One-part Angel(Mar., $23.95) by George Shaffner. The sequel to In the Land of Second Chancesreturns to Ebb, Nebr. 25,000 first printing. 7-city author tour.
Saving the World (Apr., $24.95) by Julia Alvarez. A bestselling Latina novelist is obsessed with a 19th-century Spanish spinster. $250,000 ad/promo. 15-city author tour.
Water for Elephants (May, $23.95) by Sara Gruen is an epistolary love story in the alternating voices of a man and a woman. 7-city author tour.
ALLISON BUSBY (dist. by IPM)
A Shot Rolling Ship (Mar., $25.95) by David Donachie spins a yarn of high-seas adventure reminiscent of those by Patrick O'Brian.
When Charlotte Comes Home (May, $24.95) by Maureen Millea Smith. A Nebraska family faces upheaval in the late 1960s.
The Good Neighbor (June, $24.95) by Jay Quinn. The author of Back Where He Started depicts a suburban drama.
AMERICAN UNIV. IN CAIRO PRESS (dist. by IPM)
Absent (Mar., $22.95) by Betool Khedairi depicts Iraqi hardships following the first Gulf War.
Over the Bridge (Mar., $22.95) by Mohamed El-Bisatie critiques governmental ineptitude, injustice and corruption in Egypt.
Malinche(May, $22.95) by Laura Esquivel imagines a tragic love affair during the conquest of the Aztecs. 250,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Sweet Ruin (June, $24) by Cathi Hanauer. A 35-year-old woman recovers from grieving over the death of her infant son. 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Jackal (Aug., $25.95) by Ted Bell is the fourth thriller starring intelligence operative Alex Hawke. 200,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Magic Hour (Mar., $23.95) by Kristin Hannah. A woman rediscovers the true meaning of family and home. Ad/promo.
The Virgin of Small Plains (May, $23.95) by Nancy Pickard. A long-ago murder resurfaces in a Kansas town. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Men I Didn't Marry(June, $23.95) by Janice Kaplan and Lynn Schnurnberger. Dumped by her husband, Hallie finds that love the second time around is never dull. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Baby Brother's Blues (Apr., $23.95) by Pearl Cleage. Violence threatens women in Atlanta. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Kiowa Trail: The Louis L'Amour Legacy Editions (Apr., $12) by Louis L'Amour. A cowboy is ambushed for falling in love with the wrong girl. 60,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
The Husband (May, $27) by Dean Koontz. Mitch's wife is held for more ransom than he can possibly get his hands on. 525,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Sandcastles (June, $24) by Luanne Rice. A long-estranged couple meet again for the wedding of their daughter. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Candles Burning(June, $24.95) by Tabitha King and Michael McDowell is a Southern gothic tale of murder, innocence, corruption and survival.
Danse Macabre (July, $14.95) by Laurell K. Hamilton marks the return of Anita Blake, vampire hunter.
The Begotten (Aug., $12.95) by Lisa Tawn Bergren. An ancient prophecy rattles a church's foundation.
Undead and Unpopular (June, $22.95) by MaryJanice Davidson is the fifth entry in the sexy vampire series.
Every Eye (May, $23.95) by Isobel English. An English woman misunderstands her family's past in this rediscovered novel of the 1950s.
JPod(May, $24.95) by Douglas Coupland is a sequel to Microserfs. 200,000 first printing. 6-city author tour.
Carry Me Down (Mar., $23) by M.J. Hyland takes a sympathetic look at a sad boyhood in 1971 Ireland. 25,000 first printing.
The Adventures of Slim & Howdy (June, $21.95) by Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, with Stephen Bly, expands the cowboy alter egos of country music's Brooks and Dunn.
Secret Lives of Walter Mitty and of James Thurber(Apr., $14.95) by James Thurber, illustrations by Marc Simont, launches the WISP series, pairing noted children's book illustrators with short works of literature.
The Gentle Order of Boys and Girls (May, $24) by Dao Strom. Four tales of love and desire complicate life in a modern global village. Author tour.
