This winter has been unseasonably warm and dry for many. Let's hope spring changes that - not just to keep everything green but because there's way too many great books publishing in March to want to be anywhere other than tucked up with a good read!

Below are half a dozen exceptional first novels, selected from the ninety or so notable books profiled in our March Preview issue.


Davina, BookBrowse editor

This Burns My HeartThis Burns My Heart by Samuel Park

Novel, 336 pages
Publishes: March 6
Simon & Schuster

A transcendent love story that vibrantly captures 1960s South Korea and brings to life an unforgettable heroine... Full description & reviews

Birds of a Lesser ParadiseBirds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Stories, 240 pages
Publishes: March 6

From a prizewinning young writer whose stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South comes a heartwarming and hugely appealing debut collection that explores the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world. Full description & reviews

The Song of AchillesThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Novel, 384 pages
Publishes: March 6

Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller's page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career. Full description & reviews

Forgotten CountryForgotten Country by Catherine Chung

Novel, 352 pages
Publishes: March 1
Riverhead Books

Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another... Full description & reviews

The ExpatsThe Expats by Chris Pavone
Thriller, 336 pages
Publishes: March 6

Kate Moore is an expat mom living the expat life in the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, but she's guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret - one that's become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her neat little expat life.  She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; plus her husband is acting suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her... Full description & reviews

The Icon ThiefThe Icon Thief by Alec Nevala-Lee

Thriller, 416 pages
Publishes: March 6
Signet Classics

A controversial masterpiece resurfaces in Budapest. A ballerina's headless corpse is found beneath the boardwalk at Brighton Beach. And New York's Russian mafia is about to collide with the equally ruthless art world... Full description & reviews

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