New in 2022: Pushkin’s must-reads
Posted 11th January 2022
Happy New Year! As we warm back up to real life, there’s one thing we’re most excited for: new books!
With such an amazing year last year – Waterstones Book of the Month, International Booker Prize Winner and TWO of Barack Obama’s faves? Yes! – but we think 2022 can be even better. There are some exhilarating new books coming to the Pushkin catalogue this year, so we thought we’d share with you some of our highlights from the first six months of 2022.
January to March
The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang
The Family Chao is a darkly comic literary mystery, focused around a Chinese-American family in the Midwest. Perfect for readers of Celeste Ng and C Pam Zhang, this remarkable family tale interrogates the idea of the American Dream, and the distrust, judgement and condemnation towards immigrants in small town America. (Feb 2022)
Land of Snow and Ashes by Petra Rautiainen (tr. David Hackston)
Set in Finnish Lapland in 1944, this stark tale is as beautiful as the snowy landscape it is set in. Following a young man sent to interpret at a Nazi prison camp, Land of Snow and Ashes brings to light a silenced history and system of ongoing oppression. (Feb 2022)
The Wonders by Elena Medel (tr. Lizzie Davis and Thomas Bunstead)
Richly invoked and utterly arresting, this novel follows a grandmother and granddaughter’s parallel lives as they both journey to Madrid in search of independence, decades apart. Both intimate and expansive, The Wonders is a timeless tale of class, feminism and the histories we try to build – and escape – as women. (Mar 2022)
April to June
Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor
Mystery surrounds Hotel Magnifique, a travelling hotel that appears in a new location every night. Jani and her sister Zosa know the magic inside is like no other, but when they get jobs working in the enchanted halls, they soon find out there is a darker magic afoot. For anyone who loved The Night Circus and Caraval. (May 2022)
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
One of our most anticipated reads of 2022 is The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw. It’s as irresistible as the peach cobbler within its pages! Full of secret longings, forbidden affairs and new discoveries, this is a seductive, raw and tender look at the desires and faith of Black women. (May 2022)
Fake by Ele Fountain
Our superstar of children’s books is back! Ele Fountain, author of Boy 87, Lost and Melt, triumphs again with Fake, a thrilling new adventure set in a future where antibiotics have failed, and technology reigns supreme. Two brave sisters are desperate to connect to the real world, but when Jess dives into classified territory, their reality begins to shift and the truth starts to come out. (May 2022)
London in Black by Jack Lutz
In a world devastated by chemical terrorism, DI Lucy Stone is called in to investigate the gruesome murder of a scientist who seems to be working on an antidote. But as she gets deeper and deeper into the case, Lucy begins to question whether the antidote is real, or whether it’s just her desperation… (Jun 2022)
How exciting does that look? And there’ll be plenty more to come in the second half of the year too! Check out these titles below, and be sure to preorder if you’d like to give ‘future you’ a little gift. And once more, Happy New Year!