Popular Authors With Stunning Comebacks In 2024

Let’s look at some of the authors coming out of their writing hibernations to release new stories next year.

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Book covers for "Heavenly Tyrant" by Xiran Jay Zhao, "Wandering Stars" by Tommy Orange, and "House of Flame and Shadow" by Sarah J. Maas.

2024 promises to be an exciting year for books, but all the new releases present a dilemma on where to start looking for books to add to your TBR. We at Bookstr understand the overwhelming challenge this poses and have chosen a place for you to start. 2024 marks the comeback of several popular authors, who are returning to the book game with highly-anticipated series installments and brand-new projects. Let’s look at some of the authors coming out of their writing hibernations to release new stories next year.

A Love Song For Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams

Book cover for "A Love Song For Ricki Wilde" by Tia Williams.

Three years after the release of her bestselling debut, Seven Days in June, Tia Williams returns with an epic love story starring the artistic daughter of an Atlanta dynasty. Ricki Wilde has never fit in with her socialite sisters and yearns to explore the world outside of their wealthy Atlanta life for something more. The opportunity comes when an older woman invites Ricki to rent the bottom floor of her Harlem brownstone. Ricki’s new neighborhood simmers with the music and magic of the Harlem Renaissance and may just be the catalyst to an unforgettable romance with a handsome, mysterious stranger.

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange

Book cover for "Wandering Stars" by Tommy Orange.

Orange unleashes another heartwrenching narrative as a follow-up to his award-winning debut, There, There. Wandering Stars follows three generations of a family as they deal with the aftermath of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The story begins in Colorado in 1864, when Star, a young survivor of the massacre, is forced to learn English and practice Christianity by evangelical prison guard Richard Henry Pratt. That same guard will go on to found the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, where Star’s son will envision a future with fellow student Opal Viola. The story shifts to Oakland, 2018, where Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield struggles to keep her family together after her nephew Orvil nearly loses his life in a school shooting. Both Opal and Orville are drifting from their family, searching for ways to heal from incomprehensible traumas.

Come and Get It by Kiley Reid

Book cover for "Come & Get It" by Kiley Reid.

The bestselling author of Such A Fun Age returns with a new and intense story about a residential assistant, her messy entanglement with a professor, and her tumultuous relationship with three reckless students. Senior resident assistant Millie Cousins has her eyes set on accomplishing three things: graduate, get a job, and buy a house. But achieving those things costs money, which Millie desperately needs. When visiting professor Agatha Paul offers Millie an easy but unconventional job opportunity, Millie jumps at it. But new friends, dorm pranks, and illicit intrigue may put Millie’s new hustle at risk.

Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez

Book cover for "Anita de Monte Laughs Last" by Xochitl Gonzalez.

The award-winning author of Olga Dies Dreaming delivers a mesmerizing novel that weaves through time and deals with art, power, and love. In 1985 rising star Anita de Monte is found dead in New York City. By 1998 Anita’s tragic death has been lost to time until third-year art history student Raquel uncovers her story for her thesis. Raquel feels like an outsider on College Hill, which is full of privileged students and lacking in students of color. But Raquel seems to gain a ticket into the social scene when she starts dating an older art student. As she attempts to manage her new social life with her identity as a minority student, Raquel finds eerie similarities between her life and the life of the late forgotten Anita de Monte.

The Life Impossible by Matt Haig

Book cover for "The Life Impossible" by Matt Haig.

The author of BookTok’s favorite, The Midnight Library, returns to fiction with a new novel about changing your outlook on life. Widow and retired teacher Grace Winters’ life seems to be shrinking. She avoids people and keeps to herself, content to watch her birds and do crossword puzzles. But when a long-lost friend dies under strange circumstances and leaves a house in Ibiza to Grace, changing Grace’s solitary lifestyle.

House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J Maas

Book cover for "House of Flame and Shadow" by Sarah J. Maas.

The third book in Maas’s Crescent City series sees Bryce and Hunt worlds apart as their own is on the brink of collapse. Bryce Quinlan longs for her life on Midgard, trapped in a strange world with no allies and no clue of how to get home to everything she knows and loves. Hunt Athalar finds himself once again trapped in the Asteri’s dungeons. Hunt has been stripped of his freedom and has no idea of Bryce’s fate. Although he’s desperate to help her, he must help himself first by escaping. Separated and desperate to get back to each other, Bryce and Hunt have to free themselves from their circumstances to save the future of their world.

Heavenly Tyrant by Xiran Jay Zhao

Book cover for "Heavenly Tyrant" by Xiran Jay Zhao.

Readers return to the intricate blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction in this sequel to Zhao’s bestselling debut Iron Widow. Zetian is in the seat of power in Huaxia, but the dangers she faces are not over. A new enemy that Zetian had never fathomed forces her into allegiance with a dangerous man she can’t depose. The two of them have drastically different ideas on how to fix Huaxia’s problems but are united by a common enemy that wants to control them both. Now Zetian strains to use her position of power to enact positive change while also dealing with political unrest and undermining forces without giving in to her darker instincts.

Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Book cover for Where Sleeping Girls Lie" by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.

After stunning readers and critics alike with her debut thriller Ace of Spades, Àbíké-Íyímídé delivers another twisted mystery set within a prestigious boarding school. Sadie Hussein’s start at a brand new boarding school is off to a terrible start when her roommate Elizabeth goes missing after Sadie’s first night. The rumor mill churns as people begin to think Sadie has something to do with it, drawing the attention of a trio known as “The Unholy Trinity” that takes Sadie under their wing. Sadie needs to focus on learning more about her new friends and catching up in class, but she seems to be the only one who wants to solve Elizabeth’s disappearance, besides Elizabeth’s best friend. As the two join forces to find her, their investigation takes a dark turn when another student is found dead.

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