What’s Done and Undone: Historical Fiction Previews: Apr. 2022, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

19th-century Puerto Rico, the 1918 Flu, Fascist Italy, and more.

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Barenbaum, Rachel. Atomic Anna. Grand Central. Apr. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9781538734865. $28. Downloadable. HISTORICAL

Bird, Sarah. Last Dance on the Starlight Pier. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781250265548. $28.99. CD. HISTORICAL

Dallas, Sandra. Little Souls. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250277886. $27.99. CD. HISTORICAL

Llanos-Figueroa, Dahlma. A Woman of Endurance. Amistad: HarperCollins. Apr. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780063062221. $26.99. CD. HISTORICAL

Scurati, Antonio. M.: Son of the Century. Harper. Apr. 2022. 784p. tr. from Italian by Anne Milano Appel. ISBN 9780062956118. $29.99. HISTORICAL

Trigiani, Adriana. The Good Left Undone. Dutton. Apr. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780593183328. $28. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. HISTORICAL

From Barenbaum, author of Barnes & Noble Discover pick A Bend in the Stars, Atomic Anna features a renowned nuclear scientist who is sleeping as Chernobyl melts down in 1986 and rips through time to meet her estranged daughter Molly in 1992, shot in the chest and begging her to go back and change the past (50,000-copy first printing). In Bird’s Last Dance on the Starlight Pier, Evie Grace Devlin tries to leave vaudeville behind to become a nurse in 1930s Galveston, TX, but encounters setbacks and instead gets caught up in the shady world of dance marathons; following the Dublin International Literary Award long-listed Above the East China Sea (75,000-copy first printing). In Spur Award–winning Dallas’s 1918 Denver–set Little Souls, sisters Helen and Lutie care for the daughter of a flu victim, and an abusive man’s murder is covered up by leaving his body on the streets with all the other corpses to be collected (30,000-copy first printing). PEN/Robert W. Bingham finalist Llanos-Figueroa explores 19th-century Puerto Rican plantation society through Pola, A Woman of Endurance, captured in Africa and brought to Puerto Rico to bear babies subsequently taken from her and enslaved (40,000-copy first printing). First in a tetralogy, Scurati’s internationally best-selling, Strega Award–winning M. —short for Mussolini—explores the rise of fascism in Italy (40,000-copy first printing). In The Good Left Undone, the New York Times best-selling Trigiana returns to Italy, where Matelda, the dying matriarch of a Tuscan artisan family, reveals her mother’s love of the Scottish sea captain that fathered Matelda during World War II.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @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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