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Early buzz is building for debut novel  A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding (Penguin Books; On-sale December 1, 2015) by Jackie Copleton. Booksellers are excited about the novel, which Kirkus called “perfectly paced…more than just a war story…[it is a] fully drawn portrait of a city and a life.” The Scottish writer is attending dinners with independent booksellers in the U.S. this week, attendees including Joseph Beth in Cincinnati, Book Stall in Chicago, Copperfield’s in San Francisco, and Elliott Bay in Seattle. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is an Indie Next Pick Jackie Copletonfor December.