Seema Mahanian knows publishing from the ground up, having spent three years at Simon and Schuster including as a managing editor for Touchstone and Howard Books and in the publisher’s office with the President of Scribner Books. She then spent several years in editorial at Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, Penguin.
Seema has contributed to a wide range of published books, including Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, and at Pamela Dorman Books, she has worked with New York Times and internationally bestselling authors such as Jojo Moyes (After You), J. Ryan Stradal (Kitchens of the Great Midwest), and Paolo Giordano (Like Family, The Human Body).
Seema has worked on a variety of literary, women’s, thriller, and translated fiction, including Fausto Brizzi’s Italian bestseller, 100 Days of Happiness, Patricia Park’s Re Jane, the forthcoming The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller, The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall, and the fourth book in the Frieda Klein Mystery series, Thursday’s Children by Nicci French.
Seema's select booklist can be found below.
“Hilarious and heartfelt, I wanted to wrap my arms around this book and hug it—I loved every page.”
–Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
“Delightful. . . funny and poignant.”
"Miller elevates the story by turning it into a Pinterest fantasy of rural America. . . [Her] visions of bucolic Vermont landscapes, cinnamon-scented kitchens, and small-town friendliness make this reverie of country life an appealing one."
–The New York Times Book Review
"Beautifully light and rich. . . . Comforting without being cozy, this is escapist fiction for those who want a quieter—and tastier—life."
"Add in some romance and mouth-watering food descriptions, and Louise Miller’s debut novel is a giant serving of comfort food. Treat yourself."
“Fierce, fascinating and full of insight, Frieda Klein is irresistible.”
—Val McDermid, bestselling author of Splinter the Silence
"A neat puzzle with a satisfying resolution and a terrific twist at the end."
—The New York Times Book Review
“You'll ache for Frieda as she tears open old wounds and cheer when she finally shows signs of healing from her lacerations.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Enchanted August is a true charmer of a novel, written with humor, sensitivity, and a huge amount of heart. It’s a perfect summer read—for any time of the year.”—Will Schwalbe, author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Your Life Book Club
“A charming, thoroughly engrossing novel that’s the next best thing to being there.”
“Bowen has conjured up a delightful and inviting island summer complete with all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Maine to create a feast for the senses…this feel-good story will make an enjoyable summer read for romance lovers.”
“A paean to coastal Maine and island living, and a treatise on loving the one you're with. . . a smartly crafted beach read….an old-fashioned love story with humor and heart”
“When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. . . . an affair to remember.”
—New York Times Book Review
“An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Funny and moving but never predictable.”
—USA Today (4 stars)
—The Times (London)
"Moyes keeps you guessing in this satisfying love story."
—Marie Claire (UK)
"Moyes is a tremendously gifted storyteller."
—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
"Touching and impossible to put down."
—Daily Express (London)
New York Times Bestseller
"This novel has the physical and emotional heft of a masterpiece...[All the Light We Cannot See"] presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending...Highly recommended for fans of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient."
—Evelyn Beck Library Journal
"Like her Brontean namesake, Jane narrates her tale with honesty and wit. . . Reader, you'll love her"
“Snappy and memorable with its clever narrator and insights on clashing cultures.”
–The New York Times
“Like Family. . . demands to be savored. . . Giordano's emphasis on how we choose to live and love offers subtle hope that our decisions actually matter.”
"Giordano describes this powerful, elegantly distilled tale of a sorrowful family as an homage to a real woman he knew. It is both unsentimental and heartbreaking."
—The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Pick
“The author's gentle skewering of foodie snobs (from county fair doyennes to the vegan/gluten-free/soy-free police) is spot on, and the blend of humor, warmth, and longing that he uses to portray family relationships make the book insightful and endearing. Savor it page by page.”
“Stradal’s first novel is a refreshing and brisk read, with a sophisticated sense of such glories of foodie culture as open-pollinated heirloom corn, pan-seared Walleye and Caesar Cardini’s original Caesar Salad.”
—Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of The Rosie Project
“Why we’re reading: We could all use a reminder to enjoy every moment.”
“I loved the style of writing in this impressive book. Author Fausto Brizzi delivers an enjoyable tale which should be sad and depressing. I laughed throughout this tale. It is a wonderful novel that I hope everyone gets the opportunity to read. I loved it.”
—Open Book Society