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              The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
                

              The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (Hardback)

              By Silver, Josie

              • RRP: $55.50
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              • Pub Date
                3 Mar 20

              In a thrilling love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December, a young woman is reunited with her late fianc in a parallel life. But is this happy ending right for her? Lydia Bird is living a happy, normal little life--she has a good job, a wonder...ful fianc , Freddie, and the usual daily dramas of buying groceries and being in a relationship. And then everything stops: Freddie is killed in a car crash on his way to pick up his best friend, Jonas. Her world bottoms out. Lydia retreats from the company of her sister, her mother, and from Jonas, the only other person who understands her loss. Alone and adrift, she seeks a small amount of solace in the sleeping pills her doctor prescribes for her, which give her relief in the form of abnormally deep sleep. But they also come with an increasingly complicated gift: Whenever she takes a pill, she emerges in another world. A world in which Freddie is still alive. And so Lydia returns again and again to the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. In one, her relationship with Freddie and her friendship with Jonas move along as scheduled, and in the other, that same friendship begins to become something else, something very unexpected and yet thrillingly familiar. Written with Josie Silver's trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful love story, by turns joyous and devastating, about the questions of fate and chance that we find at life's crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given the painful, miraculous chance to answer them.
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              ISBN 9780593135235
              Released NZ 3 Mar 2020
              Publisher Ballantine Books
              Interest Age General Audience
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              If I Had Your Face
                

              If I Had Your Face (Hardback)

              By Cha, Frances

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              • Pub Date
                21 Apr 20

              A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret room salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies, and K-pop fan mania. Even as a girl, I knew the only ...chance I had was to change my face... even before a fortune-teller told me so. Kyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a room salon, an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihood. Her roomate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the super-wealthy heir to one of Korea's biggest companies. Down the hall in their apartment building lives Ara, a hair stylist for whom two preoccupations sustain her: obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that is commonplace. And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to get pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise and educate in the cutthroat economy. Together, their stories tell a gripping tale that's seemingly unfamiliar, yet unmistakably universal in the way that their tentative friendships may have to be their saving grace.
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              ISBN 9780593129463
              Released NZ 21 Apr 2020
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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              The Book of Lost Friends
                

              The Book of Lost Friends (Hardback)

              By Wingate, Lisa

              • RRP: $59.50
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              • Pub Date
                7 Apr 20

              From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new novel inspired by little-known historical events: a dramatic story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teach...er who rediscovers their story and its vital connection to her own students' lives. In her distinctive voice, Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual Lost Friends advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold off. Louisiana, 1875 In the tumultuous aftermath of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now-destitute plantation; Juneau Jane, her illegitimate free-born Creole half-sister; and Hannie, Lavinia's former slave. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following dangerous roads rife with ruthless vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and eight siblings before slavery's end, the pilgrimage westward reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the seemingly limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope. Louisiana, 1987: For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poor rural school seems like the ticket to canceling her hefty student debt--until she lands in a tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River town. Augustine, Louisiana, seems suspicious of new ideas and new people, and Benny can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled live oaks and run-down plantation homes lies the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.
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              ISBN 9781984819888
              Released NZ 7 Apr 2020
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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              The Herd
                

              The Herd (Hardback)

              By Bartz, Andrea

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              • Pub Date
                24 Mar 20

              When an exclusive New York women's workspace is rocked by the mysterious disappearance of its enigmatic founder, two sisters must uncover the haunting truth before they lose their friendships, their careers--maybe even their lives. The name of the elite, women-only coworking spac...e stretches across the wall behind the check-in desk: THE HERD, the H-E-R always in purple. In-the-know New Yorkers crawl over each other to apply for membership to this community that prides itself on mentorship and empowerment. Among the hopefuls is Katie Bradley, who's just returned from the Midwest after a stint of book research blew up in her face. Luckily, Katie has an in, thanks to her sister Hana, an original Herder and the best friend of Eleanor Gleason, its charismatic founder. Eleanor is a queen among The Herd's sun-filled rooms, admired and quietly feared, even as she strives to be warm and approachable. As head of PR, Hana is working around the clock in preparation for a huge announcement from Eleanor--one that would change the trajectory of The Herd forever. Though Katie loves her sister's crew, she secretly hopes she's found her next book subject in Eleanor, who's brilliant, trailblazing--and extremely private. Then, on the night of the glitzy Herd news conference, Eleanor vanishes without a trace. Everybody has a theory about what made Eleanor run, but when the police suspect foul play, everyone is a suspect: Eleanor's husband, other Herders, the men's rights groups that have had it out for The Herd since its launch--even Eleanor's closest friends. As Hana struggles to figure out what her friend was hiding and Katie chases the story of her life, the sisters must face down the secrets they're keeping from each other--and confront just how dangerous it can be when women's perfect veneers start to crack, crumble, and then fall away all together.
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              ISBN 9781984826367
              Released NZ 24 Mar 2020
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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              The Jetsetters
                

              The Jetsetters (Hardback)

              By Eyre Ward, Amanda

              • RRP: $59.50
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              • Pub Date
                3 Mar 20

