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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

New Release: Sign Here by Claudia Lux

This fall, Claudia Lux delivers a grandly ambitious, fantastical debut set in Hell. SIGN HERE (Berkley Hardcover; on sale October 25, 2022) is a wild, dark, and absurdist story about a guy who works in Hell—yes, literally—and the wealthy, secretive New England family back on Earth who has the power to make his next promotion… if he can get just one of them to sign their soul away.

Lux enters the literary scene with impressive world-building as she reimagines a vivid and relatable version of Hell—the tier where the low-grade, joe-schmo jerks end up—where your clothes are always a little damp, everything smells like old coffee and plaque, and bars only serve J├Ągermeister.

by Claudia Lux
October 25, 2022
Publisher: Berkley
A darkly humorous, surprisingly poignant, and utterly gripping debut novel about a guy who works in Hell (literally) and is on the cusp of a big promotion if only he can get one more member of the wealthy Harrison family to sell their soul.

Peyote Trip has a pretty good gig in the deals department on the fifth floor of Hell. Sure, none of the pens work, the coffee machine has been out of order for a century, and the only drink on offer is J├Ągermeister, but Pey has a plan—and all he needs is one last member of the Harrison family to sell their soul.
 
When the Harrisons retreat to the family lake house for the summer, with their daughter Mickey’s precocious new friend, Ruth, in tow, the opportunity Pey has waited a millennium for might finally be in his grasp. And with the help of his charismatic coworker Calamity, he sets a plan in motion.
 
But things aren’t always as they seem, on Earth or in Hell. And as old secrets and new dangers scrape away at the Harrisons’ shiny surface, revealing the darkness beneath, everyone must face the consequences of their choices.
In a STARRED review, Publishers Weekly raves, “Readers of paranormal crime series such as Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files will be eager to see what Lux has up her sleeve next.

 “The most dark, twisted fun I've had with a book for ages.” —C.J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Burning Girls

“A mind-bending, riveting debut...Part thriller, part family drama, with a dash of horror thrown in, and it works beautifully. Engaging characters (even in Hell!), impeccable plotting, and plenty of twists will keep you reading all night.” —Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of For Your Own Good

“[J]ust like on Earth, nothing in this hilarious and surprisingly sweet journey through Hell goes as planned.” —Good Housekeeping

“[E]ntertaining, sneakily poignant debut thriller.” —BookPage

“Lux’s take is fresh and complex, with deep character development and a plot that will keep readers guessing.”—Booklist


About the Author:
Claudia Lux is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has a master’s in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Sign Here is her first novel.


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