The 22 Most Anticipated Books of 2022
There’s no need to temper your expectations about 2022, at least in terms of reading selection. The year ahead promises new releases by big-name authors—Jennifer Egan, Elena Ferrante, Marlon James, Hanya Yanagihara—and debut novels by writers poised to become fan favorites, such as Jean Chen Ho and Xochitl Gonzalez. If you’re more of a memoir person, look forward to revealing and insightful reflections from Prince Harry, the late Paul Newman, Booker Prize Winner Bernardine Evaristo. These are the 22 most anticipated 2022 books.
Olga Dies Dreaming, Xochitl Gonzalez (Jan. 4)
Xochitl Gonzales delivers a healthy dose if tough love in her debut. Olga Dies Dreaming. The This novel explores the complex family dynamics between Olga and Prieto, who are twins taking New York City by storm. Prieto is a rising star in the local politics scene and Olga is a wedding planner to the city’s elite, but their lives are turned upside down once their mother Blanca, a radical activist for Puerto Rico’s independence who left them as children, returns to the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood where they grew up. With Blanca back in town, Olga and Prieto must revisit their family’s past in order to forge a new path for their future.
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Jane and Fiona, Jean Chen Ho (Jan. 4)
Jean Chen Ho’s debut novel is filled with the complex nature of female friendship. Jane and Fiona. This novel, which is about nearly two decades worth of close friendship between two Taiwanese American ladies, reads as a love letter to their intense relationship. Bonded by their shared experience of coming of age in Los Angeles in immigrant families, Fiona and Jane’s friendship is challenged over the years by distance, romantic relationships and betrayal. But throughout it all, they are constants in each other’s lives—reminders for one another of who they once were and all that they can be.
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To Paradise, Hanya Yanagihara (Jan. 11)
Hanya Yanagihara follows her celebrated 2015 novel, Little LifeWith To ParadiseThe deeply personal exploration of loss and love in. The novel tells three stories that are both heartbreaking and fantastical. It follows the story of several characters, who, though separated for centuries, discover connection in the common space of a New York City townhouse at the Washington Square Park edge. Yanagihara links their lives through the recurring themes that include illness and death as well as poverty and privilege. He also highlights their desire for utopia, their constant pursuit of it in an ever-changing country.
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Manifesto: The Message of Never Giving up Bernardine Evaristo (Jan. 18)
Bernardine Evaristo’s memoir is a stunning nonfiction debut. Manifesto: The Message of Never Giving upThe triumphant meditation of Evaristo on her experiences as both a Black woman, writer, and activist is titled “Evaristo: A Triumphant Meditation”. In taking stock of her experiences, Evaristo—who became the first Black woman to win the Booker prize with her 2019 novel Girls, Women, and Others—not only provides a compelling look at her life and career, but also provides valuable insights into the intersections of race, gender and identity in our world.
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South America: A Journey below the Mason-Dixon for Understanding the Soul and Identity of a Nation Imani Perry (Jan. 25, 2008)
Imani Perry is a Princeton University professor of African American Studies. She returned home to Alabama to question what we believe we know about South. This is an In South America to AmericaPerry proves that the American South is not a single archetype. She considers all aspects of American South life, from the immigrant communities she has encountered to slavery’s legacy to her family roots. Perry says that it is important to look beneath the Mason Dixon Line in order understand American identity.
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Moon Witch, Spider King Marlon James (Feb. 15)
Marlon James started his own business. Dark StarTrilogy in 2019 Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a National Book Award finalist that’s set to be adapted for film Michael B. Jordan. The much-awaited second installment is here. Moon Witch, Spider King, Sogolon the Moon Witch—who’s 177 years old—provides her own perspective on the events of the first book, retelling the adventure tale from a separate point of view. James has created another dark fantasy which blends mythology with history, in an epic setting.
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When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East, Quan Barry (Feb. 22)
Quan Barry’s most recent novel, The Sticks are our riding horses, centered on a field hockey team that dabbled in witchcraft—an imaginative story with few contemporary comparisons. When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East again demonstrates Barry’s flair for examining the metaphysical and transporting readers to far-away places. It’s about estranged twin brothers in Mongolia who set out on a journey to find the reincarnation of an important spiritual leader. While one of them is a Buddhist monk novice, the other has given up his religion and both their faith and relationship are tested along the way.
