Flowers aren’t the only exciting elements in bloom! This May, several new page-turners will be released in paperback, ready and waiting to be taken outside and treated to some sunshine. Whether you’re basking in the sun at the local park or sneezing through those pesky spring allergies, any one of these books will make your day brighter!
Seven women are connected, not only by the lovingly supportive bonds of family but also by the inescapable generational trauma that affects a bloodline. Afong Moy is terrified that the hereditary illness she suffers from will touch her young daughter, but as she attempts to receive life-altering treatment for her condition, the narratives of the women in her past muddle her perception of right and wrong. Based on a true story—that of Afong Moy, the first known female Chinese immigrant to the United States—this historical fiction book depicts the realities of women and their agency regarding both their bodies and their lives.
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick
The New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds a family across the generations in “one of the most beautiful books of motherhood and what we pass on to those that come after us” (Jenna Bush Hager, Today).
Dorothy Moy breaks her own heart for a living.
As Washington’s former poet laureate, that’s how she describes channeling her dissociative episodes and mental health struggles into her art. But when her five-year-old daughter exhibits similar behavior and begins remembering things from the lives of their ancestors, Dorothy believes the past has come to haunt her. Fearing that her child is predestined to endure the same debilitating depression that has marked her own life, Dorothy seeks radical help.
Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy intimately connects with past generations of women in her family: Faye Moy, a nurse in China serving with the Flying Tigers; Zoe Moy, a student in England at a famous school with no rules; Lai King Moy, a girl quarantined in San Francisco during a plague epidemic; Greta Moy, a tech executive with a unique dating app; and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America.
As the painful recollections affect her present life, Dorothy discovers that trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited. A stranger is searching for her in each time period—a stranger who’s loved her through all of her genetic memories. Can Dorothy break the cycle of pain and abandonment to finally find peace for her daughter and love for herself? Or will she end up paying the ultimate price?
“For Jamie Ford fans both old and new, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy is an unmitigated pleasure” (Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author) and a lyrical love story unlike any other.
William Kent Krueger’s FOX CREEK is the latest installment of his Cork O’Connor mystery series, in which Cork is presented with a strange case: a man is looking for his missing “wife,” Dolores, who has come into town seeking help from an ancient Ojibwe healer, Henry Meloux; however, Dolores has never met her “husband” before. In fact, Cork is hired under false pretenses by mercenaries who are tracking Dolores for an unknown reason. Will Cork be able to uncover the ever-growing twists and turns of this case? Or will this thriller end up as a fruitless game of cat and mouse?
The New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor Mystery Series returns with this “genuinely thrilling and atmospheric novel” (The New York Times Book Review) as Cork races against time to save his wife, a mysterious stranger, and an Ojibwe healer from bloodthirsty mercenaries.
The ancient Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux has had a vision of his death. As he walks the Northwoods in solitude, he tries to prepare himself peacefully for the end of his long life. But peace is destined to elude him as hunters fill the woods seeking a woman named Dolores Morriseau, a stranger who had come to the healer for shelter and the gift of his wisdom.
Meloux guides this stranger and his great niece, Cork O’Connor’s wife, to safety deep into the Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century. On the last journey he may ever take into this beloved land, Meloux must do his best to outwit the deadly mercenaries who follow.
Meanwhile, in Aurora, Cork works feverishly to identify the hunters and the reason for their relentless pursuit, but he has little to go on. Desperate, Cork begins tracking the killers but his own skills as a hunter are severely tested by nightfall and a late season snowstorm. He knows only too well that with each passing hour time is running out. But his fiercest enemy in this deadly game of cat and mouse may well be his own deep self-doubt about his ability to save those he loves.
New and longtime “fans will be enthralled” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) by this gripping and richly told addition to a masterful series.
In the dazzling nightlife of Roaring Twenties London, Nellie Coker runs a nightclub where she meets several interesting characters. A detective investigating her family, a former librarian turned war nurse, and a fourteen-year-old runaway—these are only a few of the lives she must juggle, alongside those of her six children. Life after the Great War is anything but easy for Nellie, especially since she has just been released from prison, but luckily she’s anything but weak.
This is a story that will have you yearning for summer as you follow Brian and Margot, who spend their days on the beachy Jersey Shore with their daughters, Liz and Evy. All is peaceful and joyous until Brian is given a life-altering diagnosis as the young girls begin to experience their first bouts of growing pains. Filled with familial love and trauma alike, THE SHORE explores the bonds that bring loved ones together and also threaten to push them apart—and, in this case, push them away from their carefree boardwalk lives altogether.
