New Book Releases: November 5, 2019

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

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THE STARLESS SEA, Erin Morgenstern. A graduate student finds a door to a magical underground library, which is under threat by a mysterious and dangerous organization. [You can read my mini-review of the book here.] Excerpt, aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE BOOK OF LOST SAINTS, Daniel José Older. After being visited by the ghost of his aunt Mirasol, who disappeared during the Cuban Revolution, a New Jersey man launches an investigation into her past. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE REVISIONERS, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. Set in three different timelines, this novel tells the story of a family of women in New Orleans, some of whom possess a magical ability to “revision,” or see into and guide souls. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE ACCOMPLICE, Joseph Kanon. At the request of his Holocaust-survivor grandfather, a CIA agent journeys to Argentina to track down an evil concentration camp doctor. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

DISASTER’S CHILDREN, Emma Sloley. A woman who grew up in a wealthy survivalist community plans her escape into the climate change-ravaged outside world, until a stranger appears, both tempting her to stay and compelling her to leave. Indiebound, Amazon.

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ON SWIFT HORSES, Shannon Pufahl. In the 1950s, a young Kansan newlywed moves to San Diego and starts winning big at the local horse races, while her brother-in-law searches for his boyfriend in Tijuana. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER, Bernardine Evaristo. This year’s Booker Prize-winning novel, about twelve characters who together form a sharp portrait of contemporary England. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

RETURN TO THE ENCHANTED ISLAND, Johary Ravaloson, Allison M. Charette (translator). A young man from Madagascar is shipped off to a French boarding school after a tragedy. Amazon.

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THE WINTERWOOD, Shea Ernshaw. A woman ventures into a magical woods to find her missing friend, who has secrets of his own. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE HOW & THE WHY, Cynthia Hand. In this YA novel, a young girl goes on a search to find her biological parents. Indiebound, Amazon.

FATE OF THE FALLEN, Kel Kade. The first entry of an epic fantasy series about a hero who discovers that “saving the world” isn’t quite what he anticipated. Indiebound, Amazon.

SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, Sara B. Larson. In this YA fantasy, two sisters live trapped in a citadel with their traumatized mother until, one day, a stranger arrives and changes everything. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE POPPY WIFE, Caroline Scott. When a man goes missing during WWI, his wife and his brother embark on a quest to find him. Indiebound, Amazon.

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IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A MEMOIR, Carmen Maria Machado. A collection of essays about an abusive relationship in the author’s past. An IndieNext List pick. Read critic Maris Kreizman’s BuzzFeed Books essay about the memoir here and aggregated critical reviews here. Indiebound, Amazon.

SONG OF THE CRIMSON FLOWER, Julie C. Dao. A YA fantasy about a young noblewoman who must break the curse that imprisons the lower-class lover she scorned. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS, Lisa Jewell. A woman learns that she is the sole inheritor to a mansion left by her deceased biological parents — and that the home has a tragic, and violent, history. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION, Kiersten White. In this YA Arthurian retelling, Guinevere is a changeling who is tasked with protecting Arthur and her country. Indiebound, Amazon.

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