Cover Here are some of the most anticipated book releases in 2022 (Art: Chesca Gamboa/Tatler Hong Kong)

From Douglas Stuart’s second novel to debut releases by Jessamine Chan and more, here are the books coming out in 2022 that should be on your to-read list

Are you all geared up to welcome 2022? When you’re not busy preparing for your holiday festivities, it’s time to think about the things to look forward to in the coming year. Whether it’s your first overseas trip in two years, new movies, exciting events happening or new books to read.

A great book is definitely something that we can look forward to in 2022. To help you get started on your to-read list, we’ve rounded up some of the most anticipated book releases for next year. From crime, coming-of-age, epic love stories, follow up from award-winning authors to debut novels, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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1. The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

This explosive debut novel by Jessamine Chan explores the perils of “perfect” upper-middle-class parenting. The state has its eyes on Frida—a mother they believe only have one lapse of judgement.

They will determine if she’s a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion. In order not to lose her child, Friday needs to prove that she can set up to the standards of being a mother.

Release: January 4

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2. Olga Dies Dreaming by Xóchitl González

Olga Dies Dreaming is the debut novel by Xóchitl González about Olga, a status-driven wedding planner who’s trying to climb the social ladder. But the reality is that she has an absent mother who comes barreling back into her life following the devasting Hurricane Maria.

Release: January 4

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3. To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Author Hanya Yanagihara returns with To Paradise, a sweeping novel that spans three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment. In an alternative version of 1893 America, a young scion resists betrothal to a worthy suitor, instead drawn to the charm of a music teacher.

In 1993 Manhattan, a young Hawaiian man lives with his older and wealthier partner while hiding his troubled childhood. And in 2093, a powerful scientist’s damaged granddaughter is trying to solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearance while grappling with life without her grandfather.

Release: January 11

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4. How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

Ambiguous but also intimate, that’s Sequoia Nagamatsu’s new book, How High We Go in the Dark. It follows a cast of intricately linked characters spanning over hundreds of years as humanity struggles to rebuild itself in the aftermath of a climate plague.

Nagamatsu’s novel will take readers on a wild yet original journey going beyond continents, centuries and celestial bodies to tell a story about the resiliency of the human spirit.

Release: January 18

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5. The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka follows up her award-winning novel with The Swimmers, a novel that looks at what happens to a group of obsessed recreational swimmers when a crack appears at the bottom of their local pool. These swimmers don’t stick in their nose in each other’s business—they take solace in their morning or afternoon laps but all that changes when the crack appears.

One of the swimmers, Alice, is slowly losing her memory and the pool served as a final stand against her dementia. She is plunged into dislocation and chaos and eaten alive by the memories of her childhood and the Japanese internment camp she spent time in.

Release: February 22

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6. Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Best-selling author Victoria Schwab is bringing readers a dark and original tale about a place where the world meets its shadow. Gallant revolves around Olivia Prior who receives an invitation to “come home” to Gallant. But when she arrives, no one is expecting her.

Intrigued by the secrets that Gallant is hiding, she decides to stay. She discovers the secrets that have unravelled generations of her family and the madness that her mother describes in her journal might have been justified.

Release: March 1

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7. Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou

Disorientation follows 29-year-old PhD student, Ingrid Yang who’s desperate to finish her dissertation on the late canonical poet, Xiao-Wen Chou. But after four years of blood, sweat and tears, she has nothing but anxiety to show for her efforts.

That is until she stumbles upon and strange note in the Chou archives. But her exploits to unravel the note’s message lead to a much more complicated discovery that literally disorients her life.

Release: March 22

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8. Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

Award-winning author, Ocean Vuong releases his deeply intimate second poetry collection as he searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death.

He embodies the pain of sitting with grief while staying determined to overcome it. Vuong talks about his personal loss, the meaning of family and the cost of being the product of an American war in America.

Release: April 5

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9. Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Booker Prize-winning author, Douglas Stuart returns with a brilliant story of queer love and working-class families in Young Mungo. His second novel follows the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James who are born under different stars.

Mungo is a Protestant while James is a Catholic, in theory, the two should be enemies. Living in a hyper-masculine environment, the two go against all odds to become friends and eventually fall in love.

Release: April 14

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10. Concerning My Daughter by Kim Hye-jin

Kim Hye-jin’s Concerning My Daughter looks at the complexities of mother-daughter dynamics in the midst of systematic issues and obstacles that LGBTQ communities face.

The story starts with an ageing mother who allows her thirty-something daughter to move in her with. All the mother wants is for her daughter to have a steady income and a good husband with who she can start a family. Much to her dismay, the daughter brings home her girlfriend.

Release: April 14

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11. All the Lovers in the Night by Mieko Kawakami

After releasing Heaven last year, Japanese literary sensation Mieko Kawakami is back with a new novel, All the Lovers in the Night. It tells the story of Fujiko, who is shy, lonely and introverted. She lives alone and fills her days with her job as a freelance proofreader.

She’s about to turn 35 but has already accepted that she’ll be alone for the rest of her life. But a serependious encounter with Mr Mitsuka, a physics teacher brings new light into her life.

Release: May 12

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12. What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

T. Kingfisher’s What Moves the Dead is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Falling of the House of Usher.

It focuses on Alex Easton, a retired soldier who receives the news that their childhood friend, Madeline Usher is dying. Easton races to the ancestral home of the Ushers. But what they find there is a nightmare and Madeline is not the Madeline they know.

Release: July 12

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13. My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson

The coming-of-age novel, My Government Means to Kill Me is set in 1980s New York City following the personal and political awakening of a young, queer, Black man.

He leaves his family and his inheritance behind to meet with different people that change his life forever including civil rights leader, Bayard Rustin, gay rights activist Larry Kramer and civil rights leader, Dorothy Cotton.

Release: August 23

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14. Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore

Two-time National Book Award longlist contender Anna-Marie McLemore merges a tale of glamour and heartbreak in Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix. Taking place in 1922 in New York City, Nicolás “Nick” Caraveo is a 17-year-old transgender boy who has no interest in New York’s glitz and glamour.

But all seems to change when Nick meets Jay Gatsy who has a castle-like mansion and has an uncanny love affair for parties so extravagant. Nick is pulled deeper into this glittery world as he spends more time with Nick.

Release: September 6

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15. Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

Five Tuesdays in Winter is Lily King’s first collection of short stories—all of which are told in the intimate voices of unique and endearing characters of all ages. The stories explore desire, heartache, loss, discovery and the tug to pursue love at all costs.

There’s a bookseller who has an unspoken love for his employee, a neglected teenage boy who finds a much-needed nurturing for a pair of college students, a girl’s loss of innocence at the hands of her employer’s son and more.

Release: November 9

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