A mother and her two daughters spend a summer grappling with heartbreak, young love, and the weight of secrets in this “deeply felt family saga” (Entertainment Weekly) hailed as “one of the best beach reads of all time” (Today).
Brian and Margot Dunne live year-round in Seaside, just steps away from the bustling boardwalk, with their daughters Liz and Evy. The Dunnes run a real estate company, making their living by quickly turning over rental houses for tourists. But the family’s future becomes precarious when Brian develops a brain tumor, transforming into an erratic version of himself. Amidst the chaos and new caretaking responsibilities, Liz still seeks out summer adventure and flirting with a guy she should know better than to pursue. Her younger sister Evy works in a candy shop, falls in love with her friend Olivia, and secretly adopts the persona of a middle-aged mom in an online support group, where she discovers her own mother’s vulnerable confessions. Meanwhile, Margot faces an impossible choice driven by grief, impulse, and the ways that small-town life has shaped her. Falling apart is not an option, but she can always pack up and leave the beach behind.
“An emotional family drama...with endearing characters and deep insights” (Glamour), The Shore is a heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting novel infused with humor about finding sisterhood, friendship, and love in a time of crisis. This big-hearted novel examines the grit and hustle of running a small business in a tourist town, the ways we connect with strangers when our families can’t give us everything we need, and the comfort found in embracing the pleasures of youth while coping with unimaginable loss.
Maeve and Andrea have a stronger bond than just their relationship as cousins; in fact, once you escape the cult you grew up in together, you’re simply bonded for life. The two reunite as young adults in New York City having lived very different lives—Maeve, unmarried and childless, has been making ends meet as a fiction editor, while Andrea, married and influential, is the CEO of her own multimillion-dollar tech start-up but has been grieving the recent death of her young daughter—and though things begin smoothly, their relationship escalates into a gothic horror film. This is a read that will have you on the edge of your seat, basking in the thrills but also worried about nightmares to come.
Iain Reid captures the loneliness and terror of everyday life in WE SPREAD, which follows Penny, a widowed artist whose life is covered in a thin layer of dust as she lives among mementos of her past. Unfortunately, she takes a hard fall and must move into an assisted living facility, where both her mental and physical capabilities start to falter. It soon becomes clear that, instead of acting in Penny’s best interests, her care workers may have ulterior motives. WE SPREAD may be anxiety inducing, but it’s also a poignant, philosophically complex, and moving thriller about what it means to age.
The author of the “evocative, spine-tingling, and razor-sharp” (Bustle) I’m Thinking of Ending Things that inspired the Netflix original movie and the “short, shocking” (The Guardian) Foe returns with a new work of suspense following an elderly woman trapped in a mysterious facility.
Penny, an artist, has lived in the same apartment for decades, surrounded by the artifacts and keepsakes of her long life. She is resigned to the mundane rituals of old age, until things start to slip. Before her longtime partner passed away years earlier, provisions were made for a room in a unique long-term care residence, where Penny finds herself after one too many “incidents.”
Initially, surrounded by peers, conversing, eating, sleeping, looking out at the beautiful woods that surround the house, all is well. She even begins to paint again. But as the days start to blur together, Penny—with a growing sense of unrest and distrust—starts to lose her grip on the passage of time and on her place in the world. Is she succumbing to the subtly destructive effects of aging or is she an unknowing participant in something more unsettling?
At once compassionate and uncanny, told in spare, hypnotic prose, Iain Reid’s “exquisite novel of psychological suspense” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) explores questions of conformity, art, productivity, relationships, and what, ultimately, it means to grow old.
Agnes and Polly have been longtime friends, but Polly finds herself in a difficult position when the coastal Maine peninsula that Agnes’s family oversees, Fellowship Point, attracts Polly’s land developer son, who wants to turn the land’s natural beauty into something more commercial. The story becomes even more complex when Agnes is persuaded by Maud, a young book editor, to write a memoir about her life, but the publication of such a book threatens to expose secrets that have stayed hidden for decades. The relationships between these three women evoke a greater discussion of the realities of aging, the mysteries of life, and the simple pleasures of the world at large.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR MOTHER’S DAY!
“A magnificent storytelling feat” (The Boston Globe) story of lifelong friendship between two very different “superbly depicted” (The Wall Street Journal) women with shared histories, divisive loyalties, hidden sorrows, and eighty years of summers on a pristine point of land on the coast of Maine, set across the arc of the 20th century.
