Whatever your reading mood, we’ve got you covered with our New Fiction in April list here. Discover some of our most anticipated reads below, from immersive and intense to thoughtful and thrilling.
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Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
Told over the course of 70 years, this spellbinding debut novel traces three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter, who, channeling her rage into art, discovers with the power of her paint brush, she can change her family’s legacy.
Family saga / Alternating points of view / Vibrant writing
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
A detective in the black-skied Night City investigates an anomaly in the North American wilderness and uncovers a series of lives upended: the exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.
Science fiction mystery / Lyrical writing / Conceptually rich
City on Fire by Don Winslow
A mid-1980s longshoreman who does occasional stints for the Irish crime syndicate becomes embroiled in a conflict between rival factions in the first book of a new series from the New York Times best-selling author of The Force.
Crime fiction / Immersive / Intense
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
A Chinese American art history major at Harvard, Will Chen is offered a (very illegal) chance to reclaim five priceless treasures China lost centuries ago and assembles a team of fellow students, chosen for their skills and loyalty, to help him on his mission–and make history.
Heist story / Thoughtful / Thrilling
The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth
When their father decides to divorce their mother, who, in a care facility for dementia, cannot speak for herself, so he can marry his young girlfriend Heather, sisters Tully and Rachel must find the truth about their family’s secrets, Heather and who their father really is.
Domestic suspense / Darkly humorous / Twists and turns
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
ER doctor Alexis Montgomery’s world is turned upside down by a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger, and as their short-term flings turns into a relationship, she must choose between her ultra-wealthy parents and true love.
Contemporary romance / Emotional rollercoaster / Happily-ever-after
A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
A novel illuminates a little discussed aspect of history–the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade–witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves.
Historical fiction / Emotionally touching / Richly detailed
Cover Story by Susan Rigetti
Moving to Grand Haven with her traumatized veteran husband, Abby bonds with her reclusive next-door neighbor over a shared love of flowers that they cultivate together, discovering hope and healing along the way.
Thriller / Fast-paced / The Devil Wears Prada meets Gone Girl