New Book Releases: October 1, 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 TOPEKA SCHOOL, Ben Lerner. A family drama set in the 1990s about the rise of the “New Right” and toxic masculinity. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA, Julia Drake. In this YA retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a rebellious sixteen-year-old moves to Maine and attempts to find a century-old shipwreck after her brother attempts suicide. Indiebound, Amazon.

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IMAGINARY FRIEND, Stephen Chbosky. A mother flees an abusive relationship, only to have her son disappear and, a week later, reappear with frightening demands. From the author of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE BUTTERFLY GIRL, Rene Denfield. An investigator moves to Portland, Oregon to find her missing sister, only to discover that girls have been going missing in the city for months, many of them found later dead in the river. Indiebound, Amazon.

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FRANKISSSTEIN, Jeanette Winterson. From the acclaimed author, a novel about the future of the human species told from the perspective of Mary Shelley, an AI researcher, a sex dolls creator, and more. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE, Ruta Sepetys. In 1957 Spain, a eighteen-year-old Texan photographer meets a young Spanish woman in this YA novel that Kirkus Reviews calls “stunning.” Indiebound, Amazon.

THE END AND OTHER BEGINNINGS: STORIES FROM THE FUTURE, Veronica Roth. The Divergent author returns with a collection of novella-length stories, complete with black and white illustrations. Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN, A. J. Hackwith. In The Library of the Unwritten, librarians manage books whose authors never finished them. When a novel’s hero runs off in search of his author, a librarian must capture him, with the help of her assistant and a demon. Indiebound, Amazon.

ONE NIGHT GONE, Tara Laskowski. A house sitter stumbles upon a thirty-year-old disappearance in this mystery novel Tana French calls “a subtly but relentlessly unsettling novel.” Indiebound, Amazon.

RIGHT AFTER THE WEATHER, Carol Anshaw. A set designer’s life is forever changed when she witnesses her friend being assaulted by two criminals. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE VINE WITCH, Luanne G. Smith. A witch awakens from a years-long curse only to discover that the vineyard her family has managed for decades is in grave danger. Indiebound, Amazon.

ROYAL HOLIDAY, Jasmine Guillory. A woman tags along on her daughter’s work trip to style the royal family, and ends up falling in love with the royal secretary. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT, Tess Gerritsen. A woman escapes to an isolated Maine mansion after a tragedy, only to fall in love with a ghost and discover that all women who have stayed at the manor have mysteriously died. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS, Charlotte Nicole Davis. A young sex worker accidentally kills a john in a world in which some people are born with shadows and others aren’t. Indiebound, Amazon.

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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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