New Book Releases: January 19, 2021

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

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THE DIVINES, Ellie Eaton. Decades after the elite boarding school she attended closed following scandal, a woman returns to uncover secrets at the center of the school’s demise. Bookshop.

BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED, Lisa Gardner. A private detective and recovering alcoholic begins an obsessive search for a missing Haitian teenager. Bookshop.

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REMOTE CONTROL, Nnedi Okorafor. A young girl searches for the alien artifact that turned her into Death’s adopted daughter. “Readers will be blown away,” writes Publisher’s Weekly in a starred review. Bookshop.

AT THE EDGE OF THE HAIGHT, Katherine Seligman. A homeless twenty-year-old San Franciscan witnesses a murder and is seen by the killer. Bookshop.

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THE RIB KING, Ladee Hubbard. The story of a Black family whose beloved rib sauce recipe is stolen by the wealthy white family they work for. “Shocking and thought-provoking, Hubbard’s latest cements her status as an American original,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

THE CITY OF TEARS, Kate Mosse. In 1572, a married couple journey to Paris to attend a wedding that’s intended to unite the Catholics and the Huguenots — a wedding that become infamous for the massacre that follows. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “vibrant.” Amazon.

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SHIPPED, Angie Hockman. A marketing manager at a cruise line is forced to compete with her workplace enemy, the company social media manager, on a marketing plan in a quest for a promotion. But when they take a work trip to the Galapagos, she discovers maybe he’s not as bad as he seems. “With flawed but lovable characters and exotic locales, this quirky, thoughtful love story will whisk readers away,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

MASK OF MIRRORS, M.A. Carrick. In this fantasy novel from Marie Brennan (A Natural History of Dragons) and Alyc Helms, a young con artist attempts to scam her way into a noble family. Read an excerpt here. Bookshop.

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IN THE GARDEN OF SPITE, Camilla Bruce. A novel about Belle Gunness, one of America’s most prolific female serial killers. Bookshop.

HALL OF SMOKE, H.M. Long. An exiled warrior priestess must atone for her sins after her religious order is obliterated by raiders. 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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