Most Anticipated Books Hitting Shelves This Spring

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Spring means green grass, warm weather and, of course, the promise of summer — but it’s also bringing good news to those hoping to find a great book to read. As spring arrives, book lovers can expect to see a wide variety of literature. Ranging from fiction that dives into murder and smallpox, to travel books that take a closer look at Paris, these selections are expected to be the cream of the crop in the literary world.

Compiled from a list of titles released by Publisher Weekly, here’s a look at some of the most anticipated books expected to hit the shelves this spring.

Fiction

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue is expected to be released in April. It takes place in San Francisco in the summer of 1876, and the city is in the midst of dealing with a horrendous heat wave, the proliferation of baby farms, and a smallpox epidemic. The book is based on the circumstances surrounding the real-life murder of Jenny Bonnet and is told from the point of view of the character Blanche Beunon, who became friends with Bonnet and was with her the night she was killed. Frog Music has murder, period song lyrics ,and historic details that make it clear Donoghue’s done her research.

Debuting in June, The Quick by Lauren Owen takes place in London in 1892. The main character, James Norbury, an aspiring poet who’s quite shy, finds a place to stay with a charming aristocrat. “Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, he vanishes without a trace,” Publisher Weekly says.

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu delves into love, affairs, and a romantic relationship between an American woman and an African man in the 1970s. Expected to hit shelves in March, the story has two narrators — one who’s speaking from the past in Africa and one who’s in present-day America, and each have a relationship with a man named Isaac. The two take turns throughout the story describing their relationships with Isaac, which involve feelings of connection, disruption, engagement, abandonment, hope and delusion.

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