New Releases

Most Buzzed About Debuts of 2022

As booksellers, we are always happy to welcome fresh new voices to the literary landscape and 2022 is already off to a stellar start. Familial dramas, modern retellings, cheeky mysteries, character-driven thrillers — the gang’s all here! If finding a new favorite author was at the top of your New Year’s resolutions, you’re in luck. Here’s our roundup of new must-read debuts.

Olga Dies Dreaming

Olga Dies Dreaming

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Olga Dies Dreaming

Xochitl Gonzalez

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Pulling from her own personal experience in the high-pressure venues of New York City, author Xochitl Gonzalez tackles elitism, racism, and the pitfalls of ambition with a startlingly personal brushstroke. Family drama, politics, long-buried secrets, and romance are all present and accounted for in this must-read debut that follows wedding planner Olga and her search for her own fairytale ending. Set in the months surrounding the most destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico’s history, Olga Dies Dreaming explores the reality (and the struggle) of the American dream.

Pulling from her own personal experience in the high-pressure venues of New York City, author Xochitl Gonzalez tackles elitism, racism, and the pitfalls of ambition with a startlingly personal brushstroke. Family drama, politics, long-buried secrets, and romance are all present and accounted for in this must-read debut that follows wedding planner Olga and her search for her own fairytale ending. Set in the months surrounding the most destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico’s history, Olga Dies Dreaming explores the reality (and the struggle) of the American dream.

The Latinist: A Novel

The Latinist: A Novel

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The Latinist: A Novel

Mark Prins

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A modern retelling of the immortal and dark Daphne and Apollo myth, The Latinist explores the pitfalls of extreme ambition, passionate desire, and dangerous obsession. With a moody backdrop of Oxford academia and a propulsive mystery threaded throughout, the story follows Tessa and the complicated relationship she has with her charismatic and enigmatic classics professor Chris … a relationship that builds to an explosive conclusion. A debut that reads as if it is from a well-seasoned author and an undeniably twisty way to start off your year’s reading list.

A modern retelling of the immortal and dark Daphne and Apollo myth, The Latinist explores the pitfalls of extreme ambition, passionate desire, and dangerous obsession. With a moody backdrop of Oxford academia and a propulsive mystery threaded throughout, the story follows Tessa and the complicated relationship she has with her charismatic and enigmatic classics professor Chris … a relationship that builds to an explosive conclusion. A debut that reads as if it is from a well-seasoned author and an undeniably twisty way to start off your year’s reading list.

The Maid

The Maid

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The Maid

Nita Prose

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A debut for the many fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineThe Curious Incident of the Dog in Nighttime and The Thursday Murder Club. Meet the unflappable Molly Gray. For every curveball thrown her way, maid Molly keeps the life rules of her dear departed grandmother at heart and uses them to help solve the untimely murder of a guest. The characters around the Regency Grand Hotel would push anyone to their limits, so her subsequent suspect list is endless. Imperturbable Molly will take you by the hand as you solve this fun, fast and endlessly sweet mystery together!

A debut for the many fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineThe Curious Incident of the Dog in Nighttime and The Thursday Murder Club. Meet the unflappable Molly Gray. For every curveball thrown her way, maid Molly keeps the life rules of her dear departed grandmother at heart and uses them to help solve the untimely murder of a guest. The characters around the Regency Grand Hotel would push anyone to their limits, so her subsequent suspect list is endless. Imperturbable Molly will take you by the hand as you solve this fun, fast and endlessly sweet mystery together!

Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Novel

Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Novel

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Novel

Sue Lynn Tan

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This captivating fantasy seamlessly weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals and magic. Inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e, this debut is the first in a romantic duology. With its lush world-building, strong female protagonist, and vivid characters, this tale of love, sacrifice, and honor is already topping all the fantasy must-read lists. “Daughter of the Moon Goddess … floats you into the Celestial Kingdom, introduces you to monsters both literal and figurative, and leaves you dreaming of dragons.” — Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

This captivating fantasy seamlessly weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals and magic. Inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e, this debut is the first in a romantic duology. With its lush world-building, strong female protagonist, and vivid characters, this tale of love, sacrifice, and honor is already topping all the fantasy must-read lists. “Daughter of the Moon Goddess … floats you into the Celestial Kingdom, introduces you to monsters both literal and figurative, and leaves you dreaming of dragons.” — Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

Wahala: A Novel

Wahala: A Novel

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Wahala: A Novel

Nikki May

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Trouble can take many forms, and in this case, trouble, or “wahala,” takes the form of a new, hideously wealthy friend Isobel who inserts herself into the lives of an inseparable London trio Ronke, Simi, and Boo. The fallout from the subsequent changes in each friend’s life is both endlessly entertaining and thoroughly thought-provoking. A character-driven thriller perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Wahala is taut with feeling and heartbreak. It is without a doubt an unputdownable, page-turning novel.

Trouble can take many forms, and in this case, trouble, or “wahala,” takes the form of a new, hideously wealthy friend Isobel who inserts herself into the lives of an inseparable London trio Ronke, Simi, and Boo. The fallout from the subsequent changes in each friend’s life is both endlessly entertaining and thoroughly thought-provoking. A character-driven thriller perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Wahala is taut with feeling and heartbreak. It is without a doubt an unputdownable, page-turning novel.

A Flicker in the Dark

A Flicker in the Dark

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A Flicker in the Dark

Stacy Willingham

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The past is never far behind in Stacy Willingham’s A Flicker in the Dark. Willingham delivers in keeping us riveted as one timeline intersects with another. At age twelve, Chloe Davis’s father confessed to the murder of six teenage girls in a small Louisiana town. Twenty years later, after grappling with the truth and moving on from the aftermath, Chloe is successful and finally on the brink of happiness, until a new murder brings that terrifying summer crashing back. This atmospheric phycological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.

