Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse
A Novel by Faith Sullivan
September 15, 2015. Hardcover, $26
Milkweed Editions. ISBN: 9781571311115
The new novel from a fan favorite, as well as an ode to one of the most loved writers of all time. You don't need to know PG Wodehouse's work to appreciate this splendid jewel in Faith Sullivan's catalog.
"Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse is told with Faith Sullivan’s trademark warmth, wit and wisdom. Readers, prepare to be captivated." — Lorna Landvik, author of Angry Houswives Eating Bon Bons
"Reading Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, I was reminded of the extraordinary novels of the late, great William Maxwell. Here too are large passions, sweeping love affairs, and deep friendships. A beautiful and profound novel." — Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
"For all those fans of The Cape Ann, Gardenias, and The Empress of One: here is your priceless ticket back to Harvester, Minnesota. An extraordinary book." — Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members
Faith Sullivan is the author of seven award-winning novels including the national bestseller The Cape Ann. A "demon gardener, flea marketer, and feeder of birds," Sullivan was born and raised in southern Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.
Throughout her life, Nell Stillman has struggled to find meaning in an increasingly chaotic world. A complicated marriage to a boorish husband; an early widowhood spent longing for her congressman lover; the loss of her child, a shell shocked WWI hero — her road has not been easy. But somehow she manages to find moments of grace, more often than not through the genial voice of P.G. Wodehouse, the beloved British novelist. Spanning the first half of the twentieth century, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse celebrates the power of great novels — from Austen to Chekhov — to transform, console, and teach us the value of friendship and love.
We first traveled to Harvester, Minnesota, twenty-five years ago in the bookclub favorite and New York Timesbest-selling novel, The Cape Ann. This new book, which brings us home to that small town on the prairie along with all of the wonderful characters who live there, is sure to be a classic.
The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland
A Memoir by Amy Klobuchar
August 25, 2015. Hardcover, $30
Henry Holt. ISBN: 9781627794176
One of the U.S. Senate's most candid--and funniest--women tells the story of her life and her unshakeable faith in our democracy.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has tackled every obstacle she's encountered--her parents' divorce, her father's alcoholism and recovery, her political campaigns and Washington's gridlock--with honesty, humor and pluck. Now, in The Senator Next Door, she chronicles her remarkable heartland journey, from her immigrant grandparents to her middle-class suburban upbringing to her rise in American politics.
After being kicked out of the hospital while her infant daughter was still in intensive care, Klobuchar became the lead advocate for one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing new moms and their babies a 48-hour hospital stay. Later she ran Minnesota's biggest prosecutor's office and in 2006 was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from her state. Along the way she fashioned her own political philosophy grounded in her belief that partisan flame-throwing takes no courage at all; what really matters is forging alliances with unlikely partners to solve the nation's problems.
Optimistic, plainspoken and often very funny, The Senator Next Door is a story about how the girl next door decided to enter the fray and make a difference. At a moment when America's government often seems incapable of getting anything done, Amy Klobuchar proves that politics is still the art of the possible.
Amy Klobuchar, the daughter of a newspaperman and a schoolteacher, is Minnesota's senior United States Senator. A Democrat, she was first elected to the Senate in 2006; she was later reelected in a landslide and named to Senate leadership. A national leader, she has a well-earned reputation for working across the aisle to pass legislation that supports families, workers and businesses. She and her husband John have a daughter, Abigail, who is in college.
Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart
A Young Adult Novel by Jane St. Anthony
September 1, 2015. Hardcover, $14.95
University of Minnesota Press. ISBN: 9780816697991
How can Isabelle ever express to Margaret and Grace how grateful she is for their friendship, just when she needed it most?
"Not since Charlotte's Web have I read a book that pays as much homage to the power of friendship. Isabelle is a survivor, one you can't help but cheer for. Jane St. Anthony creates characters that captivate your heart and stay with you long after you reluctantly come to the end." -- Loretta Ellsworth, author of Unforgettable
In Milwaukee, Isabelle Day had a house. And she had a father. This year, on Halloween, she has half of a house in Minneapolis, a mother at least as sad as she is, and a loss that’s too hard to think—let alone talk—about. It’s the Midwest in the early 1960s, and dads just don’t die . . . like that.
Hovering over Isabelle’s new world are the duplex’s too-attentive landladies, Miss Flora (“a lovely dried flower”) and her sister Miss Dora (“grim as roadkill”), who dwell in a sea of memories and doilies; the gleefully demonic Sister Mary Mercy, who rules a school awash in cigarette smoke; and classmates steady Margaret and edgy Grace, who hold out some hope of friendship. As Isabelle’s first tentative steps carry her through unfamiliar territory—classroom debacles and misadventures at home and beyond, time trapped in a storm-tossed cemetery and investigating an inhospitable hospital—she begins to discover that, when it comes to pain and loss, she might actually be in good company.
In light of the elderly sisters’ lives, Grace and Margaret’s friendship, and her father’s memory, she just might find the heart and humor to save herself. With characteristic sensitivity and wit, Jane St. Anthony reveals how a girl’s life clouded with grief can also hold a world of promise.
Jane St. Anthony is the author of The Summer Sherman Loved Me and Grace Above All. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.