Carr, Dickey, Scalzi, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Borowitz, Alexandra. Family and Other Catastrophes. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780778317555. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488020339. WOMEN’S/HUMOROUS
If you had a self-absorbed therapist mother and a disdainful academic father, with difficult siblings to boot, you too might be an obsessive-compulsive hypochondriac like Emily Glass. Now that she’s finally found love with wonderful David, Emily has the courage to return to the family fold for her wedding, a gathering  of archetypal insanity. Borowitz, daughter of political satirist Andy Borowitz, comes naturally by her smart tongue. With an 80,000-copy first printing.

Brenner, Jamie. The Husband Hour. Little, Brown. Apr. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780316394901. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316394925. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316412506. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. WOMEN’S
Nonplussed when hockey star husband Rory Kincaid enlists in the army, Lauren is completely undone when he is killed in action and escapes the public glare by fleeing to the family beach house on the Jersey Shore. But she reluctantly agrees to meet for an hour with filmmaker Matt Brio, which launches her on a path of discovery and, finally, recovery. From the author of the USA Today best seller The Forever Summer; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Carr, Robyn. The Family Gathering. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780778330769. $26.99.  WOMEN’S
At the juncture of the Colorado and Continental Divide trails, Sullivan’s Crossing is home to a new series from the New York Times best-selling Carr. Readers who loved the first two books, What We Find and Any Day Now, will have to wait a little longer for plot details. But as the title suggests, this is another bighearted, multigenerational read. With a 300,000-copy first printing.

Dickey, Eric Jerome. Bad Men and Wicked Women. Dutton. Apr. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781524742195. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524742201. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. WOMEN’S
Ken Swift has more to worry about than his job as a low-level enforcer in Los Angeles. He’s divorced from one woman, in love with another, and itching to get acquainted with a third, and now daughter Margaux shows up to demand $50,000 for her shotgun wedding. From the New York Times best-selling author and NAACP Image Award Winner.

Dray, Stephanie & Laura Kamoie. My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Morrow. Apr. 2018. 656p. ISBN 9780062819826; pap. ISBN 9780062466167. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062466174. lrg. prnt. HISTORICAL
Listen up, Lin-Manuel Miranda fans: following America’s First Daughter, New York Times best-selling historical fiction authors Dray and Kamoie introduce us to Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Here we see Eliza growing up in revolutionary New York, passionately entering into marriage with Washington’s impecunious aide-de-camp, enduring what’s billed as America’s first sex scandal, and striving to assure Hamilton’s legacy despite secrets from the past. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

Hearne, Kevin. Scourged. Del Rey: Ballantine. Apr. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780345548542. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345548559. Downloadable: Random Audio. FANTASY
In this wrap-up to Hearne’s blockbuster “Iron Druid” series (with 1.5 million copies out there somewhere), 2,000-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan wends his way to Asgard to challenge the Norse gods in a noble effort to prevent the end-of-the-world calamity known as Ragnarök. Lots of luck. With a five-city tour.

Israel, Steve. Big Guns. S. & S. Apr. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781501118029. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501118043. POLITICAL/HUMOR
Former U.S. representative Israel stays political in his second novel (after The Global War on Morris), using humor to talk about the deadly serious issue of guns. With a national campaign to ban handguns from America’s cities brewing, arms magnate Otis Cogsworth retaliates by lobbying for federal legislation mandating that every American must own a firearm. Then little Asabogue, Long Island, passes an ordinance to ban guns in the town, virtually in Otis’s backyard, and the real battle starts.

Jewell, Lisa. Then She Was Gone. Atria. Apr. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781501154645. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501154669. WOMEN’S
It’s been ten years since Laurel Mack’s beautiful, beloved 15-year-old Ellie disappeared, and Laurel still hasn’t put her life back together. She’s charmed when she meets Floyd at a café, surprised when her feelings grow deeper, and absolutely shocked to meets Floyd’s daughter, who looks exactly like Ellie. What really happened to her daughter? From the New York Times best-selling author of I Found You.

