Cover These are the best new books to read this April 2022 (Art: Chesca Gamboa/Tatler Hong Kong)

Looking for new books to read in April? Here are nine books you should put on your reading list

Happy April! If you need a break from Netflix, it’s time to pick up a book. Lucky for you, many great titles are coming out this month.

Various award-winning authors are returning with a new book including Emily St. John Mandel, Ocean Vuong and Douglas Stewart. Meanwhile, new authors are also releasing their debut novels such as Melissa Chadburn and Reema Patel.

Read on to find out what books you should be putting on your reading list this month.

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1. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Award-winning author Emily St. John Mandel returns with a new novel this month. Sea of Tranquility is a story involving various characters across decades and through space. The speculative fiction work looks at the idea of parallel worlds and possibilities and the role that time plays in our lives.

Release: April 5

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2. Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Grace D. Li’s Portrait of a Thief is Ocean’s Eleven meets The Farewell. The heist novel is inspired by the true story of Chinese artworks vanishing from Western museums.

It centres around Will Chen, a senior at Harvard who plans to “steal back” artworks displayed in museums as spoils of war, conquest and colonialism. A mysterious benefactor approaches Will to lead a team of the heist. In return, they get 50 million dollars and a chance to make history.

Release: April 5

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3. Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

Time Is a Mother is Ocean Vuong’s highly anticipated second collection of poems. The award-winning director looks at the meaning of life following his mother’s death. He contends with loss, grief and the meaning of family.

Release: April 5

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4. Little Foxes Took Up Matches by Katya Kazbek

When Mitya was two years old, his life changed forever. He accidentally swallowed his grandmother’s sewing needle—to his family, this is the promise of certain death.

But for Mitya, the needle becomes a guide especially as he grows up and feels uncertain of his future and of his country. Mitya soon finds himself feeling a different kind of ambiguity: is he a boy as he’s always known or not a boy, as he feels?

Release: April 5

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5. Young Mungo by Douglas Stewart

Booker Prize-winning author Douglas Stuart returns with Young Mungo, a story of queer love and a working-class family.

This sophomore novel follows Mungo and James who should be sworn enemies but instead are best friends. Against all odds, they fall in love and start to dream of a place where they belong and could be free. Will that be possible for the star-crossed lovers?

Release: April 5

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6. True Biz by Sara Novic

True Biz takes place at a boarding school for deaf high school students. We follow them as they navigate love, friendship and battling a series of injustices.

Release: April 5

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7. A Tiny Upward Shove by Melissa Chadburn

A Tiny Upward Shove is inspired by Melissa Chadburn’s Filipino heritage and its folklore. The novel centres around Marina Salles who finds herself transformed into an aswang, a shape-shifting creature she’d heard from her grandmother’s stories.

Release: April 12

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8. Concerning My Daughter by Kim Hye-jin

Green, a woman in her thirties moves into her ageing mother’s apartment so that she can focus on having a steady income and eventually finds a good husband. But Green soon turns up with her girlfriend Lane in tow, much to her mother’s shock and dismay.

The novel looks at the complexity of mother-daughter dynamics in South Korea, in the midst of systemic issues and obstacles that LGBTQ communities face.

Release: April 14

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9. Such Big Dreams by Reema Patel

Reema Patel’s debut novel tells the story of Rakhi, a 23-year-old who’s haunted by the loss of her best friend 11 years ago. Rakhi moves to Mumbai hoping for a fresh start and works as an office assistant at Justice For All, a struggling human-rights law organisation.

All seems to go well until Rubina Mansoor, a has-been Bollywood star starts using Justice For All as her ticket back to the spotlight.

Release: April 26

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