A Master Plan for Rescue

Janis Cooke Newman’s second novel, A Master Plan for Rescue was released from Riverhead in July 2015. The SF Chronicle said it “balances beautifully on the thin line between wishful thinking and reason, between the imagination and the intellect,” and called it “magical” and “dazzling.”

The SF Chronicle named A Master Plan for Rescue to their Best Books of 2015 List.

“A MASTER PLAN FOR RESCUE is a fantastic novel that’s impossible to put down. Janis Cooke Newman’s writing is epic and cinematic, compassionate and moving — she’s a wonderful writer who completely cracks open our preconceived notions of love. I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next.” — Molly Antopol, author of “The UnAmericans”


Janis Cooke Newman is the author of Mary, a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was a Los Angeles Time Book Prize Finalist, Bay Area Best Seller, and USA Today’s Best Historical Fiction of the Year.

“This is no run-of-the-mill historical novel. Newman has done her research, and the result is a juicy, literary read…Engrossing and enjoyable.” – The Portland Tribune

Mary is published in the US by Harcourt in paperback and as an ebook. It is published in Canada by Random House and in the UK by Myrmidon. Mary is also available as an audiobook by Audible.

The Russian Word for Snow

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Russian Orphanage. The Russian Word for Snow was published in 2001 and is still in print.

A nail-biting adoption saga with a happy ending” – People Magazine

The Russian Word for Snow is published by St. Martins Press in paperback.