Most Anticipated New Books of March 2022

Contemporary & Literary Fiction

Checkout 19

Claire-Louise Bennett

With fierce imagination, a woman revisits the moments that shape her life; from crushes on teachers to navigating relationships in a fast-paced world; from overhearing her grandmothers’ peculiar stories to nurturing her own personal freedom and a boundless love of literature. Fusing fantasy with lived experience, Checkout 19 is a vivid and mesmerizing journey through the small traumas and triumphs that define us – as readers, as writers, as human beings.

Publication date: March 1
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Chorus

Rebecca Kauffman

Chorus shepherds seven siblings through two life-altering events—their mother’s untimely death, and a shocking teenage pregnancy—that ultimately follow them through their lives as individuals and as a family.

Publication date: March 1
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One Italian Summer

Rebecca Serle

The New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years returns with a moving and unforgettable exploration of the powerful bond between mother and daughter set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Serle has crafted a transcendent novel about how we move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.

Publication date: March 1
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The Unsinkable Greta James

Jennifer E. Smith

Right after the sudden death of her mother—her first and most devoted fan—and just before the launch of her high-stakes sophomore album, indie musician Greta James falls apart on stage. Months later, Greta reluctantly agrees to accompany her father on the Alaskan cruise her parents had booked to celebrate their fortieth anniversary. 

Publication date: March 1
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Booth

Karen Joy Fowler

From the Man Booker finalist and bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves comes an epic and intimate novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth. Booth is a startling portrait of a country in the throes of change and a vivid exploration of the ties that make, and break, a family.

Publication date: March 8
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Truth and Other Lies

Maggie Smith

Readers who love Jodi Picoult’s topical plot twists and Liane Moriarty’s character-driven novels will devour this fast-paced tale of three women whose lives converge as one fights a devastating accusation, another campaigns for a contested seat in Congress, and one, the young reporter with ties to both, navigates the tricky line between secrets and lies.

Publication date: March 8
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French Braid

Ann Tyler

From the beloved best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author—a funny, joyful, brilliantly perceptive journey deep into one Baltimore family’s foibles, from a boyfriend with a red Chevy in the 1950s up to a longed-for reunion with a grandchild in our pandemic present.

Publication date: March 22
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Disorientation

Elaine Hsieh Chou

Disorientation is a multivalent pleasure, a deeply original debut novel that reinvents the campus novel satire as an Asian American literary studies whodunnit, in which the murder victim might be your idea of yourself—no matter how you identify. A Taiwanese American woman’s coming-of-consciousness ignites eye-opening revelations and chaos on a college campus in this outrageously hilarious and startlingly tender debut novel.

Publication date: March 22
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Historical Fiction

Sisters of Night and Fog

Erika Robuck

A heart-stopping new novel based on the extraordinary true stories of an American socialite and a British secret agent whose stunning acts of courage collide in the darkest hours of World War II.

Publication date: March 1
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The Tobacco Wives

Adele Myers

A vibrant historical debut set in 1946 North Carolina following a young female seamstress who uncovers dangerous truths about Big Tobacco.

Publication date: March 1
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On A Night of A Thousand Stars

Andrea Yaryura Clark

In this moving, emotional narrative of love and resilience, a young couple confronts the start of Argentina’s Dirty War in the 1970s, and a daughter searches for truth twenty years later. On a Night of a Thousand Stars speaks to relationships, morality, and identity during a brutal period in Argentinian history, and the understanding—and redemption—people crave in the face of tragedy.

Publication date: March 1
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Woman on Fire

Lisa Barr

A gripping tale of a young, ambitious journalist embroiled in an international art scandal centered around a Nazi-looted masterpiece—forcing the ultimate showdown between passion and possession, lovers and liars, history and truth.

Publication date: March 1
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The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.

Lee Kravetz

Blending past and present, and told through three unique interwoven narratives that build on one another, a daring and brilliant debut novel that reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar.

Publication date: March 8
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Peach Blossom Spring

Melissa Fu

A beautifully rendered novel about war, migration, and the power of telling our stories, Peach Blossom Spring follows three generations of a Chinese family on their search for a place to call home.

Publication date: March 15
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The Diamond Eye

Kate Quinn

In the snowbound city of Kiev, wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son—but Hitler’s invasion of Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper—a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death.

