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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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