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Sunshine Vicram is back!

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He can’t resist a puzzle…

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She lives for thrills. He’s tasked with keeping her safe…

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The acclaimed Martha’s Vineyard series returns for more romance, drama, and intrigue!

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The USA Today bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids returns with a tale of two generations of women reconciling family secrets and past regrets.

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Two sets of lives, Coded messages, will history repeat itself?

The Council of Animals
Nick McDonell

Henry Holt and Co.
July 2021
On Sale: July 20, 2021
208 pages
ISBN: 1250799031
EAN: 9781250799036
Kindle: B08GZYNHQD
Hardcover / e-Book
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Women's Fiction Contemporary

Roald Dahl meets Animal Farm in national bestselling author Nick McDonell’s The Council of Animals, a uniquely witty and waggish fable—with illustrations by Steven Tabbutt—in which a cat, a dog, a crow, a baboon, a horse, and a bear convene to decide on the fate of the few human survivors in a world ravaged by illness and climate change.

First came the pandemic, then came The Calamity. The few remaining humans are huddled in impoverished villages. The animals, meanwhile, have convened a gathering, each group sending a representative to debate and vote on whether to help the last human stragglers . . . or to kill and eat them.

As each animal makes its case, the fate of humanity depends on whether each species will act in its own self-interest, or if they will follow the lead of the kindly bear who believes that humans can be rehabilitated. The impending decision forces each animal to confront their past traumas at the hands of the humans while also putting them in the position to reign over the other subspecies—rodents and insects—if they so choose. The desire for power, deeply ingrained prejudices, and glimmers of righteousness guide the members of the council as they work to establish a new world order.


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