New Book Releases: January 26, 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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IF I DISAPPEAR, Eliza Jane Brazier. When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, a loyal listener becomes obsessed with trying to find her. Kirkus calls it “a disquieting and distinctly creepy debut.” Read an excerpt here. Bookshop.

THE MASK FALLING, Samantha Shannon. In the fourth entry to the popular The Bone Season series, dreamwalker Paige Mahoney unites with her enemy to turn the underground rebellion into all-out war. Bookshop.

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BRIDE OF THE SEA, Eman Quotah. When an Ohio-based Saudi couple gets a separation, the husband returns to Saudi Arabia, while the wife disappears with their infant daughter, a choice that will ripple through the family for decades. Bookshop.

UNCHOSEN, Katharyn Blair. In a post-apocalyptic world, a neglected middle sister takes her sister’s place when raiders attack her settlement. Bookshop.

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A THOUSAND SHIPS, Natalie Haynes. The fall of Troy, told by the women who witnessed it. Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. “This subversive reseeing of the classics is a many-layered delight,” writes The Guardian. Bookshop.

MY BRILLIANT LIFE, Ae-ran Kim, Chi-Young Kim (translator). A 16-year-old with progeria, a disorder which causes rapidly advanced aging, decides to write down his parents’ stories as a last gift to them before he dies. “As fleeting as Areum’s fictional life may be, he will not be a character easily forgotten,” writes Bookpage. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

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WE COULD BE HEROES, Mike Chen. After losing all memories of who they were before, a villain and a vigilante must unite to defeat an evil scientist who threatens their city. “A delight from start to finish,” writes Riley Sager for Book of the Month. Read an excerpt here. Bookshop.

FAYE, FARAWAY, Helen Fisher. A mother of two finds herself catapulted back in time and gets to know her own mother, who died when she was only a child. Publisher’s Weekly calls it an “enchanting debut.” Bookshop.

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THE SWALLOWED MAN, Edward Carey. An illustrated retelling of the Pinocchio story. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

NO HEAVEN FOR GOOD BOYS, Keisha Bush. A six-year-old is sent to Dakar to study the Koran, but instead ends up begging on the street, forcing him to find his own way home. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “vivid and heart-wrenching.” Bookshop.

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BURNT SUGAR, Avni Doshi. A young woman must confront her difficult relationship with her mother when she’s tasked with caring for her in her old age. “A landmark portrait of toxic parenting and its tangled aftermath,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

SOPHOMORES, Sean Desmond. The story of an Irish-American family in the suburbs of Dallas in the 1980s. Bookshop.

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THE EX TALK, Rachel Lynn Solomon. In an attempt to stave off company layoffs, two competing radio hosts start a new dating show fronted by exes. In a starred review, Kirkus says it’s “delightfully romantic and emotionally uplifting.” Bookshop.

CATHEDRAL, Ben Hopkins. The story of the building of a cathedral in the 13th and 14th centuries. “A thoroughly engrossing, beautifully told look at human frailty,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. 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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