Coming soon: Fiction titles to place on hold now

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná

Craving something new? Put these soon-to-be-released titles at the top of your to-be-read list, and be one of the first to place a hold!

Fiction titles to put on hold now

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Why you should try it: If you love the family dynamics of The Fast and the Furious and the intricate heist logic of Ocean's 8, this is the book for you.

Description: A Chinese American art history major at Harvard, Will Chen is offered a (very illegal) chance to reclaim five priceless treasures China lost centuries ago and assembles a team of fellow students, chosen for their skills and loyalty, to help him on his mission—and make history.

Publication date: April 5

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Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Why you should try it: If you enjoy your historical fiction with a healthy dose of reality, strong characters, and a dash of folklore, you'll enjoy this story of the American West.

Description: A Chinese girl struggles to find her place in the 1880s American West after being kidnapped and smuggled, working at a calligraphy school and a San Francisco brothel as anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country.

Publication date: April 5

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Post-Traumatic by Chantal V. Johnson

Why you should try it: Is one defined by trauma, or can it be unpacked, processed, and moved through? This edgy, resonant novel seeks to find out.

Description: A dedicated lawyer who advocates for mentally ill patients and is contending with the memories and aftereffects of her own bad childhood, Vivian makes a bold move during a family reunion that leaves her alone in new and terrifying ways, causing her to unravel.

Publication date: April 5

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Happy for You by Claire Stanford

Why you should try it: If you've ever thought about the overwhelming influence of social media and technology on everyday life, this book might make you feel a way. Then again, you could read it for the millennial urge to make sense of life in the midst of [gestures to everything].

Description: Struggling with questions about her life and future, a young woman takes a job as a researcher at a popular internet company and struggles to find belonging as an Asian American in Silicon Valley’s norm-reinforcing algorithms and predominantly white culture.

Publication date: April 19

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Mother Country by Jacinda Townsend

Why you should try it: This heartbreaking novel of motherhood and the pain of separation is as moving as it is dark.

Description: A transnational feminist novel about human trafficking and motherhood from an award-winning author.

Publication date: May 3

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A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera

Why you should try it: Already being hailed as "a triumph" by romance authors, the casual and historically accurate cultural diversity of this novel, plus the smokin' hot couple at its center, makes it the perfect opening read for this summer.

Description: For Evan, every day with Luz Alana makes him yearn for more than her ardent kisses or the marriage of convenience that might save them both. But Luz Alana sailed for Paris prepared to build her business and her future; what she wasn’t prepared for was love finding her.

Publication date: May 31

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About Dontaná

Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.