Celebrated children’s book author Agnes Lee is determined to secure her legacy—to complete what she knows will be the final volume of her pseudonymously written Franklin Square novels; and even more consuming, to permanently protect the peninsula of majestic coast in Maine known as Fellowship Point. To donate the land to a trust, Agnes must convince shareholders to dissolve a generations-old partnership. And one of those shareholders is her best friend, Polly.
Polly Wister has led a different kind of life than Agnes: that of a well-off married woman with children, defined by her devotion to her husband, a philosophy professor with an inflated sense of stature. She strives to create beauty and harmony in her home, in her friendships, and in her family. Polly soon finds her loyalties torn between the wishes of her best friend and the wishes of her three sons—but what is it that Polly wants herself?
Agnes’s designs are further muddied when an enterprising young book editor named Maud Silver sets out to convince Agnes to write her memoirs. Agnes’s resistance cannot prevent long-buried memories and secrets from coming to light with far-reaching repercussions for all.
“An ambitious and satisfying tale” (The Washington Post), Fellowship Point reads like a 19th-century epic, but it is entirely contemporary in its “reflections on aging, writing, stewardship, legacies, independence, and responsibility. At its heart, Fellowship Point is about caring for the places and people we love...This magnificent novel affirms that change and growth are possible at any age” (The Christian Science Monitor).
The American Dream—this is what Dr. Yungman Kwak sought when he immigrated to the United States after the Korean War, but now his world is falling apart as the hospital he works for is shut down and he receives an ominous letter from his younger brother, who threatens to expose his secrets to his equally struggling wife and son. Family is always a touchy subject, but THE EVENING HERO presents father-son dynamics and familial responsibilities in a fresh and lasting manner that is both touching and thought-provoking.
A “moving and captivating” (Cathy Park Hong, New York Times bestselling author of Minor Feelings) novel following a Korean immigrant pursuing the American dream who must confront the secrets of the past or risk watching the world he’s worked so hard to build come crumbling down.
Dr. Yungman Kwak is in the twilight of his life. Every day for the last fifty years, he has brushed his teeth, slipped on his shoes, and headed to Horse Breath’s General Hospital, where, as an obstetrician, he treats the women and babies of the small rural Minnesota town he chose to call home.
This was the life he longed for. The so-called American dream. He immigrated from Korea after the Korean War, forced to leave his family, ancestors, village, and all that he knew behind. But his life is built on a lie. And one day, a letter arrives that threatens to expose it.
Yungman’s life is thrown into chaos—the hospital abruptly closes, his wife refuses to spend time with him, and his son is busy investing in a struggling health start-up. Yungman faces a choice—he must choose to hide his secret from his family and friends or confess and potentially lose all he’s built. He begins to question the very assumptions on which his life is built—the so-called American dream, with the abject failure of its healthcare system, patients and neighbors who perpetuate racism, a town flawed with infrastructure, and a history that doesn’t see him in it.
Toggling between the past and the present, Korea and America, Evening Hero is a “soulful, melodic, rhapsodic novel” (The New York Times) about a man looking back at his life and asking big questions about what is lost and what is gained when immigrants leave home for new shores.
Iris Chapel and Sylvia Wren are one and the same in this gothic historical drama. Born to wealthy Victorians, Iris is an heir to the family fortune alongside her five sisters, but when a murderous chain of events slowly takes out each of her siblings, she assumes a new identity: Sylvia Wren, critically acclaimed author and known recluse. However, the more famous Sylvia becomes, the more the public begins looking into her past, which puts her life at great risk. Sarai Walker’s THE CHERRY ROBBERS is an atmospheric must-read that explores themes of family, feminism, and grief.
A novel set in early 1940s California, right at the start of World War II, PROPERTIES OF THIRST follows two storylines: one about a ranch family headed by Rockwell Rhodes, who is currently fighting with the Los Angeles government over their recent decision to divert water away from his farm while his twin children come to terms with the death of their mother; and another about a lawyer named Schiff, who is sent to oversee the building of one of the Japanese internment camps that were created in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. The two stories are intertwined in ways that explore ideas of trauma, self-discovery, and the difference between right and wrong.
A National Bestseller
A New Yorker Best Book of 2022
Fifteen years after the publication of Evidence of Things Unseen, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Marianne Wiggins returns with a “big, bold book” (USA TODAY) destined to be an American classic: a sweeping masterwork set during World War II about the meaning of family and the limitations of the American Dream.
