If you’re a bibliophile anywhere in the world who is currently on lockdown, then chances are you are reading much more than usual during this time. If this is the case, you may well be looking for some new reading material, so we’ve been checking out all the upcoming new releases to bring you some recommendations!
Today we’re recommending ten new books, out this April, that we think are worth adding to your TBR or downloading to your Kindle right away.
Afterlife – Julia Alvarez
7th April, 2020
Afterlife is a compact, nimble, and sharply droll novel. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, it asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including—maybe especially—members of our human family? How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those glorious souls we have lost?
In the Clearing – J. P Pomare
10th April, 2020
Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.
Little Secrets – Jennifer Hiller
21st April, 2020
Marin used to have it all. Married to the love of her life, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family – until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken. If you need a twisty thriller to take your mind off current events, this is recommended for fans of Gillian Flynn!
The Book of Longings – Sue Monk Kidd
21st April, 2020
In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.
Conjure Women – Afia Atakora
21st April, 2020
Conjure Women is a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly to life. Spanning eras and generations, it tells of the lives of three unforgettable women: Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman; her precocious and observant daughter Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a midwife; and their master’s daughter Varina. The secrets and bonds among these women and their community come to a head at the beginning of a war and at the birth of an accursed child, who sets the townspeople alight with fear and a spreading superstition that threatens their newly won, tenuous freedom.
Meadowlark – Melanie Abrams
1st May, 2020
A haunting novel about the lasting effects of childhood trauma and the resulting choices we make for our children. Gripping and beautifully crafted, Meadowlark explores the power and danger of being extraordinary and what it means to see and be seen.
COVID19 is affecting some release dates and so these are subject to change. We hope you find some good suggestions there and we’ll be back with more recommendations lists soon. If you want to ensure you never miss any of these, subscribe now.