Malerman, Josh. Unbury Carol. Del Rey: Ballantine. Apr. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780399180163. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399180170. Downloadable: Random Audio. HORROR/WESTERN
Carol Evers periodically falls into a deep coma she calls the Black Place, looking as if she were dead, and this time husband-in-the-know Dwight quickly plans for her funeral, aiming to inherit her fortune. But former lover James Moxie, once an outlaw of awesome repute and the only other person with any idea of Carol’s condition, gallops into town to save his sleeping beauty. From the author of the Bram Stoker Award–nominated Bird Box, about to become a film, and this book looks to be heading for the silver screen, too.

Miller, Sam J. Blackfish City. Ecco. Apr. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062684820. $22.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062684844. FANTASY
A Shirley Jackson Award winner and multiple award nominee for his short fiction, Miller recently showed up with the multi-starred YA novel The Art of Starving. Now he goes dystopian in his first adult foray. Climate wars compel the construction of a floating city in the Arctic Circle, and though all’s well initially, crime and disease start to nibble away. Then a woman arrives on an orca, with a polar bear tagging along, and quietly foments political resistance. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Moore, Christopher. Noir. Morrow. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062433978. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062434005. lrg. prnt. FANTASY
A gorgeous blonde named Stilton. Sammy the bartender, who falls in love the instant she walks into his bar. Air force general Remy, who interrupts Sammy’s efforts at romancing to take advantage of his streetwise connections. And a mysterious plane crash near Remy’s Roswell, NM, base. Those are the basic elements that set a whole lot spinning in 1947 San Francisco—and beyond. With a 200,000-copy first printing and a ten-city tour to San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Phoenix, and more.

Ross, Ann B. Miss Julia Raises the Roof. Viking. Apr. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780735220508. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780735220522. WOMEN’S
With her husband off in Europe, Miss Julia is concerned to learn that busybody Madge Taylor and the new pastor have pushed a plan through the church board to buy the vacant house down the street and establish a group home for wayward teenagers, without plans for bringing the building up to code or providing clear supervision. Miss Julia has to come up with a better alternative fast. Nineteenth in the New York Times best-selling series.

Scalzi, John. Head On. Tor. Apr. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780765388919. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765388926. SF
In the violent game of Hilketa, players brandish swords and hammers with the aim of knocking off an opponent’s head and carrying it through the goalposts. Okay, the players are “threeps,” robotlike bodies controlled by people completely stilled by Haden’s Syndrome, the condition at the heart of Scalzi’s wildly popular Lock-In. But suddenly a star athlete drops dead on the field, and FBI agents learn that this increasingly lucrative game has a dark side. With a 15- to 20-city tour.

Soule, Charles. The Oracle Year. HarperPerennial. Apr. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9780062686633. $21.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062686657. ACTION & ADVENTURE
The New York Times best-selling comic-book franchise writer (think Star Wars and Daredevil), Soule drops the illustrations but keeps up the energy with this story of Manhattan bassist Will Dando, who wakes up with 108 predictions floating about in his head. Soon, he’s sharing his visions of the future via a heavily guarded website and simply trying to stay alive. Rich corporations would play millions for exclusive access, but Will has made plenty of enemies with his inconvenient insights, too. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Ward, J.R. The Thief: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Ballantine. Apr. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780451475213. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698192997. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. PARARNORMAL ROMANCE
Good enough to make Ward a No. 1 New York Times hardcover, paperback, and ebook best-selling author, the “Black Dagger Brotherhood” series gets another workout with this story of the Brotherhood’s escalating fight against the Lessening Society. Alas, the bad guys have used an ancient tome to summon a new army created by a force even darker than the Omega.

Waxman, Abbi. Other People’s Houses. Berkley. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780399587924. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780399587931. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. WOMEN’S
Poor Frances Bloom. Among the neighborhood secrets she’s had thrust on her as indefatigable carpool mom is Anne Porter’s extramarital affair. Now, Anne’s husband has thrown her out, with consequences reverberating through four carpool families and Frances facing some tough moral dilemmas. A follow-up to Waxman’s debut novel, The Garden of Small Beginnings, which got lots of love.

Yen, Anna. Sophia of Silicon Valley. Morrow. Apr. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062673015. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062673039. WOMEN’S
Yen knows Silicon Valley; she’s handled investor relations for companies like Tesla Motors, cofounded several tech start-ups, and is now a vice president at the online dating company Zoosk. In her debut novel, Taiwanese American Sophia Young has asserted herself right up to an invaluable position with industry leader Scott Kraft. But a new opportunity makes her question whether the money is worth the male meanness around her.



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.

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