New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
May 28, 2023
1. Happy Place
A former couple pretend to be together for the sake of their friends during their annual getaway in Maine.
2. The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece
A World War II soldier's experiences inspire a comic book, which gets adapted into a superhero movie.
3. Fourth Wing
Violet Sorrengail is urged by the commanding general, who also is her mother, to become a candidate for the elite dragon riders.
4. Lessons in Chemistry
A scientist and single mother living in California in the 1960s becomes a star on a TV cooking show.
5. Queen Charlotte
Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz weds King George III and contends with the politics of the court.
6. The 23rd Midnight
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The 23rd book in the Women's Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer tracks a copycat killer.
7. Demon Copperhead
A reimagining of Charles Dickens's
set in the mountains of southern Appalachia.
8. The Covenant of Water
Three generations of a family living on South India's Malabar Coast suffer the loss of a family member by drowning.
9. Simply Lies
A former detective becomes the prime suspect in a murder case involving a man with mob ties who was in witness protection.
10. Hello Beautiful
In an homage to Louisa May Alcott's
a young man's dark past resurfaces as he gets to know the family of his college sweetheart.
11. The Wedding Planner
An unmarried wedding planner contends with problems, secrets and scandals.
12. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Two friends find their partnership challenged in the world of video game design.
13. The Secret Book of Flora Lea
Patti Callahan Henry
When an illustrated book offering potential clues arrives years after World War II, a woman in London delves into her past.
14. Things I Wish I Told My Mother
Susan Patterson and Susan DiLallo with James Patterson
Secrets and hopes get unpacked when a mother and daughter vacation together in Paris.
15. Remarkably Bright Creatures
Shelby Van Pelt
A widow working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium is aided in solving a mystery by a giant Pacific octopus living there.
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A version of this list appears in the May 28, 2023 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 13, 2023.
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