MRS. MOHR GOES MISSING, Maryla Szymiczkowa, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translator). In late 19th-century Krakow, a professor’s wife becomes an amateur detective when the resident of a nursing home turns up dead. Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk calls it “an ingenious marriage of comedy and crime.” Indiebound, Amazon.
THE WOMAN IN THE MIRROR, Rebecca James. An art curator who was adopted as a child learns that she’s heir to an English manor, which she finds out is haunted by years of tragedy and madness. Indiebound, Amazon.
THE RED LOTUS, Chris Bohjalian. When her new boyfriend disappears into thin air while on vacation in Vietnam, an ER doctor attempts to find him, forcing her to question everything he had ever told her about himself. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA, TJ Klune. A case worker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth clashes with the master of an orphanage over the fates of six potentially dangerously magical children. Indiebound, Amazon.
THE FORTRESS, S.A. Jones. When the wife of a philandering husband discovers his infidelities and abuse, she compels him to offer himself as a supplicant to a place called The Fortress, where he can’t ask questions, be violent, or refuse sex for a full year. Indiebound, Amazon.
THE EIGHTH GIRL, Maxine Mei-Fung Chung. One of my most anticipated books of 2020! A woman with multiple personalities is drawn into London’s underbelly by her enigmatic best friend. This novel is written by a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, making me much more interested in the investigation of multiple personalities (which are so often sensationalized in books and movies). Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
AFTER ME COMES THE FLOOD, Sarah Perry. The debut novel from the author of The Essex Serpent. When a London-based bookshop owner drives into the countryside to visit his brother, he’s stopped by a woman who claims she’s been waiting for him, and meets a group of strangers who all claim they’ve been anticipating his arrival. Sarah Waters calls it “a beautiful, dream-like, unsettling narrative.” Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
THE DEGENERATES, J. Albert Mann. In this YA historical novel, four young girls struggle to survive in an institution called Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded in the early 20th century. Indiebound, Amazon.
THE ART OF DUMPSTER DIVING, Jennifer Anne Moses. When a teenager’s mother suddenly dies, he buries her in the backyard, terrified that he’ll be sent into foster care if anyone finds out she’s dead. Indiebound, Amazon.
THAT HAIR, Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, Eric M B. Becker (Translator). The story of a biracial immigrant in Portugal who arrived there as a baby, told through the lens of her experiences with her curly hair that mark her as an outsider. Indiebound, Amazon.
PRIDE OF EDEN, Taylor Brown. A retired racehorse jockey and Vietnam veteran who now runs a big cat rescue must resort to illegal means to replace his most prized big cat when she escapes. Indiebound, Amazon.
DON’T YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU, Laura Bogart. When a college graduate gets in a car accident and suffers an injury that threatens her career as an artist, she’s forced to move back in with her abusive father. Kirkus calls it “a well-crafted tale of domestic abuse and recovery.” Indiebound, Amazon.
CONJURE WOMEN, Afia Atakora. Another of my most anticipated. A family saga taking place in the South in the 19th century, about a family of female healers and the birth of a child, which sparks superstition and threatens their newfound freedom. Publisher’s Weekly says “this powerful tale of moral ambiguity amid inarguable injustice stands with Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black.” Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.