New Book Releases: April 14, 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.

THE PRETTIEST STAR, Carter Sickels. In the 1980s, a young man whose closest friends have all died of AIDS moves back home to rural Appalachia. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

THE GOOD FAMILY FITZGERALD, Joseph di Prisco. A wealthy elderly widower and criminal, newly fallen in love with a much younger woman, must contend with his four children and his new relationship. Bookshop, Amazon.

THE COYOTES OF CARTHAGE, Steven Wright. One of my most anticipated books of 2020! A successful, but aggressive and controversial, political consultant is sent to South Carolina to introduce a ballot initiative on behalf of a mining company. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

THE BOOK OF KOLI, M.R. Carey. A boy struggles to survive in a walled city, outside of which — he thinks, at least — lies mortal danger. Bookshop, Amazon.

THE BOOK OF ANNA, Carmen Boullosa, Samantha Schnee (Translator). Anna Karenina’s son, an anarchist seamstress, and a religious leader collide in pre-revolutionary Russia. Kirkus calls it “reminiscent of Bolaño, Borges, and Pynchon.” I’m in. Bookshop, Amazon.

THE BIG FINISH, Brooke Fossey. An elderly man does everything he can to remain a resident at his idyllic assisted living center, but when his grandaughter climbs through his window, drunk and with a black eye, his efforts are thrown into dissaray. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

ST. IVO, Joanna Hershon. After being mugged on public transportation, a middle-aged woman attends a weekend party in the country, where the two families wrestle with long-hidden secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Bookshop, Amazon.

SIMON THE FIDDLER, Paulette Jiles. An itinerant fiddler gets drafted into the Confederate Army, where he meets an indentured Irish servant who, years on, he’s been unable to forget. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

PERFECT TUNES, Emily Gould. A young musician from Ohio arrives in New York City, where she falls in love with a troubled musician with rising star potential. Fifteen years later, her life isn’t what she envisioned, and her young daughter has questions about her father that the woman struggles to answer. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

MAN OF MY TIME, Dalia Sofer. An Iranian former interrogator goes on a diplomatic trip to New York, where he reconnects with his estranged family and retrieves the ashes of his father, whose dying wish was to be buried in Iran. Bookshop, Amazon.

EXPECTATION, Anna Hope. Three friends — an actress, a woman struggling through IVF, and a young mother — strive to maintain their love for each other as their own desires and failures loom large. Bookshop, Amazon.

LOVE AFTER LOVE, Ingrid Persaud. A young man flees Trinidad for New York, but when his beloved stepfather reveals a heavy secret, the young man faces heartbreaking consequences. Bookshop, Amazon.

ELYSIUM GIRLS, Kate Pentecost. A YA fantastical retelling of the Dust Bowl. Bookshop, Amazon.

BUBBLEGUM, Adam Levin. In a world in which the internet never existed — instead advancing technology with a humanoid robot named Curio — the robot’s first adopter, an insulated man who hears voices, sits down to write his memoir. “While breathtakingly bizarre, this relentlessly inventive novel teems with humanity, humor, and pathos like few other recent works and is a book many will obsess over and delight in,” writes Booklist. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

A LUMINOUS REPUBLIC, Andrés Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator). A group of mysterious children suddenly appear at a Argentinian city, their odd behavior eventually escalating to violence as the local children defect to join them. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

BRAISED PORK, An Yu. When her husband dies in their bath, he leaves behind a mysterious drawing that sends his wife on a journey across Beijing. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

A LIFE WITHOUT END, Frédéric Beigbeder, Frank Wynne (Translator). When he turns fifty, a man with the perfect life takes his daughter and her robot friend on a quest to find the secret to immortality. Bookshop, Amazon.

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.

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