New Book Releases: October 13, 2020

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

THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES, Alix E. Harrow. In 1893 New Salem, a group of suffragists teach themselves the lost art of witchcraft. From the author of the beloved The Ten Thousand Doors of January. Read an excerpt here. Bookshop.

ATTACK SURFACE, Cory Doctorow. A counterterrorism wizard who occasionally assists targets she views as righteous terrorists is forced to choose a side when her work starts hitting close to home. Bookshop.

A LOVER’S DISCOURSE, Xiaolu Guo. A Chinese expat in London and her architect boyfriend navigate their relationship and their differences in this novel that the Asian Review of Books calls “moving and affecting.” Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

BLACK SUN, Rebecca Roanhorse. A songstress ship captain and her blind passenger must face a solar eclipse that portends a great worldly unbalancing. In a starred review, Kirkus called it “the next big thing.” Bookshop.

RING SHOUT, P. Djèlí Clark. In turn of the century Georgia, a young woman and her friends must battle a growing onslaught of “Ku Kluxes,” terrifying monsters that threaten to overtake her community. I enjoyed this Lovecraftian horror adventure; read my mini-review here. Bookshop.

GOODNIGHT BEAUTIFUL, Aimee Molloy. The marriage of a therapist and his wife begins to unravel when his wife can hear every session through a vent in their new upstate New York home. Bookshop.

SHELTER IN PLACE, David Leavitt. In the wake of the 2016 election, a group of New Yorkers gathers at a wealthy friend’s home in Connecticut. Chaos erupts when the hostess asks her guests a question: Who would dare Siri to kill newly-elected President Donald Trump? “This irresistible, laugh-out-loud romp is a winner,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE BLIND LIGHT, Stuart Evers. During the Cold War, a high-ranking military official forms a pact with his working-class fellow soldier a way to protect himself and his wife in case of nuclear war. Their friendship, and the promise, will affect generations of their families. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE LAST INTERVIEW, Eshkol Nevo, Sondra Silverston (Translator). A fictional author gives a lengthy interview that Kirkus, in a starred review, calls “a compelling page-turner of quiet beauty and power… A daring, triumphant work of searing beauty.” Bookshop.

THE LAND, Thomas Maltman. After a terrible accident forces a computer programmer to return home, he goes in search of his ex-girlfriend, ending up entwined in a white supremacist church await the end of the world. Bookshop.

A GOLDEN FURY, Samantha Cohoe. In 18th century France and England, a young alchemist who discovered the secret to immortality — only for her mother to go insane and destroy it — must protect her remaining family as scientists hungry for immortality aim to procure it at any cost necessary. One of my most anticipated books of summer/fall! Bookshop.

THE LOST SHTETL, Max Gross. When a couple in the midst of a divorce goes missing from their isolated town — so isolated, in fact, they missed the Holocaust, the Cold War, and every modern invention in the interim — the village elders send an unprepared outcast into the outside world to find them. “Imaginative and philosophical, funny and sad,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. Bookshop.

THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS, Jenny Bayliss. A jaded 34-year-old is signed by up her best friend for a dating service that promises to help singles fall in love before the holidays. Bookshop.

THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, Aminah Mae Safi. Set over the course of a single day, a group of teenagers work to save their favorite bookstore. Bookshop.

THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN, C. L. Polk. A wonderful, charming historical fantasy novel about a financially-insecure sorceress forced to choose between a future of magic and learning, or one in a marriage of love that, nevertheless, would cut off her access to sorcery for decades. I adored this book, which Kirkus, in a starred review, called “an expertly concocted mélange of sweet romance and sharp social commentary.” Bookshop.

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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