New Book Releases: May 3, 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

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WE DO WHAT WE DO IN THE DARK, Michelle Hart. A quietly stunning novel about a grieving college student who has a life-altering relationship with a married professor at her university. “The writing always crackles, written by someone who clearly knows what it’s like to desire another woman in ways you just barely understand,” writes Scaachi Koul in the New York Times. Amazon, Bookshop, Libro.fm.

DARLING GIRL, Liz Michalski. When her comatose daughter disappears, the granddaughter of Wendy Darling rushes to find her, believing Peter Pan — who’s more dangerous than anyone knows — is the one responsible for her disappearance. “In her by turns propulsive and enchanting new novel Darling Girl, Liz Michalski surprised me on nearly every page. This isn’t your mom’s Peter Pan. No, this is a much deeper and darker tale — but just as entertaining as the original,” writes Jerrod MacFarlane for Book of the Month. Amazon, Bookshop, Libro.fm.

BOOK OF NIGHT, Holly Black. A bartender trying to distance herself from a dark past working for dangerous shadow-manipulating magicians discovers she can’t run away from her mistakes as easily as she would like. “Dark, strange, thick with mystery and twists — Book of Night is everything delicious and frightening I’ve come to expect from Holly Black,” says Leigh Bardugo. I loved this book, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Amazon, Bookshop, Libro.fm.

PATIENCE IS A SUBTLE THIEF, Abi Ishola-Ayodeji. The eldest daughter of a chief in Nigeria embarks upon a risky plan to make money so she can afford to search for her mother, who was outcast by her father and uncle years ago. “A poignant, revealing, and rueful tale,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. Amazon, Bookshop, Libro.fm.

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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.