Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2022 Titles

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Fiction

  • Greenland, David Santos Donaldson
    Amistad, 9780063159556, June 7, 2022 (Fiction)

    “If you’ve ever been saved by a story or nudged back to life by a narrative, this book is for you! Beautifully written and discerningly plotted. Lovers of Baldwin (and everyone else, honestly) won’t be able to put it down.”

    - Max Ruthless, Foggy Pine Books, Boone, NC
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  • Nuclear Family, Joseph Han
    Counterpoint Press, 9781640094864, June 7, 2022 (Fiction)

    “Joseph Han crashes onto the literary scene with this wildly original magical realist/political satire/family comedy that piles together a stoner gal in Hawaiʻi, her straight-arrow brother, cranky deli-owner parents, and the spirit of their dead Korean grandfather on an afterlife mission of cultural healing. Smart, funny, sad, bawdy, sweet and sour; if this book were pizza it would be a hot, delicious ham and pineapple.”

    - Jonathan Hawpe, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY
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  • Last Summer on State Street, Toya Wolfe
    William Morrow, 9780063209749, June 14, 2022 (Fiction)

    Last Summer on State Street will knock your socks off. A coming-of-age story in which the setting is as much of a character as Fe Fe, our twelve year old protagonist. The reader will be with Fe Fe the summer of 1999 as she tries to manage life in building 4950 of Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes. This debut novel will stay with you long after you finish the last page. Well done, Toya Wolfe. Bravo.”

    - Anne Frey, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS
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  • Grown Ups, Marie Aubert, Rosie Hedger (Transl.)
    Pushkin Press, 9781782277088, June 21, 2022 (Fiction)

    “I didn’t expect to like this book, and then I read it all in one sitting. What a deliciously catty pearl of a read. The storyline is succinct and polished. You probably won’t like any of the characters, but that’s what makes following the interpersonal dumpster fire so much fun.”

    - Stacey Morin-Wilson, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
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  • The Final Strife, Saara El-Arifi
    Del Rey, 9780593356944, June 21, 2022 (Fiction)

    “Inspired by African folklore and Arabic mythology, magic and power are intertwined in a world of blood rituals, caste systems, revolution, and giant lizards. A promising kick-off to this epic fantasy trilogy. This should please fans of S.A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad Trilogy, P. Djèlí Clark’s Master of Djinn, or Sue Lynn Tan’s Daughter of the Moon Goddess.”

    - Jonathan Hawpe, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY
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  • Night of the Living Rez, Morgan Talty
    Tin House, 9781953534187, July 5, 2022 (Fiction)

    “SIn a collection of connected stories, we follow the experiences of a young man of the Penobscot nation. Talty’s writing about reservation life has a way of making experiences feel both universally human and also uniquely Native American. At times hilarious, and at other times heartrending, this book will immerse you in the way the best literature does.”

    - Destinee Hodge, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
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  • Calling for a Blanket Dance, Oscar Hokeah
    Algonquin Books, 9781643751474, July 26, 2022 (Fiction)

    “Far more than merely the story of family, this amazing novel uses words to evoke the power of being part of Tribe and the ‘medicine’ it can create. Hokeah writes from the depths of his peoples' history with a clear voice, imagining characters so beautifully formed that you may forget the book is fiction.”

    - Calvin Crosby, The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
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  • A Map for the Missing, Belinda Huijuan Tang
    Penguin Press, 9780593300664, August 9, 2022 (Fiction)

    “In Belinda Huijuan Tang’s novel A Map for the Missing, an urgent overseas phone call alerts university professor Tang Yitian that his estranged father is missing, forcing Yitian to return to his family’s rural village in China and confront the past he’s worked so hard to leave behind. A gripping debut from an author to watch!”

    - Jhoanna Belfer, Bel Canto Books, Long Beach, CA
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  • Leech, Hiron Ennes
    Tordotcom, 9781250811189, September 27, 2022 (Fiction)

    “I adored this. Leech is atmospheric and rife with troubled, sharply-realized characters. In particular, the narrator is one of the most fascinating voices I’ve ever come across. As deeply compelling as discomfiting — this debut is a must-read.”

    - Ellen McLaren, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA
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Non-Fiction

  • Voice of the Fish: A Lyric Essay, Lars Horn
    Graywolf Press, 9781644450895, June 7, 2022 (Non-Fiction)

    “An innovative blend of memoir, essay, and experimental prose. Interludes about fish and time and art interweave seamlessly with reflections on identity and personal histories. This book is brilliant. Horn is a force to be reckoned with.”

