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Must-Read Book Club Books for 2024

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My must-read book club books for 2024 list is officially here! These are the books I believe will be the most sought after and popular book club books of 2024.

Every fall, I put together a huge list of new releases for the next year. I spend lots of time analyzing which books will be suitable for book clubs in the new year. After all, not every book makes for a good book club book.

Book club reads are dynamic, compelling and fascinating. They’re the type of books you don’t want to put down. They typically generate tons of questions and thoughts, which makes for a fantastic discussion.

And something book club books aren’t? They are not genre specific. Meaning it can be a contemporary fiction, a thriller, historical fiction and of course, literary fiction.

We have so many great returning authors in 2024! There are new releases from Kristin Hannah, Kiley Reid, Alex Michaelides, Emily Henry, Tommy Orange and Amor Towles to name a few. There’s some exciting debut novels from authors such as Vanessa Chan, Sarah Ochs, DéLana R. A. Dameron and many more.

This huge book club list is presented by month and features new releases in all kinds of genres and subject matters. Also, since new books are announced by the day it seems, I will update this list throughout the year. So be sure to bookmark it and also come back often. BTW, if you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s my book club list for 2023.

Let’s get to must-read book club books for 2024!

January

The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan (Jan. 2)

By the time the first of the year arrives, I feel most of us are craving in-depth, well-researched novels that will truly stick with you for a long time. So for sure add The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan to your book club list.

This novel is about about a Malayan mother who becomes an unlikely spy for the invading Japanese forces during WWII. And in doing so, it results in shocking consequences for her community and family. I anticipate this book will be featured on plenty of best books of 2024 lists.

Here’s the synopsis:

Malaya, 1945. Cecily Alcantara’s family is in terrible danger: her fifteen-year-old son, Abel, has disappeared, and her youngest daughter, Jasmin, is confined in a basement to prevent being pressed into service at the comfort stations. Her eldest daughter Jujube, who works at a tea house frequented by drunk Japanese soldiers, becomes angrier by the day. 

Cecily knows two things: that this is all her fault; and that her family must never learn the truth.

A decade prior, Cecily had been desperate to be more than a housewife to a low-level bureaucrat in British-colonized Malaya. A chance meeting with the charismatic General Fuijwara lured her into a life of espionage, pursuing dreams of an “Asia for Asians.” Instead, Cecily helped usher in an even more brutal occupation by the Japanese. Ten years later as the war reaches its apex, her actions have caught up with her. Now her family is on the brink of destruction—and she will do anything to save them.

Spanning years of pain and triumph, told from the perspectives of four unforgettable characters, The Storm We Made is a dazzling saga about the horrors of war; the fraught relationships between the colonized and their oppressors, and the ambiguity of right and wrong when survival is at stake.

The Fury by Alex Michaelides (Jan. 16)

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is one of the best thrillers I’ve read. It’s so interesting and unexpected. I really love his writing style. However, his follow-up, The Maidens fell short for me. I thought it was a great setting in Cambridge but the big reveals and such were pretty flat in my opinion.

That said, I am looking forward to his latest release, The Fury. This thriller follows an ex-movie star who invites her group of friends to a private Greek island every year. Except this time, someone is murdered. Expect plenty of twists and turns in this novel.

Here’s the synopsis:

This is a tale of murder.

Or maybe that’s not quite true. At its heart, it’s a love story, isn’t it?

Lana Farrar is a reclusive ex–movie star and one of the most famous women in the world. Every year, she invites her closest friends to escape the English weather and spend Easter on her idyllic private Greek island.

I tell you this because you may think you know this story. You probably read about it at the time ― it caused a real stir in the tabloids, if you remember. It had all the necessary ingredients for a press sensation: a celebrity; a private island cut off by the wind…and a murder.

We found ourselves trapped there overnight. Our old friendships concealed hatred and a desire for revenge. What followed was a game of cat and mouse ― a battle of wits, full of twists and turns, building to an unforgettable climax. The night ended in violence and death, as one of us was found murdered.

But who am I?

My name is Elliot Chase, and I’m going to tell you a story unlike any you’ve ever heard.

Come and Get It by Kiley Reid (Jan. 30)

Kiley Reid’s debut novel, Such a Fun Age, was a huge success. A Reese book club pick and a NY Times Bestseller, it’s a fantastic story. Highly recommend if you haven’t read it yet.

So we’re all eager about her next novel, Come and Get It. It follows a residential assistant, complicated choices and plenty of bad behavior.

Here’s the synopsis:

It’s 2017 at the University of Arkansas. Millie Cousins, a senior resident assistant, wants to graduate, get a job, and buy a house. So when Agatha Paul, a visiting professor and writer, offers Millie an easy yet unusual opportunity, she jumps at the chance. But Millie’s starry-eyed hustle becomes jeopardized by odd new friends, vengeful dorm pranks, and illicit intrigue.

