Winner of a Washington state Book Award

Winner of a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize

A Top 10 book of the year for Kirkus and publishers weekly

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What people are saying

Martha Brockenbrough’s sense of time, place and youth is devastatingly evocative. This exquisite, elegantly original fable of young love smashing convention to smithereens is so beautiful I wish I’d written it myself.
— Elizabeth Wein, author of Printz Honor Book CODE NAME VERITY and ROSE UNDER FIRE
Strikingly original, richly atmospheric, and impossible to put down. I read this book with my heart in my throat, desperately rooting for Henry and Flora’s fated true love over those master manipulators, Love and Death.
— Judy Blundell, author of National Book Award Winner WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED
Smart, haunting, and entrancingly magical…
— Ruth Ozeki, bestselling author of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING
Marvelously original, engrossing, and deeply humane. It’s the kind of book you never forget.
— Nancy Werlin, New York Times best-selling author of IMPOSSIBLE.
THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH is an exquisitely nuanced novel that plunges readers into an inescapable ache of forbidden longing. Before you enter this game, be forewarned. Martha Brockenbrough has beautifully crafted a contest that punctures our perceptions, and forces us to question the rules of evil and benevolence. A beautifully rendered achievement.
— Andrea Davis Pinkney, New York Times bestselling author of THE RED PENCIL
THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH weaves a complex tapestry of love and longing, destiny and hope. Daringly conceived and brilliantly executed, it is not only an intimately human story, but one that encompasses the very nature of love and death. Rich, wise, and deeply satisfying—the story will linger in your heart long after you’ve turned the final page.
— Robin LaFevers, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of GRAVE MERCY and DARK TRIUMPH
THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH is a unique love story, and yet, it is also the love story of all humans through time. Martha Brockenbrough is a compassionate observer of many worlds—airfields, jazz clubs, baseball diamonds, newspapers, and Hoovervilles to name a few—and the beautiful, doomed human types that dwell in them. This is an exceptional novel.
— Gabrielle Zevin, author of ELSEWHERE and MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC
I couldn’t refrain from gushing about The Game of Love and Death. It’s rare when a book comes along that seems to transcend categorization but I have to say this is one of those novels. Everything from the richness of historical details to the racial ten- sion to the psychology of the players themselves was expertly choreographed. I stand in awe, and I am not a fan of hyperbole.
— Gennifer Albin, author of The Crewel trilogy
THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH is a sweeping tour de force of imagination and heart. Entire passages begged to be reread both for the startling insights about life and for the sheer pleasure of basking in masterful language. A bold statement about the games we play and all the life—and love—that’s possible when we stop. Shelve this one next to THE BOOK THIEF.
— Justina Chen, author of NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL and A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS
Martha Brockenbrough has a musician’s ear and a lover’s heart. This terrific and beguiling novel is one of my favorites of the year, and while I’m reading it for a second time, I’m absolutely certain you should join me.
— Sean Beaudoin, author of THE INFECTS and WISE YOUNG FOOL



Coming APRIL 28, 2015

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now . . . Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget.

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Chris Silas Neal created the art for this beautiful cover. Visit him online.