New Book Releases: January 21, 2020

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

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FOLLOW ME TO GROUND, Sue Rainsford. When she falls in love with a local, a magical young healer makes a decision that will forever transform her life and the lives of those around her. I’m really excited to get my hands on this one — and that cover is so stunning! Indiebound, Amazon.

THE MAJESTIES, Tiffany Tsao. In Indonesia, the sole survivor of her sister’s poisoning of their entire family reflects on what pushed her sister to mass murder. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE SEEP, Chana Porter. The life of a middle-aged trans woman changes forever after a benign alien invasion. Jeff VanderMeer calls it “mesmerizing.” Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA, Isabel Allende. When Franco overthrows the Spanish government in the 1930s, a pregnant young widow must marry her dead husband’s brother, with whom she flees Spain to Chile on Pablo Neruda’s ship the SS Winnipeg. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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RIOT BABY, Tochi Onyebuchi. A novel about a girl who can see the future and her incarcerated brother who acts as her protector. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE TEACHER, Michal Ben-Naftali, Daniella Zamir (Translator). 30 years after the suicide of her mysterious teacher, a former student endeavors to uncover the woman’s life story. This novel won the Sapir Prize, one of Israel’s highest literary honors. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

TWEET CUTE, Emma Lord. The social media editor for (and heir to) a giant burger chain gets in a Twitter spat with an employee of his family’s deli — both not realizing that they’re also falling in love on an anonymous chat app. Indiebound, Amazon.

SMALL DAYS AND NIGHTS, Tishani Doshi. When she inherits a beachfront house, a woman embarks on a new life there with a sister she never knew she had. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE, Karma Brown. After moving to the New York suburbs, an aspiring writer finds a cookbook owned by the house’s earlier resident, a woman with her own stash of sinister, life-altering secrets. I’ll be buying this! Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

REMEMRANCE, Rita Woods. The multi-generational story of Remembrance, a magical stop along the Underground Railroad where enslaved people on the run can disappear not only from their masters, but from white people altogether. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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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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