The Minotaur (Mar., $25) by Barbara Vine. Conventions of the 19th-century novel spin a chilling story of cruelty and murder. Ad/promo.
Beautiful Lies (Apr., $24) by Lisa Unger. A young New York City woman's good deed brings about horrific consequences. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.
Call Me Henri (June, $17.95) by Lorraine López. A young Latino adult confronts poverty, gang violence and abuse by his stepfather.
When Somebody Loves You Back (Aug., $24) by Mary B. Morrison is the sixth novel in the Soul Mates Dissipate series.
The House (Mar., $27) by Danielle Steel. A young female lawyer sets out to restore a fabulous old mansion. 800,000 first printing. Ad/promo. BOMC, DBC, LG selection.
The Hard Way (May, $25) by Lee Child. Jack Reacher seeks to stop a ransom request gone wrong. 175,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Coming Out (June, $20) by Danielle Steel. A traditional debutante ball reveals a story of family and compassion. 800,000 first printing. Ad/promo. BOMC, DBC, LG selection.
Simply Love (Aug., $22) by Mary Balogh. A teacher at Miss Martin's School for Girls in Regency England faces a past tragedy. 80,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Intuition (Mar., $25) by Allegra Goodman. The stressful environment of a cancer research lab sets the scene for conflict. 60,000 first printing. Ad/promo. BOMC, QPB selection.
The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner (Apr., $24) by Andrea Smith portrays a close-knit African-American community in 1950s South Carolina. 20,000 first printing.
Apex Hides the Hurt (Mar., $23.95) by Colson Whitehead injects comedy into matters of identity, history and the adhesive bandage industry.
Moonlight Hotel (May, $24.95) by Scott Anderson captures the random horrors of war and the consequences of American power.
Shanks for Nothing (May, $24.95) by Rick Reilly. Raymond "Stick" Hart, hero of Missing Links, returns with a solution to his problems.
DOUBLEDAY/NAN A. TALESE
Daniel Isn't Talking(Apr., $23.95) by Marti Leimbach. Melanie's concerns for her autistic son threaten her marriage.
Madonna from Russia(Apr., $34.95) by Yuri Druzhnikov, trans. by Thomas Moore. Poems written by a Petrograd prostitute elevate her to the post of Russia's poet laureate.
Kill Me (Mar., $25.95) by Stephen White asks what it would be like if one could order one's own murder. Ad/promo.
Chasing Destiny (May, $24.95) by Eric Jerome Dickey. Beautiful motorcyclist Billie is betrayed by the married lover who got her pregnant. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Promise Me (May, $26.95) by Harlan Coben. Entertainment agent Myron Bolitar gets in trouble after driving a young girl home at her request. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Adverbs (May, $23.95) by Daniel Handler. The author, aka Lemony Snicket, takes an energetic look at love. 50,000 first printing.
Pound for Pound (Aug., $25.95) by F.X. Toole. The author of Rope Burns delineates grandfathers and grandsons. 40,000 first printing.
Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher (Vol. I);and Mr. Sampath—The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma (Vol. II)(Mar., $25 each) by R.K. Narayan are omnibus collections, each with a foreword by Alexander McCall Smith.
FARRAR, STRAUS GIROUX
Brookland (Mar., $25) by Emily Barton. In 18th-century Brooklyn, a determined woman envisions a bridge crossing the river to Manhattan.
FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY
In the Name of Friendship (May, $24.95) by Marilyn French pictures female lives 35 years after the women's movement began.
FLYING DOLPHIN PRESS
Love in the Present Tense (May, $22.95) by Catherine Ryan Hyde. A young mother leaves her asthmatic son with a 25-year-old guy—and never returns.
Aztec Rage (May, $27.95) by Gary Jennings et al. continues the tale begun in Aztec. Ad/promo.
The Return of the Player (Aug., $24) by Michael Tolkin. This sequel to The Player takes on the new Hollywood. 50,000 first printing.
