BEST-SELLING LITERARY SUSPENSE FROM ISRAEL
The Garden of Monsters
Translated from the Italian
by Liesl Schillinger
A rural epic about warring families
in modern Italy and an intimate
bildungsroman of the artist’s journey.
Set in the Maremma region of southern
Tuscany, this novel tells the story of two
families against the backdrop of a rapidly
transforming country. The Biagini are local
ranchers, while the wealthy Sanfilippi
belong to Rome’s upper middle-class.
When members of each family become
friends and business partners, their fates
are intertwined. Political allegiances, family
loyalties, moral codes, and sexual identities all begin to shift.
Sauro and Filippo, their wives Miriam and Giulia, and the sons Saverio
and Luca are the prototypes of the new Italy, ostensibly emancipated from
traditional mores, but at the same time, insecure and blinkered. Fifteen-year-
old Annamaria, fragile and anxious, struggles to find her place in the new Italy
and among the nouveau rich. Luckily, a parallel world is taking shape nearby,
the Tarot Garden, the monumental sculpture garden created by the French-
American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. It is in this magical place and through
her conversations with the artist that Annamaria slowly finds a sense
of identity and belonging.
“A perfectly narrated family saga, in which the loves and conflicts of each
individual are composed to form a complex, vivid mosaic of the human heart
and its revolutions.”—Corriere della Sera
“This book confirms Lorenza Pieri as one of the great narrators
of adolescence.”—La Repubblica
“Pieri has a luminous voice, not unlike that of Elsa Morante and Elena
Lorenza Pieri was born in Romagna but spent her
childhood and teenage years in the small island of Giglio,
off the coast of Tuscany. She studied in Siena and Paris
and worked in publishing for fifteen years. In 2014 she
moved to the United States, where she works as an
author, journalist, and literary translator. Isole minori,
her award-winning debut novel was published in Italy
in 2016 and has been translated in five languages.
This is her first book to appear in English.
DEBUT FICTION FROM ITALY
On-sale: June 9 • Fiction • Paperback • 9781609455972
5¼ × 8¼ • 288 pages • US $17.00/CAN $23.00 • Sales: US, CAN • ebook isbn: 9781609455989
Translated from the Hebrew
by Jessica Cohen
An abandoned woman searching
for love, a deeply religious immigrant
caretaker, a disillusioned researcher
trapped in her marriage. Three women
whose lives seem as far apart as possible,
united by a common secret.
When Orna meets Gil on an online
dating site, their lackluster affair seems
like nothing more than a way to stave off
the pain of her recent divorce. But soon
it becomes clear that Gil may not be
exactly who he claims to be. And Orna’s own lies may be weaving
an unexpected trap for her.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the gritty Holon neighborhood
in Tel Aviv, this enigmatic and intelligent novel is in fact an intricate puzzle.
Mishani’s first standalone book explores Israel’s forgotten margins, unearthing
complicated layers, conflicts, and prejudices. At turns shocking, deceptive,
and subversive, Three is a slow burning psychological thriller from one
of Israel’s most beloved writers.
“A sophisticated literary ‘apparatus’ […] Three is written like a Shakespearean
play […] It will be remembered as a work that heralded a new-wave
in Israeli fiction just as My Michael by Amos Oz once did.”
—Haaretz Book Review
“A subtly narrated, moving novel.”—Sylvia Staude, Frankfurter Rundschau
“The twist around which this book is constructed affects not just the content
of the novel and its plot but disrupts the whole genre.”—Yedioth Ahronoth
Dror A. Mishani is the author of an award-winning
detective series, featuring police inspector Avraham
Avraham. The novels, which have been translated into
more than 15 languages, have won the Martin Beck
Award, the Grand Prix du Meilleur Polar des Lecteurs
des Points, and the Bernstein Award. Three is his first
standalone novel. He lives with his wife and two
children in Tel Aviv and teaches at Tel Aviv University.
On-sale: June 16 • Fiction • Hardcover • 9781609456092
9.1 × 6.6 • 304 pages • US $25.00 • Sales: US only • ebook isbn: 9781609456108
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