Cameron, Kenyon, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 4

Cameron, W. Bruce. A Dog’s Way Home. Forge. May 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780765374653. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466842984. POP FICTION/FAMILY LIFE
New York Times best-selling author Cameron has written books like A Dog’s Purpose (look forcameron the film) and A Dog’s Journey, so it’s no surprise that his new work stars an adorable pit bull puppy named Bella, who cozies up to Lucas Ray as he’s traipsing through an abandoned building. Though Lucas successfully sneaks Bella into the VA hospital where he works, she’s eventually picked up by Animal Control and must be fostered out, as pit bulls are banned in Lucas’s hometown, Denver. That doesn’t stop her from launching a 400-mile wilderness trek home. Okay, I’m getting teary-eyed just writing this.

Carey, M.R. The Boy on the Bridge. Orbit: Hachette. May 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780316300339. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316300315. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316300322. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. ACTION & ADVENTURE
Carey, who had a word-of-mouth best seller with The Girl with All the Gifts and a shivery follow-up hit with Fellside, again places a young protagonist in creepy, paranormal danger. It’s a terrible world, with monsters beyond the gates, so why not send the cleverest boy in the community to challenge them? With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Frank, Dorothea Benton. Same Beach, Next Year. Morrow. May 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062390783. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062390806. lrg. prnt. CD: HarperAudio. WOMEN’S
When former lovers Adam Stanley and Eve Landers meet up unexpectedly while vacationing on one of Charleston’s beautiful barrier islands, respective spouses Eliza and Carl worry about renewed passion but strike up their own friendship. The couples end up meeting summer after summer as they share the good times and help one another endure life’s inevitable knocks. With a 150,000-copy first printing; with a big tour that will take in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Memphis, Nashville, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Richmond.

Gable, Michelle. The Book of Summer. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. May 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781250070623. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466880955. WOMEN’S
The New York Times best-selling author of A Paris Apartment and I’ll See You in Paris here gableheads to Nantucket, where Cliff House, built by the family of physician Bess Codman, teeters seaward after a century’s worth of erosion. As Bess packs up the house with her resistant mother, we learn the family history through the voice of ancestor Ruby Packard, who’s an enthusiastic young newlywed as World War II opens. With library marketing and a regional tour.

Hobb, Robin. Assassin’s Fate. (Fitz and the Fool, Bk. 3). Del Rey: Ballantine. May 2017. 640p. ISBN 9780553392951. $28.99. Downloadable: Random Audio. FANTASY
As Fool’s Assassin and Fool’s Quest, the first two books in “The Fitz and the Fool” trilogy, were both New York Times hardcover best sellers, you’ll doubtless want this wrap-up for your fantasy fans. Our heroes continue their quest to find Fitz’s daughter Bee and to wipe out the evil order that has endangered her.

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Deadmen Walking. Tor. May 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780765385680. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765385697. CD: Macmillan Audio. FANTASY
Attention! Kenyon, the mega-best-selling dark huntress herself, is launching a new epic, “Deadman’s Cross,” which opens here with ancient dark warlord Devyl Bane returning to the deadmenwalkinghuman realm as a fearsome pirate. Bane helps the immortal Thorn, tasked with confining the gods’ most awful creations, by fielding a crew of Deadmen to rebuild the crumbling gates of their prison. Complicating matters: Bane is sailing on the Sea Witch, not just a ship but a woman whose ancient lineage he has grievously wronged. Promotion at ALA.

