Nnedi Okorafor’s “Akata Woman” and other most anticipated books of January 2022
Kick off the new year with one of these page-turning reads.
2022 is finally here! Yes, somehow, time is still marching on. Thankfully, the new year is bringing a plethora of fantastic new books with it, which should help you start your year off on the right foot.
Among the books readers can look forward to in January 2022 are new titles from beloved authors Isabel Allende, Gish Jen, Seanan McGuire, and more, as well as plenty of reads from up-and-coming stars.
This month has something special for everyone, but genre fiction lovers will be particularly pleased. In addition to sequels from fan-favourite writers — including J. Elle’s Ashes of Gold, Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch, and Seanan McGuire’s Where the Drowned Girls Go — speculative fiction fans can look forward to some exciting debut novels.
The heroine of Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch and Akata Warrior returns this month in Akata Woman published by Underground Books.
Okorafor’s YA fantasy novel centres on Sunny, a Nigerian American girl who happens to be a Leopard Person — someone born with magical abilities. In her third adventure, 15-year-old Sunny and her friends must track down a legendary scroll that her ancestors stole from the Great Spider Artist, Udide… or face grim consequences.
Also of particular note: The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman, an Indian-inspired epic fantasy about four estranged siblings searching for the same magical artifact; Daughter of the MoonGoddess by Sue Lynn Tan, a story about a young woman’s fantastical quest to save her mother, inspired by the Chinese legend of Chang’e; and The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder, a “Sleeping Beauty” retelling about a cynical treasure hunter, a rough-around-the-edges warrior, and the cursed prince waiting for true love’s kiss.
Of course, no one should sleep on the fantastic literary fiction coming out in January, either. A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara returns to stores this month with To Paradise: a sweeping, speculative novel about American life across three centuries. There’s also Gish Jen’s new story collection, Thank You, Mr. Nixon, which examines the nature of U.S.-China relations from the mid-20th century to the present.
Finally, literary horror readers would do well to check out Devil House by John Darnielle (the frontman of The Mountain Goats), a novel about a crime writer who moves into a home with connections to the Satanic Panic.