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Finish off the year with great December reads

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New York Times bestseller Cleo Coyle's "delightfully twisty" new Coffeehouse Mystery.

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She’s hiding from killers. Can she find a safe haven in Amish country?

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With a heart torn between two men and two cities, what’s a girl to do?

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Goode girls don’t lie…

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Will an abandoned child bring them together? Or tear them apart?

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This SEAL turned sheriff realizes there’s no rule or regulation he won’t break to keep his love safe.

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He’s Hollywood’s hottest heartthrob…and her son’s secret father.

Mark Mayer

Bloomsbury Publishing
February 2019
On Sale: February 19, 2019
304 pages
ISBN: 1635572177
EAN: 9781635572179
Kindle: B07HHHBQZS
Hardcover / e-Book
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Welcome to the surreal and sublime human circus of Mark Mayer’s Michener-Copernicus–winning debut, Aerialists, a fiercely inventive collection of nine stories in which classic carnival characters become ordinary misfits seeking grandeur in a lonely world.

Under the luminous tent of Mayer’s prose, we meet an unforgettable caravan: a heartsick boy finds a new mentor in a tough-talking female bodybuilder. A navy recruit grapples with the impending loss of his childhood by building an exact replica of his neighborhood in code. With the help of a flatulent dog, a boy tries to reunite his parents. A wilderness expert tries to seduce his love interest with the promise of showing her an elusive mountain lion.

The circus has always been a collection of American exaggerations—the bold, the beautiful, the freakish, the big. Aerialists finds these myths in everyday contemporary life. Mayer’s deftly drawn characters illuminate small-scale spectaculars, and their attempted acts of daring and feats of strength are rendered with humor, generosity, and uncommon grace.


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