Rockwell “Rocky” Rhodes has spent years fiercely protecting his California ranch from the LA Water Corporation. It is here where he and his beloved wife Lou raised their twins, Sunny and Stryker, and it is here where Rocky has mourned Lou in the years since her death.
As Sunny and Stryker reach the cusp of adulthood, the country teeters on the brink of war. Stryker decides to join the fight, deploying to Pearl Harbor not long before the bombs strike. Soon, Rocky and his family find themselves facing yet another incomprehensible tragedy.
Rocky is determined to protect his remaining family and the land where they’ve loved and lost so much. But when the government decides to build a Japanese American internment camp next to the ranch, Rocky realizes that the land faces even bigger threats than the LA watermen he’s battled for years. Complicating matters is the fact that the idealistic Department of the Interior man assigned to build the camp, who only begins to understand the horror of his task after it may be too late, becomes infatuated with Sunny and entangled with the Rhodes family.
Properties of Thirst is a “magnificent” (Colum McCann) novel that is both universal and intimate. It is the story of a changing American landscape and an examination of one of the darkest periods in this country’s past, told through the stories of the individual loves and losses that weave together to form the fabric of our shared history. Ultimately, it is an unflinching distillation of our nation’s essence—and a celebration of the bonds of love and family that persist against all odds.
The mythical town of Goetia is separated into two classes—the Elect, who are descendants of angels, and the Fallen, who are descendants of demons—but worlds soon collide. Celeste and Mariel are Fallen sisters who were separated at birth, with Celeste being classified as Elect and Mariel as Fallen. When they are reunited, Celeste must use her elite influence to help Mariel when she’s falsely accused of murder, but the case isn’t as straightforward as the two initially believe. Fantasy and family come together in this whirlwind adventure.
Celeste, a card sharp with a need for justice, takes on the role of advocatus diaboli, to defend her sister Mariel, accused of murdering a Virtue, a member of the ruling class of this mining town, in an “intricate…engrossing” (The Washington Post) new world of dark fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author of Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse.
The year is 1883 and the mining town of Goetia is booming as prospectors from near and far come to mine the powerful new element Divinity from the high mountains of Colorado with the help of the pariahs of society known as the Fallen. The Fallen are the descendants of demonkind living amongst the Virtues, the winners in an ancient war, with the descendants of both sides choosing to live alongside Abaddon’s mountain in this tale of the mythological West from the bestselling mastermind Rebecca Roanhorse.
What couple is perfect? Certainly not Marisa and Jake, who seem to be handling their marriage and new pregnancy well, until they rent out their spare room to Kate, an increasingly overbearing tenant. Told from the perspectives of both women, MAGPIE exposes many different layers of the situation, beyond what one may initially assume about a secretly unstable couple and an “other woman.” The book is a high-tension thriller that will leave you wondering who is actually telling the truth and who cannot be trusted.
For fans of The Last Mrs. Parrish comes a twisty psychological suspense novel about motherhood, obsession, and just how far some will go for the perfect family. “Great, plain and simple” (Stanley Tucci).
Marisa and Jake are a perfect couple. And Kate, their new lodger, is the perfect roommate—and not just because her rent payments will give them the income they need to start trying for the baby of their dreams.
Except—no one is truly perfect. Sure, Kate doesn’t seem to care much about personal boundaries and can occasionally seem overly familiar with Jake. But Marisa doesn’t let it concern her, knowing that soon Kate will be gone, and it will just be her, Jake, and their future baby.
Conceiving a baby is easier said than done, though, and Jake and Marisa’s perfect relationship is put to the test through months of fertility treatments and false starts. To make matters worse, Kate’s boundary-pushing turns into an all-out obsession—with Jake, with Marisa, and with their future child. Who is this woman? Why does she seem to know everything about Marisa and Jake?
In her quest to find out who Kate really is, Marisa might destroy everything she’s worked so hard to create—her perfect romance, her perfect family, and her perfect self.
Jake doesn’t know the half of what Marisa has created—and what she stands to lose.
For fans of Gone Girl and The Perfect Nanny, Magpie is a “tense” (The Guardian), “gorgeous” (Lisa Taddeo, bestselling author of Three Women), “completely, terrifyingly brilliant” (Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups) novel about mothers and children, envy and possession, and the dangers of getting everything you’ve ever dreamed of.
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