New Book Releases: March 16, 2021

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

THE MEMORY COLLECTORS, Kim Neville. Two women with the ability to detect the emotions people leave behind on objects are determined to create a museum of memory using the objects, while learning to control their gifts to prevent it from wielding control over them. Read a Q&A with the author here. “Like the magical objects collected by its protagonists, this novel is emotionally transformative,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.

THE ART OF WEARING A TRENCH COAT: STORIES, Sergi Pàmies, Adrian Nathan West (translator). A French writer and the son of Spanish political refugees contemplates loss in this collection of short stories. Bookshop.

BODY OF STARS, Laura Maylene Walter. In a world in which a woman’s moles, freckles, and scars are interpreted like constellations to determine their futures, a young woman and her body-interpreter brother learn a secret about their family that will irrevocably change their future. Bookshop.

CREATURES OF PASSAGE, Morowa Yejidé. A taxi driver recovering from her twin brother’s murder and a young boy struggling to understand an act of molestation he witnessed at his school are brought together by a cryptic letter about a mysterious figure known as the “River Man.” “Historic detail and mythic folklore forge a scary, thrilling vision of life along America’s margins,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.

THE WHISPERING HOUSE, Elizabeth Brooks. An unsettling gothic novel about a young woman who discovers a painting of her sister, who died by suicide years ago, in a grand manor, where she soon becomes obsessed with the young proprietor. “This is an exquisitely creepy page-turner,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

THE LAST SECRET YOU’LL EVER KEEP, Laurie Faria Stolarz. A teen goes on the hunt to find her missing friend, whom she grew close with after discovering they both survived oddly similar experiences of being trapped in a well for days on end. Bookshop.

THE HOUSE UPTOWN, Melissa Ginsburg. A young girl coping with the death of her mother goes to stay in New Orleans with her grandmother, who becomes unsettled by the teen’s uncanny resemblance to her dead daughter. Read an interview with the author here. “The House Uptown is a powerful coming-of-age novel and a thoughtful portrait of one of the world’s great cities,” writes CrimeReads. Bookshop.

THE LAMPLIGHTERS, Emma Stonex. Two decades after three lighthouse keepers mysteriously disappear, a writer shows up on the surviving wives’ doorsteps, looking for answers about what happened all those years ago. “A whodunnit, horror novel, ghost story and fantastically gripping psychological investigation rolled into one. It is also a pitch-perfect piece of writing,” writes The Guardian. Bookshop.

SILENCE IS A SENSE, Layla AlAmmar. A Syrian refugee and journalist in England, traumatized into silence, must make a choice when she witnesses an anti-Muslim hate crime in her neighborhood. Bookshop.

THE PERFORMANCE, Claire Thomas. Three women are brought together in surprising ways during a theater performance. “Written with passion, The Performance is a brave book: unafraid of confronting the dissonances of living in a modern Australia,” writes The Conversation. Bookshop.

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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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