My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan
Maestra by L. S. Hilton
I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
The Girls by Emma Cline
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge
The Assistants by Camille Perri
Dancing With the Tiger by Lili Wright
Underground Airlines by Ben Winter
Losing It by Emma Rathbone
Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
Grady Hendrix has a penchant for the zany: His first novel, Horrorstor, about a team of employees at an Ikea-like superstore who team up to investigate a series of weird overnight happenings, is packaged as a glossy mail-order catalogue. He's at it again with this quippy second title, about a girl whose friend turns dour after a night of skinny-dipping gone terribly wrong. It's set in 1988 and will make you nostalgic for the world of Pretty in Pink. Available May 17.
This book follows two L.A. strangers who couldn't be more different — he, a boyishly charming movie director whose self-confidence maddeningly defies his actual achievements; she, a ruthless corporate lawyer singularly focused on making partner. They receive an anonymous proposal inviting them to go on a date one night per week for a year in exchange for a $1 million reward. Available now.
Maestra is the first in an erotic trilogy billed alternately as the heir to Fifty Shades of Grey and "the most shocking thriller of the year" (it quickly got snapped up for a film deal, so you're sure to hear more about it). We meet protagonist Judith Rashleigh as an assistant at an auction house supplementing her salary with a turn as a "hostess" ("girls who were not quite hookers but always needed a little help with the rent") at one of London's champagne bars. When she accepts the invitation of a wealthy client to accompany him to the French Riviera, a whirlwind thriller begins. Available now.
Terry McMillan was a chick-lit star of the '90s: a no. 1 New York Times best-selling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale (both adapted for the big screen). After 20ish years, she's back in the book world with I Almost Forgot About You, which follows established optometrist Georgia Young, who, having sent her daughters off to college, realizes she's lost sight of herself and undertakes a train trip to nowhere — and, maybe, finds love. McMillan's character has aged with her, but the novel flashes back to a younger Georgia as well. This is a book you can read and lend to your mother (and then your aunt, and also your sister…). Available June 7.
This is the sexy debut novel that everyone will be talking about this summer (it sold for a rumored $2 million advance when author Emma Cline was just 25). The book follows a fictional Evie through her teenage entanglement with the Manson family. Now deep into middle age, Evie looks back on herself as 14-year-old primed by the girlhood culture of the late '60s. ("I waited to be told what was good about me," Cline writes.) The novel has already drawn praise from the likes of Jennifer Egan and Lena Dunham. Available June 14.
Taking the train to her sister's farmhouse for dinner, Nora is unsettled to see reports on the news of a woman gone missing. Knowing it will upset her sister ("she'll think it's him"), she plans to say nothing — and then she arrives to find her sister has been slaughtered. Mistrustful of the police, Nora sets out to find the killer herself. Along the way, she uncovers a host of secrets about the sibling with whom she believed she was deeply intimate. Available June 14.
This coming-of-age story follows Tess, a 22-year-old transplant from small-town USA thrown headlong into the complicated world of haute New York dining. (She's drawn into a love triangle with two of her coworkers — an older, experienced woman and a bad-boy bartender.) Author Stephanie Danler has good source material for the trials of her waitress protagonist as well as her mouthwatering descriptions of cuisine — Danler was a server at Buvette, a French bistro in the West Village, when she mentioned to an editor dining there that she had written a book. Available May 24.
All the Missing Girls is the archetypal murder mystery, the kind it seems like everyone has been hungry for since Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins's Girl on a Train. Nic, our sympathetic but not-quite-reliable 29-year-old narrator, has been avoiding her family and her everyone-knows-everyone small town for 10 years, since shortly after the night her best friend disappeared when they were both teenagers. But when Nic finally returns under the guise of caring for her ailing father, who she suspects might know something about her friend's disappearance, another girl from town disappears. Available June 28.
Jane Steele has a few things in common with Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre: She's an orphan who suffers under the tyrannical rule of her aunt and cousin; she's shipped off to a ghastly boarding school; and she comes into the employ of a familiarly gruff and silent type, one Mr. Thornfield. But unlike the Jane Eyre, Jane Steele overcomes her obstacles with less ... humility. Jane Eyre's revenge is living well; Jane Steele's revenge is murder, and by the time she finds herself falling in love with Mr. Thornfield, she has to decide how much of her true self she can reveal. Available now.
The Freeman family are uprooted from their home in mostly black Dorchester to participate in a research experiment at the mostly-white Toneybee Institute, where, because the family speaks sign language, they will live with a chimpanzee and teach him to communicate accordingly. The isolation gets to them over time, and the Institute's idea of science — dubious from the start — becomes more and more suspect. Debut author Kaitlyn Greenidge weaves a constellation of perspectives with a light touch, establishing herself as a screamingly talented storyteller (and she's got the rave reviews to prove it). Available now.
Camille Perri's debut novel brings Bonnie and Clyde flair to the now-classic story of the put-upon Millennial with a starter salary. When an expense report accident allows Tina, a 30-year-old who has stayed just a little too long and complacently at her job as an assistant for the head of a media conglomerate, to pay off her entire college debt, she finds herself at the center of a grassroots, white-collar crime ring: office underlings skim a little off the top of their high-powered bosses' expenses to pay off their debts. Available now.
A meth addict's accidental discovery of a rare Aztec mask sets in motion a madcap chase through Mexico: Anna Ramsey, the daughter of a discredited art collector, is determined to get the mask for herself and restore her father's name — all while shaming her cheating ex-fiancé, the very important curator of a very important museum. Available July 12.
What would America look like now if we'd never fought the Civil War? This is the world of Underground Airlines, where everything is as it is today (There are smart phones!), but there's a section of the country called "The Hard Four," where slavery still exists. The story follows a black man called Victor, who maintains his freedom by working as a bounty hunter for the Federal government, as he trails a runaway named Jackdaw. Along the way, Victor uncovers some disturbing truths about the government. Available July 5.
The titular "it" is virginity — that of 26-year-old Julia Greenfield, to be exact. She's hilariously obsessed with it. To shake herself into a life more exciting than the one she's living, Julia quits her job and goes to spend the summer with her mysterious aunt in North Carolina, an aunt who she soon learns is secretly, at 58, also a virgin. Told in the first person, Julia's desperation is tragi-comic and completely endearing, ultimately relatable to anyone wondering how non-decisions can become so momentous. Available July 19.
If you watched Frances Ha and longed for the best friendships of your youth, this novel is for you: Two women who've been BFFs for 20 years find their lives diverging and their conversations becoming increasingly difficult (and easy to avoid) when Sarah (rich, WASP-y) asks Lauren (pretty, living the bohemian life in Brooklyn) to be the maid of honor at her wedding. Available June 7.