A fresh and intimate portrait of desire, consumption, and reckless abandon, Come and Get It is a tension-filled story about money, indiscretion, and bad behavior—and the highly anticipated new novel by acclaimed and award-winning author Kiley Reid.

Hard by a Great Forest by Leo Vardiashvili (Jan. 30)

Hard by a Great Forest by Leo Vardiashvili is receiving acclaim from bestselling authors including Khaled Hosseini,  New York Times bestselling author of The Kite and Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Less Is Lost. That’s quite a list!

The novel follows a family from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia who leave behind the country and gain asylum in England. However, 20 years later, the family is struggling with their past. This sounds intriguing and I’m sure will be heart wrenching as well.

Here’s the synopsis:

Saba is just a child when he flees the fighting in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia with his older brother, Sandro, and father, Irakli, for asylum in England. Two decades later, all three men are struggling to make peace with the past, haunted by the places and people they left behind.

When Irakli decides to return to Georgia, pulled back by memories of a lost wife and a decaying but still beautiful homeland, Saba and Sandro wait eagerly for news. But within weeks of his arrival, Irakli disappears, and the final message they receive from him causes a mystery to unfold before them: “I left a trail I can’t erase. Do not follow it.”

In a journey that will lead him to the very heart of a conflict that has marred generations and fractured his own family, Saba must retrace his father’s footsteps to discover what remains of their homeland and its people. By turns savage and tender, compassionate and harrowing, Hard by a Great Forest is a powerful and ultimately hopeful novel about the individual and collective trauma of war, and the indomitable spirit of a people determined not only to survive, but to remember those who did not.

Mrs. Quinn’s Rise to Fame by Olivia Ford (Jan. 30)

Mrs. Quinn’s Rise to Fame promises plenty of heart and an ode to baked goods. The story follows Jenny, a woman married to the same man for 59 years. She decides to do something for herself and applies to be a constant on a British baking show. But embarking on this exciting new endeavor also brings about memories of the past and secrets she’s held for years.

The publisher calls this novel a redemptive coming-of-old-age tale and I just love the idea of that. I think this will be a great choice to add to your list.

Here’s the synopsis:

Nothing could be more out of character, but after fifty-nine years of marriage, as her husband Bernard’s health declines, and her friends’ lives become focused on their grandchildren—which Jenny never had—Jenny decides she wants a little something for herself. So she secretly applies to be a contestant on the prime-time TV show Britain Bakes.

Whisked into an unfamiliar world of cameras and timed challenges, Jenny delights in a new-found independence. But that independence, and the stress of the competition, starts to unearth memories buried decades ago. Chocolate teacakes remind her of a furtive errand involving a wedding ring; sugared doughnuts call up a stranger’s kind act; a simple cottage loaf brings back the moment her life changed forever.

With her baking star rising, Jenny struggles to keep a lid on that first secret—a long-concealed deceit that threatens to shatter the very foundations of her marriage. It’s the only time in six decades that she’s kept something from Bernard. By putting herself in the limelight, has Jenny created a recipe for disaster?

February

The Women by Kristin Hannah (Feb. 6)

I’m so thrilled Kristin Hannah is releasing a new novel in 2024! She’s one of my favorite authors She puts together well-researched novels that are full of humanity. She has such a way with words and story dynamics, she truly is one of the best. I loved The Four Winds, The Nightingale, the list goes on and on.

This time she’s back with a story set during the 1960s and follows a nurse who joins the Army Nurse Corps to serve in Vietnam. I don’t think I’ve read historical fiction set during that war so I’m especially intrigued by this story. This will be one of the big books of the year that everyone will talk about.

Here’s the synopsis:

When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these unexpected words, it is a revelation. Raised on idyllic Coronado Island and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing, being a good girl. But in 1965 the world is changing, and she suddenly imagines a different choice for her life. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path. 

As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war, as well as the unexpected trauma of coming home to a changed and politically divided America. 

The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on the story of all women who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Women whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has all too often been forgotten. A novel of searing insight and lyric beauty, The Women is a profoundly emotional, richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose extraordinary idealism and courage under fire define a generation.

Redwood Court by DéLana R. A. Dameron (Feb. 6)

Redwood Court is the debut novel of DéLana R. A. Dameron, an award-winning poet. With her poetry background, you know the writing will be beautiful. It follows a Southern Black family seen through the eyes of its youngest daughter. This book is a fictionalized version of the author’s own family.

Here’s the synopsis:

So begins award-winning poet DéLana R. A. Dameron’s debut novel, Redwood Court. The baby of the family, Mika Tabor spends much of her time in the care of loved ones, listening to their stories and witnessing their struggles.