The past is never far behind in Stacy Willingham’s A Flicker in the Dark. Willingham delivers in keeping us riveted as one timeline intersects with another. At age twelve, Chloe Davis’s father confessed to the murder of six teenage girls in a small Louisiana town. Twenty years later, after grappling with the truth and moving on from the aftermath, Chloe is successful and finally on the brink of happiness, until a new murder brings that terrifying summer crashing back. This atmospheric phycological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.

Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park

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Greenwich Park

Katherine Faulkner

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An intriguing debut about newly pregnant Helen, who is dealing with the arrival of the enigmatic, unpredictable stranger and fellow mom-to-be, Rachel. Helen’s idyllic life is thrown into chaos as buried secrets come to light and surface relationships begin to crack. With gothic imagery, a twists-and-turns plot, and a shockingly satisfying ending, Greenwich Park is a can’t-miss, riveting domestic thriller. “A gloriously tangled game of cat and mouse that kept the twists coming until the very last moment.” — Ruth Ware, author of One By One 

An intriguing debut about newly pregnant Helen, who is dealing with the arrival of the enigmatic, unpredictable stranger and fellow mom-to-be, Rachel. Helen’s idyllic life is thrown into chaos as buried secrets come to light and surface relationships begin to crack. With gothic imagery, a twists-and-turns plot, and a shockingly satisfying ending, Greenwich Park is a can’t-miss, riveting domestic thriller. “A gloriously tangled game of cat and mouse that kept the twists coming until the very last moment.” — Ruth Ware, author of One By One 

Vladimir: A Novel

Vladimir: A Novel

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Vladimir: A Novel

Julia May Jonas

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This sharp, provocative debut dives deep into issues of power, misogyny, and relationships of all types through the lens of a female English professor whose husband (also a professor) is on the precipice of professional doom. When our narrator becomes increasingly obsessed with a new, young colleague named Vladimir to escape from her current life, things start to get wild. As her perspective and actions transform into outright absurdity, you settle in for the satire and hold on tight! Perfect for anyone who loves a campus novel or who enjoyed “The Chair” with Sandra Oh.

This sharp, provocative debut dives deep into issues of power, misogyny, and relationships of all types through the lens of a female English professor whose husband (also a professor) is on the precipice of professional doom. When our narrator becomes increasingly obsessed with a new, young colleague named Vladimir to escape from her current life, things start to get wild. As her perspective and actions transform into outright absurdity, you settle in for the satire and hold on tight! Perfect for anyone who loves a campus novel or who enjoyed “The Chair” with Sandra Oh.

Other People's Clothes: A Novel

Other People's Clothes: A Novel

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Other People's Clothes: A Novel

Calla Henkel

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Two American ex-pats obsessed with the Amanda Knox trial find themselves at the nexus of murder and celebrity in glittering late-aughts Berlin. Henkel brilliantly stages a cat and mouse game between a novelist and two art students, one that explores the intensity of female friendships, millennial life, and identity. “Calla Henkel’s young and beautiful buccaneers of Berlin show us how to turn mere fantasies into rocket fuel, how to rearrange reality into a collage of depravity and dopamine hits … This book is fun with a capital F.” —Lauren Mechling, author of How Could She

Two American ex-pats obsessed with the Amanda Knox trial find themselves at the nexus of murder and celebrity in glittering late-aughts Berlin. Henkel brilliantly stages a cat and mouse game between a novelist and two art students, one that explores the intensity of female friendships, millennial life, and identity. “Calla Henkel’s young and beautiful buccaneers of Berlin show us how to turn mere fantasies into rocket fuel, how to rearrange reality into a collage of depravity and dopamine hits … This book is fun with a capital F.” —Lauren Mechling, author of How Could She

Black Cake

Black Cake

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Black Cake

Charmaine Wilkerson

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Two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother’s death and her hidden past — a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake. This family saga is full of secrets, betrayal, love, tradition, and in the end, acceptance. Told in dual timelines, we see the story of Eleanor Bennett unfold. This book will stay with you, as well as a craving for Caribbean black cake. A great read for fans of The Vanishing Half or Transcendent Kingdom.

Two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother’s death and her hidden past — a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake. This family saga is full of secrets, betrayal, love, tradition, and in the end, acceptance. Told in dual timelines, we see the story of Eleanor Bennett unfold. This book will stay with you, as well as a craving for Caribbean black cake. A great read for fans of The Vanishing Half or Transcendent Kingdom.

The Arc: A Novel

The Arc: A Novel

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The Arc: A Novel

Tory Henwood Hoen

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Do you believe in soulmates? The Arc, a secretive matchmaking service that uses a complex series of assessments to find your ideal mate, would like you to believe they have love down to a science. When Ursula is paired with Rafael, it feels like a sure bet, but the human heart is never predictable. This delightful page-turner about relationships, dating and what it means to be a modern woman is millennial fiction perfection! “Hoen has the rare combination of a satirist’s eye and a romantic’s soul … Clear off space on your shelf of contemporary favorites for this timeless love story wrapped in a timely, funny portrait of modern society.”— Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink

Do you believe in soulmates? The Arc, a secretive matchmaking service that uses a complex series of assessments to find your ideal mate, would like you to believe they have love down to a science. When Ursula is paired with Rafael, it feels like a sure bet, but the human heart is never predictable. This delightful page-turner about relationships, dating and what it means to be a modern woman is millennial fiction perfection! “Hoen has the rare combination of a satirist’s eye and a romantic’s soul … Clear off space on your shelf of contemporary favorites for this timeless love story wrapped in a timely, funny portrait of modern society.”— Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink