A] spare, quietly devastating novel” (The Boston Globe), WE SINNERS examines the effect that the Rovaniemi family’s fierce dedication to their conservative church has on its eleven members.

Despite the extent to which each of the Rovaniemis’ lives are built around their church—music, television, makeup, and even school dances are strictly prohibited—their places in the wider world and their paths to get there could not be more different. Through alternating perspectives, Hanna Pylväinen captures each singular Rovaniemi voice deftly, seamlessly, delivering their individual struggles both in and outside of the church. She follows both the siblings who remain in the church into their adulthood and those who leave, and explores the difficulties that each group faces. In WE SINNERS, a dazzling, highly praised debut, Pylväinen shows us the remarkable distances and differences that love and faith can sustain, and those they cannot.

ABOUT HANNA PYLVÄINEN
HANNA PYLVÄINEN is from suburban Detroit and lives in Brooklyn. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a Zell Postgraduate Fellow. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony residency, a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a 2012 Whiting Award.

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Desert America: A Journey Through Our Most Divided Landscape by Rubén Martínez

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Rubén Martínez
Picador Paperback
On sale: June 25

For a review copy (US and Canada only), or to schedule an interview with Rubén Martínez, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com.

PRAISE FOR DESERT AMERICA
“It’s hard to imagine a more engaging and illuminating chronicle of the contemporary West….A nuanced, conflicted, poetic meditation on an endlessly elusive subject.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Deeply moving and insightful…A memoir that also manages to be an excellent work of reportage… Martínez treats all the people he writes about, and the places where they live, with the kind of profound respect all too rare among the legions of Western writers who have preceded him. The result is an emotional and intellectually astute portrait of communities long neglected and misunderstood by American literature.”Los Angeles Times

“A compelling and daring book, one filled with equal parts confession, history, and politics…Desert America will challenge every idea you may have formed about life and death in our Western deserts.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

ABOUT DESERT AMERICA
The economic boom—and the devastation left in its wake—was writ nowhere as large as on the American West. Over the past decade, the most iconic of American landscapes has undergone a political and demographic upheaval comparable only to the opening of the frontier. In DESERT AMERICA, a work of powerful reportage and memoir, acclaimed author Rubén Martínez explores a world of extremes: drug addiction flourishing in the shadow of some of America’s richest zip codes, an exclusive Texas enclave that coexists with bloodshed on the banks of the Rio Grande, and Native Americans hunting down Mexican migrants crossing the most desolate stretch of the border.

DESERT AMERICA details Martinez’s own love for this most contested region and reveals that the great frontier is now in the forefront of the vast disparities that are redefining the very idea of America.

ABOUT RUBEN MARTINEZ
Rubén Martínez, an Emmy-winning journalist and poet, is the author of Crossing Over and The New Americans. He holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University.

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ALSO AVAILABLE
Crossing OverCrossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
Now with a new afterword
Picador Paperback
On sale: June 25

PRAISE FOR CROSSING OVER
“Beautifully written and important…Martínez shows us how ‘America’ is being reimagined by its uninvited, its disrespected, its invisible, and he shows us that they will change us, whether we like it or not.”Los Angeles Times

“To read Crossing Over is to read the story of America, to understand the dynamic that renews the strength of the American Dream….Martínez has depicted a deep, enduring commonality that may change the way we understand immigration”Chicago Tribune

“Martínez’s portrait is a rich counterpoint to the simple patterns a demographer might draw.”The New York Times Book Review

ABOUT CROSSING OVER
The U.S.-Mexican border is one of the most permeable boundaries in the world, breached daily by Mexicans in search of work. Yet the migrant gambit is perilous. Thousands die crossing the line and those who reach “the other side” are branded illegals, undocumented and unprotected.

In CROSSING OVER, Ruben Martinez puts a human face on the phenomenon, following the exodus of the Chávez clan, an extended Mexican family with the grim distinction of having lost three sons in a tragic border incident. He charts the migrants’ progress from their small south-Mexican town of Cherán through the harrowing underground railroad to the tomato farms of Missouri, the strawberry fields of California, and the slaughterhouses of Wisconsin. He reveals the effects of immigration on the family left behind and offers a powerful portrait of migrant culture, an exchange that deposits hip hop in Indian villages while bringing Mexican pop to the northern plains. Far from joining the melting pot, Martinez argues, the migrants–as many as seven million in the U.S.–are spawning a new culture that will alter both countries as Latin America and the U.S. come increasingly to resemble each other.

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Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin

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Rosecrans Baldwin
Picador Paperback
On Sale: June 25, 2013

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PRAISE FOR PARIS, I LOVE YOU
“Baldwin’s book is deftly written, with a wry style and liberally deployed irony. And it’s very funny.”The Atlantic

“A picture of what it’s like to live and work—like, work work—in a city understood by most Americans only through tourist goggles. It’s this balance of the city’s dirty deceptions…with the timeless elegance of every boulevard and back-alley bistro that makes the book feel so necessary and welcome.”GQ

“The most French book by an American author you’ll ever read…Baldwin’s writings on Paris are saturated with a bittersweet nostalgia for the present, living in a place he loves that he is fated to leave.”The Daily Beast

“Baldwin and his wife, Rachel—as well as the Parisians he came to know—are funny and idiosyncratic, and it’s a pleasure to spend time with them….A love story about the city and its people.”—NPR

“A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne as experienced by an observant young American…his vivid impressions of Paris and its people (expats included) are most engaging. Great fun and surprisingly touching. Great fun and surprisingly touching.”Kirkus (starred review)

ABOUT PARIS, I LOVE YOU
Rosecrans Baldwin had always dreamed of living in Paris, ever since vacationing there when he was nine. So he couldn’t refuse an offer to work at a Parisian ad agency—even though he had no experience in advertising and hardly spoke French.

