Winter/Spring Consumer Previews

To help you stay on top of the lists of highly anticipated titles coming from various consumer media, (see links at right, under “Season Previews”), we’ve compiled a downloadable spreadsheet of all the titles to date, with alternative formats, for your use in checking orders and looking for galleys; Winter/Spring, 2014 — Previews

9781455578450  9781451685718   Hilary Clinton

By their nature, previews tend to be cautious, focusing on authors who are already well known, whether for previous surprise hits (Matthew Quick, Emma Donoghue, Maggie Shipstead, Peter Heller, Amy Chua), long track records (Stephen King, Laura Lippman, Ruth Reichl, Colson Whitehead) or for celebrity status (Rob Lowe’s Love Life and Robin Roberts’s Everybody’s Got Something rival Hillary Rodham Clinton’s untitled June release for attention).

You Should Have KnownAmong these lists of the predictable, it’s notable that Entertainment Weekly singles out one title as their lead, You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, (Hachette/Grand Central), calling it, “The thriller we’re already obsessed with.” The author’s 2009 novel Admission, about a Princeton admissions officer dealing overwrought parents trying to get their kids her school, was a critical success that was rendered unrecognizable as a rom-com movie starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.

This new title is described as a “potential blockbuster about a Manhattan therapist who discovers her husband of 20 years is a sociopath.” Remind you of anything (the accompanying interview makes the connection, asking the author, “Do you think your novel, like Gone Girl, is part of a fiction trend of not sensing the truth about those we’re closest to?”)

Prepub reviews don’t exactly paint it that way. Kirkus calls it a “smart, leisurely study of midlife angst,” while PW praises it as an “excellent literary mystery.”

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