Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Lake Union Publishing | May 21st, 2019
Paperback: $14.95 | ISBN: 978-1542042369
eBook: $4.99 | ASIN: B07JZ3G2WQ
Buy it: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound


From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes HAVE YOU SEEN LUIS VELEZ? (Lake Union, on sale May 21st, 2019), a moving new novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.

Raymond Jaffe doesn’t feel like he belongs. His mother and stepfather don’t understand him, and his stepsisters pretty much ignore him; he only sees his dad and his new wife every other weekend; and after his best friend Andre moves away, he’ll have no one left at school, either. But one question, uttered from down the hall on the second floor of his apartment building, is enough to give him a new sense of purpose: Have you seen Luis Velez?

The question comes from Mildred “Millie” Gutermann, a 92-year-old resident in Raymond’s building whom he’s never met until that moment. He finds it eerie how she is looking toward him, but not actually at him…until he realizes that she is blind. Luis Velez, he soon learns, had helped Millie run errands and go to the grocery store at least three times a week for nearly four years—until very recently, when he seemed to vanish into thin air. Millie, unable to go to the store or the bank by herself, is now almost entirely out of food. Without a second thought, Raymond takes her by the arm and leads her to the grocery store in the first of what will become many trips together.

But helping his new friend Millie isn’t enough for Raymond. He can tell she is shaken and worried by Luis’s disappearance, and he decides to find out what happened, even if it means knocking on the door of every man named Luis Velez in New York. As “The Luis Project” takes off, Raymond wonders if he’ll ever find the right one. He fears that something bad could have happened to Luis—or that nothing bad has happened at all, and Luis simply doesn’t want to help Millie anymore—and he worries about how he’ll break that kind of news to her. But while Raymond desperately searches for Luis, he realizes that Millie is helping him find something else: hope for the future.

HAVE YOU SEEN LUIS VELEZ? is sure to delight fans of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s previous novels and inspire them with its original, insightful characters. Hyde once again asks readers to question the conventional boundaries of family and friendship and see how they can turn a hopeless situation into something worth fighting for. As Raymond’s unlikely friendship with Millie blossoms, and they each reach the lowest of lows, they both realize how much they have to learn from each other, and that kindness, perseverance, and a strong belief in yourself can overcome any obstacle.


“Heartwarming… This touching portrait of Raymond’s sorrow, and his quest for understanding the world and why it seems so unfair, is a solid choice for book groups with a lot of important issues to discuss.”
Library Journal

“Hyde has crafted a spellbinding coming-of-age story deepened by the satisfaction of belonging, the vibrancy of community, and the power of connection. Fans of Liane Moriarty and Kristin Hannah will adore the deep connection between the unlikeliest of friends.”

“A master of making a heartwarming tale feel authentic and socially urgent, Hyde deftly sketches the plights of Raymond and Millie, weighting their friendship with worries and regrets that echo as true…
A tender tale of new families born of chance and the determination to bring light into darkness.”

Other titles by Catherine Ryan Hyde:

Just After Midnight
Heaven Adjacent
The Wake Up
Allie and Bea
Say Goodbye for Now
Leaving Blythe River
Ask Him Why
The Language of Hoofbeats
Pay It Forward: Young Readers Edition
Take Me with You
Paw It Forward
365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World
Where We Belong
Subway Dancer and Other Stories
Walk Me Home
Always Chloe and Other Stories
The Long, Steep Path: Everyday Inspiration from the Author of Pay It Forward
How to Be a Writer in the E-Age: A Self-Help Guide
When You Were Older
Don’t Let Me Go
Jumpstart the World
Second Hand Heart
When I Found You
Diary of a Witness
The Day I Killed James
Chasing Windmills
The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance
Love in the Present Tense
Becoming Chloe
Walter’s Purple Heart
Electric God/The Hardest Part of Love
Pay It Forward
Earthquake Weather and Other Stories
Funerals for Horses 

About the author:
Catherine Ryan Hyde 
is the author of 36 published books, and in the last six years alone, her books have reached well over three million readers. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, was adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list, and has been translated into more than two dozen languages. More than 50 of Catherine’s short stories have been published in journals, and her short fiction has been cited in Best American Short Stories anthologies, received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, earned a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and been nominated for the O’Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize.

Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.


  1. I have heard so much buzz about this book and I just hopped over to Kindle Unlimited and downloaded my copy. I cannot wait to start reading this one. Thanks for sharing-g!

    1. Hey Thanks Cynthia, I have my copy too and audible just had a sale on Just After Midnight so I got that one too!

  2. I reviewed this today on the blog. Five star all the way Debbie!

  3. That sounds like a really good book. What an interesting premise.

    1. I think all her premises are really different and cool Mary

  4. Wow she has written a lot of books, I have When You Were Older sitting on my bookshelf found at a book fair. Totally agree with Kimberly I loved this uplifting story, we all seem to be reviewing it this week!

  5. This sounds like a heartwarming story about friendship and hope. Thanks for sharing!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  6. Oh she has written so many :)