Contemporary Fiction Previews, Nov. 2022, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Life and love in modern times. 

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Alexander, Claire. Meredith, Alone. Grand Central. Nov. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781538709948. $28. Downloadable. CONTEMPORARY

Content with working remotely, playing with rescue kitty Fred, cooking up her favorite recipes, inviting in best friend Sadie and her two children, and attending her online support group, Meredith Maggs hasn't left her house in 1,214 days. Deep trauma is keeping her indoors, but inevitably the world comes calling. A debut with a 50,000-copy first printing.

DeuxMoi. Anon Pls. Morrow. Nov. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780063257801. $27.99. CD. CONTEMPORARY

The anonymous DeuxMoi, who maintains one of the most heatedly active celebrity pop culture accounts on Instagram thanks to 1.3 million followers, joins forces with New York Times best-selling author Jessica Goodman to craft the tale of a burned-out fashion assistant who launches a hot gossip blog. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Shipman, Viola. A Wish for Winter. Graydon House: Harlequin. Nov. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781525804892. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9781525804847. $17.99. HOLIDAYS

In this follow-up to Shipman’s USA TODAY best-selling The Secret of Snow, a small-town Michigan bookseller happily agrees to meet the nice guy she’s been chatting with at the start of a 5k charity Santa Run in Chicago and is crushed when he doesn’t show, not realizing that he was hospitalized during the run. She doesn’t know his name (or exactly what he looks like–that Santa suit!), and her grandparents help by launching the viral Single Kringle social media posting to find him. With a 75,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing.

Steel, Danielle. The Whittiers. Delacorte. Nov. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9781984821836. $28.99. lrg. prnt. CONTEMPORARY

After their parents’ ski trip ends in tragedy, the six Whittier siblings gather at the family’s beautifully restored Manhattan mansion to find a way to go forward. The four eldest—Lyle, who faces marital problems; Wall Street–wedded Gloria; and twins Caroline and Charlie, struggling to maintain their fashion business—must decide how best to help special-needs Benjie and college-age Annabelle. The last of Steel’s seven 2022 hardcovers.

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle.

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