April showers bring May flowers—and an amazing list of new releases to read.

We can’t wait to sit outside and enjoy a new novel in the warm weather. Maybe our new book will take us to the past, or we’ll discover a fresh start. May has a lot to offer in new book releases.

New Fiction Releases

This month, we travel to India, Southern America, Panem, and on the open road. Here are four new releases we want to dive into.

1. Glorious Boy—Aimee Liu

The book cover for Aimee Liu's new release, Glorious Boy
New release Glorious Boy by Aimee Liu
Photo courtesy of Red Hen Press

Glorious Boy is the story of Claire, Shep, and their son Ty, who is mute. They live on the Andaman Islands during World War II. After five years on the island, the coming Japanese invasion forces them to evacuate. Their biggest problem? They can’t take Nalia, a local girl who can communicate with Ty. The day of the evacuation, Nalia and Ty disappear. Shep forces Claire to leave and stays behind to look for Ty. Then Japan invades, cutting off any access Claire had to her family.
The new release Glorious Boy by Aimee Liu is out May 12th.

2. Pew—Catherine Lacey

Book cover of Catherine Lacey's new release, Pew
New release Pew by Catherine Lacey
Photo courtesy of MacMillan

Set in a Southern town, a parish finds a person sleeping on a pew in their church. The person has no gender or race and will not speak. The town nicknames them Pew. They move Pew between families in the town while preparing for the Forgiveness Festival. Many confess their fears and secrets to Pew, who just listens. Pew has flashbacks, giving clues for where they may have come from. Over the course of a week, the town’s kindness turns into distrust. At the Forgiveness Festival, everything comes to the surface—both Pew’s origins and truths about the town.
The new release Pew by Catherine Lacey is out May 12th.

3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes—Suzanne Collins

Book cover of Suzanne Collins' new release, The Balld of Songbirds and Snakes
New release The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Photo courtesy of Scholastic

This new release is a prequel to The Hunger Games series. It follows a young Coriolanus Snow as he gets ready to mentor at the tenth annual Hunger Games. He hopes for a tribute that will win so he can help his family’s reputation. Unfortunately, they assign him the female tribute from District 12, the least likely to win. Now, his tribute’s fate determines his future. It is life or death in the arena, and he must now choose the right path. Should he follow his need to follow the rules or his desire for survival?
The new release The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins is out May 19th.

4. All My Mother’s Lovers—Ilana Masad

Book cover of Ilana Masad's new release, All My Mother's Lovers
New release All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad
Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House

Maggie is a twenty-seven-year-old whose mother dies unexpectedly in a car accident. She comes home and finds letters her mother wrote to five men Maggie did not know. She finds that her mother had secrets that she never knew about. This takes Maggie on a road trip to find these men and what they meant to her mother. She questions what she thought was true about her parents’ perfect relationship. Along the way, she learns about both her mother and herself.
The new release All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad is out May 26th.