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The Pleasures and Benefits of Writing and Reading are in the Margins Elena Ferrante (March 15)
Although Elena Ferrante is yet to be identified, fans who are curious can get an honest look at her writing process through this video. At the MarginsA collection of sharp essays detailing her path to being the international bestselling author that she is, entitled “The Razor Sharp Essays”. On topics from her early love of reading and entry into writing to the trials and tribulations of handling language, the essays are a candid look into Ferrante’s development of not only her craft, but also her life-long passion For literature. Ferrante knows well the topic of the complex history of women writers. This is the piece that strikes the strongest.
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Ancestor Trouble: Reconciliation and Reckoning Maud Newton (March 29)
Maud Newton delves deep into her family’s unconventional—and at times, shocking—past in her debut book, Ancestor Trouble: Reckoning and Reconciliation Newton has long been fascinated by her family’s colorful, almost folkloric history; she had a grandfather who was shot by one of his 13 wives and a female ancestor She was accused in Puritanical New England of being a witch. But a closer look at her family tree prompted Newton to reckon with darker secrets, like her family’s role in slavery and native genocide. Newton explored her family history and genetics. She also considered epigenetics. Newton also discussed intergenerational traumas and genetics. It was interesting to consider all of the different ways that understanding our ancestors could help us see things from a different perspective.
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Trayvon Generation Elizabeth Alexander (April 5)
She will expand her business in 2020 New Yorker essay, author and poet Elizabeth Alexander, a Pulitzer finalist, examines the experiences of the generation of Black kids in America who were born after Trayvon Martin was killed—a generation that has grown up in the glare of racial trauma. With a mother’s eye, Alexander provides her perspective on this current moment in U.S. history, analyzing the past and looking forward to how we can work toward a more hopeful, safer future.
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TheCandy House Jennifer Egan, April 5)
A decade and more after being awarded the Pulitzer Prize Visit by the Goon SquadJennifer Egan has released the highly anticipated novel about its sibling, Candy HouseIt is followed closely by many others. Goon’s characters into their futures and pasts, transcends worlds and dimensions while examining what happens when our memories become available for others’ consumption. It’s a complex, compelling read that showcases Egan’s masterful storytelling.
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Sea of Tranquility Emily St. John Mandel (April 5)
The past year has seen readers from all around the world rediscovered this book. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel about a swine flu pandemic, the author herself passed the time writing her sixth book. Edwin St. Andrews crosses the Atlantic and finds himself exiled in Vancouver Island, 1912. There, the sounds of a violin from an aircraft terminal shock his system. Two centuries later, writer Olive Llewellyn, far from her home on one of the moon’s colonies, is traveling across earth on a book tour for her novel—which contains a striking passage about a man playing a violin on an airship terminal, surrounded by forest. The detective in North American wilderness brings them together. Sea of TranquilityParallel worlds are explored in this resonant story of art, time travel, and yes, even plague.
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Young Mungo, Douglas Stuart (April 5)
Douglas Stuart’s Booker Prize-winning Novel is being followed by him. Shuggie BainWith the revelatory Young MungoThe queer love story of Mungo and James, set in a Scottish working-class neighborhood. It is the story of Mungo, a young man from different religions who falls in love and has to hide it from their family members and communities. Their world is a strange one. Mungo is a strong-willed, hard-edged man, particularly since his brother leads a local gang. Parsing the complexities of love—between romantic partners, friends and especially family—Young MungoIt bears testimony to its defense against every threat.
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Time is a mother, Ocean Vuong (April 5)
Ocean Vuong, a 2019 MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, plumbs the depths of loss in his tender and heartbreaking second volume of poetry, Time is a mother. Written after the death of Vuong’s mother, this collection of poems thoughtfully considers grief, both as an emotion and a sacred act, revisiting the history he shared with his mother and the understanding of family they forged together. We return to the themes of his novel 2019. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Vuong, a true revelation, combines the personal with the political in a way that is both elegant and courageous.
