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Our 56 Most Anticipated Summer 2022 Novels about Family & Friendship

If you loves stories that revolve around the dynamics of family, friendships, and just relationships in general.

Best New Summer 2022 Books about Friendship and Family

Summertime is always a great time to relax and catch up on some reading, and with so many great novels coming out in the next few months, you’ll definitely want to add these titles to your TBR list.  From heartwarming stories about family and friendship to suspenseful tales perfect for beach reading, these books are sure to keep you entertained all summer long.  So whether you’re looking for a new read to take on vacation or just something fun to curl up with at home, check out this roundup of the 56 most anticipated summer 2022 novels!

Summer 2022 Books about Friendship and Family

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

The New York Times–bestselling author of The Vacationers and All Adults Here combines her trademark charm and wit with a moving father-daughter story and a playful twist on the idea of time travel.

Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman

A young woman arrives in Los Angeles determined to start over and discovers she doesn’t need to leave everything behind after all, from Abbi Waxman, USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

All the Things We Don’t Talk About by Amy Feltman

A “big-hearted, lively, and expansive portrait of a family” that follows a neurodivergent father, his nonbinary teenager, and the sudden, catastrophic reappearance of the woman who abandoned them (Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author).

The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery

With her unique brand of witty, emotional storytelling, Susan Mallery’s latest is a heartfelt tale of friendship between three women brought together by chance who open a bookshop together on the boardwalk of the California beaches and ultimately become one another’s family. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Robyn Carr and Susan Wiggs will love The Boardwalk Bookshop!

Mother Ocean Father Nation by Nishant Batsha

A riveting, tender debut novel following a brother and sister whose paths diverge—one forced to leave, one left behind—in the wake of a nationalist coup in the South Pacific.

Books about Friendship

Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe

For fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Brit Bennett, a striking coming-of-age debut about friendship, community, and resilience, set in the housing projects of Chicago during one life-changing summer.

Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley

Nobody ever talks to strangers on the train. It’s a rule. But what would happen if they did? From the New York Times bestselling author of The Authenticity Project, a heartwarming novel about unexpected friendships and the joy of connecting.

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

Evvie Drake Starts Over meets Beach Read in this heartwarming and hilarious novel about a divorced romance channel screenwriter whose script about her marriage’s collapse just might help her reclaim her life and find love.

The Setup by Lizzy Dent

From the author of The Summer Job comes a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming story about one woman’s impulsive fib that jump starts a summer of reinvention and learning about love, life, and what it means to accept yourself.

The Mutual Friend by Carter Bays

From the co-creator of How I Met Your Mother, a hilarious and thought-provoking debut novel set in New York City, following a sprawling cast of characters as they navigate life, love, loss, ambition, and spirituality—without ever looking up from their phones.

New Summer 2022 Books about Friendship and Family

Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins

An evocative new novel from the New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins.  Beware the wrath of a woman scorned—she just might save the world.

The Lifestyle by Taylor Hahn

The best Emma retelling since Clueless: a sexy, warm-hearted romantic comedy about a woman who will do anything to save her marriage … and meddle in everyone else’s.

These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany

A razor‑sharp debut novel of three best friends navigating love, sex, faith, and the one night that changes it all.

Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen

For fans of Hustlers and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, the story of two Asian American women who band together to grow a counterfeit handbag scheme into a global enterprise—an incisive and glittering blend of fashion, crime, and friendship from the author of Bury What We Cannot Take and Soy Sauce for Beginners.

Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore

From the USA Today bestselling author of Two Truths and a Lie and The Islanders, a delicious summer read set in midcoast Maine, tackling family secrets, marriage, motherhood, and privilege.

Summer Books to Read about Friendship and Family

The Beach Trap by Ali Brady

Two best friends torn apart by a life-altering secret. One summer to set the record straight.

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes

A woman returns to her small Maine hometown, uncovering family secrets that take her on a journey of self-discovery and new love, in this warm and charming novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over.

On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi

Perfect for fans of coming-of-age novels like Sweetbitter and Grey’s Anatomy, On Rotation details a Ghanaian-American medical student balancing her need for self and romantic love with her professional aspirations.

