Discover the latest in compelling fiction with these new releases that promise to captivate readers. From enchanting tales of magical realism to poignant explorations of identity and familial bonds, this roundup showcases diverse narratives that resonate deeply. These new releases not only entertain but also provoke thought, inviting readers to immerse themselves in worlds where characters grapple with love, loss, and the profound search for meaning.

Jenny James Is Not a Disaster by Debbie Johnson

“Jenny James Is Not a Disaster” follows Jenny, a single mom whose life spirals into chaos when her job downsizes, her car breaks down, and her beloved coastal cottage falls off a cliff. With no job, no home, and haunting past memories, Jenny and her teenage son Charlie join their nomadic neighbor Luke and his dachshund Betty on a campervan road trip across England in hopes of repairing her sanity. This adventure helps Jenny reconnect with her son and confront her painful past where she learns to heal and hope for a better future. “Jenny James is Not a Disaster” is a heartwarming tale of resilience, healing, hope and self-discovery.

Harper Muse, $17.99, 384 pages 


The Modern Fairies by Clare Pollard

Far from the scheming of Louis XIV’s Versailles, a group of intellectual women gathers in a Parisian home to share fairy tales, led by Marie D’Aulnoy. Charles Perrault, recently expelled from court and grieving his wife, finds comfort in this literary circle. Marie, sharp-witted and enigmatic, hides dark secrets from her past. As a harsh winter descends and a series of poisonings at Versailles fuels paranoia, the salon becomes tense. A hidden threat among them aims to expose their secrets and unravel their lives. “Modern Fairies” is a brilliant novel of layered stories, ideal for fans of Jenny Offill, Deborah Levy, and Angela Carter. With its intricate plotting and richly drawn characters, this book captivates from the first page.

Avid Reader Press, $28.00, 272 pages


Big in Sweden by Sally Franson

An American woman, Paulie Johansson, joins a Swedish reality show to explore her heritage. Despite being content with her boyfriend Declan and best friend Jemma, Paulie impulsively auditions for Sverige och Mig, where Swedish-Americans compete for a chance to reunite with their Swedish relatives. Embracing her Swedish roots, Paulie reevaluates her ideas about family, friendship, and love, while also navigating her growing feelings for a charming Swedish cameraman. Filled with humor, warmth, and keen insight, Big in Sweden is a masterful exploration of self-discovery and cultural connection. A must-read for anyone looking for a delightful escape and a poignant reminder of the power of heritage and personal growth.

Crooked Lane Books, $29.99, 336 pages


My Mother Cursed My Name by Anamely Salgado Reyes

In this enchanting novel that blends magical realism and cultural fiction, three generations of strong Mexican American women grapple with grief, generational trauma, and the quest for a true sense of home. The story unfolds as ten-year-old Felicitas meets her estranged grandmother, Olvido, who is strict, cold, and deceased. Olvido believes her spirit can only find peace if buried in Mexico, decades after leaving. As secrets unravel, including Felicitas’ ability to see ghosts, the Olivares women must communicate, heal past wounds, and discover where they truly belong.

Atria Books, $28.99, 336 pages


Humor Me by Cat Shook

Presley Fry, a seasoned assistant at a late-night talk show, navigates life with a cynical edge. She adopts a pragmatic dating approach and leans on her outgoing roommate, Isabelle, for socializing. Despite her skepticism, Presley finds genuine joy in discovering new comedians and sharing their humor. Enter Susan Clark, her late mother’s friend and wife of the network boss. Susan mentors Presley through city life and tries to set her up with Lawrence, her friendly son—a departure from Presley’s usual type. Humor Me beautifully illustrates unexpected friendships and the healing power of laughter.

Celadon Books, $28.00, 320 pages



We Carry the Sea in Our Hands by Janie Kim

In this poetic debut, Abby Rodier, a Korean orphan raised in America’s foster care, shares a profound bond with her friend Iseul’s family. Abby’s research on sea slugs and bacteria sparks a quest to uncover her origins, driven by a transformative biological discovery. Meanwhile, Iseul’s commitment to her ailing brother entangles her in investigative journalism and underground medicine. When tragedy strikes, Abby faces a tumultuous journey of grief and self-discovery, supported by those closest to her. “We Carry the Sea in Our Hands” is a poignant exploration of family and identity, resonating deeply with fans of literary works like “The Last Story of Mina Lee” and “Goodbye, Vitamin.”

Alcove Press, $29.99, 336 pages