New Book Releases: April 14, 2020

Angela Lashbrook
5 min readApr 13, 2020

Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982, Cho Nam-Joo, Jamie Chang (Translator). A young mother begins to impersonate voices and mannerisms of other women, baffling her husband and her psychiatrist. “The first Korean novel in nearly a decade to sell more than 1m copies, it has become both a touchstone for a conversation around feminism and gender and a lightning rod for anti-feminists who view the book as inciting misandry,” writes The Guardian. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

THE GIRL IN THE TREE, Şebnem İşigüzel, Mark David Wyers (Translator). In Turkey during the Gezi Park protests, a young woman climbs a tree intending to live out her life there, but falls in love with a man who works at a nearby hotel. Bookshop, Amazon.

THE UNSUITABLE, Molly Pohlig. A Victorian woman who believes the soul of her mother resides in a scar on her neck must decide if she should marry one of the last suitors available to her, a man whose medical treatments have left him with silver skin. Library Journal says it’s “similar in appeal to the intense psychological suspense of Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger mixed with the real-life horror of the domestic abuse and self-harm at the heart of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.” Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

VAGABONDS, Hao Jingfang, Ken Liu (Translator). After a war between residents of Mars and Earth, Mars sends a group of delegates to Earth in an attempt at reconciliation. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

TRUTHS I NEVER TOLD YOU, Kelly Rimmer. While cleaning out her ailing father’s cluttered home, a woman discovers a loose journal entry from her mother, whom she’d always believed to have died in a car accident when she was a toddler. Bookshop, Amazon.

Angela Lashbrook

I’m a columnist for OneZero, where I write about the intersection of health & tech. Also seen at Elemental, The Atlantic, VICE, and Vox. Brooklyn, NY.