Publication date: March 29
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Romance

Hook, Line, and Sinker (Bellinger Sisters #2)

Tessa Bailey

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man… 

Publication date: March 1
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A Brush with Love

Mazey Edding

Mazey Eddings’ debut A Brush with Love explores the nuances of falling in love while having a mental illness. Balancing hilariously awkward hijinks with moments of emotional vulnerability, ABWL portrays the absurdity of modern dating, the reality of sexism in medical careers, and how love can undo even the most carefully laid plans.

Publication date: March 8
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If You Ask Me

Libby Hubscher

When an advice columnist’s picture-perfect life implodes, she opts to go rogue in this hilarious, heartwarming romance from the author of Meet Me in Paradise.

Publication date: March 8
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Kamila Knows Best

Farah Heron

Jane Austen’s Emma goes Bollywoood in this delightful retelling from the highly acclaimed author of Accidentally Engaged, perfect for fans of Abby Jimenez and Jasmine Guillory.

Publication date: March 8
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Sadie on a Plate

Amanda Elliot

A chef’s journey to success leads to discovering the perfect recipe for love in this delicious romantic comedy. Sadie is a rising star in the trendy Seattle restaurant scene. Her dream is to create unique, modern, and mouthwatering takes on traditional Jewish recipes. But after a public breakup with her boss, a famous chef, she is sure her career is over—until she lands a coveted spot on the next season of her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme

Publication date: March 15
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Savvy Sheldon Feels Good As Hell

Taj McCoy

A delicious debut rom-com about a plus-size sweetheart who gets a full-life makeover after a brutal breakup. Starting from the outside in, Savvy tackles her crumbling kitchen, her relationship with her body, her work-life balance (or lack thereof) and, last but not least, her love life. The only thing that doesn’t seem to require effort is her ride-or-die squad of friends. But as any home-reno-show junkie can tell you, something always falls apart during renovations. 

Publication date: March 22
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Thrillers, Mysteries, & Horror

The Heights

Louise Candlish

The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among warehouses in London. Its roof terrace is so discreet, you wouldn’t know it existed if you weren’t standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that’s when you see a man up there—a man you’d recognize anywhere. But that can’t be because he’s been dead for over two years. You know this for a fact. Because you’re the one who killed him.

Publication date: March 1
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The Love of My Life

Rosie Walsh

A love story wrapped in a mystery: an up-all-night page-turner with a dark secret at its core. A story about what happens when you discover the person you trust most in the world isn’t who they say they are . . .

Publication date: March 1
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The Night Shift

Alex Finlay

From the author of the breakout thriller Every Last Fear, comes Alex Finlay’s electrifying next novel The Night Shift, about a pair of small-town murders fifteen years apart―and the ties that bind them.

Publication date: March 1
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Sundial

Catriona Ward

Sundial is a new, twisty psychological horror novel from Catriona Ward, internationally bestselling author of The Last House on Needless Street. All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it, too: a husband, two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. But Rob fears for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much of the family she left behind.

Publication date: March 1
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The Book of Cold Cases

Simone St. James

A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel.

Publication date: March 15
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The White Girl

Tony Birch

Australia’s leading indigenous storyteller makes his American debut with this immersive and deeply resonant novel, set in the 1960s, that explores the lengths we’ll go to save the people we love—an unforgettable story of one native Australian family and the racist government that threatens to separate them.

Publication date: March 15
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The Match (Wilde #2)

Harlan Coben

From the modern master of suspense comes a gripping new thriller and follow-up to The Boy in the Woods in which Wilde follows a tip that may finally reveal the truth behind his abandonment . . . Only to end up in the sights of a ruthless killer.

Publication date: March 15
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The Resting Place

Camilla Sten

Eleanor lives with prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize a familiar person’s face. It can make you question what you think you know. When Eleanor walked in on the scene of her capriciously cruel grandmother, Vivianne’s, murder, she came face to face with the killer―a maddening expression that means nothing to someone like her.

Publication date: March 29
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Four Aunties and A Wedding

Jesse Q. Sutanto

The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe—even the mafia—in this delightful and hilarious sequel to Dial A for Aunties.

Publication date: March 29
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All the White Spaces

Ally Wilkes

In the wake of the First World War, something deadly and mysterious stalks the members of an isolated polar expedition in this haunting and spellbinding historical horror novel.

Publication date: March 29
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Fantasy, Science Fiction, & Magical Realism

Tell Me An Ending

Jo Harkin

Never Let Me Go meets Black Mirror in this thrilling dystopian debut about a tech company that deletes unwanted memories, the consequences for those forced to contend with what they tried to forget, and the dissenting doctor who seeks to protect her patients from further harm. 

Publication date: March 1
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The War of Two Queens (Blood & Ash #4)

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Casteel Da’Neer knows all too well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could’ve prepared for the staggering revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.