L'America(Apr., $25) by Martha McPhee. September 11 is the catalyst for an epic story of two continents and two lifetimes. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Seeing (Apr., $25) by José Saramago. On election day, many ballots are ominously found to be blank. Ad/promo.
The Whistling Season (June, $25) by Ivan Doig takes place in a one-room schoolhouse in Montana. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Man from Stone Creek (June, $19.95) by Linda Lael Miller. An Arizona Ranger poses as a schoolmaster to tame the rough ranchers' children.
Outsider (July, $19.95) by Diana Palmer. A man larger than life dominates the south Texas landscape.
Dirty Blonde (Apr., $25.95) by Lisa Scottoline. Trouble assails a female judge when a high-profile defendant is killed. 300,000 first printing.
The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Apr., $26.95) by Michael Chabon is his first full-length novel since The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. 250,000 first printing.
Savannah Breeze (Apr., $24.95) by Mary Kay Andrews. In the sequel to Savannah Blues, a woman finds what's really important in life. 100,000 first printing.
Bed Rest (May, $23.95) by Sarah Bilston. A woman finds it's hard not to go bonkers when she's confined to bed for the final months of her pregnancy. 100,000 first printing.
HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
Almost Friends (June, $18.95) by Phillip Gulley polishes the homespun charm of smalltown Harmony, Ind. 40,000 first printing.
The Judas Field (Aug., $25) by Howard Bahr. A Civil War veteran revisits old battlefields to reckon with the past.
My Latest Grievance (Apr., $24) by Elinor Lipman. A wannabe former Rockette turns out to be the first wife of a young woman's father. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Everyman (May, $24) by Philip Roth. Illness befalls a successful commercial artist and ex-husband of three very different women. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Gatsby's Girl (May, $24) by Caroline Preston reimagines Ginevra King, F. Scott Fitzgerald's first love. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Snake Catcher (Mar., $24.95) by Naiyer Masud is the Urdu storyteller's second collection to appear in English.
The American (Mar., $24) by Andrew Britton. A deadly assassin plans the total destruction of the U.S.
Shiver (Apr., $19.95) by Lisa Jackson conjures up a serial killer in New Orleans.
Calder Storm(July, $24) by Janet Dailey represents the final volume in the Calder series.
Digging to America (May, $24.95) by Anne Tyler. An Iranian-born woman knows that in America she is an outsider. 300,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
The Abortionist's Daughter (June, $23.95) by Elisabeth Hyde. A young female doctor is murdered in a Colorado town. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Inside and Other Short Fiction—Japanese Women by Japanese Women (June, $22.95) by Amy Yamada et al. explores the universal issues of female identity.
LAST GASP PRESS
Labour (July, $24.95) by JT LeRoy is a novella, illus. by Cherry Hood, about a boy's life with his mother, her no-good boyfriend and their new baby.
Philosophy Made Simple(Mar., $23.95) by Robert Hellenga. A widower from Chicago buys an avocado grove in Texas as he searches for meaning. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Fortunate Son (Apr., $23.95) by Walter Mosley. Two boys, one privileged and one deprived, examine the true sense of fortune. Ad/promo.
The Girls(May, $23.95) by Lori Lansens. A pair of conjoined twins approach their 30th birthday. Ad/promo.
Lost and Found (June, $23.95) by Carolyn Parkhurst. Seven oddly matched couples star in a new reality show. Ad/promo.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIV. PRESS
Wide Awake in the Pelican State: Stories by Contemporary Louisiana Writers (Mar., $25.95), edited by Ann Brewster Dobie. Contributors include James Lee Burke and Richard Ford.
A Map of Glass (Mar., $25) by Jane Urquhart. A middle-aged woman and a young artist seek the history of a man found frozen to death. Author tour.
Visigoth(Apr., $14.95) by Gary Amdahl challenges the reader to consider the violence we all participate in. Author tour.
The Island (Mar., $21.95) by Heather Graham. After the disappearance of a retired couple on a cruise, human remains are discovered on a remote island.
