Pop Fiction | Prepub Alert, May 2024 Titles

Beach read season kicks off with new titles by Mary Kay Andrews and Kevin Kwan, while John Grisham and Alexander McCall Smith have series returns. 








Andrews, Mary Kay. Summers at the Saint. St. Martin’s. May 2024. 448p. ISBN 9781250278388. $29. F

Andrews kicks off beach-read season with a story set at the Saint, an esteemed beach resort where the wealthy play and make business deals. But disaster strikes when the resort manager goes missing after a wild staff party. As a search unfolds, other secrets are uncovered. With a 300K-copy first printing.

Birkelund, Elizabeth. A Northern Light in Provence. Ballantine. May 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593722213. $29. F

Birkelund (The Runaway Wife) returns with a story about translator Ilse, who leaves her isolated home on the coast of Greenland for a beautiful village in Provence, where she translates an elderly poet’s works. When the poet’s son visits, Ilse will have to decide on the life she wants.

Blackett, Laura & Eve Gleichman. Trust and Safety. Dutton. May 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780593473689. $28. F

This duo’s debut, The Very Nice Box, was well-received, and now they offer up a modern satire in which newly married couple Rosie and Jordan try to buy their way into a more authentic life by trading NYC for the Catskills. When they rent their Upstate outbuilding to a queer couple living the dream analog life, tensions rise.

Burges, Audrey. A House Like an Accordion. Ace: Berkley. May 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780593546499. pap. $18. F

The author of The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone offers another intriguing work of magical realism. Keryth Miller is overwhelmed and burnt out by her life as a wife and mother and sometimes feels like she’s fading away—then parts of her start actually disappearing. Now she’s on the search for her missing artist father, who is sketching her out of the picture.

Cain, Matt. Becoming Ted. John Scognamiglio Bks. May 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781496745941. $27. F

Briton Cain’s U.S. debut, The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle, was an Indie Next Pick and a LibraryReads selection. Here he offers another charmer that finds predictable 43-year-old Ted Ainsworth reimagining his life and taking new chances on friendship—and maybe even love—after his husband leaves him for another man.

Chang, Abraham. 888 Love and the Divine Burden of Numbers. Flatiron. May 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781250910783. $29.99. F

Poet Chang makes a big fiction debut with a 150K-copy first printing. When Young Wang meets and falls in love with Erena in 1995 at NYU, he remembers his uncle’s warning that everyone gets just seven great loves—but Erena is Young’s sixth great love. Is she really the one, or are they fated for failure?

July, Miranda. All Fours. Riverhead. May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780593190265. $29. F

Filmmaker and buzzy best-selling novelist July (The First Bad Man) returns with a book about a 45-year-old artist upending her life. She leaves her husband and child at home after making plans to drive across the country from Los Ange-les to New York, but then spontaneously exits the freeway and starts a new journey.

Kwan, Kevin. Lies and Weddings. Doubleday. May 2024. 448p. ISBN 9780385546294. $29. F

Kwan, author of the best seller Crazy Rich Asians, which was adapted into a hit movie, is back with a novel featuring Rufus Leung Gresham, the modern-day heir to an earldom. Finding the family trust fund depleted, Rufus’s mother plots to marry him off to a rich woman, but he’s secretly in love with the humble girl next door.

Landau, Alexis. The Mother of All Things. Pantheon. May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780593700792. $29. F

Landau (Those Who Are Saved) tells a contemporary story that weaves in fifth-century history. Professor Ava Zaretsky reencounters her college mentor while in Bulgaria for her husband’s film shoot and gets swept into a circle of women who reenact Greco-Roman rites of initiation for women, making Ava rethink her life.

Parsons, Kimberly King. We Were the Universe. Knopf. May 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780525521853. $28. F

Parsons, whose story collection Black Light was longlisted for the National Book Award, makes her highly anticipated novel debut. A trip with an old friend and a break from her daughter and husband has Kit missing her former wildness and independence, and especially her dead sister. Her reminiscing and fantasizing begin to blur reality.

Roberts, Nora. Mind Games. St. Martin’s. May 2024. 432p. ISBN 9781250289698. $30. F

Twelve-year-old Thea wakes from a premonition of her parents being murdered, soon proven true. Her vision helps send the killer to prison, but as an adult, she continues to be connected to the murderer as she sees into his twisted mind. He also has this gift of sight, however, and he wants vengeance. With a 1 million-copy first printing.

Rowley, Steven. The Guncle Abroad. Putnam. May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780593540459. $29. F

In this sequel to the best-selling, Thurber Prize–winning The Guncle, gay uncle Patrick O’Hara is back. This time he’s taking niece Maisie and nephew Grant under his wing as they travel to Italy for their father’s wedding, which they’re not thrilled about. The wedding also makes Patrick take stock of his own life at age 50.

Thayer, Nancy. The Summer We Started Over. Ballantine. Apr. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780593724002. $29. F

Thayer, known for her best-selling Nantucket-set novels, offers a heartwarming story timed to kick off the season of beach reads. This newest keeps to Thayer’s key themes, following a family as they reunite and confront the past, along with long-held secrets.

Ward, Amanda Eyre. Lovers and Liars. Ballantine. May 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593500293. $29. F

Ward, best-selling author of Reese’s Book Club pick The Jetsetters, again mines fraught family relationships when three sisters and their toxic mother reunite for a wedding weekend at an English castle estate. Secrets have separated them, but their reunion might just give them the courage to make new choices.

Forthcoming Series Titles

Grisham, John. Camino Ghosts. Doubleday. (Camino, Bk. 3). May 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780385545990. $29.95. F

McCall Smith, Alexander. The Stellar Debut of Galactica Macfee. Vintage. (44 Scotland Street, Bk. 17). May 2024. 272p. ISBN 9780593688298. pap. $17. F

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