New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
May 31, 2020
1. Where the Crawdads Sing
In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
2. Camino Winds
The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.
3. If It Bleeds
Mr. Harrigan's Phone
The Life of Chuck
If It Bleeds
4. Walk the Wire
The sixth book in the Memory Man series. Decker and Jamison investigate a murder in a North Dakota town in a fracking boom.
5. The 20th Victim
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The 20th book in the Women's Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer looks into the murders of disreputable persons in three separate cities.
6. Big Summer
Daphne Berg's former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.
7. American Dirt
A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.
8. The Last Trial
An 85-year-old defense lawyer puts off his retirement to aid a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, who is accused of insider trading, fraud and murder.
9. All Adults Here
A repressed memory triggers Astrid Strick to weigh the outcomes of her parenting of her now-grown children.
10. The Book of Longings
Sue Monk Kidd
A scholarly young woman named Ana meets an 18-year-old Jesus and becomes caught up in a confluence of dangers.
11. The Book of Lost Friends
The stories of three women struggling to get from Louisiana to Texas during Reconstruction are discovered by a first-year teacher living a century later.
12. The Wedding Dress
The triumphs and losses of one family over the last century are recounted as a symbolic piece of apparel gets handed down through the generations.
13. The Giver of Stars
In Depression-era Kentucky, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books.
14. The Henna Artist
In 1950s Jaipur, a young woman who escaped an abusive marriage and started a new life is confronted by her husband.
15. Shakespeare for Squirrels
When the Duke orders his death, Pocket of Dog Snogging escapes to the woods where he works to become the fairy king's replacement fool.
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A version of this list appears in the May 31, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 16, 2020.
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