On Redwood Court, the cul-de-sac in the all-Black working-class suburb of Columbia, South Carolina, where her grandparents live, Mika learns important lessons from the people who raise her: her exhausted parents, who work long hours at multiple jobs while still making sure their kids experience the adventure of family vacations; her older sister, who in a house filled with Motown would rather listen to Alanis Morrisette; her retired grandparents, children of Jim Crow, who realized their own vision of success when they bought their house on the Court in the 1960s, imagining it filled with future generations; and the many neighbors who hold tight to the community they’ve built, committed to fostering joy and love in an America so insistent on seeing Black people stumble and fall.

With visceral clarity and powerful prose, Dameron reveals the devastation of being made to feel invisible and the transformative power of being seen. Redwood Court is a celebration of extraordinary, ordinary people striving to achieve their own American dreams.

The Phoenix Crown by Kate Quinn and Janie Chang (Feb. 13)

Bestselling authors Kate Quinn and Janie Chang have collaborated on a new novel, The Phoenix Crown. This story follows the lives of two women from the chaos of the San Francisco earthquake to the palaces of Versailles.

Very excited for this one as it features an era in time that we don’t read about often—the early 1900s. Both authors are known for their in-depth historical fiction stories, so this should be a great one.

Here’s the synopsis:

San Francisco, 1906. In a city bustling with newly minted millionaires and scheming upstarts, two very different women hope to change their fortunes: Gemma, a golden-haired, silver-voiced soprano whose career desperately needs rekindling, and Suling, a petite and resolute Chinatown embroideress who is determined to escape an arranged marriage. Their paths cross when they are drawn into the orbit of Henry Thornton, a charming railroad magnate whose extraordinary collection of Chinese antiques includes the fabled Phoenix Crown, a legendary relic of Beijing’s fallen Summer Palace.

His patronage offers Gemma and Suling the chance of a lifetime, but their lives are thrown into turmoil when a devastating earthquake rips San Francisco apart and Thornton disappears, leaving behind a mystery reaching further than anyone could have imagined . . . until the Phoenix Crown reappears five years later at a sumptuous Paris costume ball, drawing Gemma and Suling together in one last desperate quest for justice.

The Resort by Sara Ochs (Feb. 13)

For those who enjoy vacation thrillers like We Were Never Here, be sure to check out The Resort. The debut novel by Sara Ochs is set on a remote island in Thailand and follows two mysterious women, a charismatic group of expats, and a murder.

Here’s the synopsis:

There are three rules to survive a dive at the famous Koh Sang Resort

1 – Breathe normally if something goes wrong.

Scuba diving instructor Cass leads her students out for their first dive off the beautiful coast of Koh Sang, Thailand’s world-famous party island. It’s supposed to be a life-changing experience, but things quickly spiral out of control…

2 – Always dive with someone you trust.

By the time she’s back on the shore, Lucy, one of her students, is dead, another critically injured, and she knows the new and idyllic life she has built herself is about to be smashed to pieces on the rocks.

3 – Don’t panic if your oxygen is running out.

Because someone has discovered Cass’s dark secret, and on an island as remote as this, there aren’t many places to hide. There is a killer waiting, and whoever it is will stop at nothing until Cass’s life is ruined and justice is finally served.

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange (Feb. 27)

Tommy Orange’s debut novel There, There was a breakout bestseller. It was the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, the John Leonard Prize, the American Book Award, and one of the New York Times‘s 10 Best Books of 2018.

His follow-up novel, Wandering Stars, also promises to be an impactful and important read. The story traces the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School through to the shattering aftermath of Orvil Red Feather’s shooting in There There.

Colorado, 1864. Star, a young survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre, is brought to the Fort Marion Prison Castle, where he is forced to learn English and practice Christianity by Richard Henry Pratt, an evangelical prison guard who will go on to found the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, an institution dedicated to the eradication of Native history, culture, and identity.

A generation later, Star’s son, Charles, is sent to the school, where he is brutalized by the man who was once his father’s jailer. Under Pratt’s harsh treatment, Charles clings to moments he shares with a young fellow student, Opal Viola, as the two envision a future away from the institutional violence that follows their bloodlines.

Oakland, 2018. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield is barely holding her family together after the shooting that nearly took the life of her nephew Orvil. From the moment he awakens in his hospital bed, Orvil begins compulsively googling school shootings on YouTube. He also becomes emotionally reliant on the prescription medications meant to ease his physical trauma.

His younger brother, Lony, suffering from PTSD, is struggling to make sense of the carnage he witnessed at the shooting by secretly cutting himself and enacting blood rituals that he hopes will connect him to his Cheyenne heritage. Opal is equally adrift, experimenting with Ceremony and peyote, searching for a way to heal her wounded family.

March

Women of Good Fortune by Sophie Wan (March 4)

Women of Good Fortune is the debut novel of Sophie Wan. The setting is a high-society Shanghai wedding and follows a reluctant bride and her two best friends. They come up with a plan to steal all the money on the big day. This sounds very entertaining and I’m so intrigued on where the story will go.

