Fiction The Verdun Affair Nick Dybek The Female Persuasion Meg Wolitzer My Year of Rest and Relaxation Ottessa Moshfegh PB $32.99 The Verdun Affair is a deeply moving and evocative novel about a passionate love affair and the tragedy of wartime, set during the tumultuous years of post-World War I Europe. From the bone-strewn fields of Verdun to the bombed-out cafes of Paris, from the riot-torn streets of Bologna to the riotous parties of 1950s Hollywood, The Verdun Affair is a riveting tale of romance, grief and the far-reaching consequences of a single lie. PB $32.99 Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets Faith Frank. Dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at 63, Faith has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith leads Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds towards and away from the future she’d always imagined. HB $35.00 Our narrator should be happy, shouldn’t she? It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Ottessa Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, this is a showcase for the gifts of a major writer. Florida Lauren Groff Clock Dance Anne Tyler Ayiti Roxane Gay PB $32.99 Over a decade ago, Groff moved to her adopted home state of Florida. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida – its landscape, climate, history and state of mind – becomes their gravitational centre. Storms, snakes and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional and psychological nature. PB $32.99 Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. At each of these moments, she ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. This is a bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfillment and renewal, which brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it’s never too late to change direction, and choose your own path. HB $29.99 A married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A woman procures a love potion to ensnare a childhood classmate. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home. And a woman conceives a daughter while fleeing a massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is haunted by the scent of blood. This edition will make Gay’s debut widely available for the first time, including several new stories.