| By Gale Staff |
With the new year approaching, we’ve got perfect picks to reflect on the past while looking toward the future. Three titles serve up historical perspectives while a fourth considers troubling times ahead. Thank you for another year of allowing us to provide you and your readers with the very best in large print. That’s a wrap for 2019 – it was certainly one for the books!
Summerlings, by Lisa Howorth
It’s 1959 – memories, suspicions, and outcomes of WWII still linger. Three young boys, best buds, spend the summer in typical free-spirited fashion while their neighborhood harbors tension and unhappiness. The boys decide a backyard party, fueled by rum-spiked punch, will encourage the grown-ups to let down their defenses. No one saw the resulting tragedy coming, one that will change the boys’ lives forever.
“Howorth has a gift for crafting memorable characters and an authentic sense of place … An engaging coming-of-age story focused on the unraveling of truths hidden just beneath the surface.”
“Summerlings is a story rich in local color, humor, outrageous characters, and with a wicked plot.”
– John Grisham
The Vagabonds, by
“Road trip!” conjures up thoughts of endless asphalt, smooth rides, and a party-time playlist. However, that wasn’t the case in 1915 when Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone started what would be annual summer camping trips with chefs and butlers in tow. A captivating chronicle capturing America’s fascination with the open road from a truly unique perspective.
“An arresting account of America’s auto-camping movement and its incipient motivators.”
– Library Journal, (starred review)
“An entertaining story that mixes sharp portraits of their vivid personalities with details of their travels and a portrait of American society during those years.”
The Ventriloquists, by E. R Ramzipoor
Inspired by true events, this dazzling debut novel recounts the Nazis’ demands of a journalist, Marc Aubrion, to turn his resistance publication into their party’s propaganda. Should he fail to cooperate, death would be a certainty. Pretending to do their bidding, Aubrion and his team, including twelve-year-old orphan Helene, publish a fake edition that pokes fun at Nazi leadership – alternative facts at their finest.
“[A] remarkable saga … Engrossing.”
– Booklist, (starred review)
“Sprawling and ambitious, with crisp pacing and fully realized characters, this will fascinate anyone looking for an unusual, enthralling war story.”
– Publishers Weekly
The Warehouse, by Rob Hart
After reading an article about warehouse fulfillment workers “being driven into the ground,” Hart remembers thinking, “There’s a book here.” His near-future thriller explores life at Cloud, a giant tech company with sprawling live-work facilities that harbor dark secrets. When a new employee, working undercover, infiltrates Cloud, the worlds of big business and big brother force desperate acts and agonizing choices.
“[An] intelligent Orwellian thriller …This promises to be Hart’s breakout book.”
– Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
“The Warehouse by Rob Hart is out today! A brilliantly imagined thriller about a near and possible future …This is gonna be a good one.”
– Director Ron Howard (who optioned the film rights for Imagine Entertainment)
Large print titles are available to purchase through Thorndike Press and through all major wholesalers.