Here’s the synopsis:

Lulu has always been taught that money is the ticket to a good life. So, when Shanghai’s most eligible bachelor surprises her with a proposal, the only acceptable answer is yes, even if the voice inside her head is saying no. His family’s fortune would solve all her parents’ financial woes, but Lulu isn’t in love or ready for marriage.

The only people she can confide in are her two best friends: career-minded Rina, who is tired of being passed over for promotion while her male colleagues are rewarded; and Jane, a sharp-tongued, luxury-chasing housewife desperate to divorce her husband and trade up. Each of them desires something different: freedom, time, beauty. None of them can get it without money.

Lulu’s wedding is their golden opportunity. The social event of the season, it means more than enough cash gifts to transform the women’s lives. To steal the money on the big day, all they’ll need is a trustworthy crew and a brilliant plan. But as the plot grows increasingly complicated and relationships are caught in the cross fire, the women are forced to face that having it all might come at a steep price…

Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez (March 5)

Xochitl Gonzalez is the NY Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming. Her latest novel, Anita de Monte Laughs Last, follows an Ivy League student who uncovers the work of a female artist decades after her suspicious death. Very much looking forward to this one.

Here’s the synopsis:

1985. Anita de Monte, a rising star in the art world, is found dead in New York City; her tragic death is the talk of the town. Until it isn’t. By 1998 Anita’s name has been all but forgotten—certainly by the time Raquel, a third-year art history student is preparing her final thesis. On College Hill, surrounded by progeny of film producers, C-Suite executives, and international art-dealers, most of whom float through life knowing that their futures are secured, Raquel feels herself an outsider. Students of color, like Raquel, are the minority there, and the pressure to work twice as hard for the same opportunities is no secret.

But when Raquel becomes romantically involved with a well-connected older art student, she finds herself unexpectedly rising up the social ranks. As she attempts to straddle both worlds, she stumbles upon Anita’s story, raising questions about the dynamics of her own relationship, which eerily mirrors that of the forgotten artist.

Moving back and forth through time and told from the perspectives of both women, Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a propulsive, witty examination of power, love, and art, daring to ask who gets to be remembered and who is left behind in the rarefied world of the elite.

Ellipses by Vanessa Lawrence (March 5)

It’s been a while since I’ve read a story about the glossy world of New York City media—it will always remind me of The Devil Wears Prada. So definitely interested in Ellipses by Vanessa Lawrence, which follows a young woman caught in a toxic mentorship with an older, powerful executive. It focuses on career, belonging, and the complexity of modern relationships in the digital age.

Here’s the synopsis:

When cosmetics mogul Billie rolls down her town car window and offers Lily a ride home from a glitzy Manhattan gala, Lily figures this could be a useful professional connection. She’s heard of Billie’s storied rise as a business titan, the product of white New England privilege and one of the few queer women in a corner suite. Billie could be just the jolt Lily needs to manifest her next step.

A magazine writer, Lily interviews influencers, actresses, and fashion designers for her publication’s stylish pages, all while navigating office microaggressions. Stalled at work, she worries that her dream print career will soon succumb to the rise of social media. She is at a standstill, too, in her relationship with her girlfriend Alison. And Lily feels unable to voice her authenticity when others’ sliding perceptions of her identity repeatedly drown her out.

Charming and hyperconfident, Billie seems invested in mentoring Lily out of her slump, from the screen of her phone. But their text exchanges and Billie’s relentless worldview begin to consume Lily’s life. Eager to impress her powerful guide, Lily is perpetually suspended in an ellipsis, waiting for those three gray dots to bloom into a new message from Billie.

Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle (March 19)

Rebecca Serle is another one of my favorites. I enjoy all her books I’ve read by her: The Dinner Party, In Five Years and One Italian Summer. Each of those novels feature an element of magical realism that adds so much depth to the stories. So I’m very excited for her latest novel, Expiration Dates.

While all her stories have focused on love, the publisher says Expiration Dates is the one about romantic love (although I thought The Dinner Party was also about romantic love so maybe they forgot about that, haha).

Anyway, Expiration Dates is about a woman who knows how long each of her romantic relationships will last. And her latest one, seems to be the one—she struggles with balancing her feelings with already knowing their future. Her stories are so readable but also quite heartbreaking in many ways. So I’m sure this one will require tissues nearby.

Here’s the synopsis:

Daphne Bell believes the universe has a plan for her. Every time she meets a new manshe receives a slip of paper with his name and a number on it—the exact amount of time they will be together. The papers told her she’d spend three days with Martin in Paris; five weeks with Noah in San Francisco; and three months with Hugo, her ex-boyfriend turned best friend.

