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Salman Rushdie, author of Victory City

In the wake of an unimportant battle between two long-forgotten kingdoms in 14th-century southern India, a nine-year-old girl has a divine encounter that will change the course of history. After witnessing the death of her mother, the grief-stricken Pampa Kampana becomes a vessel for her namesake, the goddess Pampa, who begins to speak out of the girl’s mouth. Granting her powers beyond Pampa Kampana’s comprehension, the goddess tells her that she will be instrumental in the rise of a great city called Bisnaga --- “victory city” --- the wonder of the world. Over the next 250 years, Pampa Kampana’s life becomes deeply interwoven with Bisnaga’s, from its literal sowing from a bag of magic seeds to its tragic ruination in the most human of ways: the hubris of those in power.

Week of January 29, 2024

Paperback releases for the week of January 29th include LOYALTY by Lisa Scottoline, an emotional, action-packed novel of love and justice set during the rise of the Mafia in Sicily; Salman Rushdie's VICTORY CITY, the epic tale of a woman who breathes a fantastical empire into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries; EVERY MAN A KING, the highly anticipated sequel to Walter Mosley's DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA, which finds Joe King Oliver entangled in a dangerous case when he's asked to investigate if a white nationalist is being unjustly set up; FINLAY DONOVAN JUMPS THE GUN, the hilarious and heart-pounding third installment in Elle Cosimano's beloved Finlay Donovan series; and the paperback original MOCKINGBIRD SUMMER by Lynda Rutledge, a powerful coming-of-age novel set amid the turmoil and profound changes of the 1960s.