SHAYE AREHEART BOOKS
The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors (Apr., $24) by Michele Young-Stone. After Buckley R. Pitank's mother is killed by lightning, he searches the country seeking to understand its power. 40,000 first printing.
ATLANTIC MONTHLY PRESS
Matterhorn (Apr., $24.95) by Karl Marlantes. The comrades of Bravo Company, dropped into the jungles of Vietnam as boys, must fight their way to manhood.
Juliet (Aug., $25) by Anne Fortier uncovers the truth behind Romeo and Juliet through the eyes of the protagonist, who might be a descendant of Shakespeare's heroine.
Sweet By and By (Aug., $25) by Jenny Wingfield captures the theme of family devotion through the lens of 1950s smalltown Arkansas.
PAMELA DORMAN BOOKS
The Doctor and the Diva (July, $26.95) by Adrienne McDonnell pairs a Harvard-educated doctor with a beautiful opera singer who chooses her career over her husband. Author tour.
AMY EINHORN BOOKS
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott (Apr., $24.95) by Kelly O'Connor McNees. This blend of fact and fiction centers on the summer of 1855, when Alcott discovered love. 70,000 first printing.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
Ilustrado (May, $26) by Miguel Syjuco. The protagonist investigates his mentor's strange death and its connection to an unfinished manuscript.
Wanna Get Lucky? (May, $24.99) by Deborah Coonts. When a woman plunges to her death from a Las Vegas tour helicopter, it might not be suicide. 100,000 first printing. Author tour.
In the Shadow of the Cypress (Apr., $25) by Thomas Steinbeck investigates the discovery and subsequent disappearance of ancient jade artifacts on California's Monterey Peninsula in the early 1900s. 75,000 first printing.
The Living Dead: The Beginning (July, $25.99) by George A. Romero. An authority on modern-day zombies delivers a debut horror novel that traces their origins.
What We Are (Mar., $24) by Peter Nathaniel Malae follows Samoan-American Paul Tusifale as he strives to find his place in a culture that barely acknowledges his existence.
The Season of Second Chances (Apr., $25) by Diane Meier. A middle-aged woman embarks on a journey that shows her the importance of friendship and love. 75,000 first printing.
Anthill (Apr., $24.95) by E.O. Wilson. A modern-day Huck Finn's love of nature leads him to fight condo developers intent on destroying endangered land.
Evangeline (Mar., $25.95) by Ben Farmer follows a woman's quest across colonial America for her fiancé; inspired by Longfellow's eponymous poem.
Pretend All Your Life (Apr., $26) by Joseph Mackin. In the months following 9/11, a diverse group of strangers engage one another in unthinkable ways.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (Mar., $25) by Helen Simonson. A retired major transcends his preconceived notions after falling in love with a Pakistani shopkeeper.
Girl in Translation (May, $25.95) by Jean Kwok. An immigrant girl is forced to choose between two worlds and two futures. 100,000 first printing.
Galveston (June, $25) by Nic Pizzolatto. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him.
Rock Paper Tiger (June, $25) by Lisa Brackmann. Troubles ensue when Iraq war vet Ellie Cooper meets a mysterious Uighur in Beijing.
SPIEGEL & GRAU
Anthropology of an American Girl (May, $25) by Hilary Thayer Hamann witnesses a girl's coming-of-age in Manhattan and East Hampton in the late 1970s and early '80s.
Still Missing (July, $24.99) by Chevy Stevens focuses on a woman putting her life back together after being abducted and held captive for a year.
ST. MARTIN'S/THOMAS DUNNE
Fireworks over Toccoa (Apr., $22.99) by Jeffrey Stepakoff captures the surprise and passion of first love. 100,000 first printing.
UNIV. OF NEBRASKA PRESS
Dark Heart of the Night (Apr., $45) by Leonora Miano, trans. from the French by Tamsin Black, focuses on a heinous act that prompts questions of identity and responsibility.
Angelology (Mar., $26.95) by Danielle Trussoni. Sister Evangeline's discovery of a 1943 letter from Abigail Rockefeller plunges her into an ancient conflict. Author tour.
My Name Is Mary Sutter (May, $26.95) by Robin Oliveira. A determined midwife from Albany, N.Y., travels to Washington to tend the Civil War's wounded. Author tour.