Daphne has been receiving the numbered papers for over twenty years, always wondering when there might be one without an expiration. Finally, the night of a blind date at her favorite Los Angeles restaurant, there’s only a name: Jake. 

But as Jake and Daphne’s story unfolds, Daphne finds herself doubting the paper’s prediction, and wrestling with what it means to be both committed and truthful. Because Daphne knows things Jake doesn’t, information that—if he found out—would break his heart. 

The Princess of Las Vegas by Chris Bohjalian (March 19)

Chris Bohjalian is the New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and The Lioness. In his latest story, The Princess of Las Vegas, a Princess Diana impersonator and her estranged sister find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of money and murder in this twisting tale of organized crime, cryptocurrency, and family secrets on the Las Vegas strip. This sounds quite interesting.

Here’s the synopsis:

Crissy Dowling has created a world that suits her perfectly. She passes her days by the pool in a private cabana, she splurges on ice cream but never gains an ounce, and each evening she transforms into a Princess, performing her musical cabaret inspired by the life of the late Diana Spencer.

Some might find her strange or even delusional, an American speaking with a British accent, hair feathered into a style thirty years old, living and working in a casino that has become a dated trash heap. On top of that, Crissy’s daily diet of Adderall and Valium leaves her more than a little tipsy, her Senator boyfriend has gone back to his wife, and her entire career rests on resembling a dead woman.

And yet, fans see her for the gifted chameleon she is, showering her with gifts, letters, and standing ovations night after night.

But when Crissy’s sister, Betsy, arrives in town with a new boyfriend and a teenage daughter, and when Richie Morley, the owner of the Buckingham Palace Casino, is savagely murdered, Crissy’s carefully constructed kingdom comes crashing down all around her.

The Truth about the Devlins by Lisa Scottoline (March 26)

Lisa Scottoline’s novel What Happened to the Bennetts is a super successful domestic thriller. So fans are eagerly anticipating her latest, The Truth about the Devlins. The novel follows a family and the lies that will tear everyone apart.

Here’s the synopsis:

TJ Devlin is the charming disappointment in the prominent Devlin family, all of whom are lawyers at their highly successful firm—except him. After a stint in prison and rehab for alcoholism, TJ can’t get hired anywhere except at the firm, in a make-work job with the title of investigator.

But one night, TJ’s world turns upside down after his older brother John confesses that he just murdered one of the clients, an accountant he’d confronted with proof of embezzlement. It seems impossible coming from John, the firstborn son and Most Valuable Devlin.

TJ plunges into the investigation, seizing the chance to prove his worth and save his brother. But in no time, TJ and John find themselves entangled in a lethal web of deception and murder. TJ will fight to save his family, but what he learns might break them first.

April

Table for Two by Amor Towles (April 2)

Amor Towles is the mega bestselling author of novels such as The Lincoln Highway, A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility. He’s back with a new book but this time it’s a collection of short stories set in New York City and a novella set in Hollywood. And the novella follows Evelyn Ross, the character from his novel Rules of Civility.

I think it’s interesting he decided to go the short story and novella route. But I have no doubt the stories will be compelling and richly drawn.

Here’s the synopsis:

The New York stories, most of which take place around the year 2000, consider the fateful consequences that can spring from brief encounters and the delicate mechanics of compromise that operate at the heart of modern marriages.

In Towles’s novel Rules of Civility, the indomitable Evelyn Ross leaves New York City in September 1938 with the intention of returning home to Indiana. But as her train pulls into Chicago, where her parents are waiting, she instead extends her ticket to Los Angeles. Told from seven points of view, “Eve in Hollywood” describes how Eve crafts a new future for herself—and others—in a noirish tale that takes us through the movie sets, bungalows, and dive bars of Los Angeles.

The Titanic Survivors Book Club by Timothy Schaffert (April 2)

There will always be a fascination about the sinking of the Titanic. But what’s interesting is author Timothy Schaffert in his latest novel doesn’t cover those onboard the ship but the few ticket holders who didn’t board the ship.

The Titanic Survivors Book Club follows the Titanic librarian who opens a bookshop in Paris where he meets a secret society of survivors. It’s a story about second chances and the power of books.

Here’s the synopsis:

For weeks after the sinking of the Titanic, Yorick spots his own name among the list of those lost at sea. As an apprentice librarian for the White Star Line, his job was to curate the ship’s second-class library. But the day the Titanic set sail, he was left stranded at the dock. 

After the ship’s sinking, Yorick takes this twist of fate as a sign to follow his lifelong dream of owning a bookshop in Paris. It’s at his shop that he receives an invitation to a secret society of survivors where he meets other ticket holders who didn’t board the ship. Haunted by their good fortune, they decide to form a book club, where they can grapple with their own anxieties through heated discussions of The Awakening or The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Of this ragtag group, Yorick finds himself particularly drawn to the glamorous Zinnia and the mysterious Haze, and a tangled triangle of love and friendship forms between them. Yet with the Great War on the horizon and the unexpected death of one of their own, the surviving book club members are left wondering what fate might have in store for them.

