New Book Releases: March 2, 2020

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

WRITERS & LOVERS, Lily King. A former golf prodigy who now waits tables on Harvard Square is determined to write a novel and live a creative life. From the author of the acclaimed novel Euphoria. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

FIEBRE TROPICAL, Juliana Delgado Lopera. A Colombian teen transplant in Miami finds refuge from her alienation in the arms of the magnetic Carmen. Indiebound, Amazon.

WE RIDE UPON STICKS, Quan Barry. In the home of the original 1692 witch trials, a team of field hockey players will do whatever it takes to make it to state finals — even if that means using dark magic. Indiebound, Amazon.

WITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN, E. Latimer. An Irish teenager with plans to become a witch finds her goals thwarted when another witch is murdered at a nearby sacred site. Indiebound, Amazon.

UNDER THE RAINBOW, Celia Laskey. A nonprofit organization sends a group of queer volunteers to a town called “the most homophobic town in the US,” with the hopes that they’ll change the townspeoples’ minds about being gay. Indiebound, Amazon.

WHEN WE WERE MAGIC, Sarah Gailey. When mismanaged magic causes the death of a boy, a group of teens must find a way to right the mistake. From the author of the beloved fantasy Magic for Liars. Indiebound, Amazon.

WICKED AS YOU WISH, Rin Chupeco. The sole remaining member of a magical royal family exiled in Arizona unites with a group of friends to chase a powerful legendary creature, the Firebird, and find their way back home. Indiebound, Amazon.

THIS TOWN SLEEPS, Dennis E. Staples. Marion, a gay Native American man, unknowingly brings a dead dog back to life, who leads him to the grave of a murdered Native American basketball player whose death Marion then investigates. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY, Maisy Card. A dying man who years ago faked his death and created a new identity meets his long-lost daughter, who now works as a home-health aide. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE MIDNIGHT LIE, Marie Rutkoski. A low-status laborer in a country with a strict caste system is falsely accused of a crime and thrown in prison, where she meets an outsider who compels her to question her country in a way she never has before. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE WINTER DUKE, Claire Eliza Bartlett. When her parents and twelve siblings fall under a mysterious sleeping sickness, a reluctant, unprepared heir must step up to govern her new kingdom, learn magic, and above all, survive. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE EXHIBITION OF PERSEPHONE Q, Jessi Jezewska Stevens. A pregnant woman receives a photography exhibition catalog, in which a series of images depicts her — but no one else believes it. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE SEA OF LOST GIRLS, Carol Goodman. When a prep school teacher’s son’s girlfriend is found dead on a beach, she discovers that the school she’s made a haven is hiding dark secrets of its own. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, Louise Erdrich. Based on the true story of Erdrich’s grandfather, who successfully fought a congressional plan to “emancipate” his tribe — an official euphemism for erasing Native American identity and assimilating Native Americans. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE LAST TAXI DRIVER, Lee Durkee. A former novelist and UFO enthusiast who now drives a taxi must maintain his sanity when an ex-dispatcher on the run from the law turns up and raises hell. Indiebound, Amazon.

SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS, Kawai Strong Washburn. A child falls off a cruise ship in Hawaii and is rescued by a school of sharks, causing a decades-long sequence of events that will change his family forever. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE KINGDOM OF BACK, Marie Lu. A highly-anticipated historical fantasy about Nannerl Mozart, Amadeus Mozart’s talented but overlooked composer sister. Indiebound, Amazon.

TEMPORARY, Hilary Leichter. A quirky story about a girl and her string of temp jobs. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE COMPANIONS, Katie M. Flynn. In a future in which the consciousness of the dead are uploaded to servers and many are leased to strangers, a dead 16-year-old consciousness learns she can defy commands and sets out to find the woman who killed her. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE BODY DOUBLE, Emily Beyda. A woman is hired to impersonate a Hollywood star who recently had a nervous breakdown, and discovers that the reasons behind the star’s collapse may be sinister. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE BODY POLITIC, Brian Platzer. Four friends who met years ago at art school must find their footing and maintain their friendship in the wake of the 2016 election. Indiebound, Amazon.

SERENADE FOR NADIA, Zülfü Livaneli, Brendan Freely (translator). A single mother in Istanbul is tasked with looking after an elderly German-born Harvard professor, who came to Turkey after a tragic personal experience. Indiebound, Amazon.

SEPARATION ANXIETY, Laura Zigman. A middle-aged woman whose life is fraying at the seams begins carrying her dog around in a baby sling across her chest. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

PLEASE SEE US, Caitlin Mullen. A disgraced gallerist returns to her hometown of Atlantic City, where she meets a teenage psychic who is investigating the whereabouts of a string of missing sex workers. I just finished this and really liked it — it’s a remarkable debut with beautiful writing. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

DEACON KING KONG, James McBride. From the National Book Award-winning author of The Good Lord Bird, a story about the interwoven lives of residents at a house project who witness an elderly church deacon shoot a young drug dealer. I’m starting this one this week and can’t wait! Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

OPEN FIRE, Amber Lough. In 1917, a 17-year-old worker in a munitions factory in Russia joins an all-woman army battalion and heads to the front. Indiebound, Amazon.

IN FIVE YEARS, Rebecca Serle. An ambitious, type-A lawyer has a vision of herself five years in the future engaged to another man, which she shakes off as nothing more than a dream — until, four and a half years later, she meets the man from the vision in real life. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD, Sarah J. Maas. The first adult novel from the popular YA fantasy novelist. Bryce is a half-fae assistant antiquities dealer who works hard all day and parties with her pack of shape-shifter friends at night. When the group of friends are horrifically murdered, Bryce must battle PTSD, corruption, and bigotry to get to the truth of what really happened. I absolutely loved this book; read my review here. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

BARN 8, Deb Olin Unferth. A runaway and an auditor develop a plot to steal one million chickens, sparking a domino effect of disasters. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

HAVENFALL, Sara Holland. The young heir to a magical inn that connects four ancient worlds must protect the inn’s guests while solving the mystery of how a dead body ended up nearby. Indiebound, Amazon.

ANNA K: A LOVE STORY, Jenny Lee. In this YA retelling of Anna Karenina, a teenaged Korean American socialite falls in love with a notorious boarding school playboy. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

HANNAH’S WAR, Jan Eliasberg. In New Mexico in 1945, a military man suspects an exiled German-Jewish physicist of leaking encoded equations to Hitler’s scientists. Indiebound, Amazon.

GIRL AT THE EDGE, Karen Dietrich. The daughter of a mass murderer finally decides to uncover what drove her dad to violence. Indiebound, Amazon.

DOCILE, K.M. Szpara. In a world in which people become drug-addicted indentured servants to pay off debt, a young man who swore he would never take the drug that destroyed his mother is forced to become an indentured servant when his family loses all their money. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

ACTRESS, Anne Enright. A daughter struggles to understand her Irish actress mother, who, fueled by drugs and rage, commits a strange crime. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

FRYING PLANTAIN, Zalika Reid-Benta. Twelve interconnecting stories about a Jamaican Canadian girl, from elementary school to high school graduation. Indiebound, Amazon.

DAISY COOPER’S RULES FOR LIVING, Tamsin Keily. A clerical error — on the part of Death himself — causes a woman to die unexpectedly. Indiebound, Amazon.

BLACKWOOD, Michael Farris Smith. An elderly sheriff, a junkyard sculptor, a bar owner, and a family of drifters find their lives intersecting in dangerous ways in the crumbling town of Red Bluff, Mississippi. Indiebound, Amazon.

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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