Most anticipated fiction of 2024

We’re gearing up for another year of fiction with so much to offer, from sweeping historical epics to ominous speculative visions that we kind of hope aren’t prophetic. Read on for the highlights.
Available 1/16/2024

The Curse of Pietro Houdini boasts a little bit of everything—a truly fascinating setting; rich, quirky characters; tragedy, suspense, warmth and humor. Derek B. Miller has shown the range of his talents in six previous novels, but this may be his masterpiece.

Available 1/23/2024

It’s a special gift when a favorite poet writes a novel. Martyr! is Kaveh Akbar’s fiction debut, after poetry collections Calling a Wolf a Wolf and Pilgrim Bell. It tells the story of Cyrus Shams, a young Iranian American poet recovering from addiction who, following the deaths of his parents, has become fixated on the idea of martyrdom.

Available 1/30/2024

Come and Get It is a return to the uncomfortable-yet-fascinating social commentary that made Kiley Reid’s debut, Such a Fun Age, so engrossing (and a bestseller, too!). When a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas begins paying a resident assistant to let her listen in on the conversations of a wealthy group of students, using their gossip as writing material, everyone ends up in murky moral territory.

Available 2/13/2024

The stunning, evocative cover of this historical novel is reason enough to add it to your TBR: a lone woman in red walks through winter wilderness, reflected in a frozen pond as a snow-white fox. Of course, readers of The Night Tiger would be eagerly awaiting Yangsze Choo’s next book even if the cover were a paper bag. This epic adventure set in Manchuria at the very end of the Qing Dynasty promises to bring together mystery and legend to vibrant effect.

Available 2/27/2024

This remarkable novel is both a prequel and a sequel to Tommy Orange’s Pulitzer Prize finalist, There There, picking up with his unforgettable characters Orvil Red Feather and Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield. Beginning in 1864 with the Sand Creek Massacre, Orange takes readers back in time to tell the stories of these characters’ ancestors, before sweeping forward to 2018 and the aftermath of the tragic shooting at the heart of There There.

Available 2/27/2024

Kirsten Bakis, author of Lives of the Monster Dogs, creates an atmosphere of gut-churning dread from the very first chapter of King Nyx. This is a scary good book.

Available 3/05/2024

Xochitl Gonzalez is back with a campus novel entwining the stories of two women: an artist, Anita de Monte, who died mysteriously in 1985, and an art history student, Raquel, who is determined to uncover what happened to Anita and bring new attention to her art. Like she did in her bestselling, award-winning debut, Olga Dies Dreaming, Gonzalez turns a sharp, thoughtful eye to the costs of success, this time in the elitist, and often racist and sexist, worlds of art and academia.

Available 3/05/2024

Cristina Henriquez’s polyvocal novel is a moving and powerful epic about the human cost of building the Panama Canal. It’s easy to imagine, in these snippets of lives, just how many more love stories, deaths, migrations, protests and other life-altering moments occurred during the canal’s construction.

Available 3/05/2024

If you’ve read Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s Booker Prize-winning Flights or The Books of Jacob in English, then you’ve also read the work of Jennifer Croft, her accomplished translator. The Extinction of Irena Rey is Croft’s first novel, and it has a delightfully clever metafictional premise: Irena Rey, an enigmatic and brilliant author, has vanished after bringing eight translators to her home in the heart of an ancient Polish forest, ostensibly to begin translating her latest masterwork. The scramble to solve the mystery of Irena’s disappearance is heightened by Croft’s conceit that The Extinction of Irena Rey was written and translated by two of the translator characters. As you follow them through the woods hunting for clues, you’ll wonder how this account could have been skewed or altered by its layers of linguistic permutations.

Available 3/12/2024

Colombian literary icon and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez died in 2014, after a long career of groundbreaking novels and short stories. Published for the first time this spring, his novella Until August follows a married woman who travels to a Caribbean island each August to spend one night with a new lover.

Available 3/19/2024

This is a literary retelling you need to read: Pulitzer Prize-finalist Percival Everett, author of Erasure and Dr. No, has reenvisioned Mark Twain’s classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from Jim’s point of view. Jim joins the Mississippi River rafting adventure to escape being sold by his enslaver, Miss Watson, and separated from his wife and daughter. In Everett’s assured hands, James draws razor sharp humor from Mark Twain’s familiar language, transforming each beat of the plot into a riveting new encounter.

Available 3/19/2024

Much of the plot of Téa Obreht’s extraordinary 2011 debut, The Tiger’s Wife, sprang from mythical stories surrounding main character Natalia’s grandfather. Like her historical second novel, Inland (one of our Best Books of 2019), The Morningside maintains a connection to magic and folklore, but this time Obreht steps into the near future, following a mother and daughter who have taken refuge in a dilapidated luxury apartment in an abandoned island city.

Available 3/19/2024

If you love Louise Kennedy (Trespasses, The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac), Anna Burns (Milkman) and Claire Keegan (Small Things Like These, So Late in the Day) as much as we do, you’ll want to check out Wild Houses. Debut novelist Colin Barrett is the author of two much lauded short story collections. He writes hilarious, piercing and inventive tales often set in fictional Irish towns like Ballina, where Wild Houses’ protagonist, quiet, exceedingly tall Dev Hendrick, is dragged into the kidnapping of a drug dealer’s teenage brother.

Available 4/02/2024

Minnesotan author Leif Enger’s novels (Peace Like a River, Virgil Wander) are spellbindingly strange and funny. In his new dystopian tale, musician Rainy and his bookseller wife, Lark, live happily on shore of a future Lake Superior, despite harsh conditions. When Lark dies tragically, Rainy flees the mysterious man who may have killed her by sailing out onto the lake, setting into motion a supernatural adventure.