    - Ellen McLaren, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA
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Middle Grade

  • Star Knights, Kay Davault
    Random House Graphic, 9780593303658 / 9780593303641, July 5, 2022 (Middle Grade)

    “When Tad the frog finds a falling star, he wishes to become a Star Knight and help protect the other animals from the evil witch – but the stories he's been told his whole life may not be right. An absolutely charming woodland fantasy that will appeal to fans of Garlic & the VampireAster & the Accidental Magic, and the much beloved Steven Universe.”

    - Nicole Brinkley, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY
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  • Wildoak, C.C. Harrington
    Scholastic Press, 9781338803860, September 20, 2022 (Middle Grade)

    “Such a wonderful book of animals and the magic of nature. I was brought to tears too many times, remembering what it was like to struggle in a world that couldn’t listen. I loved this book and can’t wait for another generation of readers to fall in love with reading because of this magical story.”

    - Revati Kilaparti, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO
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  • Children of Stardust, Edudzi Adodo
    Norton Young Readers, 9781324030775, October 4, 2022 (Middle Grade)

    “A middle grade ZOOM of space adventure, with a funny Guardians of the Galaxy vibe. Zero’s action- packed quest to join the legendary Saba guild kept me reading at warp speed, and the unpredictable twists and turns of the story rocket the reader to the final chapter. Utterly original and fun!”

    - Cynthia Compton, 4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, IN
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  • The Search for Sasquatch (A Wild Thing Book), Laura Krantz
    Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419758188, October 11, 2022 (Middle Grade)

    "Presented with great illustrations, digestible science-based breakdowns, and — of course — spooky stories, this page-turner is bound to be a hit with any young nature lover, science fan, and adventurous reader you know. One small book for Bigfoot, one giant plea for being kind — to all of nature and its wonders.”

    - Ernio Hernandez, River Bend Bookshop, Glastonbury, CT
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  • Hazel Hill is Gonna Win This One, Maggie Horne
    Clarion, 9780358664703, October 18, 2022 (Middle Grade)

    “When quiet, snarky, academic Hazel is told all the secrets of the school’s golden boy, she figures out that he’s been harassing some of the girls at school — and she can’t let that stand. This middle grade novel about friendship, revenge, and standing up for the right thing is both funny and empowering. Great for fans of Kate Messner!”

    - Nicole Brinkley, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY
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Young Adult

  • This Place Is Still Beautiful, XiXi Tian
    Balzer + Bray, 9780063086029, June 7, 2022 (Young Adult)

    "After a hate crime is committed in their home, two very different Chinese-American sisters have to navigate how to deal with this incident without tearing their family apart. There is so much packed in this novel and I am in awe of its beauty."

    - Joseline Diaz, Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA
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  • TJ Powar Has Something to Prove, Jesmeen Kaur Deo
    Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780593403396, June 7, 2022 (Young Adult)

    “There was not a single page of TJ Powar Has Something to Prove that I didn’t love. This book is a deeply feminist deconstruction of beauty standards AND a swoon-worthy academic rivals-to-lovers romance. Who could ask for more?"

    - Kassie King, The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO
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  • Boys I Know, Anna Gracia
    Peachtree Teen, 9781682633717, July 5, 2022 (Young Adult)

    “There are many paths in life to take, whether it’s the boys you date or the college you choose — and everyone seems to have an opinion on what’s best for June Chu, but she has yet to decide what she thinks is best for herself. Boys I Know is Judy Blume’s Forever for the modern age."

    - Andrew King, Secret Garden Bookshop, Seattle, WA
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  • Henry Hamlet's Heart, Rhiannon Wilde
    Charlesbridge Teen, 9781623543693, October 18, 2022 (Young Adult)

    “This is the friends-to-lovers romance that my cold, cynical heart really needed. Henry and his first love feelings are a cuteness overload. Full of humor, sincerity, and excellent musical references, this is one of my new favorite coming-of-age stories.”

    - Melissa Taylor, E. Shaver, Bookseller, Savannah, GA
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  • We Deserve Monuments, Jas Hammonds
    Roaring Brook Press, 9781250816559, November 29, 2022 (Young Adult)

    "We Deserve Monuments is a phenomenal and emotionally captivating debut that weaves together small-town secrecy, intersectional identity, and America’s violent history into one stunning, poignant, and sure to be influential novel."

    - Andrew King, Secret Garden Bookshop, Seattle, WA
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