Pop Goes the Fiction | Last of the Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

 

Chambers, Becky. Record of a Spaceborn Few. Harper Voyager. Jul. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780062851154. $26.99; pap. 9780062699220. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062699237. SF
Astrobiology educator Chambers continues her multi-award-nominated sf “Wayfarers” series, set in the brimming Galactic Commons, with humans wondering about their past after having found a place among the stars. With a 30,000 hardcover and 20,000 paperback first printing.

Goolrick, Robert. The Dying of the Light. Harper. Jul. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062678225. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062678249. lrg. prnt. HISTORICAL
Coming of age after World War I, striking Diana Cooke holds her nose as she marries Captain Copperton, nasty, vulgar, but rich enough to assure the future of the Cooke family home, Saratoga. The real trouble starts years later when her son, Ashton, comes home from college. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Hearne, Kevin & Delilah S. Dawson. Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell. Del Rey: Ballantine. Jul. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781524797744. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524797751. Downloadable. FANTASY
New York Times best-selling Iron Druid chronicler joins with Dawson (Star Wars: Phasma) to launch a witty, bighearted fantasy series starring Gustave the Talking Goat, Fia the Unusually Tall, Argabella the Ensorcelled Bard, and Grinda the Sand Witch, all intent on keeping LØCHER from stealing the throne.

Hotchner, A.E. The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. Jul. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780385543583. $22.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385543590. Downloadable. COMING OF AGE
The author of international best sellers like Papa Hemingway and cofounder, with Paul Newman, of Newman’s Own (great recommendations!), Hotchner takes us through Depression-era St. Louis as young Aaron Broom seeks to prove that his father wasn’t responsible for a jewelry store robbery gone haywire.

Kelly, Cathy. Secrets of a Happy Marriage. Grand Central. Jul. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9781538728796. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538728802. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538730355. Downloadable. WOMEN’S
Bess is newly and happily married to recent widower Edward, but the big party she throws for his birthday proves that making their lives together work out won’t be as easy as she thinks. Kelly is a No. 1 best seller in the UK, Ireland, and Australia, so maybe here, too.

Levine, David D. Arabella the Traitor of Mars. Tor. Jul. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780765382832. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466889514. SF/STEAMPUNK
Hugo Award–winning Levine wraps up the rip-roaring adventures of Arabella Ashby, who returns home to Mars after the Battle of Venus, only to find that, with the Regent of the United Kingdom doing some old-fashioned sword rattling, she and her husband must choose between their empire and their home.

Mallery, Susan. When We Found Home. HQN: HarperCollins. Jul. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780373802500. $26.99. WOMEN’S
Malcolm, Callie, and Kiera are suddenly linked when they learn that they share a father, whom none of them knew, and a grandfather eager to embrace his newfound family. The No 1 New York Times best-selling author’s third hardcover, after Daughters of the Bride and Secrets of the Tulip Sisters. With a 250,000-copy first printing.

Miller, Louise. The Late Bloomers’ Club. Pamela Dorman: Viking. Jul. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781101981238. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101981252. Downloadable. WOMEN’S
Two sisters, beloved diner owner Nora and her short-on-cash filmmaker sister, are inheriting the property of local cake-making legend Peggy. The town is divided on whether the sisters should sell the land to a big-box developer, which Nora opposes, but everyone wants to find Peggy’s lost dog. Following The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, Miller’s popular debut.

Rindell, Suzanne. Eagle & Crane. Putnam. Jul. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780399184291. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399184314. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. HISTORICAL
Louis Thorn (the Eagle) and Haruto “Harry” Yamada (the Crane) are an audience-pleasing daredevil act storming through Depression-era California with Earl Shaw’s Flying Circus. (And both are crushing on Shaw’s stepdaughter.) Then comes Pearl Harbor, and two badly burned bodies found in a crashed plane are assumed to be Harry and his father, who have escaped from a Japanese internment camp. For all of us who liked Rindell’s The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch.

Walsh, Rosie. Ghosted. Pamela Dorman: Viking. Jul. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780525522775. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525522782. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. WOMEN’S
Sarah meets Eddie, and they have six fabulous, love-drenched days together until he heads off on a scheduled vacation and fails to call from the airport as promised. Despite what her friends say, Sarah knows something has happened to him. Big in-house excitement for this English author’s American debut.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @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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