But the Paris that Rosecrans and his wife, Rachel, arrived in wasn’t the romantic city he remembered, and over the next eighteen months, his dogged American optimism was put to the test: at work (where he wrote booklets on breastfeeding), at home (in the hub of a massive construction project), and at every confusing dinner party in between. A hilarious and refreshingly honest take on life in one of the world’s most beloved cities, PARIS, I LOVE YOU BUT YOU’RE BRINGING ME DOWN is a book about a young man whose preconceptions are usurped by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy metropolis—which is just what he needs to fall in love with Paris a second time.

ABOUT ROSECRANS BALDWIN
ROSECRANS BALDWIN is the author of the novel You Lost Me There, an NPR Best Book of 2010 and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. He is a cofounder of the online magazine The Morning News. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

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Sheila Heti
Picador Paperback
Publication Date: June 25, 2013

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PRAISE FOR HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE?
“A vital and funny picture of the excitements and longueurs of trying to be a young creator in a free, late-capitalist Western city.”
—James Wood, The New Yorker

“Funny…odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable…unlike any novel I can think of.”
—David Haglund, The New York Times Book Review

“Brutally honest and stylistically inventive, cerebral, and sexy.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the bravest, strangest, most original novels I’ve read this year.”
The Boston Globe

ABOUT HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE?
By turns loved and reviled upon its U.S. publication, Sheila Heti’s “breakthrough novel” (Chris Kraus, Los Angeles Review of Books) is an unabashedly honest and hilarious tour through the unknowable pieces of one woman’s heart and mind. Part literary novel, part self-help manual, and part vivid exploration of the artistic and sexual impulse, HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE? earned Heti comparisons to Henry Miller, Joan Didion, Mary McCarthy, and Flaubert, while shocking and exciting readers with its raw, urgent depiction of female friendship and of the shape of our lives now. Irreverent, brilliant, and completely original, Heti challenges, questions, frustrates, and entertains in equal measure. With urgency and candor she asks: What is the most noble way to love? What kind of person should you be?

ABOUT SHEILA HETI
Sheila Heti is the author of several books of fiction, including The Middle Stories and Ticknor; and an essay collection written with Misha Glouberman, The Chairs Are Where the People Go. Her writing has been translated into ten languages and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, McSweeney’s, n+1, The Guardian, and other places. She works as interviews editor at The Believer magazine.

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The Hanging Garden by Patrick White

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Patrick White
A Picador Paperback Original
Publication Date: May 28, 2013

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The first novel by White to be published in nearly thirty years.

PRAISE FOR THE HANGING GARDEN
“[The Hanging Garden is] a complete, complex, and beautiful portrait, an important addition to classic contemporary fiction.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Like all great impressionistic artists, Patrick White recreates the world by depicting the life we think we know in an entirely original and luminous way. Everything about The Hanging Garden, his final novel, is thrilling, consummate, and revelatory. Its belated publication is a rare and wonderful gift to White devotees and a perfect introduction for new readers.”
—Peter Cameron, author of Coral Glynn and Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

“Atmospheric and unsettling. White’s writing is infused with a powerful sense of yearning and loss. A book poignant with the uncertainty and bewilderment of childhood’s passing.”
—Tan Twan Eng, author of The Garden of Evening

“White’s novels [are] boldly ambitious, inventive, sensual, eloquent…shrewd and tender about its two protagonists.”The Spectator (London)

“The late, virtuosic performance of a master. Here is White conjuring in 200 pages one of the most vivid, erotically charged, emotionally wrenching works of fiction, I’ve read this century.”The Age (Australia)

The Hanging Garden returns fiction to greatness. Reading it brings exhilaration, tinged with dismay at our diminished expectations of the literary novel….A gift.”The Monthly (Australia)

ABOUT THE HANGING GARDEN
From the Nobel Prize-Winning author of The Eye of the Storm comes a vivid, visceral tale of childhood friendship and sexual awakening from beyond the echoes of World War II.

Patrick White, the most revered figure in modern Australian literature, born in England 1912 and raised in Australia, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. THE HANGING GARDEN is his first novel to be published in nearly 30 years.

THE HANGING GARDEN, transcribed posthumously from a handwritten manuscript, is a breathtaking and fully satisfying work that reads as a complete story.

Seamlessly shifting among points of view, and written in dazzling prose, White’s mastery of style and highly inventive storytelling transports readers as few writers can.

Sydney, Australia, 1942. Two children, on the cusp of adolescence, have been spirited away from the war in Europe and given shelter in a house on Neutral Bay, taken in by the charity of an old widow who wants little to do with them. The boy, Gilbert, has escaped the Blitz. The girl, Eirene, lost her father in a Greek prison. Left to their own devices, the children forge a friendship of startling honesty, forming a bond of uncommon complexity which they sense will shape their destinies for years to come.

ABOUT PATRICK WHITE
PATRICK WHITE was born in England 1912 and raised in Australia. He became the most revered figure in modern Australian literature, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. He died in September 1990.

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