Spreecast Event with Authors Sarah McCoy & Vincent Lam.
Spreecast Event with Authors Sarah McCoy & Mary Doria Russell.
Sarah was interviewed on WTVR CBS 6 in Richmond, VA.
NY1: Weekend Feature: Book Riot Editor Discusses Great New Releases
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The Baker’s Daughter is a a top 10 Best Books of 2012 choice for Bookfinds.com.
The Baker’s Daughter is a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Best Historical Fiction book in 2012!
The Baker’s Daughter is a From Left to Write “7 Favorite 2012 Book Club Reads” choice.
The Baker’s Daughter translation rights sold to Russia.
The Baker’s Daughter soars up the Dutch Bestseller60 list and remains there through September 2012.
The Baker’s Daughter translation rights sold to Poland.
The Baker’s Daughter makes Dutch bestsellers list! Publisher Meulenhoff Boekerij.
Featured guest on Literary New England, hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton: Click here to listen to the show featuring The Baker’s Daughter and a discussion of Louisa May Alcott’s inspiration.
Featured author interview on NPR’s Hash Hags, hosted by authors Julie Klam, Ann Leary and Laura Zigman: Click here to listen to the show featuring The Baker’s Daughter.
The Baker’s Daughter translation rights sold to France at Editions First/Les Escales.
The Baker’s Daughter translation rights sold at auction to Italy at Mauri Spagnol/Nord and Turkey at Pegasus.
The Baker’s Daughter translation rights sold to Holland at Meulenhoff Boekerij.
The Baker’s Daughter featured on USA Today‘s Book Buzz.
The Baker’s Daughter named a Great New Release “Best Novel To Curl Up With” by Bethanne Patrick on NY1.
The Baker’s Daughter named Boston’s Westwinds Bookshop’s “Staff Pick.”
The Baker’s Daughter named Chicago’s The Bookstore’s “Staff Pick” for February book club.
The Baker’s Daughter named one of Dallas’s A Real Bookstore’s “Staff Pick.”
The Baker’s Daughter named the BEB book club “Top Pick” for the month of February.
The Baker’s Daughter translation rights sold to Norway at Gyldendal Publishing.
Praise for The Baker’s Daughter
“The Baker’s Daughter is both intricate and delicious.”
–The New York Daily News
“Replete with raw emotion and suspense, The Baker’s Daughter is a fascinating journey through a horrifying time in world history that will resonate long after you close the book.”
–Historical Novel Society, May 2012 (Issue 60)
“A beautiful, heart-breaking gem of a novel written just the way I like them, with the past coming back to haunt the present, endearing heroines and a sunny, hopeful ending. You’ll wolf it up in one delicious gulp.”
–Tatiana de Rosnay, international bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept
“The Baker’s Daughter was a constant warm companion to me during cross-country travels, a novel I looked forward to returning to night after night. The rare book in which the modern-day story is as compelling as the wartime tale it contains, The Baker’s Daughter offers a look at Nazi Germany through the lens of the immigration issues of our own time. El Paso, TX and Garmisch, Germany make for an unexpected harmony of flavors.”
– Jenna Blum, international bestselling author of The Stormchasers and Those Who Save Us
“A sensitive, multilayered novel, this is a moving examination of the effect war and the politics of exclusion, have on the human heart.”
–Amanda Hodgkinson, New York Times bestselling author of 22 Brittania Road
“A haunting and beautiful story… Spanning sixty years, and taking on forms of human cruelty and indifference ranging from the Nazis to modern-day immigration reform, McCoy forces us to examine the choices we make. I was riveted from start to finish.”
– J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Commencement and Maine
“There is a reason we are drawn to such poignant and powerful novels as Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and Jenna Blum’s Those Who Save Us. Sarah McCoy’s second novel, The Baker’s Daughter, certainly belongs beside them… she [McCoy] deftly explores how easy it is to allow first one’s integrity and then one’s humanity to slip away… a thoughtful reading experience indeed.”
–Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Strangers and Skeletons at the Feast
“Sarah McCoy’s The Baker’s Daughter explores what happens when our loyalties (to country, cause, family, religion) clash with our intuition. A complex braiding of mystery, history, and personality, this novel is engaging and wonderful.”
–Sheri Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of The Rapture of Canaan
“This is a beautifully told, richly detailed story that grabs your heart from page one and keeps its hold long after the last page. It is a book to discuss, to share and ultimately to savor.”
–Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March
“Elsie Schmidt is the brave and unforgettable heroine of Sarah McCoy’s beautifully written tale of family, friendship, and love. The Baker’s Daughter demonstrates how the past can teach us–if only we will listen.”
–Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
Book Reviewers and Bloggers
“It’s a great one to curl up to with a mug of tea.”
–Bethanne Patrick, executive editor of Book Riot on NY1
“A page-turner, right!”
– Kristen Shaughnessy, NY1
“The Baker’s Daughter reminds me of why I read fiction. Thinking about the ideas brought up in McCoy’s novel, I don’t get depressed. I feel rejuvenated, affirmed that caring is not wrong, that it matters to me to live by the tenets I hold dear and that what I do matters. Reading fiction isn’t hiding from the world. It’s gathering strength to carry on.”
“McCoy’s masterful characterizations make it easy to forget that The Baker’s Daughter is a novel. Readers form such tight connections to Elsie and Reba that we rejoice in their victories and let the tears flow at their sorrows. We learn the importance of opening our hearts to others and that the smallest acts of questioning, bravery and rebellion, can help change the world.”
“McCoy nails it… This is a novel of mothers and daughters, sisters (and grandmothers), of romance, love, war, fear, insecurity, patriotism, cowardice, lies, despair, and, ultimately, truth and understanding.”
–Sunny Solomon, Bookin’ With Sunny
“I could hardly put down The Baker’s Daughter. The vivid prose, fascinating characters, and suspenseful plot kept me turning pages long past my bed time. The present and the past are interwoven seamlessly, and I found myself reading as fast as I could to find out what happened in each time, though I loved reading both time periods equally.”
–Erika Robuck, historical book reviewer and author of Hemingway’s Girl
“McCoy paints a very honest and obviously quite well-researched story about how unveiling the past can help those in the present, how past traumas can be used as moments of inspiration and growth. The Baker’s Daughter is a story that I will forever cherish, a story that sparked hours of discussion with my husband (a history buff), a truly inspirational tale. Highly recommended.”
–Jenn Lawrence, Jenn’s Bookshelves
“This is my first ‘favorite’ read of the year. Great character development, picturesque historical descriptions, and skillful balancing of past and present are gracefully woven together like a cozy afghan that I wanted wrap myself in for extended periods of time.”
– Heather Schmitt-González, Girlichef
”The Baker’s Daughter is, hands-down, the best book I’ve read so far this year, and I am confident that it will be on my ‘best of’ list for 2012… a perfectly crafted novel…”–Anna Horner, Diary of an Eccentric
“The Baker’s Daughter is a triumph of the human heart… I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction, women’s history, and those looking for critiques on families and love. I don’t think its possible for me to capture in this review how much I loved this book and how deeply it spoke to my heart.”
“The story in turns melted my heart and broke it… McCoy adds her beautiful and gentle prose to make it seem almost like a love song.”
–Sandy Nawrot, You GOTTA Read This!
“The Baker’s Daughter is riveting and haunting and I loved every word… I can’t wait to get my hands on more from Sarah McCoy.”
–A 5-star review from Novel Escapes
“…will go down as my favorites of the year and it’s not even the middle of February. The latest terrific novel that I’ve completed is The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy… an outstanding book club discussion…The Baker’s Daughter is sure to be huge… It’s a wonderful story with wonderful characters and it’s not to be missed!”
–Julie Peterson, Booking Mama
“The Baker’s Daughter is vividly written and highly entertaining; I couldn’t put it down…Whether you read this for a book club or just for your own pleasure,The Baker’s Daughter offers plenty for you to munch on.”
–Melissa, The Feminist Texan
“… an engrossing, engaging, and moving exploration of love, family, obligation, and the terrible gray area we live in…This would make a great book club pick — so many facets to invite conversation and discussion — and it would make a good gift for someone who isn’t sure they like historical fiction.”
“The Baker’s Daughter is a multi-layered book with themes of war, immigration, and human cruelty. It is also a story of full of love, food, compassion and survival. This is a book you will definitely want to savor. Gutenacht.”
“What an emotional powerhouse! I love books that make me weep with sadness and feel such empathy to the characters. This book does that and so much more… Her story will stay with me. I have her tucked under my heart.”
–Life in The Thumb
“In Sarah McCoy’s fantastic novel, Elsie Schmidt and her family, the bakers of the title, are just these people and her portrayal of them takes the normal black and white morality and turns it into just about every permutation of grey possible… The book is well written and engaging and I found myself unable to put it down once I was fully invested in the story.”
“The historical research is accurate and so strikingly frightening… if you love history, love stories, or a story of love over hate, this book will stir in your heart for a long time.”
–A Woman, A Wife, A Mom blog