Most Anticipated Book Releases of April 2022

Contemporary & Literary Fiction

Lessons in Chemistry

Bonnie Garmus

A must-read debut novel! Meet Elizabeth Zott: a one-of-a-kind scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the star of a beloved TV cooking show.

Publication date: April 5
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Memphis

Tara M. Stringfellow

A spellbinding debut novel tracing three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter’s discovery that she has the power to change her family’s legacy.

Publication date: April 5
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The Wise Women

Gina Sorell

A witty and wildly enjoyable novel, set in New York City, about two adult daughters and their meddling advice columnist mother.

Publication date: April 5
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Little Foxes Took Up Matches

Katya Kazbek

When Mitya was two years old, he swallowed his grandmother’s sewing needle. For his family, it marks the beginning of the end, the promise of certain death. For Mitya, it is a small, metal treasure that guides him from within. As he grows, his life mirrors the uncertain future of his country, which is attempting to rebuild itself after the collapse of the Soviet Union, torn between its past and the promise of modern freedom.

Publication date: April 5
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The Return of Faraz Ali

Aamina Ahmad

Sent back to his birthplace—Lahore’s notorious red-light district—to hush up the murder of a girl, a man finds himself in an unexpected reckoning with his past. Profoundly intimate and propulsive, The Return of Faraz Ali is a spellbindingly assured first novel that poses a timeless question: Whom do we choose to protect, and at what price?

Publication date: April 5
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True Biz

Sara Novic

A transporting novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf.

Publication date: April 5
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Young Mungo

Douglas Stuart

Growing in Glasgow, Mungo and James are born under different stars and they should be sworn enemies if they’re to be seen as men at all. Against all odds, they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in a pigeon dovecote. As they fall in love, they dream of finding somewhere they belong, while Mungo works hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his big brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold.

Publication date: April 5
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Unlikely Animals

Annie Hartnett

A lost young woman returns to small-town New Hampshire under the strangest of circumstances in this one-of-a-kind novel of life, death, and whatever comes after. Set against the backdrop of a small town in the throes of a very real opioid crisis, Unlikely Animals is a tragicomic novel about familial expectations, imperfect friendships, and the possibility of resurrecting that which had been thought irrevocably lost.

Publication date: April 12
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Such Big Dreams

Reema Patel

A savvy former street child working at a law office in Mumbai fights for redemption and a chance to live life on her own terms in this debut novel about fortune and survival.

Publication date: April 26
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When We Fell Apart

Soon Wiley

A profoundly moving and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties that bind families together—or break them apart—as a young Korean American man’s search for answers about his girlfriend’s mysterious death becomes a soul-searching journey into his own bi-cultural identity.

Publication date: April 26
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Historical Fiction

Atomic Anna

Rachel Barenbaum

From the author of A Bend in the Stars, an epic adventure as three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their past.

Publication date: April 5
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Four Treasures of the Sky

Jenny Tinghui Zhang

A propulsive and dazzling debut novel set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West.

Publication date: April 5
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Sister Stardust

Jane Green

In her first novel inspired by a true story, Jane Green re-imagines the life of troubled icon Talitha Getty in this transporting story from a forgotten chapter of the Swinging ’60s.

Publication date: April 5
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Take My Hand

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

A searing and compassionate new novel about a young Black nurse’s shocking discovery and burning quest for justice in post-segregation Alabama.

Publication date: April 12
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The Good Left Undone

Adriana Trigiani

A lush, immersive novel about three generations of Tuscan artisans with one remarkable secret. 

Publication date: April 12
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Forbidden City

Vanessa Hua

A teenage girl living in 1960s China becomes Mao Zedong’s protégée and lover—and a heroine of the Cultural Revolution. Forbidden City is an epic yet intimate portrayal of one of the world’s most powerful and least understood leaders during this extraordinarily turbulent period in modern Chinese history. 

Publication date: April 19
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Romance

Fool Me Once

Ashley Winstead

Lee Stone is a twenty-first-century woman: she kicks butt at her job as a communications director, and after work she is “Stoner,” drinking guys under the table and never letting them get too comfortable in her bed… That’s because Lee’s learned one big lesson: never trust love. Fool Me Once explores the chaos of wanting something you used to have.

Publication date: April 5
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The Sign for Home

Blair Fell

Arlo Dilly is young, handsome and eager to meet the right girl. He also happens to be DeafBlind, a Jehovah’s Witness, and under the strict guardianship of his controlling uncle. His chances of finding someone to love seem slim to none. When Arlo Dilly learns the girl he thought was lost forever might still be out there, he takes it as a sign and embarks on a life-changing journey to find his great love—and his freedom.

Publication date: April 5
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The Wedding Crasher

Mia Sosa

Just weeks away from ditching DC for greener pastures, Solange Pereira is roped into helping her wedding planner cousin on a random couple’s big day. It’s an easy gig… until Solange stumbles upon a situation that convinces her the pair isn’t meant to be. What’s a true-blue romantic to do? Crash the wedding, of course. And ensure the unsuspecting groom doesn’t make the biggest mistake of his life.

Publication date: April 5
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The No-Show

Beth O’Leary

Three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they’re involved with the same man in this smart new rom-com by Beth O’Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare.

Publication date: April 12
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Part of Your World

Abby Jimenez

After a wild bet, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.

Publication date: April 19
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Thrillers, Mysteries, & Horror

Portrait of a Thief

Grace D. Li

Ocean’s Eleven meets The Farewell in Portrait of a Thief, a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums, about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.

