New Book Releases: September 8, 2020

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

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ANXIOUS PEOPLE, Fredrik Backman. A failed bank robber takes a disparate group of strangers hostage during a real estate open house. From the author of A Man Called Ove. “A deeply funny and warm examination of how individual experiences can bring a random group of people together,” writes Bookpage. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

BEFORE SHE WAS HELEN, Caroline B. Cooney. When she goes to check up on her unlikeable neighbor, a woman instead finds a beautiful object, which she photographs and posts online. But the subsequent media attention — and revelation that the neighbor has, in fact, been murdered — threatens to expose the careful lie of a life the woman has pieced together over the years. From the author of The Face on the Milk Carton. Bookshop.

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WHAT ARE YOU GOING THROUGH, Sigrid Nunez. From the author of the National Book Award-winning The Friend, a woman describes a series of encounters over the course of her life. “It’s as good as The Friend, if not better,” writes The New York Times. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

DEAR ANN, Bobbie Ann Mason. An older woman looks back on her life, wondering if she’d made the right choices or if she would have succumbed to the Summer of Love. “A profound examination of grief, regret and memory, wrapped in a compelling story of first love,” writes the Star Tribune. Bookshop.

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MASTER OF POISONS, Andrea Hairston. In this epic fantasy, the emperor’s second in command struggles to save his people from the ravages of a desert threatening to swallow the empire. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “an urgent, gorgeous work” in a starred review. Bookshop.

MONOGAMY, Sue Miller. When her husband of 30 years suddenly dies, a widow discovers that he’d been unfaithful. “A sophisticated, melancholy novel,” writes the Star Tribune. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

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ONE BY ONE, Ruth Ware. A trendy tech startup finds its week-long retreat in the French Alps brutally disrupted by an avalanche. “The Agatha Christie of our generation,” writes David Baldacci of Ware. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER, Andrea Stewart. When her ailing father refuses to recognize her as the heir to the throne, a daughter who spent her life imprisoned in her palace embarks upon a journey to learn the forbidden art of bone shard magic and prove her worth. Bookshop.

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THE BRILLIANT LIFE OF EUDORA HONEYSETT, Annie Lyons. An 85-year-old makes an end-of-life plan at a clinic in Switzerland, but when she becomes friends with her ten-year-old neighbor named Rose and a recent widower named Stanley, she starts to wonder if she’s really ready to say goodbye. Bookshop.

THE GHOST TREE, Christina Henry. After two girls are brutally murdered, a teenager has a dream about a monster dragging their bodies through the woods, and begins to suspect that her town is more corrupt than she ever imagined. Bookshop.

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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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