New Book Releases: February 16, 2021

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

COWBOY GRAVES, Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (translator). The latest collection of novellas from the Chilean-Mexican genius (yes, I’m biased). “These drafts reveal Bolaño (1953–2003) perfecting the literary obsessions that became his emblems,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

DO NO HARM, Christina McDonald. A desperate mother resorts to selling opioids to afford her young son’s cancer treatment, but her inexperience with the drugs causes people to die. Bookshop.

AMELIA UNABRIDGED, Ashley Schumacher. After her best friend is killed in a car accident, a teenager unexpectedly meets the young, enigmatic author of the book series she and her friend had bonded over. Bookshop.

THE MEMORY THEATER, Karin Tidbeck. Two teenagers attempt to escape The Gardens, a world where where unwanted young servants are punished for growing up. “An exciting, sometimes wrenching tale of friendship and time travel… Expansive and wildly imaginative,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS, Patricia Lockwood. A social media celebrity, increasingly unnerved by the emotional price of her fame, finds her life further disrupted when she gets a terrifying message from her mother. “What begins as an ironical story about irony becomes an intimate and moving portrait of love and grief,” writes The Wall Street Journal. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES, Sarah J. Maas. A spinoff from A Court of Thorns and Roses, about Feyre’s sister, Nesta, as she struggles to adapt to her new life among the High Fae. Bookshop.

ALL GIRLS, Emily Layden. Nine teenage girls grapple with a scandal their private New England prep school will do anything to silence. Publisher’s Weekly calls it an “incisive debut.” Bookshop.

LET’S GET BACK TO THE PARTY, Zak Salih. A newly single high school art history teacher views his reconnection with an old flame as a second chance, but his friend has no interest in rekindling their relationship. Publisher’s Weekly calls it a “heartfelt debut.” Bookshop.

DARK HORSES, Susan Mihalic. A brilliant young equestrian attempts to compartmentalize her budding career with her father’s unrelenting abuse. In a starred review, Kirkus says it’s “a searing examination of love and lust, power and control.” Bookshop.

THE ECHO WIFE, Sarah Gailey. From the author of Magic for Liars, a new novel about a woman and a pregnant replica following the murder of the husband they shared. Read an excerpt here. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

HOW TO ORDER THE UNIVERSE, María José Ferrada, Elizabeth Bryer (translator). A young girl, enchanted with her father, a traveling salesman, and the life they lead seeing new places, meets a photographer whose presence in her and her father’s life threatens to upend everything. “This quick and quirky book is as charming as it is unsettling, as appealing as it is wise,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

DANGEROUS WOMEN, Hope Adams. Nearly 200 female convicts making their way from England to Australia in the mid 19th century find their already tempestuous voyage further derailed when a young mother is murdered. Bookshop.

AMERICAN DELIRIUM, Betina González, Heather Cleary (translator). Three people in an unnamed post-depression American city converge in unexpected ways, most of which seem anchored by a hallucinogenic plant. In a starred review, Kirkus writes that “if this sounds wacky, it is, but it’s wacky in the grim, smart way of a Coen brothers film… An uncategorizable novel that manages to be both zany and profound.” Booklist says it’s “a profound and much-needed tale full of hope and kindness.” Read an excerpt here. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE MISSION HOUSE, Carys Davies. An Englishman seeks refuge from modern British life in rural South India, but soon discovers his new retreat may not be as safe as it seemed. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

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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