Books to read in stores in early 2022

And now we can play soothsayer and take a peek into the future. Here are some of the headlines released in the first quarter of the New Year that we can’t wait to read:

“In paradise”, by Hanya Yanagihara. (Doubleday, January 11)

Her 2015 novel, “A Little Life,” won the Kirkus Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the International Dublin Literary Award. Her new novel spans three centuries, exploring family, love and loss.

“How far do we go in the dark?” “ by Sequoia Nagamatsu. (William Morrow, January 18.)

Nagamatsu started writing her first novel 10 years ago in an internet cafe in Tokyo, long before anyone had heard of COVID-19. It’s 2030 and an arctic researcher unwittingly releases a long-frozen virus that sends a plague into the world.

“How Far We Go in the Dark” by Sequoia Nagamatsu (Photo

“Defenestrate”, by Renee Branum. (Bloomsbury, January 25.)

Ever since an ancestor pushed a stonemason through a window in Prague, the family at the heart of this novel has been plagued by the myth that they are all doomed to die by falling.

“Men in my situation”, by Per Petterson, translated by Ingvild Burkey. (Graywolf Press, February 1.)

Arvid Jansen, a character in Petterson’s “In the Wake”, faces the death of his siblings as his marriage begins to fall apart. Based on tragic events in Petterson’s life.

‘Free love,’ by Tessa Hadley. (Harper, February 1.)

Set in the 1960s in the midst of the Sexual Revolution, Hadley’s latest novel centers on Phyllis, a 40-year-old housewife, who finds herself kissing a young man at a party. And everything comes undone. In a star-rated review, Publishers Weekly called the book “sumptuous and surprising”.

“Free Love” by Tessa Hadley (Photo

“The heart counterclockwise”, by Brian Farrey. (Algonquin Books for Young Readers, February 1.)

Prince Alfonso is hiding a big secret: he has a clock in his chest instead of a heart, and it has started to back away. A fascinating fairy tale from the author of “The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse”.

“Witch of the moon, king of the spiders”, by Marlon James. (Riverhead, February 15.)

Long-awaited, long-awaited, the second of Marlon James’ planned trilogy tells much of the story of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” (2019) from a different point of view – the witch’s point of view. the moon, 177 years old, Sogolon.

“Moon Witch Spider King”, by Marlon James. (Random Penguin House / TNS)

“The ogress and the orphans”, by Kelly Barnhill. (Algonquin, March 8.)

Barnhill, winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal for “The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” is back with another fable. When a child goes missing from the orphanage on the outskirts of town, the orphans spring into action to find the child and save their beloved, wrongly accused Ogress.

“French Braid”, by Anne Tyler. (Alfred A. Knopf, March 22.)

Another deep dive into the family, with wounds, loyalties, silences and a story as twisted as – well, like a French braid. Does anyone understand families better than Tyler?

“French Braid”, by Anne Tyler (

“The Candy House,” by Jennifer Egan. (Scribner, April 5.)

In 2020, a tech assistant is unveiling new technology that lets people download all the memories they’ve ever had. A haunting, avant-garde novel that is a worthy successor to Egan’s Pulitzer Prize winner “A Visit From the Goon Squad”.

Jennifer Egan’s “The Candy House” (Photo

– Tribune News Service

Colin L. Johnson