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The Second Chance to Live, Left on Tenth Delia Ephron (April 12)
Best-selling author and best-selling novelist at 72 You’ve Got Mail Delia Ephron, screenwriter, had lost hope in a happy ending. She channelled her sorrow into New York after the tragic deaths of her brother and husband to cancer. Times op-ed. When it was published, she received an email from Peter, a man living in the Bay Area in California, who was also grieving the loss of his spouse—and had dated Ephron more than 50 years ago. Ephron gave in, both via email and when Peter visited her. Four months later, Ephron received a diagnosis of aggressive leukemia. This plunged their relationship into uncertain waters. Ephron’s memoir is a heart-wrenching tale of second chances at life and love.
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Either/Or, Elif Batuman (May 24)
In 2018, Elif Batuman’s witty campus novel, The IdiotIt was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize as a Finalist. The book introduced the reader to Selin. Selin was a Harvard Professor. For the first timeAs the Turkish immigrant daughter, she sets out on an intoxicating search for love. Batuman is back with the sequel. Either/Or, that picks up during Selin’s just-as-messy sophomore year. You can expect a master’s course in Snappy Social observation
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Rainbow Rainbow Lydia Conklin (May 31)
In this collection of stories, Lydia Conklin—whose work has appeared in such outlets as Tin HouseAnd The Paris Review—highlights queer, Gender-nonconforming or trans people are welcome. Most are seeking some sense of connection: there’s a young lesbian who tries to have a baby using an unscrupulous sperm donor, and a nonbinary person who tests an open relationship during the pandemic. Conklin depicts them all with compassion and warmth.
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Tracy Flick Can’t Win, Tom Perrotta (June 7)
His 1998 novel ElectionThis is a celebration of the original. Reese Witherspoon starred in this film. Tom Perrotta introduced Tracy Flick, high school student, to the readers. president. Perrotta, now an assistant principal at a high school, returns to Tracy nearly 25 years later. She is ready for promotion. Determined to show her worth, Tracy agrees to help choose students to induct into Green Meadow High School’s new Hall of Fame. Tracy’s male coworkers insist that Vito Falcone be honored, an ex-star-quarterback who had a unremarkable NFL record, and Tracy finds herself forced to take a trip down the memory lane. She must reexamine how sexism, male power, have impacted her life.
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The Crane Wife – A Memoir in Essays CJ Hauser (12 July)
Ten days after calling off her wedding, writer CJ Hauser traveled to Texas to research whooping cranes and realized that she almost committed to a life that wasn’t meant for her. This is the story about that encounter, published for the first time in The Paris Review In 2019, the book instantly became viral. Hauser’s first nonfiction book is now back in print. The Crane Wife Get 1The memoir includes 7 essays that weave together an essay about finding love and living outside the traditional lines.
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Jesus number two and the Mouthless GodJason Reynolds (TBA).
Jason Reynolds is a National Book Award Finalist. Reynolds also wrote books for children. Reynolds’ debut adult novel follows Mm. Mm was born with no mouth. Mm’s mother puts a smiley face on him every day as he grows up in a carnival city. But he has trouble telling his own story with no voice. Filled with magical realism and inspired by Reynolds’ own journey, Jesus number two and the Mouthless God This is about fighting for an audience and the power of storytelling.
The untitled memoir of Prince Harry (TBA).
Just over one year later, I stepped foot again. He has been removed from the role of a senior royal member. Prince Harry has announced that he will write a memoir about his life and to share the experiences with others. Few details about the book have been confirmed, but it’s already gaining buzz for its rumored criticisms of the royals. Described by Harry as “accurate and wholly truthful,” the firsthand account promises to cover everything from his childhood in the public eye to his experiences as a father, and is set to be released sometime late 2022.
Untitled Paul Newman memoir (TBA)
Paul Newman, the actor who died in 1980 after being disturbed by unauthorised biographies and public examinations about his life, began to record his oral history during the 1980s. His family decided that the recordings should be made into a memoir, 14 years after his passing. Compiled from transcripts found in the basement of his Connecticut home, the currently untitled memoir will include Newman’s reflections on his boyhood, his rise to Hollywood stardom and his thoughts on fame and love.