New Book Releases: August 3, 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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AFTERPARTIES, Anthony Veasna So. A stunning, often funny collection of short stories about Cambodian-Americans in Southern California. The New York Times calls it “witty and sharply expressed.” The New Yorker calls it a “remarkable début collection.” Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

SONGBIRDS, Christy Lefteri. A wealthy widow in Cyprus searches for her missing migrant nanny when police refuse to help. “This well-crafted novel puts a poignantly human face on often invisible migrant workers,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.

SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN, Alexandra Kleeman. After decamping to California to oversee a film adaptation of one of his books, an East Coast novelist forms a reluctant relationship with the star of the film as they discover that the droughts, wildfires, and other maladies ravaging California may be the fault of a new synthetic water company. “Readers will be captivated by this intelligent, rip-roaring story,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE GODSTONE, Violette Malan. A healer is tasked with helping one of her patients control a magical artifact with the power to destroy the world. “The unexpected plot twists and a subtle hint of romance will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES, Charlotte McConaghy. A pair of twins plagued by secrets lead a team of biologists to reintroduce 14 gray wolves to the highlands of Scotland, but when a local farmer is found dead, one of the sisters will go to reckless lengths to protect the wolves from the locals’ suspicion and revenge. Alexandra Chang for Book of the Month writes that it’s an “evocative novel that asks big questions about our…

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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.