              The story of a vibrant but dysfunctional family trapped together on a ten-day Mediterranean cruise--a riveting, irresistible novel from bestselling author Amanda Eyre Ward The funniest novel that ever broke your heart. --Andrew Sean Greer, bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning a...uthor of Less Dysfunctional family goes away together on a Mediterranean cruise: What's not to love? This novel fell squarely in my wheelhouse and I was delighted anew in every port. The Jetsetters is fun, sexy and engrossing. --Elin Hilderbrand, author of Summer of '69 When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the Become a Jetsetter contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can't seem to find a bride; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday. Charlotte yearns for the years when her children were young and she was a single mother who meant everything to them. When she wins the cruise, the family packs all their baggage--literal and figurative--and spends ten days traveling from sun-drenched Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido Marveloso. As lovers new and old join the adventure, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the Perkins family is forced to confront the defining choices in their lives. Can four lost adults find the peace they've been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back to each other? In the vein of The Nest and The Vacationers, Ward has created a delicious and intelligent novel about the courage it takes to reveal our true selves, the pleasures and perils of family, and how we navigate the seas of adulthood to cruise--we can only hope--toward joy.
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              ISBN 9780399181894
              Released NZ 3 Mar 2020
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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              Last Couple Standing
                

              Last Couple Standing (Hardback)

              By Norman, Matthew

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              • Pub Date
                17 Mar 20

              A couple determined not to end up like their divorced friends try an open marriage--and get in way over their heads--in this hilarious, heartfelt novel from the author of We're All Damaged. The Core Four have been friends since college: four men, four women, four couples. They go...t married around the same time, had kids around the same time, and now, fifteen years later, they've started getting divorced around the same time, too. With three of the Core Four unions crumbling to dust around them, Jessica and Mitch Butler take a long, hard look at their own marriage. Can it be saved? Or is divorce, like some fortysomething zombie virus, simply inescapable? To maximize their chance at immunity, Jessica and Mitch try something radical. Their friends' divorces mostly had to do with sex--having it, not having it, wanting to have it with other people--so they decide to relax a few things. Terms are discussed, conditions are made, and together the Butlers embark on the great experiment of taking their otherwise happy, functional marriage and breaking some very serious rules. Jessica and Mitch are convinced they've hit upon the next evolution of marriage. But as lines are crossed and hot bartenders pursued, they each start to wonder if they've made a huge mistake. What follows is sexy, fun, painful, messy, and completely surprising to them both. Because sometimes doing something bad is the only way to get to the heart of what's really good.
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              ISBN 9781984821065
              Released NZ 17 Mar 2020
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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              The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel
               

              The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel (Paperback)

              By Crais, Robert

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              Winner of the Anthony and Cacavity Awards for Best Novel - Nominated for the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best Novel Elvis Cole provides more fun for the reader than any L.A. private eye to come along in years. --Joseph Wambaugh Meet Elvis Cole, L.A. private eye . . . He quotes Ji...miny Cricket and carries a .38. He's a literate, wisecracking Vietnam vet who is determined never to grow up. Praise for The Monkey's Raincoat Outstanding characters, tight plot, and scintillating prose style. . . . This fast-paced story speeds Elvis Cole to a chilling, heart-stopping ending. --Mystery Scene Is Bob Crais good? Put it this way: if they're taking you out to put you against the firing squad wall, and you want to enjoy your last moments on earth, pass on the last cigarette and ask for an Elvis Cole novel. --Harlan Ellison Far and away the most satisfying private eye novel in years. Grab this one--it's a winner! --Lawrence Block The best private eye novel of the year . . . lots of action; bright, crisp dialogue; and sharply drawn characters. --The Denver Post Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands. . . . Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crais's style is fresh and funny. --Sue Grafton In Crais, a new star has appeared on the private eye scene--a dazzling first novel. --Tony Hillerman
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              ISBN 9780593157985
              Released NZ 1 Oct 2019
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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              Series Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel
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              Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel
               

              Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel (Paperback)

              By Macomber, Debbie

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              Includes an excerpt from Sweet tomorrows.

              ISBN 9780553391824
              Released NZ 5 Jul 2016
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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              Series Rose Harbor
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              The Apprentice
               

              The Apprentice (Paperback)

              By Gerritsen, Tess

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              The bestselling author of The Surgeon returns and so does that chilling novel s diabolical villain. Though held behind bars, Warren Hoyt still haunts a helpless city, seeming to bequeath his evil legacy to a student all-too-diligent . . . and all-too-deadly. THE APPRENTICE It is ...a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city s woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. A sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city s streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that s what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred her literally and figuratively she is determined to finally end Hoyt s awful influence . . . even if it means receiving more resistance from her all-male homicide squad. But Rizzoli isn t counting on the U.S. government s sudden interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isn t counting on becoming a target herself, once Hoyt is suddenly free, joining his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta. . . . Filled with superbly created characters and the medical and police procedural details that are her trademark The Apprentice is Tess Gerritsen at her brilliant best. Set in a stunning world where evil is easy to learn and hard to end, this is a thriller by a master who could teach other authors a thing or two. From the Hardcover edition.
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              ISBN 9781101887400
              Released NZ 26 Jan 2016
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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              Series Rizzoli & Isles Novels
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              Vanish
               

              Vanish (Paperback)

              By Gerritsen, Tess

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              Medical examiner Maura Isles sees a nameless corpse open its eyes. Later, the Jane Doe kills a security guard and seizes hostages, including pregnant homocide detective Jane Rizzoli.

              ISBN 9781101885277
              Released NZ 26 Apr 2016
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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              Series Rizzoli & Isles
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