New Book Releases: April 12, 2022

Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

Angela Lashbrook
4 min readApr 11, 2022

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UNLIKELY ANIMALS, Annie Hartnett. A charming, offbeat, and poignant novel — narrated by the dead residents of the town cemetery — about a young woman who returns home to care for her ailing father who is haunted by the ghost of one of the town’s bizarre historical founders. I loved this sweet and funny book, which is one of the best portraits of sickness and grief, and how humor and community can ease the pain of death, that I’ve read in years; it is a must-read for animal-lovers everywhere. “This is a big novel doing big things… the sort of book that will leave you feeling like Moses the dog, who leaps out of her car and looks around at a field he’d never been to before. ‘Another great place, Moses thought. Smells amazing,’” writes Josh English in The Rumpus. “This unapologetically genre-bending tribute to life, death and the beautiful weirdness found in both has potential to spark exceptional book club discussions,” writes Jaclyn Fulwood in Shelf Awareness. From the author of the acclaimed Rabbit Cake. Amazon, Bookshop, Libro.fm.

NOBODY BUT US, Laure Van Rensburg. A new couple with a large age difference take a getaway to a remote cabin, but a terrible storm and a creeping unease make the couple increasingly and dangerously suspicious of each other. “This deliciously creepy haunted house tale skillfully explores the psyches of two people who carry their own ghosts with them,” writes Publisher’s Weekly in a starred review. Amazon, Bookshop, Libro.fm.

A WOMAN OF ENDURANCE, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa. A young woman is kidnapped from her home in West Africa and brought to Puerto Rico, where she is forced to bear children on a sugarcane plantation. “The restoration of her Yoruba spirituality and her deepened friendships are both touching and emotionally palpable,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Amazon, Bookshop, Libro.fm.

INSOMNIA, Sarah Pinborough. A woman loses the ability to sleep as she approaches her 40th…

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Angela Lashbrook

I’m a columnist for OneZero, where I write about the intersection of health & tech. Also seen at Elemental, The Atlantic, VICE, and Vox. Brooklyn, NY.