New Book Releases: August 10, 2021

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

Angela Lashbrook

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THE OPHELIA GIRLS, Jane Healey. A seventeen-year-old girl whose cancer is in remission moves to the grand house where her mother grew up — and survived a tragedy alongside several friends as they became obsessed with pre-Raphaelite paintings, Ophelia, and each other. “A lush, seductive portrait of desire,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

THE ETERNAL AUDIENCE OF ONE, Rémy Ngamije. In this coming of age novel that Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams calls “a delightful, witty and impeccably funny novel,” a Rwandan moves to Cape Town, South Africa for his final year of law school. Bookshop.

THE OTHER ME, Sarah Zachrich Jeng. An artist suddenly finds herself living an alternate life in her hometown, married to a childhood acquaintance who now runs a mysterious startup. Kirkus calls it a “fun, well-paced story.” Bookshop.

WAIT FOR IT, Jenn McKinlay. A Bostonian divorcée moves to Phoenix, Arizona for an exciting new job, and ends up falling in love with her neighbor, who experienced a stroke a year ago and is fearful of leaving his home. PopSugar calls it “a warm, moving story about new beginnings.” Bookshop.

MRS. MARCH, Virginia Feito. The wife of a successful novelist begins to suspect he’s guilty of causing the disappearance of a young woman, but her investigation spirals out of control. Feito “is the love child of Patricia Highsmith and Shirley Jackson,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. Bookshop.

THE SHOW GIRL, Nicola Harrison. In the 1920s, a successful dancer falls in love with an accepting man, but when they marry, he begins to change his tune about her independent ways. “Olive is a rebel worth rooting for and she’ll keep readers turning the pages,” writes Publisher’s Weekly

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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.