From Sarah Addison Allen to Nicholas Sparks: Contemporary Fiction, Sept. 2022, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

In a contemporary setting, fate and fortune unleashed. 

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Allen, Sarah Addison. Other Birds. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250019868. $19.99. CD. CONTEMPORARY

Emmons, Cai. Unleashed. Dutton. Sept. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780593471449. $26. Downloadable. CONTEMPORARY

Finger, Bobby. The Old Place. Putnam. Sept. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593422342. $27. Downloadable. CONTEMPORARY

Huynh, Carolyn. The Fortunes of Jaded Women. Atria. Sept. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9781982188733. $27. CD/downloadable. CONTEMPORARY

Sparks, Nicholas. Dreamland. Random. Sept. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780593449554. $28.99. CD/downloadable. CONTEMPORARY

In Other Birds, next from the New York Times best-selling Allen, Zoey encounters a runaway girl, two grumpy middle-aged sisters, a famed writer, an isolated chef, and three ghosts when she returns to her recently deceased mother’s apartment in a horseshoe-shaped house on South Carolina’s Mallow Island, where tiny turquoise birds called Dellawisps flit (200,000-copy first printing). In Emmons’s Unleashed, deep cracks in Lu and George Barnes’s marriage become evident once only daughter Pippa goes to college, even as Pippa struggles to retain her budding sense of independence amid loneliness and the California wine country surrounding them all threatens to burn. Cohost of the popular podcast Who? Weekly, Finger sets his debut, The Old Place, in a small Texas town where a reluctantly retired schoolteacher Mary Alice finds her life—especially her friendship with close neighbor Ellie—suddenly in question when a long-buried secret is revealed. In debuter Huynh’s The Fortunes of Jaded Women, three estranged Vietnamese American sisters living in Orange County’s Little Saigon must find a way to lift a curse placed on their family long ago never to find love or happiness (100,000-copy first printing). Blockbuster author Sparks again takes readers to Dreamland in a book about pursuing one’s desires possibly at the cost of abandoning the past.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

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