VALENTINE, Elizabeth Wetmore. In 1970s Texas, a woman decides to take justice into her own hands when a teenager is brutally attacked. “Achingly powerful, this story will resonate with readers long after having finished it,” writes Booklist. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
AMERICAN ANIMALS, Eric Borsuk. A memoir about a group of college kids who decide to steal artwork and manuscripts from a university museum. I love an art heist, so I can’t wait to get this! (Maybe on audiobook via Libro.fm?) Indiebound, Amazon.
GODSHOT, Chelsea Bieker. In drought-stricken California, a teenager in a cult must weather the increasingly horrific acts of its men and boys, and find her mother, who has been banished by the cult’s pastor. I loved, loved, loved this book. It had a huge effect on me (read my mini-review here). All Californians, in particular, should read it. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
THE WOMAN OF A THOUSAND NAMES, Alexandra Lapierre, Jeffrey Zuckerman (Translator). After being abandoned by her British lover, a Russian aristocrat must do whatever it takes to survive the Russian revolution. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
THE SISTERS GRIMM, Menna Van Praag. Five years after they’ve been ripped from their world and relieved of their memories, four magical half-sisters must battle their father’s soldiers and find their way home. Indiebound, Amazon.
HURRICANE SEASON, Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translator). When a group of children in a small Mexican village discover the body of a witch in a canal, the entire town is launched into an investigation of her brutal death. The Guardian writes that this is “not a novel to be missed — if you can steel yourself.” This was on my list of most anticipated 2020 reads! Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
CODE NAME HÉLÈNE, Ariel Lawhon. An Australian socialite becomes a smuggler and a leader in the French Resistance during World War Two. Bookpage says it’s “a spellbinding work of historical fiction. . . [and] one of the most sensual romance novels you’ve ever read.” Indiebound, Amazon.
HEX, Rebecca Dinerstein Knight. An expelled PhD candidate in biology charts her quest to find ways to detoxify poisonous plants and catalogs her love for her mentor. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
FANTASTIC ORIGAMI FLYING CREATURES, Hisao Fukui. I don’t usually feature this sort of book on my weekly lists, but given the circumstances, it is an excellent time to develop a hobby like origami. Buy this from Indiebound — seems like it wouldn’t make for a great Kindle purchase, and Amazon has deprioritized their physical book sales to make way for essential items.
DAYS OF DISTRACTION, Alexandra Chang. A fed-up tech writer moves to upstate New York to be with her boyfriend, where she develops a fascination with her ancestors and begins to have concerns about her interracial relationship. “She explores the struggle to be free in an oppressive society with incredible insight and clear, captivating prose that set her apart as a striking new voice in literature,” writes Booklist. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.
ARTFORUM, César Aira, Katherine Silver (Translator). A man becomes obsessed with Artforum magazine. Kirkus says it’s “a marvelous little collection about compulsion, obsession, and the extraordinary joy that a simple pleasure can bring.” Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.