Laditan, Bunmi. Confessions of a Domestic Failure. Mira: Harlequin. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780778330684. pap. $15.99. WOMEN’S
A best-selling author (e.g., The Honest Toddler) and a Webby nominee who rates over one million Facebook fans, Laditan makes her fiction debut with a novel about a woman who’s dumped her career for motherhood and simply cannot keep up with the overachieving moms around her. That’s where the “Motherhood Better” boot camp comes in, with the razzle-dazzle mommy blogger our heroine so admires in charge. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Lepucki, Edan. Woman No. 17. Hogarth: Crown. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781101904251. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101904268. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S
Lepucki came to everyone’s attention with 2014’s with California, a New York Times best seller, lepuckiLibraryReads pick, Discover Great New Writers pick, and NPR Best Book. Her new work returns us to California—specifically, upscale Los Angeles, where Lady hires a live-in nanny so that she can finish writing her book or maybe just get away from her children. But there’s something disquieting about S, the young artist/student she finally hires. Watch this second book; clearly, Lepucki’s first novel was loved, but it also drew a lot of stares from puzzled reviewers. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Malerman, Josh. Black Mad Wheel. Ecco. May 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062259684. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062259707. HORROR
Malerman debuted with the chill-inducing Bird Box, which won loved-it-or-hated-it reviews but was optioned by Universal Pictures and nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. If your readers loved it, they’ll want to know about this new work, featuring a washed-up rock band charged with stomping through an African desert to find the source of a disturbing sound and a patient back in America recovering surprisingly fast from a serious accident.

Rieger, Susan. The Heirs. Crown. May 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781101904718; ebk. ISBN 9781101904725. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S
Rieger follows up her lusciously reviewed debut, The Divorce Papers, with the story of a Manhattan family called the Falkeses too upper-crust to be my neighbors. When patriarch Rupert suddenly dies of cancer, his five entirely with-it sons suddenly lose their sense of direction, especially when a family secret comes out. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Santopolo, Jill. The Light We Lost. Putnam. May 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780735212756. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780735212770. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. WOMEN’S
The editorial director of Philomel Books, Santopolo has three children’s/YA series to her name, but here she’s going adult. Lucy and Gabe meet one fateful day as seniors at Columbia University, then meet again a year later and decide it’s meant to be. But photojournalist Gabe is assigned to the Middle East, while Lucy pursues a career in New York, and more than a decade of love, jealousy, and turmoil follow until a key decision must be made. Rights for this steeldnovel sold quickly to 25 countries, and the prepublication buzz has been big.

Steel, Danielle. Against All Odds. Delacorte. May 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781101883914. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101883921. lrg. prnt. WOMEN’S
After her husband’s untimely death, Kate Madison successfully supports her four children through a fancy Soho resale shop. Now they’re grown up and messing up: lawyer Isabelle falls for a client she’ defending in a criminal case, Julie rashly gives up her designer aspirations for risky love and marriage in Los Angeles, Justin wants children though his writing career has yet to pay the bills, and high-tech Willie makes a choice that upends them all. Steel’s third book of 2017, after The Mistress (January) and Dangerous Games (March); look for aggressive marketing.

Tolkien, J.R.R. Beren and Lúthien. Houghton Harcourt. May 2017. 304p. ed. by Christopher Tolkien. ISBN 9781328791825. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781328784865. FANTASY
In Tolkien’s fiction, “Beren and Lúthien” is one of the three “Great Tales” of the Elder Days, the earliest days of Middle-Earth, and it’s a key element in the evolution of that grand and challenging work, The Silmarillion. Perhaps too challenging for some readers; teasing out vincentBeren and Lúthien’s story line can be a task in itself. Tolkien’s son Christopher does it for us. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Vincent, Rachel. Spectacle. Mira: Harlequin. May 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780778318200. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460395943. FANTASY
In Menagerie, a dark tale of human abusiveness toward the other, Delilah discovers that she is a cryptid when she changes into a fearsome creature to protect the fantastical creatures on display from their cruel handlers at a menagerie she is visiting. In this follow-up, she and her fellow creatures have been sold to The Savage Spectacle, a gory place of cage matches and safari-like hunts that caters to the twisted rich. And there’s an even darker secret to uncover. Vincent has been making us twitch since her wonderful YA “Soul Screamers” series; with a 60,000-copy first printing.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.