Danielle Steel Unveils Her Latest, and Another New Novel Focuses on Sylvia Plath

Nicholas Barron

Danielle Steel headlines this week’s new book releases with High Stakes, her 190-something published book.

The 74-year-old Steel is the fourth-bestselling author who said in 2019 that she writes for 20-22 hours a day.

Other noteworthy novels hitting bookshelves this week include Brad Meltzer’s The Lightning Rod, Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo, and Lee Kravetz’s The Last Confessions of Slyvia P.

Keep reading to learn more about each book.

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High Stakes by Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel’s High Stakes zeroes in on a group of women working at Fletcher and Benson, a talent agency in New York City.

There’s Hailey West, a literary agent whose husband died, leaving her with three kids. And there’s Jane Addison, Hailey’s 28-year-old assistant who wants to own her own business one day.

Drama agent Allie Moore is doing well professionally and personally, but a precarious affair with one of Fletcher and Benson’s most prominent stars could undo her achievements. Meanwhile, Merriwether Jones, the agency’s CFO, is dealing with a jealous husband who envies her career.

Throw some secrets behind Fletcher and Benson’s doors into the mix, which Addison decides to reveal, and you have an enticing Danielle Steele novel.

From the publisher: In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of a group of remarkable women navigating the challenges of balancing their families, their personal lives and the high stakes of ambition at the top of their game.

Get the book: Amazon | Bookshop

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. by Lee Kravetz

Fifty-nine years after Sylvia Plath’s suicide, the writer continues to fascinate.

In The Last Confessions of Sylvia P., Lee Kravetz makes his novelistic debut by exploring the writing of Plath’s only published novel, The Bell Jar.

Written in three different timelines from the perspective of three women, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. solves a mystery left behind from Plath’s journals. The novel tries to provide a fictional explanation to what many have asked over the years: Why did Sylvia Plath kill herself?

From the publisher: Like Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife, and Theresa Anne Fowler’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. bridges fact and fiction to imagine the life of a revered writer.

Get the book: Amazon | Bookshop

The Lightning Rod by Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer’s The Lightning Rod is a follow-up to 2018’s The Escape Artist. That novel featured a soldier and painter, Nola, hiding and on the run and a mortician named Zig trying to help Nola survive.

Nola and Zig return in The Lightning Rod. This time, Zig finds something that leads him to uncover high-level military secrets protected at all costs by a secretive group.

From the publisher: Zig and Nola are back—in the hugely entertaining, highly anticipated follow-up to Brad Meltzer’s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller The Escape Artist.

Get the book: Amazon | Bookshop

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo

Inspired by Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe’s fall in Nov. 2017, NoViolet Bulawayo’s Glory follows a fictional nation of animals, Jidada, that loses its leader, Old Horse.

A young goat named Destiny returns to Jidada. Destiny wants to highlight females' role in her country while revolution unfolds around her.

From the publisher: From the award-winning author of the Booker-prize finalist We Need New Names, an exhilarating novel about the fall of an oppressive regime, and the chaos and opportunity that rise in its wake.

Get the book: Amazon | Bookshop

Four new novels available on March 8, 2022

Danielle Steele, Brad Meltzer, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Lee Kravetz feature new novels coming out this week.

Here’s a list of these books, hitting shelves on March 8, 2022:

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