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AmazonCrossing Announces Late Spring and Summer 2011 Publishing List
Translation imprint offers readers wonderful works from Germany, Spain and France in English for the first time

SEATTLE, Jan 25, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that AmazonCrossing will publish eight books in late spring and summer: "Life After Forty" by Dora Heldt; "The Secret of the Water Knight" and "This Brave Balance" by Rusalka Reh; "I'm a Box" by Natalia Carrero; "Brummstein" by Peter Adolphsen; "Summer Storm" by Kristina Dunker; "Farewell" by Eric Raynaud and Sergei Kostin and the previously announced "Field Work in Ukrainian Sex" by Oksana Zabuzhko. The AmazonCrossing editions of these books will be available in print format at www.amazon.com and national and independent booksellers, and as wireless digital downloads in less than 60 seconds from the Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore).

"It is exciting and gratifying to see our customers embrace terrific international writers, like Oliver Pötzsch, whose book 'The Hangman's Daughter' reached No. 1 on the Kindle paid bestseller list and has sold over 100,000 copies since it went on sale in early December," said Jeff Belle, Vice President, Amazon.com Books. "We have listened to our customers' feedback from around the world, and are proud to bring this diverse group of works to English-language readers for the first time."

"Life After Forty" by Dora Heldt is a amusing tale of picking up and starting over in midlife after an unexpected divorce, with a little help from some wine and great girlfriends. Heldt was born on the German North Sea island of Sylt, where she worked as a bookseller. She currently is a sales representative for a publisher and lives in Hamburg. Her novel "Vacation with Dad," which is forthcoming from AmazonCrossing, was on Germany's bestseller list for 61 weeks. Translated by Jamie Searle, "Life After Forty" will be published on April 19.

Rusalka Reh, author of the forthcoming AmazonCrossing novel "Pizzicato" (February), has two new books on the summer 2011 list: "The Secret of the Water Knight" and "This Brave Balance." "The Secret of the Water Knight" is a mystical story of a girl who realizes she is the only one who can free the island on which she is vacationing with her parents from a terrible curse. "This Brave Balance" is a young adult novel in which the characters practice parkour, the elegant sport of freerunning, requiring strength, strategy and agility--and the love triangle that threatens to shake the bonds of friendships in the athletic group. Reh was born in Melbourne and grew up in Germany. She has written several books for children and adults and has been published in anthologies and magazines. Translated by Katy Derbyshire, "The Secret of the Water Knight" and "This Brave Balance" will be published on May 10 and Aug. 23, respectively.

Originally intended for early spring publication, "Field Work in Ukrainian Sex" will now be published on June 6. Oksana Zabuzhko, a noted Ukrainian poet and novelist, explains: "When you turn 30, you inevitably start reconsidering what you have been taught in your formative years--that is, if you really seek for your own voice as a writer. In my case, my personal identity crisis had coincided with the one experienced by my country after the advent of independence. The result turned explosive: 'Field Work in Ukrainian Sex.'" This novel was translated by Halyna Hryn. "Field Work in Ukrainian Sex" is the first of three books by Zabuzhko that will be published by AmazonCrossing.

"Brummstein" by Peter Adolphsen is the mystical tale of an enchanted gemstone that passes hands from the earliest human history through the end of the 20th century, wreaking havoc on the lives of all those who come into contact with it. The book's spare, sparkling language leads the reader through various life stories toward a feeling of awe in the face of history's continuing narrative. "Brummstein" has been published in eight languages and will make its English debut on July 12. Adolphsen is a Danish author and winner of a Danish Endowment for the Arts grant. This novel was translated by Charlotte Barslund.

"I'm a Box" will be published in both English and Spanish (as "Soy una caja") on July 19. The author, Natalia Carrero, is fascinated by the process of writing. To better hone her own voice, she climbs into the interior world of her favorite novelist, Brazil's Clarice Lispector. Along the way, she creates a compelling and complex story about the art of storytelling. The author is a mother of three living in Madrid. The English edition was translated by Johanna Warren.

"Summer Storm" is a traumatic tale of loss and betrayal written for teens. Kerstin visits the lake on a sunny summer day with her cousin Genie and a few other friends, but when the weather turns stormy and Genie disappears, this tight circle of friends faces the terrifying possibility that one of them may be to blame. Author Kristina Dunker started writing at the age of 17, and she won the prestigious North Rhine-Westphalia prize for young artists for this book. "Summer Storm" uses a thrilling story to teach teens difficult lessons about trust.

"Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century" by Eric Raynaud and Sergei Kostin is the story of what Ronald Reagan called "one of the biggest espionage cases of the century." Farewell was the code name of Vladimir Ippolitovitch Vetrov, a KGB spy turned double-agent when he accepted work for the DST, the French counter-insurgency agency. This is the story of his life as a spy, and the complex series of events that led him to murder. Raynaud is a French film writer and Kostin is a Russian journalist and writer living in France. First published in France in 1997 under the title "Bonjour Farewell," "Farewell" will be published on Aug. 2. It is translated by Catherine Cauvin-Higgins.

AmazonCrossing uses customer feedback and other data from Amazon sites around the world to identify exceptional books deserving of a wider, global audience. AmazonCrossing acquires the rights, commissions translations, and introduces these compelling voices to the English-speaking market through multiple channels and formats, such as the Amazon Books Store, Amazon Kindle Store, and national and independent booksellers via third-party wholesalers. AmazonCrossing has published three books, including the Kindle bestseller "The Hangman's Daughter."

Galleys of these books are available for the media by e-mailing crossing-pr@amazon.com. For more information on AmazonCrossing and upcoming titles, visit http://www.amazon.com/amazoncrossing. AmazonCrossing is a brand used by Amazon Content Services, LLC.

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