How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang (April 2)

Yulin Kuang is the adapting screenwriter of Emily Henry’s (who is also on this list) People We Meet on Vacation as well as the writer/director of the Beach Reach (also Emily Henry novel) film. How exciting! Her bio also says she was fired from a Hallmark movie for being “too hip for Hallmark.” Ok, all of that has got my attention for sure!

Her debut novel, How to End a Love Story, is about two people who experienced a tragic accident. Now 13 years have passed and the two are working together on TV show and they redevelop a strong connection. However, things are quite complicated, especially as new secrets come to light. I’m so curious about this one. Looking forward to it.

Here’s the synopsis:

Helen Zhang hasn’t seen Grant Shepard once in the thirteen years sincethe tragic accident that bound their lives together forever.

Now a bestselling author, Helen pours everything into her career. She’s even scored a coveted spot in the writers’ room of the TV adaptation of her popular young adult novels, and if she can hide her imposter syndrome and overcome her writer’s block, surely the rest of her life will fall into place too. LA is the fresh start she needs. After all, no one knows her there. Except…

Grant has done everything in his power to move on from the past, including building a life across the country. And while the panic attacks have never quite gone away, he’s well liked around town as a screenwriter. He knows he shouldn’t have taken the job on Helen’s show, but it will open doors to developing his own projects that he just can’t pass up.

Grant’s exactly as Helen remembers him—charming, funny, popular, and lovable in ways that she’s never been. And Helen’s exactly as Grant remembers too—brilliant, beautiful, closed off. But working together is messy, and electrifying, and Helen’s parents, who have never forgiven Grant, have no idea he’s in the picture at all.

When secrets come to light, they must reckon with the fact that theirs was never meant to be any kind of love story. And yet… the key to making peace with their past—and themselves—might just lie in holding on to each other in the present.

One of Us Knows by Alyssa Cole (April 16)

Bestselling author Alyssa Cole is back with a thriller about the new caretaker of a historic estate who finds herself trapped on an island with a murderer—and the ghosts of her past. This sounds like one of those stories you’ll want to read in one sitting!

Here’s the synopsis:

Years after a breakdown and a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder derailed her historical preservationist career, Kenetria Nash and her alters have been given a second chance they can’t refuse: a position as resident caretaker of a historic home. Having been dormant for years, Ken has no idea what led them to this isolated Hudson River island, but she’s determined not to ruin their opportunity.

Then a surprise visit from the home’s conservation trust just as a Nor’easter bears down on the island disrupts her newfound life, leaving Ken trapped with a group of possibly dangerous strangers—including the man who brought her life tumbling down years earlier. When he turns up dead, Ken is the prime suspect.

Caught in a web of secrets and in a race against time, Ken and her alters must band together to prove their innocence and discover the truth of Kavanaugh Island—and their own past—or they risk losing not only their future, but their life.

Funny Story by Emily Henry (April 23)

No list is complete with the latest Emily Henry story! I’m sure you’ve seen her work as her books are huge, blockbuster successes. I do really like her stories overall and I’m looking forward to Funny Story. It’s about opposites with only one thing in common and I’m sure it will be so delightful and entertaining.

Here’s the synopsis:

Daphne always loved the way her fiancé Peter told their story. How they met (on a blustery day), fell in love (over an errant hat), and moved back to his lakeside hometown to begin their life together. He really was good at telling it…right up until the moment he realized he was actually in love with his childhood best friend Petra.

Which is how Daphne begins her new story: Stranded in beautiful Waning Bay, Michigan, without friends or family but with a dream job as a children’s librarian (that barely pays the bills), and proposing to be roommates with the only person who could possibly understand her predicament: Petra’s ex, Miles Nowak.

 Scruffy and chaotic—with a penchant for taking solace in the sounds of heart break love ballads —Miles is exactly the opposite of practical, buttoned up Daphne, whose coworkers know so little about her they have a running bet that she’s either FBI or in witness protection. The roommates mainly avoid one another, until one day, while drowning their sorrows, they form a tenuous friendship and a plan. If said plan also involves posting deliberately misleading photos of their summer adventures together, well, who could blame them?

But it’s all just for show, of course, because there’s no way Daphne would actually start her new chapter by falling in love with her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex…right?

