Here are some upcoming highly-anticipated fiction releases for March. While you’re waiting for a copy, the Reader’s Advisory champion librarian Jenny has provided recommendations and readalikes below.
Fans of Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel Station Eleven eagerly await her new novel, The Glass Hotel, which also features a web of interconnected characters: this time, their connections have to do with an international financial scheme rather than a worldwide epidemic. Mandel has a genius for multiple perspectives and complex relationships, and her writing is lyrical and haunting.
See also: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
N.K. Jemisin won the Hugo award for each of the three books of her Broken Earth trilogy, and now she is launching a new trilogy with The City We Became, which imagines a living New York City, personified by a soul from each borough. These avatars are called to protect the city from an otherworldly dark force – but can they work together? Readers can count on fantastic world-building and a diverse cast.
See also: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
In Writers & Lovers by Lily King (author of Euphoria), 31-year-old Casey is barely holding it together after her mother’s sudden death. She waitresses at night so she can work on her novel in the mornings, and begins to fall in love with two men at once: an author/professor, and one of his students. Poignant and funny, this coming-of-age story set in late 1990s Cambridge follows Casey as she holds to her goal of living a creative life.
See also: The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer
The titular character in The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich is based on the author’s grandfather’s letters while he was the tribal chairman. Thomas travels from North Dakota to Washington, D.C., to protest the U.S. government’s plan to terminate the treaty rights of Native tribes in 1953. His story is interwoven with that of his niece, 19-year-old Patrice, who is on a parallel journey to Minneapolis to find her missing sister Vera.
At last, the long-awaited final book in Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy is here: The Mirror and the Light. The first two books in the trilogy (Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies) each won the Booker Prize; if you’re looking for top-notch, well-researched, in-depth historical fiction, Hilary Mantel is the best.
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