Available 4/02/2024

As in her debut novel, West, Carys Davies writes exquisitely of the wilderness in Clear, telling the tale of two men who connect on a nearly uninhabited Scottish island during the Highland Clearances of the 1800s, when many rural Scots were forcibly evicted from their land.

Available 4/02/2024

The latest from beloved writer Julia Alvarez has a captivating premise: The Cemetery of Untold Stories is about author Alma Cruz, who inherits a plot of land in the Dominican Republic and decides to create a cemetery to bury her unfinished manuscripts. Cared for by the cemetery’s groundskeeper, Filomena, the characters from Alma’s drafts begin to speak from beyond their graves, seeking closure for their stories and inspiring both Alma and Filomena to reconnect with their family histories, including that of Alma’s father, who grew up during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.

Available 4/23/2024

A Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel A Thousand Acres, author Jane Smiley crafts literary delights, from her moving historical Last Hundred Years trilogy to her wonderful, animal-led adventure, Perestroika in Paris. Lucky features Jodie Rattler, a folk musician from St. Louis who, through some blend of fate, chance and hard work, becomes a national star.

Available 4/30/2024

Real Americans is the story of a 15-year-old boy, Nick Chen, who is searching for the truth about his biological father, and his mother, Lily Chen, who has secrets she isn’t telling him. Rachel Khong’s debut, Goodbye, Vitamin (winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction), was both moving and funny, written as a series of diary entries. We’re excited to see her tackle multiple perspectives in this family saga.

Available 5/07/2024

Known for her bestselling 2010 debut, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand—which is still a favorite with book clubs—Helen Simonson is back with a third novel. Set in rural England in 1919, The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club follows the women who kept things together while men were fighting in World War I, and who are now being encouraged to return to more traditional roles with very mixed results. Simonson brings a dry wit and bright intelligence to her novels, which often take on deeper topics with a deceptively light touch—think Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

Available 5/07/2024

Acclaimed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel Brooklyn enchanted readers with the story of a young Irish woman immigrating to New York alone, finding love and friendship but deeply missing her family. If you haven’t yet seen the film adaptation starring Saorise Ronan, now’s the time, because in May, Tóibín is continuing the story of Eilis Lacey. Now middle-aged, raising two teenage children with her husband Tony and his family, she hasn’t returned to Ireland in many years, but when a man approaches her claiming that his wife is pregnant with Tony’s baby, she may find a reason to make the journey home once more.

Available 5/14/2024

This Strange Eventful History relates the story of the Cassars, a family of French Algerian origin who were displaced after World War II and Algerian independence. Author of The Emperor’s Children, The Woman Upstairs and The Burning Girl, Claire Messud crafts complex characters and builds tension by exploring the intensity of their emotions. This family saga has the added intrigue of being inspired in part by a family memoir written by Messud’s grandfather.

Available 5/21/2024

Kevin Kwan pens delightful, bestselling tales of romance and intrigue among Asia’s ultrawealthy (Crazy Rich Asians, Sex and Vanity). His next, Lies and Weddings, sounds extra fun: To get his illustrious family out of debt, Rufus needs to find an astronomically rich woman to marry from among the guests at his sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Twists ensue, including secrets, murder, volcanic eruption and, most outrageous of all, love.

Available 6/04/2024

National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree and award-winning author of short story collection Night of the Living Rez, Morgan Talty has already made a big impact, and we’re very much looking forward to the release of his debut novel, Fire Exit. In it, a man named Charles Lamosway lives just outside Penobscot Reservation, and watches from across a river as his daughter grows up with another family, longing to tell her the truth about her parentage.

Available 6/04/2024

The author of instant classic The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, a Hamlet retelling featuring a family of dog breeders in northern Wisconsin, returns with a follow-up, also about the Sawtelle family. In Familiaris, it’s 1919 and John and Mary Sawtelle set off into the Wisconsin woods with their dogs, beginning a remarkable adventure.

Available 6/18/2024

John Vercher’s first novel, Three Fifths, a crime thriller about a young white-passing biracial man who gets implicated in a hate crime when his best friend returns from prison as a white supremacist, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. His new effort, Devil Is Fine, sounds similarly riveting and thorny: In the wake of his son’s death, a biracial Black father inherits land that was once a plantation.

Available 6/18/2024

It’s hard to think of another current author with Akwaeke Emezi’s genre-disrupting range. After following up their bestselling literary novel The Death of Vivek Oji with the gorgeous romance You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty, Emezi is pivoting again, this time in a darker direction. Following five friends over the course of one chaotic, devastating weekend, the thrilling Little Rot is sure to be a page turner, and we can’t wait.

Available 6/25/2024

Julia Phillips’ second novel follows two sisters on one of the San Juan islands who are struggling to support themselves by catering to wealthy vacation homeowners. Sam and Elena both believe the only way out is to leave the island, until one day, a bear shows up at their door and throws their plans into uncertainty. Based on the Grimm fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red,” Bear takes us to a wild, captivating place, just as Phillips did in her debut, Disappearing Earth, which was a National Book Award finalist.

Available 7/09/2024

Following his acerbic satire of modern office life, Black Buck, the widely acclaimed National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree is back with This Great Hemisphere, a speculative novel. In a far-off future world where some people are literally more visible than others, an invisible woman named Candace searches for her older brother, who is wanted for murder.

Available 7/16/2024

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Silver Nitrate was one of our Best Books of 2023, so we’re excited to see what she has in store with The Seventh Veil of Salome. Set in Hollywood during the 1950s, it focuses on the rivalry between two actresses over the role of princess Salome.

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