With the New Year come new books from some of Algonquin’s classic authors. Dive into wonderful works from the likes of Lee Smith, Robert Morgan, Jill McCorkle, Amy Stewart, and more. You can buy these Lucky 7 e-books for just $1.99 throughout January—and each one comes with a special preview of the author’s newest work, coming in 2013 from Algonquin Books. What a way to start the year!
A Kiss from Maddalena by Christopher Castellani
When Vito Leone falls in love with Maddalena Picinelli, the shy and beautiful daughter of the most powerful family in Santa Cecilia, Italy, a few obstacles appear in his path. But after German soldiers invade the town and everyone flees—except Vito and his mother—Vito comes up with a plan to prove that he’s a suitable suitor. Includes a free preview chapter of Christopher Castellani’s All This Talk of Love, coming in February 2013.
Crash Diet by Jill McCorkle
These eleven sparkling, uninhibited stories address her favorite subject: women who take matters into their own hands. McCorkle has yet again produced irrepressibly frank and funny portraits of remarkable characters. Includes a free preview chapter of Jill McCorkle’s Life After Life, coming in March 2013.
From the Ground Up by Amy Stewart
Amy Stewart had a simple dream. She yearned for a garden filled with colorful jumbles of vegetables and flowers. From the Ground Up is Stewart’s quirky, humorous chronicle of the blossoms and weeds in her first garden and the lessons she’s learned the hard way. Includes a free recipe inspired by Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist, coming in March 2013.
Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
Two women running away from their marriages collide on a foggy highway, killing one of them. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life but of the lives of the devastated husband and fragile son that the other woman, April, has left behind. Includes a free preview chapter of Caroline Leavitt’s Is This Tomorrow, coming in May 2013.
Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
Julie and Hank’s new life in the valley, in the last years of the nineteenth century, is more complicated than the young couple ever imagined. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with their union make Gap Creek a timeless story of a marriage. Includes a free preview chapter of Robert Morgan’s The Road from Gap Creek, coming in August 2013.
A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein
Pete Dizinoff, a successful New Jersey internist, has a devoted wife, close friends, an impressive house, and his son, Alec, on whom he has pinned all his hopes. But Pete hadn’t expected his friend’s troubled daughter to set her sights on his boy. Pete tries to derail the romance, never foreseeing the devastating consequences. Includes a free preview chapter of Lauren Grodstein’s The Explanation of Everything, coming in September 2013.
The Last Girls by Lee Smith
This novel centers around four middle-aged Southern women who, as students at an idyllic Blue Ridge women’s college thirty years before, were inspired by Huckleberry Finn to take their own raft trip down the Mississippi River. Now a tragedy brings them back together for a repeat voyage under very different circumstances—aboard a luxurious cruise steamboat. Includes a free preview chapter of Lee Smith’s Guests on Earth, coming in October 2013.