Pop Fiction | Prepub Alert, September 2024 Titles

Nicholas Sparks, Matt Haig, Marissa Stapley, and Jami Attenberg all return with deeply readable novels.








Attenberg, Jami. A Reason To See You Again. Ecco: HarperCollins. Sept. 2024. 240p. ISBN 9780063039841. $28. F

Best-selling Attenberg (All This Could Be Yours) pens a story of family, loss, inherited trauma, and love as she follows the fates of the Cohen women, who begin to crumble upon the death of patriarch Rudy. Sisters Shelly and Nancy follow very different paths, and heir mother flees as well, into a boozy life in Florida.

Cardinal, Ann Dávila. We Need No Wings. Sourcebooks Landmark. Sept. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781728258508. pap. $16.99. F

Following her well-received adult debut, The Storyteller’s Death, Cardinal pens a tale of magical realism. Teresa Sanchez feels lost after her retirement and the death of her husband. Then one day she levitates, inspiring her to travel to Spain to find out more about her 16th-century ancestor St. Teresa of Ávila, who was known to have visions and levitate.

Cronin, Marianne. Eddie Winston Is Looking for Love. Harper Perennial. Sept. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780063383517. pap. $18.99. F

Alex Award winner Cronin (The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot) returns with the story of 90-year-old Eddie Winston, who has never been kissed. He volunteers in a charity shop where he meets Bella, a 24-year-old who has lost the love of her life and decides to help Eddie finds love.

Hahn, Taylor. A Home for the Holidays. Knopf. Sept. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9780593470701. $28. F

In Hahn’s (The Lifestyle) second novel, Mel Hart is a wedding singer who loves Christmas. Two weeks before the holiday, Mel’s mother dies. Then a stranger shows up and invites Mel to her home for the holiday, offering to share the stories of who Mel’s mom really was.

Haig, Matt. The Life Impossible. Viking. Sept. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780593489277. $30. F

Best-selling Haig (The Midnight Library) sends retired math teacher Grace Winters to a Mediterranean island, where she has been left a run-down house by a long-lost friend. Game for adventure, she arrives without a plan. Adventure indeed awaits, but so do wonder, hope, mystery, and a new beginning.

Johnston, Anna. The Borrowed Life of Frederick Fife. Morrow. Sept. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780063397293. $30. F

Johnston’s feel-good debut begins with a case of mistaken identity. Eighty-two-year-old Frederick Fife is on the edge of despair, but everything changes when he takes the place of Bernard Greer, a missing resident of a nursing home. Now Frederick has food, a found family, and a chance to figure out how to return Bernard’s life to him better than he found it.

Layden, Emily. Once More from the Top. Mariner. Sept. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780063315099. $28. F

The author of All Girls follows her debut with a novel about musician Dylan Read, whose carefully constructed world gets even more attention when the body of her best friend from childhood, who disappeared one year before Dylan broke big, is found at the bottom of a lake.

Mellors, Coco. Blue Sisters. Ballantine. Sept. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593723760. $28.99. F

Following the debut Cleopatra and Frankenstein, Mellors offers the story of three very different sisters—a lawyer, a boxer, and a model—each with issues and all mourning the loss of their fourth sister as they meet in NYC to try to stop the sale of their family home.

Parman, Elizabeth Bass. The Empress of Cooke County. Harper Muse. Sept. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781400342594. pap. $18.99. F

Parman debuts with a 1960s-set mother-daughter story. Posey Jarvis is the self-appointed “empress” of her small Southern town. When she inherits a run-down mansion, she decides to fix it up and host her school reunion, with hopes of seeing her ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, her daughter, Callie Jane, accidentally becomes engaged and dreams of escaping to California.

Sparks, Nicholas. Counting Miracles. Random. Sept. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780593449592. $28.99. F

Best-selling Sparks sets his newest in Asheboro, NC. Army Ranger Tanner Hughes is in town looking for the father he never knew. He meets Dr. Kaitlyn Cooper and the two connect from the start. Meanwhile, on the edge of the state’s Uwharrie National Forest, 83-year-old Jasper spots a white deer and vows to protect it.

Stapley, Marissa. The Lightning Bottles. S. & Sr. Sept. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781668015247. pap. $19.99. F

Stapley, author of Reese’s Book Club pick Lucky, offers a rock and roll story. Jane, along with husband Elijah, was once part of the grunge duo the Lightning Bottles, but at the height of the band’s fame, Elijah disappeared. Jane moves to Germany where she meets a teenage girl who claims that Elijah is alive and leaving notes for Jane.

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