Susannah's Garden (May, $23.95) by Debbie Macomber. At 50, a woman returns to her childhood home to care for her mother and relive the past.
The Debutante Divorcee (Apr., $23.95) by Plum Sykes is by the author of Bergdorf Blondes. 250,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 14-city author tour.
The Passion of Mary Magdalen (Apr., $29.95) by Elizabeth Cunningham. A Celtic Mary Magdalen recalls her life with Jesus. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Full of Grace (May, $24.95) by Dorothea Benton Frank centers on love and the miracles of life, Southern style. 200,000 first printing.
Dark Tort (May, $24.95) by Diane Mott Davidson. Caterer Goldy Schultz embarks on a new adventure. 250,000 first printing.
Day of the Dead (Mar., $26.95) by Marshall Brement. A retired U.S. ambassador writes about a turning point in the Vietnam War.
Last Evenings on Earth (May, $23.95) by Roberto Bolaño is the first story collection in English by the Chilean author.
Your Face Tomorrow: Volume Two—Dance and Dream (June, $24.95) by Javier Marías probes the world of undercover spies.
Chronicler of the Winds(Apr., $24.95) by Henning Mankell. A 10-year-old African street kid relates his story. 20,000 first printing.
NORTHWESTERN UNIV. PRESS
The Disappearance (July, $22.95) by Ilan Stavans collects short fiction by the Latino writer.
Poison (Apr., $25.95) by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer deals with marriage, deceit and envy. Author tour.
Ludmila's Broken English (May, $24.95) by DBC Pierre travels from terror-struck London to the war-torn Caucasus. Ad/promo. 11-city author tour.
Where the Woodbine Twines (June, $14.95) by Sherry Austin tells a haunting tale of terror, nostalgia and hope. Author tour.
The Whole World Over (June, $25.95) by Julia Glass views the accidents that determine choices in love and marriage. Ad/promo. 12-city author tour.
Memory's Keep (Mar., $22) by James Everett Kibler. A widower mentors his young neighbor in the ways of farming.
How to Cope with Suburban Stress (Aug., $28) by David Galef. With a troubled family life, a psychiatrist vows to become more sensitive.
Hey, Good Looking (Apr., $25) by Fern Michaels depicts families held together by strong women.
Captive of My Desires (June, $25) by Johanna Lindsey is the eighth novel in the Malory family series.
Dark Harbor (Apr., $25.95) by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington investigates a CIA officer's apparent suicide. Author tour.At Risk (May, $21.95) by Patricia Cornwell is a thriller with a twist. Ad/promo.
Dead Watch (May, $26.95) by John Sandford. Politics is the milieu for passion, ambition and murder. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Born in Death (July, $24.95) by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb. Lt. Eve Dallas faces new challenges.
Crisis (July, $25.95) by Robin Cook. A doctor becomes caught in a web of corruption.
The Messenger (Aug., $25.95) by Daniel Silva confronts Gabriel Allon with his greatest nemesis. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Abide with Me (Mar., $24.95) by Elizabeth Strout. Personal tragedy leads a New England minister to answer questions of faith. Ad/promo. 8-city author tour.
We Are All Welcome Here (Apr., $22.95) by Elizabeth Berg. A polio-stricken mother raises her daughter with humor and discipline. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Man of My Dreams (May, $22.95) by Curtis Sittenfeld. A young woman's fantasies collide with reality in the latest novel from the author of Prep. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Rise and Shine (June, $24.95) by Anna Quindlen. A TV journalist's on-air indiscretion is a serious career stumble. Ad/promo.
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven (June, $25.95) by Fannie Flagg. After falling from a fig tree, an 80-year-old woman has a near-death experience. Ad/promo.
The Night Watch (Mar., $24.95) by Sarah Waters portrays relationships in WWII-era London working backward in time from 1947. Author tour.
The Girl of Lost Things (June, $23.95) by Ann Brashares. The author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series offers her first novel for adults. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Seven Days to the Sea: An Epic Novel of the Exodus (Mar., $24.95) by Rebecca Kohn presents the women's perspective on the journey. 50,000 first printing.
