The Language of the Sea

A Novel

James MacManus

Thomas Dunne Books: $24.99

An outspoken marine biologist loses his job, but not before taking his students on one last field trip to Cape Cod that takes an unexpected, harrowing turn. (available now)

Millennium People

A Novel

J.G. Ballard

W.W. Norton: $25.95

First U.S. publication of the late author's story of a psychologist who succumbs to a fringe middle-class protest movement in London. (July)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

A Novel

Ransom Riggs

Quirk: $17.99

An odd collection of photographs peppers this tale of a teenager who stumbles upon an abandoned children's home on an island off the coast of Wales and discovers that the occupants may have been more than peculiar — they may have been dangerous too. (June)

A Moment in the Sun

A Novel

John Sayles

McSweeney's: $29

An epic narrative set at the turn of the 20th century against the backdrop of the Spanish American War, the Yukon gold rush and publishers Hearst and Pulitzer's power plays in New York. (available now)