Publication date: April 5
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The Younger Wife

Sally Hepworth

Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he’s still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he’ll take care of that easily, by divorcing her—even if his adult daughters protest. Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Clearly she’s a golddigger and after their father’s money. Heather has secrets that she’s keeping close, and reasons of her own for wanting to marry Stephen.

Publication date: April 5
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The Lifeguards

Amanda Eyre Ward

The bonds between three picture-perfect—but viciously protective—mothers and their close-knit sons are tested during one unforgettable summer in a gripping novel.

Publication date: April 5
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The Caretakers

Amanda Bestor-Siegal

Set in a wealthy Parisian suburb, an emotionally riveting debut told from the point of view of six women, and centered around a group of au pairs, one of whom is arrested after a sudden and suspicious tragedy strikes her host family—a dramatic exploration of identity, class, and caregiving from a profoundly talented new writer.

Publication date: April 12
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Insomnia

Sarah Pinborough

In this twisty, mind-bending thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes, Emma Averell worries that her crippling insomnia is a sign that she’s slowly going insane—like the mother she’s worked so hard to leave in her past.

Publication date: April 12
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Blood Sugar

Sascha Rothchild

An utterly delicious debut thriller that tells the story of the most likable murderess you will ever meet – an animal-loving therapist with a thriving practice.

Publication date: April 19
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The Children on the Hill

Sarah Pinborough

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Drowning Kind comes a genre-defying new novel, inspired by Mary Shelley’s masterpiece Frankenstein, that brilliantly explores the eerie mysteries of childhood and the evils perpetrated by the monsters among us.

Publication date: April 26
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The Fervor

Alma Katsu

The acclaimed author of the celebrated literary horror novels The Hunger and The Deep turns her psychological and supernatural eye on the horrors of the Japanese American internment camps in World War II.

Publication date: April 26
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Fantasy, Science Fiction, & Magical Realism

The Candy House

Jennifer Egan

In the follow-up to A Visit from the Good Squad, Jennifer Egan spins out the consequences of Own Your Unconscious – a technology that allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others – through the lives of multiple characters whose paths intersect over several decades.

Publication date: April 5
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In A Garden Burning Gold

Rory Power

Twins imbued with incredible magic and near-immortality will do anything to keep their family in power—even if it tears the family apart—in the first book of a mythic epic fantasy duology.

Publication date: April 5
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Sea of Tranquility

Emily St. John Mandel

The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.

Publication date: April 5
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A Tiny Upward Shove

Melissa Chadburn

A Tiny Upward Shove is inspired by Melissa Chadburn’s Filipino heritage and its folklore, as it traces the too-short life of a young, cast-off woman transformed by death into an agent of justice―or mercy.

Publication date: April 12
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End of the World House

Adrienne Celt

Groundhog Day meets Ling Ma’s Severance in End of the World House, a thought-provoking comedic novel about two young women trying to save their friendship as the world collapses around them.

Publication date: April 19
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Fevered Star (Between Earth & Sky #2)

Rebecca Roanhorse

The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent. The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live when legends come to life, and the faith you had is rewarded?

Publication date: April 19
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Kaikeyi

Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi reimagines the life of the infamous queen from the Indian epic the Ramayana, weaving a tale of fate, family, courage, and heartbreak—and an extraordinary woman determined to leave her mark in a world where gods and men dictate the shape of things to come.

Publication date: April 26
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Short Stories & Poetry

Time Is A Mother

Ocean Vuong

The author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize, and a 2019 MacArthur fellow, Vuong writes directly to our humanity without losing sight of the current moment. 

Publication date: April 5
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Nobody Gets Out Alive: Stories

Leigh Newman

Set in Newman’s home state of Alaska, Nobody Gets Out Alive is a collection of dazzling, courageous stories about women struggling to survive not just grizzly bears and charging moose but the raw, exhausting legacy of their marriages and families. 

Publication date: April 12
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The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe brings to the written page the Afrofuturistic world of one of her critically acclaimed albumsexploring how different threads of liberation—queerness, race, gender plurality, and love—become tangled with future possibilities of memory and time in such a totalitarian landscape…and what the costs might be when trying to unravel and weave them into freedoms.

Publication date: April 19
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Nonfiction

Easy Beauty: A Memoir

Chloe Cooper Jones

From Chloé Cooper Jones—Pulitzer Prize finalist, philosophy professor, Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient—a groundbreaking memoir about disability, motherhood, and a journey to far-flung places in search of a new way of seeing and being seen.

Publication date: April 5
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Hello, Molly!

Molly Shannon

A candid, compulsively readable, hilarious, and heartbreaking memoir of resilience and redemption by comedic genius Molly Shannon.

Publication date: April 12
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Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, & Other Explosives

Mary Laura Philpott

Philpott returns with this memoir in her distinctive voice to explore our protective instincts, the ways we continue to grow up long after we’re grown, and the limits—both tragic and hilarious—of the human body and mind.

Publication date: April 12
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Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases

Paul Holes & Robin Gaby Fisher

From the detective who found the Golden State Killer, a memoir of investigating America’s toughest cold cases and the rewards–and toll–of a life solving crime.

Publication date: April 26
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Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor

Kim Kelly

A revelatory and inclusive history of the American labor movement, from independent journalist and Teen Vogue labor columnist Kim Kelly.

Publication date: April 26
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Finding Me

Viola Davis

This is Viola Davis’s story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path she took to finding her purpose but also my voice in a world that didn’t always see her.

Publication date: April 26
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