HISTORICAL FICTION PAGE-TURNER: Combines the accessible prose and old-fashioned storytelling of Pitts’s previous novels with a deeply researched historical setting
CELEBRATED AUTHOR: Author is a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist with a three-times-weekly newspaper column syndicated nationally in 200+ newspapers in dozens of major US markets
PROVEN TRACK RECORD: Pitts’s 2012 novel, Freeman, was a national bestseller, with rave reviews from All Things Considered, the Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly, as well as endorsements by Jennifer Weiner, Gabrielle Union, and Gwen Ifill
MASSIVE PLATFORM: Author has an engaged, passionate, and steadily growing following of 30k on Twitter
BOOK CLUB APPEAL: Accompanying reading group guide includes discussion questions and a Q&A with the author
HISTORICAL SETTING: Story unfolds during World War II in three theaters of the war—the Pacific, Europe, and America’s Deep South—between 1941 and 1945
POPULAR CATEGORY: Will appeal to the kinds of readers who embraced recent WWII-era bestsellers like Beneath a Scarlet Sky (108,000 copies sold) and Mudbound (184,000 copies sold).