SIN EATER, Megan Campisi. An utterly astonishing, moving novel about a young orphan who, after stealing a loaf of bread, is condemned to a life sentence as a sin eater, who listen to the sins of the dead and eat their food representations. Publisher’s Weekly writes that “this spellbinding novel is a treat for fans of feminist speculative fiction.” Check out my review here, about why reading this book gave me hope in the midst of these incredibly difficult circumstances. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon .
THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB’S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES, Grady Hendrix. When a member of her beloved book club is viciously attacked and children begin to go missing, a southern woman must investigate the terrifying truth behind the crimes. This book sounds like an utterly delightful diversion — I can’t wait to read it. Indiebound, Amazon.
TO HAVE AND TO HOAX, Martha Waters. A Regency rom-com about an estranged couple who, through the course of a series of hoaxes and pranks played on each other, discover they just might be able to make it work. Indiebound, Amazon.
THE SILENT TREATMENT, Abbie Greaves. A man who hasn’t spoken to his wife in six months must decide how to explain to her his silence when she collapses and is placed in a medically-induced coma. Indiebound, Amazon.
THE ENGINEER’S WIFE, Tracey Enerson Wood. A fictionalized account of the story of the woman who finished the Brooklyn Bridge after her engineer husband is critically injured. Publisher’s Weekly says “Wood’s satisfying historical feels true to its era yet powerfully relevant to women’s lives today.” Indiebound, Amazon.
THREE HOURS IN PARIS, Cara Black. A young markswoman and widow is dropped into Paris to assassinate Hitler, but must go on the run for her life when she misses. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
THE ROXY LETTERS, Mary Lowry. Told through a series of letters to her hapless ex and roommate, a woman decides she wants to rescue her home, the now-corporatized Austin, Texas, and become the hero of her own story. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “just the kind of comic novel we need right now.” Indiebound, Amazon.
THE GLASS MAGICIAN, Caroline Stevermer. In the turn of the century, a stage magician discovers she has real magical powers that give her the potential to join New York’s wealthiest families. This book is very much my shit and I can’t wait to read it! Indiebound, Amazon.
THE LOOP, Ben Oliver. In this YA sci-fi, a teenaged inmate in a death-row prison known as “The Loop” must try to break out and save his family when strange occurrences and rumors of war begin to trickle into the prison. Indiebound, Amazon.
JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME, Gae Polisner. A delightful novel about a teenager who finds comfort in raising butterflies when her relationship with her best friend begins to fray. A perfect escapist read! Indiebound, Amazon.
THE HELIOS DISASTER, Linda Bostrom Knausgaard, Rachel Willson-Broyles (Translator). After emerging from the head of her father fully formed and wearing armor, a twelve-year-old is sent to foster care where she eventually becomes depressed and placed in an institution. Indiebound, Amazon.
HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD, C Pam Zhang. A highly anticipated debut about two children who go on a journey to bury their father in Gold Rush-era California. The Star Tribune says that “at turns beautiful and brutal, Zhang’s debut is a stunner.” I am so freaking excited to read this. More Gold Rush novels, please! Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
THE EMPIRE OF DREAMS, Rae Carson. After her dream of being adopted into the royal family is blocked by the empress’s greatest rival, an orphan joins the Royal Guard and fights to become the first woman to survive its recruitment year. Indiebound, Amazon.
CHOSEN ONES, Veronica Roth. An engaging, propulsive novel about five young adults who, ten years after saving the world and battling PTSD and addiction, must overcome their trauma and fear and save the world again. The first adult novel from the author of Divergent. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
THE BEAUTY OF YOUR FACE, Sahar Mustafah. As a radicalized school shooter stalks the halls, a high school principal reflects on her memories of bigotry, her mother’s dreams of Palestine, and her sister’s disappearance. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
BREASTS AND EGGS, Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (translator), David Boyd (translator). A woman, her sister, and her daughter journey to Tokyo so the woman can get an affordable breast enhancement surgery. Indiebound, Amazon.
THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF AUGUST MARCH, Aaron Jackson. Abandoned by his actress mother and raised in a theater, August March becomes first a pickpocket, then a star student at a stuffy boarding school, and finally falls in love with a con artist named Penny. Indiebound, Amazon.
A GIRL’S STORY, Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (translator). A memoir about an 18-year-old who has a destructive relationship with an older man, and her journey in later years to exhume the girl she was. Indiebound, Amazon.
STRIKE ME DOWN, Mindy Mejia. A forensic accountant must track down millions in missing prize money belonging to an athletic empire to which she has a secret — and threatening — connection. Indiebound, Amazon.
STARLING DAYS, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. A classicist with depression moves to London with her husband, where a blooming friendship threatens her complicated marriage. I loved Harmless Like You, so can’t wait to read Buchanan’s latest. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US, Darcey Bell. A florist welcomes her younger brother’s new girlfriend into the family, but when her five-year-old daughter goes missing, she suspects the girlfriend is the culprit. Indiebound, Amazon.
REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, Anne Tyler. A careful man finds his life upturned when his girlfriend is evicted from her apartment and a teenager appears at his door, claiming to be his son. Indiebound, Amazon.
AFTERLIFE, Julia Alvarez. An immigrant writer and retiree finds her life thrown into dissaray when her husband dies, her sister disappears, and a pregnant undocumented teen shows up on her doorstep. From the iconic author of How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
QUEEN OF THE OWLS, Barbara Linn Probst. When a photographer tells a woman the only way to really understand Georgia O’Keeffe is to reenact her nude photos, she decides to pose for him in his studio. When he publicly releases the photos without her consent, she becomes a hero to her students — and a scandal to the university. Indiebound, Amazon.
A HUNDRED SUNS, Karin Tanabe. In 1933, the wife of the heir to the Michelin fortune moves to Vietnam strikes up a friendship with an expat who harbors a secret desire to turn Vietnam back to the Vietnamese. Indiebound, Amazon.
NATURAL: HOW FAITH IN NATURE’S GOODNESS LEADS TO HARMFUL FADS, UNJUST LAWS, AND FLAWED SCIENCE, Alan Levinovitz. I rarely post nonfiction, but this is particularly up my alley. Levinovitz writes brilliantly on the intersection of religion and science. Indiebound, Amazon.
BONDS OF BRASS, Emily Skrutskie. Years after his life was torn apart when his home was invaded, a young pilot faces a similar upheaval when he discovers his best friend is the heir to the empire that nearly destroyed him. Indiebound, Amazon.
A TENDER THING, Emily Neuberger. In 1950s New York, a stage ingenue makes her debut in a play about interracial love, but outraged protests and an explosive secret threaten to shatter the life she’s trying to build. Indiebound, Amazon.
A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE, Darynda Jones. The sheriff of a small New Mexico town finds herself in over her head when a teenaged girl goes missing, and the sheriff is compelled to enlist the help of an old flame and a hot US Marshal. Indiebound, Amazon.