The Long Answer by Anna Hogeland

A young woman gathers intimate stories about pregnancy, motherhood, and the nature of female relationships, in this profound and provocative novel.

Gilt by Jamie Brenner

A luxurious and richly compelling new novel from the acclaimed author of Blush, about a famous family jewelry dynasty and the hidden past that could topple it all.

Summer 2022 Books to Read about Family

A Thousand Miles by Bridget Morrissey

After a decade of silence, Dee and Ben reunite for a road trip they once promised to take. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The Catch by Alison Fairbrother

A young woman searches for the truth about her father and the secrets of her family in this electric debut novel.

The Truth About Ben and June by Alex Kiester

Perfect for fans of EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER and reminiscent of FATES AND FURIES, this propulsive debut novel explores the complexity of a modern-day marriage and motherhood, when a new mother vanishes one morning, and her husband must retrace events of their recent past to bring her home.

The Measure by Nikki Erlick

Age of Miracles meets The Immortalists in this spirit-lifting, high-concept blockbuster debut set in a world where people can find out how much time they have left to live.

Not Exactly What I Had in Mind by Kate Brook

An irresistible, funny, sharply observed debut novel in which two roommates, and two sisters, will learn that sometimes family—and love—find you in the most unexpected places.

Summer Reading - Books About Family and Friendship

For the Love of the Bard by Jessica Martin

To go for it or not to go for it? That is the question when two former high school flames return to their Shakespeare-obsessed hometown for a summer of theater and unexpected romance, in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jessica Martin.

Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro

A novel about race, sex, class, and love—from an author at the beginning of a major career—Tomi Obaro’s sparkling debut tells the story of three once-inseparable college friends in Nigeria who reunite for the first time in thirty years at a lavish wedding in Lagos for one of their daughters.

Our Gen by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Residents of an active-living retirement community revert to lives of youthful indulgence, even as time-bomb secrets of their pasts tick toward explosion.

In Her Boots by KJ Dell’Antonia

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters comes a delightfully entertaining story about a ruse that goes awry and a chaotic homecoming that proves that confronting your past can sometimes set you free.

Kaleidoscope by Cecily Wong

A dazzling and heartfelt novel about two sisters caught in their parents’ ambition, the accident that brings it all crashing down, and the journey that follows.

Summer Reading - Books About Family

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

This tour-de-force novel from an award-winning author is the triumphant story of a lifelong friendship between two singular women across the arc of the 20th century.

Keya Das’s Second Act by Sopan Deb

A poignant, heartwarming, and charmingly funny debut novel about how a discovered box in the attic leads one Bengali American family down a path toward understanding the importance of family, even when splintered.

The True Love Bookshop by Annie Rains

For Tess Lane, owning Lakeside Books is a dream come true, but it’s the weekly book club she hosts for the women in town that Tess enjoys the most. The gatherings have been her lifeline over the past three years since her husband’s mysterious death. Tess has tried to move on, but when River Harrison shows up on her doorstep, all her lingering questions come rushing back.…

The Edge of Summer by Viola Shipman

Reminiscent of the complex family stories by Nancy Thayer, Sunny Hostin and Mary Alice Monroe, Viola Shipman’s poignant new novel explores the relationship between a curious girl and her secretive mother, taking readers from their hardscrabble life the Ozarks to her search for answers along the sparkling shores of lake Michigan.

Groupies by Sarah Priscus

In a debut perfect for fans of Daisy Jones & The Six, Mary Jane, and The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, Sarah Priscus shines a bright light on the grungy yet glittery world of 1970s rock ’n’ roll and the women—the groupies—who unapologetically love too much in a world that doesn’t love them back.

Summer Reading - Books About Friendship

Sugar and Salt by Susan Wiggs

The New York Times bestselling author of The Lost and Found Bookshop returns to Perdita Street with a can’t-miss tale of friendship, hardship, redemption, and love between a San Francisco baker and a barbecue master from Texas.

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin

A whip-smart debut that follows the adventures of an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season to find a wealthy husband.  But the last thing she expects is to find love…

Any Other Family by Eleanor Brown

The New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters returns with a striking and intimate new novel about three very different women facing an impossible question: What makes a family?