May

The Only Black Girl in the Room by Alex Travis(May 7)

The Only Black Girl in the Room by Alex Travis is said to be ideal for fans of Jasmine Grillory and Zakiya Dalila Harris, so right away that peaks my interest! The story follows a young Black journalist who is about to get her big break, but it comes with a catch—she has to write an in-depth profile on her ex. Here’s the full synopsis:

Genevieve Francis, a 25-year-old Black reporter, assumed she’d go into her fourth year at her newspaper job with a bigger story than the latest seasonal ice cream flavor. Instead, she’s relegated to doing copyedits and sensitivity reads on the articles her white colleagues write. So when Gen finally gets the opportunity to cover a prominent CEO’s gala, she leaps at the chance—this will be her biggest assignment to date. The only problem: The CEO is her ex, Jude, whose marriage proposal she publicly rejected four years prior.

Following their awkward run-in, Jude personally requests Gen to write the first-ever authorized profile of him. The potential for scandal, if anyone digs into their past, is high, but Gen decides to risk it—if she proves herself with this profile, it could jumpstart her dream of writing articles centered on Black voices. But between the racist backlash from her colleagues and her conflicting feelings toward her ex, Gen soon realizes she’s in way over her head. And it may be more than just her career on the line. 

Their Divine Fires by Wendy Chen (May 7)

Multi-generational stories are so impactful. These are the stories that resonate and stick with you. One to check out is Their Divine Fires by Wendy Chen, which follows three generations of Chinese women across one hundred years. Here’s the synopsis:

In 1917, at the dawn of the Chinese Revolution, Yunhong grows up in the southern China countryside and falls deeply in love with the son of a wealthy landlord despite her brother’s objections. On the night of her wedding, her brother destroys the marriage before it has even lasted a day and irrevocably changes the shape of Yunhong’s family to come; her daughter Yuexin will never know her father.

Haunted by a history that she will never fully understand, Yuexin passes those memories onto her daughters Hongxing and Yonghong, who come of age in the years following Mao’s death, battling the push and pull of political forces as they forge their own paths. Each generation guards its secrets, leaving Emily, great granddaughter of Yunhong and living in contemporary America, to piece together what actually happened between her mother, her sister, and the weight of their shared ancestry.   

Drawing on the lives of her great-grandmother and her great-uncles—both of whom fought on the side of the Communists—as well as her mother’s experiences during the Cultural Revolution, Wendy Chen infuses Their Divine Fires with a passion that will transport the reader back to powerful moments in history while bringing us close to the women who persisted despite the forces all around them. Both brilliant and haunting, it’s a story about what our ancestors will, and won’t, tell us.

June

All The Summers in Between by Brooke Lea Foster (June 4)

Fans of historical fiction should definitely check out All The Summers in Between by Brooke Lea Foster. The story is about two estranged friends whose unexpected reconnection in the Hamptons forces them to finally confront the terrible event that drove them apart. Here’s the synopsis:

When wealthy, impulsive summer girl Margot meets hardworking and steady local girl Thea in the summer of 1967, the unlikely pair become fast friends, working alongside one another in a record store and spending every spare moment together. But after an unspeakable incident on one devastating August night, they don’t see one another for ten years…until Margot suddenly reappears in Thea’s life, begging for help and harboring more than one dangerous secret. Thea can’t bring herself to refuse her beloved friend—but she also knows she can’t fully trust her either.

Unfulfilled as a housewife, Thea enjoys the dazzling sense of adventure Margot brings to her life, but will the truth of what happened to them that fateful summer ruin everything? Testing the boundaries of how far she’ll go for a friend, Thea is forced to reckon with her uncertain future while trying to decide if some friends are meant to remain in the past.

Set in the dual timelines of 1967 and 1977, All the Summers In Between is at once a mesmerizing portrait of a complex friendship, a delicious glimpse into a bygone Hamptons, and a powerful coming-of-age for two young women during a transformative era.

The Unwedding by Ally Condie (June 4)

Resort vacation thrillers are so entertaining and fast-paced—perfect for summer days! If that’s up your alley be sure to check out The Unwedding by Ally Condie. Here’s the synopsis:

Ellery Wainwright is alone at the edge of the world.

She and her husband, Luke, were supposed to spend their twentieth wedding anniversary together at the luxurious Resort at Broken Point in Big Sur, California. Where better to celebrate a marriage, a family, and a life together than at one of the most stunning places on earth?

But now she’s traveling solo.

To add insult to injury, there’s a wedding at Broken Point scheduled during her stay. Ellery remembers how it felt to be on the cusp of everything new and wonderful, with a loved and certain future glimmering just ahead. Now, she isn’t certain of anything except for her love for her kids and her growing realization that this place, though beautiful, is unsettling.

When Ellery discovers the body of the groom floating in the pool in the rain, she realizes that she is not the only one whose future is no longer guaranteed. Before the police can reach Broken Point, a mudslide takes out the road to the resort, leaving the guests trapped. When another guest dies, it’s clear something horrible is brewing.

Everyone at Broken Point has a secret. And everyone has a shadow. Including Ellery.

