New Book Releases: March 24, 2020

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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THE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE, Nghi Vo. The rise of a young royal is chronicled through the eyes of her handmaiden. Indiebound, Amazon.

BEFORE ANYONE ELSE, Leslie Hooton. A restaurant designer marries an English chef, then has a spectacular breakdown after a dramatic betrayal. Indiebound, Amazon.

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ENTER THE AARDVARK, Jessica Anthony. An absolutely delightful little novel about a Republican congressman who finds his career derailed when a taxidermied aardvark is anonymously FedExed to his doorstep. I truly loved this — read my mini-review here. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

LIKE FLIES FROM AFAR, K. Ferrari, Adrian Nathan West (Translator). 24 hours in the life of an amoral oligarch after he finds a body in the back of his car, whose murder he had nothing to do with. Indiebound, Amazon.

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LAKEWOOD, Megan Giddings. When her grandmother dies and the true extent of her family’s debt is uncovered, a woman moves home and takes a job as a participant in a mysterious scientific experiment. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

MARGUERITE, Marina Kemp. A young nurse moves to a provincial French village to care to a tyrannical, dying old man. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

OFFERINGS, Michael ByungJu Kim. A Korean-American investment banker finds his ethical resolve tested during the Asian Financial Crisis. Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE CITY WE BECAME, N.K. Jemisin. The highly-anticipated novel from the author of the thrice-Hugo Award-winning Broken Earth trilogy. In a world in which cities are represented by human avatars, NYC’s six representatives must team up to save their home from an evil power. This is probably one of the most exciting releases so far this year, in my opinion. I included it on my list of perfect escapist reads, since many of us have a little extra time — and are in desperate need of distraction. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS, Samantha Mabry. A year after their eldest sister falls from a window to her death, three sisters begin to hear mysterious laughter, see strange shadows, and discover odd writing on the walls of their San Antonio home. Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE EVERLASTING, Katy Simpson Smith. The lives, loves, and travails of four Romans throughout history is witnessed by a Satan in need of love. Booklist says it’s a “robustly earthy, strangely entrancing portrait of the Eternal City.” This one’s at the top of my teetering TBR — it sounds incredible. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE GLASS HOTEL, Emily St. John Mandel. The story of a Ponzi scheme, told from the perspective of the guilty investment banker, his mistress, and his employees in the form of a Greek chorus. Station Eleven is one of my favorite novels ever (I wrote about it years ago, when I was an intern, and it was probably one of the most exciting moments of my life up to that point), so I was incredibly excited to get the chance to read this one. It’s stunning. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THEN THE FISH SWALLOWED HIM, Amir Ahmadi Arian. A bus driver and his interrogator find their lives inextricably intertwined as the bus driver unspools his life story during questioning. Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE HERD, Andrea Bartz. Another fantastic choice for a quarantine read. A researcher joins a hot new feminist coworking space, but the night before the company plans to make a big announcement, the cofounder vanishes, and nobody knows where she went. From the author of the popular thriller The Lost Night. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE RETURN, Rachel Harrison. Two years after she disappeared, a young woman returns, emaciated, sallow, and strange. When she and her friends take a trip to celebrate her being back, it’s clear she’s not who she used to be. Indiebound, Amazon.

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