Nothing But the Truth by Holly James

A feminist Liar Liar meets the romantic charm of This Time Next Year, in this page-turning debut about a woman who loses the ability to lie on her 30th birthday—and the challenges she faces as a woman in work and in love when she finally must tell nothing but the truth.

The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander

A heartwarming literary-themed novel about a woman who turns an ordinary red phone box into the littlest library in England and brings together a struggling town.

Summer Reading Book List - Books About Family and Friendship

The Work Wife by Alison B. Hart

For fans of Meg Wolitzer and Kiley Reid, The Work Wife is an upmarket feminist debut set over the course of a single day, about three women connected to a billionaire film mogul—his thirty-eight-year-old personal assistant, his hostess wife, and his former business partner—whose lives collide at a Hollywood party with explosive consequences.

After the Hurricane by Leah Franqui

Reminiscent of Gabriela Garcia’s Of Women and Salt, Leah Franqui brings us an engrossing, deeply personal novel with a mystery at its heart as a daughter returns to Puerto Rico to search for her troubled father, who has gone missing after Hurricane Maria.

Some of It Was Real by Nan Fischer

A psychic on the verge of stardom who isn’t sure she believes in herself and a cynical journalist with one last chance at redemption are brought together by secrets from the past that also threaten to tear them apart.

Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

In this brilliant new novel by from Emiko Jean, the author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel Tokyo Ever After, comes a whip-smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and utterly heartwarming novel  about motherhood, daughterhood, and love—how we find it, keep it, and how it always returns.

Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

From the author of My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan’s uplifting novel tells the story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel.

Summer Reading Book List - Books About Family

Long Past Summer by Noué Kirwan

With the Southern charm of SWEET HOME ALABAMA and the emotional complexity of IN FIVE YEARS, LONG PAST SUMMER is a sparkling second-chance romance from debut author Noué Kirwan, written from the author’s own perspective in the Black community.

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

An uplifting novel about a heartbroken young pie maker who is granted a magical second chance to live the life she didn’t choose…. from the bestselling author of The Enlightenment of Bees.

How to Fall Out of Love Madly by Jana Casale

A razor-sharp, emotionally resonant novel about three women who struggle to set their own rules, create their own boundaries, and listen to their own hearts as they define who they are and what they hope to be—from an author who “makes a particular female experience vivid, centered, seen” (Elle).

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

The New York Times bestselling author of the “mesmerizing and evocative” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations.

The Making of Her by Bernadette Jiwa

A moving, intergenerational novel set in 1990s Dublin about a woman reconnected with the daughter she gave up for adoption who gets in touch after thirty years, setting off an exploration into past secrets.

Summer Reading Book List - Books About Friendship

Sister Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Serena, Michelle, Kenya, and Lynette have known each other since they were small children. They grew up in different neighborhoods, but they also grew up in the same church (which is how they first met), and while they each attended different colleges, they never lost touch with each other. Now many years later, at age forty, they are still best friends forever and they meet for lunch on the first Saturday of every month, but their lives couldn’t be more different.

Room and Board by Miriam Parker

A charming and redemptive novel about unexpected second chances, following a publicist who, after the sudden implosion of her career, takes a job as a dorm mom at a Sonoma boarding school that happens to be her alma mater.

Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson

Turns out that reading nothing but true crime isn’t exactly conducive to modern dating—and one woman is going to have to learn how to give love a chance when she’s used to suspecting the worst.

Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim

A new heartfelt novel about the power of loneliness and the strength of love that overcomes it by critically acclaimed author Roselle Lim.

With Love from Wish & Co. by Minnie Darke

A professional gift buyer fights to protect her reputation—and manage her attraction to the handsome son of her biggest client—in this charming novel from the author of Star-Crossed and The Lost Love Song.

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson

Strangers aboard a London bus unite to help an elderly man find his missed love connection in the heartwarming new novel from the author of The Last Chance Library.

Are you looking forward to any of these books?

What novels with themes of family and friendship are you looking forward to in 2022?  What books would you add to the list?

Book List - Best New Summer 2022 Books about Friendship and Family

Last Updated on August 19, 2022 by BiblioLifestyle

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