New Book Releases: September 22, 2020

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

THE SILVERED SERPENTS, Roshani Chokshi. In the much-anticipated sequel to The Gilded Wolves, a Belle Époque treasure hunter embarks upon an odyssey to track down an artifact rumored to endow its possessor with God-like powers. “Lavish and thrilling,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. Bookshop.

SOLUTIONS AND OTHER PROBLEMS, Allie Brosh. An autobiographical, illustrated collection of essays from the creator of the popular webcomic Hyperbole and a Half. Bookshop.

ADRIANNE GEFFEL: A FICTION, David Hajdu. An oral history about a legendary composer with a neurological condition who disappeared from public life, never to be seen again. “A reverberant and eye-opening portrait of an artist going her own way and finally saving herself,” writes Library Journal. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

AND NOW SHE’S GONE, Rachel Howzell Hall. A private investigator goes on a dangerous quest to find a missing woman. “Heartfelt and gripping,” says Steph Cha. Bookshop.

DAUGHTERS OF THE WILD, Natalka Burian. A group of foster siblings in rural West Virginia are tasked with cultivating a mysterious, magical vine. When one of the sibling’s baby goes missing, she discovers the vine is much more powerful than she and her siblings anticipated. Bookshop.

HERE WE ARE, Graham Swift. In the summer of 1959, a group of friends perform in a magic show in Brighton, England, but by the end of the summer, their friendship will have dissolved and one of the trio will have disappeared forever. “Once again, Swift has demonstrated wizardry in his ability to conjure magic out of ordinary lives,” writes NPR. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

HENCH, Natalie Zina Walschots. After getting injured at her job as a temp for criminals and shortly thereafter laid off, a woman finds a new position with one of the world’s greatest villains — and the chance to save the world. “A fiendishly clever novel that fizzes with moxie and malice,” writes Kirkus. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS, Jodi Picoult. After surviving an airplane crash landing, a woman begins to doubt the course her life has taken, away from a man she once loved and a career in Egypt she was forced to give up. Bookshop.

EARLY DEPARTURES, Justin A. Reynolds. In this speculative YA novel, a new technology that allows a dead person to be temporarily brought back to life gives a teenager a chance to make amends with his best friend who recently died. Bookshop.

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, Richard Osman. A group of retirees who gather weekly to discuss true crime undertake their first case after a local developer is found dead. Bookshop.

THE LEFT-HANDED BOOKSELLERS OF LONDON, Garth Nix. The latest fantasy offering from the author of Sabriel and Lirael, in which a girl in a alternative 1980s London must join forces with both left- and right-handed booksellers to find her missing father. Bookshop.

TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, Gilly MacMillan. A bestselling author whose brother disappeared decades ago experiences a second disappearance: that of her needy, jealous husband. Bookshop.

WELL PLAYED, Jen DeLuca. A summer Renaissance Faire employee falls in love with someone who’s been sending her love texts and emails — but he turns out not to be who she thought he was. 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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