Motherhood, Mermen, & Miss Subways | Literary Fiction Previews, May 2018

Brinkley, Jamel. A Lucky Man: Stories. Graywolf. May 2018. 264p. ISBN 9781555978051. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781555979959. SHORT STORIES An Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate, Brinkley makes his debut to good effect: it was chosen as an Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2018 title by the American Booksellers Association. In these stories, men and boys struggle with issues of […]

Deadmen, Warriors, & Gods | Fantasy Previews, May 2018

  Andrews, Ilona. Magic Triumphs. Ace: Penguin. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780425270714. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698136823. CD/downloadable: Brilliance Audio.  FANTASY Mercenary Kate Daniels has settled into love and family with the former Beast Lord, but it can’t last. Her father is testing her prodigious powers, the Witch Oracle foresees blood, and the strange box that’s just […]

Baldacci, Deaver, Scottoline, & More | Thriller Previews, Apr. 2018

Baldacci, David. The Fallen. Grand Central. Apr. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781538761397. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781538761373. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538761359. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Famously the “memory man,” football player­–turned­–detective Amos Decker forgets nothing, certainly not the two dead men in the house across from journalist friend Alex Jamison’s in Barronville, PA. Small-town Barronville has sunk […]

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, […]

Stories by Shriver & Sittenfeld & More Upmarket Fiction | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Allnutt, Luke. We Own the Sky. Park Row: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778314738. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488078712. LITERARY/FAMILY LIFE In this debut, a man struggles with the consequences of his son’s devastating illness, downing alcohol and surveying the wreck of his marriage as he posts stunning scenes of places he and his son visited […]

Hillerman, Perry, & Lots of Cozies | Mystery Previews, Apr. 2018

Albert, Susan Wittig. Queen Anne’s Lace. Berkley. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780425280058. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698190306. MYSTERY There’s a box of antique lace in the attic, an old Scottish ballad in the air, lavender sprigs in odd places, and a woman picking flowers nearby who suddenly disappears. China Bayles has to admit that her Thyme […]

Deveraux, Steel, & Lots of Fantasy Award Winners | Pop Fiction Previews, Mar. 2018

Baker, Mishell. Impostor Syndrome. Saga: S. & S. Mar. 2018. 480p. ISBN 9781481480185. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481451956. FANTASY In this third in the Nebula Award–nominated “Arcadia Project” series, the project’s London and Los Angeles agents battle for power, the fey courts split their support, and London seeks ascendancy by framing LA agent Millie Roper’s partner, […]

Award-Worthy Authors from Ausubel to Tolstaya | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2018

Ausubel, Ramona. Awayland: Stories. Riverhead. Mar. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781594634901. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698410862. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SHORT STORIES Winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and a NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award finalist for her debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us, Ausubel continues her elegant, risk-taking way with this […]

From Africa to Alaska to Terror in Paris | New Voices in Literary Fiction, Mar. 2018

Benson, Adrienne. The Brightest Sun. Park Row: Harlequin. Mar. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778331278. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488028090. LITERARY Harlequin’s new literary imprint is feeling radiant about this debut from the African-raised Benson, who returned to work there as a Peace Corps volunteer. Set in the 1990s under Africa’s bright sun, it explores the lives of […]

Berry, Jance, & Some Surprise Authors | Thriller Previews, Mar. 2018

Bell, Natasha. Exhibit Alexandra. Crown. Mar. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781524761073. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524761097. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER Alexandra Southwood has been imprisoned in a locked room, and husband Marc is increasingly frantic as her bloodied belongings are found. But all is not as it seems in this ramping-up debut, touted for its hairpin twists […]