New Book Releases: April 21, 2020

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

THE FLORIOS OF SICILY, Stefania Auci. A poor family arrives in Sicily, fighting tooth and nail to climb their way to wealth and prestige. Bookshop, Amazon.

THE SPINSTER DIARIES, Gina Fattore. A anxious but somewhat successful television writer turns to 18th century novelist Frances Burney, who invented the chick lit genre, for inspiration. Bookshop, Amazon.

KEPT ANIMALS, Kate Milliken. An utterly astonishing debut novel about a group of teenagers in Topanga, California, in the early 90s. Read my review here, and find it on my two Bookshop lists: Absolute, Number One All Time Faves, and Great Novels of California. Bookshop, Amazon.

THE SILENCE OF BONES, June Hur. In this YA historical mystery, a young orphan in 19th century Korea must help a detective solve a murder — before discovering that the detective himself is a suspect. Bookshop, Amazon.

A MOMENT OF TENDERNESS, Madeleine L’Engle. A book of short stories inspired by the author’s childhood and career. Bookshop, Amazon.

THE HOUSE OF DEEP WATER, Jeni McFarland. In a small town in Michigan, three women’s lives collide in ways that will change them forever. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

THE BOOK OF LONGINGS, Sue Monk Kidd. The story of Jesus’s wife, Ana, who must flee to Alexandria after committing a bold act. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

SHOREFALL, Robert Jackson Bennett. The second book in a fantastic Hugo-nominated trilogy about a young “scriver” — a sort of magic programmer, who imbues objects with instructions to perform particular functions — in a battle to save her city from its capitalistic overlords and the misguided people who want to destroy it. Read my mini-review here. Bookshop, Amazon.

SHIP OF FATES, Caitlin Chung. On a ship in the San Francisco Bay during the Gold Rush, the lives of two young women become irrevocably entwined with the life of an elderly lighthouse keeper. Bookshop, Amazon.

IF I HAD YOUR FACE, Frances Cha. Four young women with precarious lives find that salvation may lie in their friendships with each other. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

RACE THE SANDS, Sarah Beth Durst. In a world in which karma is real and condemns society’s worst offenders to an eternity of misery as a monster, there’s only one salvation for the doomed — winning a difficult race. Bookshop, Amazon.

PRETTY THINGS, Janelle Brown. An influencer heiress with a life marred by tragedy, and a con artist embarking on her biggest scam ever in an attempt to save her mother, collide in a dangerous game of grifting and deceit on Lake Tahoe. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

MISCONDUCT OF THE HEART, Cordelia Strube. A middle aged recovering alcoholic and kitchen manager of a small chain restaurant must save her restaurant from the clutches of a corporate takeover. Bookshop, Amazon.

MASTER CLASS, Christina Dalcher. In a future in which school children are shuttled to either elite institutions or downtrodden boarding schools based on their IQ, the daughter of a teacher at an elite school fails her test and is forced to go to one of the lower-tier boarding schools thousands of miles from her home. Bookshop, Amazon.

MADAME CLAIREVOYANT’S GUIDE TO THE STARS, Claire Comstock-Gay. A guide to the zodiac from The Cut’s acclaimed astrologer. Bookshop, Amazon.

LOST IN OAXACA, Jessica Winters Mireles. A pianist-turned-teacher focuses her hopes on a young, talented student, but when that student disappears just two weeks before an important piano competition, the teacher goes on an epic journey to Oaxaca to find her. Bookshop, Amazon.

IN HER SHADOW, Kristin Miller. A contemporary retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s classic gothic novel Rebecca. Bookshop, Amazon.

IF IT BLEEDS, Stephen King. A collection of short stories from the legendary author. Bookshop, Amazon.

A THOUSAND MOONS, Sebastian Barry. An orphaned Lakota child raised by two white men is determined to be the creator of her own future in post-Civil War Tennessee. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop, Amazon.

disclosure: I’m a affiliate partner! That means when you click through one of my Bookshop links and make a purchase, I earn a commission. This doesn’t influence the books I choose, since… that selection is already entirely personal and privy to my tastes and whims!

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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