New Book Releases: November 19, 2019

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

MARY TOFT; OR, THE RABBIT QUEEN, Dexter Palmer. In 18th-century England, a surgeon’s apprentice is stymied by the mystery of a woman who gives birth to seventeen rabbits. Aggregated critical reviews (“does not shy away from the depravity of the past, particularly the violent desires of London’s elite”), Indiebound, Amazon.

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING, Holly Black. In the conclusion to the hugely popular YA fantasy series, an exiled faerie queen must travel back into the Faerie Court to save her imperiled sister. Indiebound, Amazon.

IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES, Julie Mayhew. A remote community is forced to reckon with its dark secrets when three strangers arrive, and a body is found at a teenaged friend group’s meeting place. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

SEROTONIN, Michel Houellebecq, Shaun Whiteside (Translator). A depressed, aging agricultural engineer moves to Normandy, finding that the farmers there are devastated by globalization and planning an armed insurrection. Aggregated critical reviews (“Serotonin might as well have a jacket blurb from Steve Bannon”), Indiebound, Amazon.

TWENTY-ONE TRUTHS ABOUT LOVE, Matthew Dicks. A book written entirely in lists, about an obsessive bookstore owner who’s afraid to tell his pregnant wife that his business is failing. Indiebound, Amazon.

WAKE, SIREN: OVID RESUNG, Nina MacLaughlin. The women of Ovid’s Metamorphoses tell their own stories. Aggregated critical reviews (“passages of unforgettable beauty and much strength in the voices of women trying to become themselves”), Indiebound, Amazon.

BLOOD HEIR, Amélie Wen Zhao. In this controversial YA debut, a young princess must venture beyond the palace walls to find answers about her father’s murder, and gains the alliance of a clever crime lord. Read an excerpt here. Indiebound, Amazon.

LABYRINTH, Burhan Sönmez, Umit Hussein (Translator). A blues singer wakes up after a suicide attempt to find his memory gone. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE CONFESSION CLUB, Elizabeth Berg. A women’s supper club becomes a “confession club” when one of its members reveals an intimate secret. 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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