Publication date: March 1
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The Cartographers

Peng Shepard

From the critically acclaimed author of The Book of M, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret—one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family’s dark history.

Publication date: March 15
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When We Were Birds

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

A mythic love story set in Trinidad, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo’s radiant debut introduces two unforgettable outsiders brought together by their connection with the dead. Yejide and Darwin will meet inside the gates of Fidelis, an ancient and sprawling cemetery, where the dead lie uneasy in their graves and a reckoning with fate beckons them both. A masterwork of lush imagination and exuberant storytelling, When We Were Birds is a spellbinding and hopeful novel about inheritance, loss, and love’s seismic power to heal.

Publication date: March 15
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Young Adult

All My Rage

Sabaa Tahir

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir comes a brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary YA novel about family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents. 

Publication date: March 1
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Edgewood

Kristen Ciccarelli

No matter how far she runs, the forest of Edgewood always comes for Emeline Lark. It’s as if the woods of her childhood, shrouded in folklore and tall tales, are trying to reclaim her. When her grandfather disappears, leaving only a mysterious orb in his wake, the stories Emeline has always scoffed at suddenly seem less foolish. She enters the forest she has spent years trying to escape, only to have Hawthorne Fell, a handsome and brooding tithe collector, try to dissuade her from searching. Refusing to be deterred, Emeline finds herself drawn to the court of the fabled Wood King himself. 

Publication date: March 1
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A Thousand Steps into Night

Traci Chee

From New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Traci Chee, comes a Japanese-influenced fantasy brimming with demons, adventure, and plans gone awry. When Miuko is cursed and begins to transform into a demon with a deadly touch, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life.

Publication date: March 1
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Lakelore

Anna-Marie McLemore

In this young adult novel by award-winning author Anna-Marie McLemore, two non-binary teens are pulled into a magical world under a lake – but can they keep their worlds above water intact?

Publication date: March 8
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Gallant

V. E. Schwab

Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source. V. E. Schwab weaves a dark and original tale about the place where the world meets its shadow, and the young woman beckoned by both sides.

Publication date: March 1
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The Rumor Game

Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra

At Foxham Prep, a posh private school for the children of DC’s elite, a single rumor has the power to ruin a life. Nobody knows that better than Bryn. She used to have it all; then one mistake sparked a scandal that burned it all to the ground. Now it’s the start of a new school year and the spotlight has shifted.

Publication date: March 1
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Great or Nothing

Joy McCullough, Caroline Tung Richmond, Tess Sharpe, & Jessica Spotswood

A reimagining of Little Women set in 1942, when the United States is suddenly embroiled in the second World War, this story, told from each March sister’s point of view, is one of grief, love, and self-discovery.

Publication date: March 8
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Nonfiction

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces 2004 – 2021

Margaret Atwood

In this brilliant selection of essays, the award-winning, best-selling author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments offers her funny, erudite, endlessly curious, and uncannily prescient take on everything from debt and tech to the climate crisis and freedom and the importance of how to define granola—and seeks answers to burning questions.

Publication date: March 1
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The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness

Meghan O’Rouke

Renowned writer Meghan O’Rourke delivers a revelatory investigation into this elusive category of “invisible” illness that encompasses autoimmune diseases, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and now long COVID, synthesizing the personal and the universal to help all of us through this new frontier.

Publication date: March 1
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Girls Can Kiss Now: Essays

Jill Gutowitz

Perfect for fans of Samantha Irby and Trick Mirror, a funny, whip-smart collection of personal essays exploring the intersection of queerness, relationships, pop culture, the internet, and identity, introducing one of the most undeniably original new voices today.

Publication date: March 8
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In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading & Writing

Elena Ferrante

In 2020, Claire Luchette in O, The Oprah Magazine described the beloved Italian novelist Elena Ferrante as “an oracle among authors.” Here, in these four crisp essays, Ferrante offers a rare look at the origins of her literary powers. She writes about her influences, her struggles, and her formation as both a reader and a writer.

Publication date: March 15
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Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning & A Reconciliation

Maud Newton

An acclaimed writer goes searching for the truth about her wildly unconventional Southern family—and finds that our obsession with ancestors opens up new ways of seeing ourselves. Ancestor Trouble is one writer’s attempt to use genealogy—a once-niche hobby that has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry—to expose the secrets and contradictions of her own ancestors, and to argue for the transformational possibilities that reckoning with our ancestors offers all of us.

Publication date: March 29
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