New Book Releases: March 30, 2021

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

THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV, Dawnie Walton. A fictional oral history about a 1970s New York-based rock band, made up of a British singer-songwriter and a legendary Black vocalist from Detroit. Ta-Nehisi Coates calls it “one of the most immersive novels I’ve ever read.” In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly says it’s “a firecracker.” Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE, Stephanie Dray. The story of three women — in 1774, 1914, and 1942 — who all share an intimate connection with a castle called the Château de Chavaniac. Publisher’s Weekly writes that it’s “ambitious… Historical fiction fans will want to take a look.” Bookshop.

LURKERS, Sandi Tan. The story of a diverse neighborhood north of Los Angeles and the dynamic, fascinating people who live there. Bookshop.

WHEN I RAN AWAY, Ilona Bannister. Ten years after escaping Lower Manhattan during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a woman reconnects and falls in love with the man with whom she spent that terrible day, moving to London with him and confronting the pain and grief she still feels. Bookshop.

LIBERTIE, Kaitlyn Greenidge. The story of Libertie, a young Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, who feels stifled by her ambitious physician mother, marrying and moving to Haiti and discovering, in the process, what freedom really means. The Boston Globe calls it “a beautiful telling of gorgeously tragic characters who keep you rooting for them, even as they continue to stray and stray and stray.” Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES, Denny S. Bryce. A struggling PhD student becomes drawn into the story of Honoree, who as a young woman danced at a famous Chicago café and nightclub. Bookshop.

OF WOMEN AND SALT, Gabriela Garcia. Three generations of Latinx women cope with betrayal, secrets, and motherhood that Publisher’s Weekly calls a “dexterous debut.” Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

RULE OF WOLVES, Leigh Bardugo. In this sequel to King of Scars, the young king of the Russia-like kingdom of Ravka battles PTSD and prepares for the invasion of troops from a northern belligerent country. Bardugo’s books are among my favorite fantasy novels ever, and her latest installment looks promising. Read an excerpt here. 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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