Indie Next List - April 2024

James: A Novel
by Percival Everett (Doubleday)

Fiction


Expiration Dates: A Novel
by Rebecca Serle (Atria Books

Fiction


The Husbands: A Novel
by Holly Gramazio (Doubleday)

Fiction


A Short Walk Through a Wide World: A Novel
by Douglas Westerbeke (Simon & Schuster)

Fiction


Clear: A Novel
by Carys Davies (Scribner)

Fiction


Worry: A Novel
by Alexandra Tanner (Scribner)

Fiction


Rainbow Black: A Novel
by Maggie Thrash (Harper Perennial)

Fiction


Annie Bot: A Novel
by Sierra Greer (Mariner Books)

Fiction


The Emperor and the Endless Palace (Indies Introduce)
by Justinian Huang (Mira Books)

Fantasy


The Prospects: A Novel
by KT Hoffman (Dial Press)

Romance


Just for the Summer: Novel
by Abby Jimenez (Forever)

Romance


I Cheerfully Refuse: A Novel
by Leif Enger (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Fiction


The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality
by Amanda Montell (Atria)

Memoir


The Cemetery of Untold Stories: A Novel
by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin Books)

Fiction


Memory Piece: A Novel
by Lisa Ko (Riverhead Books)

Fiction


There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension
by Hanif Abdurraqib (Random House)

Social Science


Table for Two: Fictions
by Amor Towles (Viking)

Short Stories


Women! In! Peril! (Indies Introduce)
by Jessie Ren Marshall (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Short Stories


The Woods All Black
by Lee Mandelo (Tordotcom)

Fantasy


The Wives: A Memoir
by Simone Gorrindo (Gallery/Scout Press)

Memoir


Like Happiness: A Novel
by Ursula Villarreal-Moura (Celadon Books)

Fiction


Secrets of the Octopus
by Sy Montgomery (National Geographic)

Nature


The Tree Doctor: A Novel
by Marie Mutsuki Mockett (Graywolf Press)

Fiction


A Good Happy Girl: A Novel
by Marissa Higgins (Catapult)

Fiction


The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A Novel
by Shannon Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)

Fantasy


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The Lioness of Boston - Emily Franklin (David Godine)

A well-researched historical fiction novel about Isabella Stewart Gardner; the author does an outstanding job of delving into the psyche of this “out of the box” Boston collector who defies societal expectations and has a profound and lasting effect on early 20th century Boston.

Lynn

 

 


Adventures of Ellery Queen - Ellery Queen (Penzler)

This is a perfect introduction to the 1930s American puzzle mystery with 11 gems of ingenious plots, characters, and humor.  Spoiler alert: smoking, alcohol, sex (sort of) stereotypes.

Michael

 


Crying in H Mart - Michelle Zauner (Knopf)

Michelle Zauner is many things: a musician, a daughter, a Korean-American, and now a writer.  In this stunning memoir, she describes her complicated relationship with her Korean mother and its evolution following her mother’s diagnosis with a rare form of cancer.  With food and love at its core, this memoir is heartbreakingly relatable and certain to leave you desperate for a hug from your mother.

Paulameena

 


Divine Rivals - Rebecca Ross (Wednesday Books)

Iris is an aspiring newspaper columnist in the midst of a divine war of the gods. Writing letters to her brother on the family typewriter that she never sends, Iris unexpectedly starts receiving replies that unbeknownst to her are from her annoyingly handsome rival at the newspaper. Fun "romantasy" as the reader follows their relationship as it begins to bleed off the page and into the real world.

Paulameena

 


Doomsday Book - Connie Willis (Del Rey)

One of Willis' classic Oxford time-travel novels set in 14th century England; great!

Michael

 


I Have Some Questions for You - Rebecca Makkai (Penguin)

Lovers of true crime podcasts will not be able to put this book down. Bodie Kane is hired to teach a two-week course at the New Hampshire boarding school she graduated from and she is forced to reconsider the traumatic details of the murder of her former roommate.

Kristen

 


The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant - Elizabeth D. Samet (Liveright)

"Authoritative, thorough and compulsively readable" according to noted book critic, Michael Dirda. I agree;  mid-19th century American art, literature, politics, society and biography are all used to explain the background to Grant's wonderful narrative. As Dirda says, it is a book "to live in." Wonderful stuff.

Michael


Boomtown - A.F. Carter (Mysterious Press)

A wonderful small town detective story about a West Virginia town, Baxter, which encounters troubles with a lawless boomtown that rises nearby to provide entertainment of the employees of the struggling town's Nissan plant; a gritty rural noir with a great detective and great plot; nominated for a 2024 Edgar award.

Michael