False Impression (Mar., $27.95) by Jeffrey Archer. A young woman in search of justice is pursued around the world. Ad/promo.
Killer Instinct (Apr., $24.95) by Joseph Finder measures the heavy price of success. Ad/promo.
Make Him Look Good (Apr., $22.95) by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Six women have different relationships with a charismatic man. Ad/promo.
Twelve Sharp (June, $26.95) by Janet Evanovich. New adventures find Stephanie Plum. Ad/promo.
Baby Proof (June, $22.95) by Emily Giffin considers what comes after love and marriage. Ad/promo.
ST. MARTINS/THOMAS DUNNE
The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan(May, $23.95) by John Coyne recounts the legendary 1946 Chicago Open battle. 30,000 first printing.
Against a Crimson Sky (Aug., $24.95) by James Conroyd Martin divulges secrets and desires in 18th-century Poland. Author tour.
Alentejo Blue (Aug., $25) by Monica Ali. Linked stories, set in Portugal, from the author of Brick Lane.
SOFT SKULL PRESS
The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers (Apr., $16.95) by Delia Falconer. Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn through the eyes of the soldiers who did not go to his aid.
Living on Air (May, $22) by Anna Shapiro. A 1960s Long Island girl struggles to find a place amid social privilege.
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIV. PRESS
Fiddler's Dream (Apr., $22.50) by Gregory Spatz. Blessed with talent, a young musician yearns to join Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys.
TEN SPEED PRESS
A Grand Tour of Asia (June, $24.95) by Hania Tallmadge with Beverley Jackson reproduces over 150 photos taken in 1910 during a fictional four-month journey.
Black Elk in Paris (Mar., $19.95) by Kate Horsley pictures Native American visionary Black Elk in 19th-century France. 30,000 first printing.
Divine(Apr., $22.99) by Karen Kingsbury. A prostitute begins to understand God's plan for her life. 75,000 first printing.
UNIV. OF MASSACHUSETTS PRESS
Bring Everybody: Stories (Apr., $24.95) by Dwight Yates inaugurates the Juniper Prize for Fiction series.
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN PRESS
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (May, $24) by Judy Doenges. A girl fights to withstand the self-destruction of a family and a town.
UNIV. OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories (Mar., $19.95) by Rudolfo Anaya gathers 30 years of stories by the Chicano writer.
UNIV. OF VIRGINIA PRESS
Pontius Pilate(Mar., $22.95) by Roger Caillois, trans. by Charles Lam Markmann, reconstructs Pilate's state of mind in deciding to convict Jesus.
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN PRESS
Plum Wine (Mar., $26.95) by Angela Davis-Gardner. Love joins an American woman and a Japanese man during the Vietnam War.
Life Swap (June, $23.95) by Jane Green. Two wealthy, unsatisfied women on either side of the Atlantic trade lives for a month. Ad/promo.
Talk Talk (July, $25.95) by T.C. Boyle. A deaf woman is charged with assault, auto theft and passing bad checks. 7-city author tour.
Helen of Troy (Aug., $27.95) by Margaret George. The legendary beauty tells her own story. Ad/promo.
WALK WORTHY PRESS
Divas of Damascus Road (July, $22.95) by Michelle Stimpson. A family of Christian women turn their lives around. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
Cage of Stars (May, $24.95) by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Leaving her Mormon community, a woman means to avenge the murders of her two sisters. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Showdown(June, $24.95) by Tilly Bagshawe. The world's glamorous horse-racing capitals provide the setting for love and seduction. Ad/promo.
Happiness Sold Separately(Aug., $21.95) by Lolly Winston demonstrates what happens when we meet the wrong person at the wrong time. Ad/promo. Author tour.
A Day with a Perfect Stranger (July, $12.95) by David Gregory envisions a distressed young wife reconsidering her views on God, marriage and life.
House (Apr., $25.99) by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker gives new meaning to the phrase "haunted house."