Same As It Ever Was by Claire Lombardo (June 18)

For those seeking a story about marriage and motherhood, be sure to check out Same As It Ever Was by Claire Lombardo. Her previous novel, The Most Fun We Ever Had, which has been optioned for television by Reese Witherspoon. So definitely curious about her latest novel! Here’s the synopsis:

Julia Ames, after a youth marked by upheaval and emotional turbulence, has found herself on the placid plateau of mid-life. But Julia has never navigated the world with the equanimity of her current privileged class. Having nearly derailed herself several times, making desperate bids for the kind of connection that always felt inaccessible to her, she finally feels, at age fifty seven, that she has a firm handle on things.

She’s unprepared, though, for what comes next: a surprise announcement from her straight-arrow son, an impending separation from her spikey teenaged daughter, and a seductive resurgence of the past, all of which threaten to draw her back into the patterns that had previously kept her on a razor’s edge.

Same As It Ever Was traverses the rocky terrain of real life, —exploring new avenues of maternal ambivalence, intergenerational friendship, and the happenstantial cause-and-effect that governs us all. Delving even deeper into the nature of relationships—how they grow, change, and sometimes end—Lombardo proves herself a true and definitive cartographer of the human heart and asserts herself among the finest novelists of her generation.

July

Maria by Michelle Moran (July 30)

Maria by Michelle Moran tells the story about the real-life Maria von Trapp, the woman glamorized in The Sound of Music, brings Maria to life as never before. I absolutely can’t wait for this one! Here’s the synopsis:

In the 1950s, Oscar Hammerstein is asked to write the lyrics to a musical based on the life of a woman named Maria von Trapp. He’s intrigued to learn that she was once a novice who hoped to live quietly as an Austrian nun before her abbey sent her away to teach a widowed baron’s sickly child. What should have been a ten-month assignment, however, unexpectedly turned into a marriage proposal. And when the family was forced to flee their home to escape the Nazis, it was Maria who instructed them on how to survive using nothing but the power of their voices.

It’s an inspirational story, to be sure, and as half of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein duo, Hammerstein knows it has big Broadway potential. Yet much of Maria’s life will have to be reinvented for the stage, and with the horrors of war still fresh in people’s minds, Hammerstein can’t let audiences see just how close the von Trapps came to losing their lives.

But when Maria sees the script that is supposedly based on her life, she becomes so incensed that she sets off to confront Hammerstein in person. Told that he’s busy, she is asked to express her concerns to his secretary, Fran, instead. The pair strike up an unlikely friendship as Maria tells Fran about her life, contradicting much of what will eventually appear in The Sound of Music.

Like Mother, Like Daughter by Kimberly McCreight (July 30)

If you’re looking for emotional suspense story, be sure to check out Like Mother, Like Daughter. In this story, the daughter goes on a mission to find her missing mother and finds out plenty of secrets along the way. Here’s the synopsis:

When Cleo, a student at NYU, arrives late for dinner at her childhood home in Brooklyn, she finds food burning in the oven and no sign of her mother, Kat. Then Cleo discovers her mom’s bloody shoe under the sofa. Something terrible has happened.

But what? The polar opposite of Cleo, whose “out of control” emotions and “unsafe” behavior have created a seemingly unbridgeable rift between mother and daughter, Kat is the essence of Park Slope perfection: a happily married, successful corporate lawyer. Or so Cleo thinks.

Kat has been lying. She’s not just a lawyer; she’s her firm’s fixer. She’s damn good at it, too. Growing up in a dangerous group home taught her how to think fast, stay calm under pressure, and recognize a real threat when she sees one. And in the days leading up her disappearance, Kat has become aware of multiple threats: demands for money from her unfaithful soon-to-be ex-husband; evidence that Cleo has slipped back into a relationship that’s far riskier than she understands; and menacing anonymous messages from her past—all of which she’s kept hidden from Cleo . . . 

The Wedding People by Alison Espach (July 30)

The Wedding People is about a wedding and one unexpected guest, and how chance encounters can change everything. Here’s the synopsis:

It’s a beautiful day in Newport, Rhode Island, when Phoebe Stone arrives at the grand Cornwall Inn wearing a green dress and gold heels, not a bag in sight, alone. She’s immediately mistaken by everyone in the lobby for one of the wedding people, but she’s actually the only guest at the Cornwall who isn’t here for the big event. Phoebe is here because she’s dreamed of coming for years—she hoped to shuck oysters and take sunset sails with her husband, only now she’s here without him, at rock bottom, and determined to have one last decadent splurge on herself. Meanwhile, the bride has accounted for every detail and every possible disaster the weekend might yield except for, well, Phoebe and Phoebe’s plan—which makes it that much more surprising when the two women can’t stop confiding in each other.

In turns absurdly funny and devastatingly tender, Alison Espach’s The Wedding People is ultimately an incredibly nuanced and resonant look at the winding paths we can take to places we never imagined—and the chance encounters it sometimes takes to reroute us.

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