New Book Releases: February 18, 2020

Angela Lashbrook
Feb 17 · 3 min read

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

REAL LIFE, Brandon Taylor. The highly anticipated debut from an Iowa Writers Workshop graduate, depicting one eventful weekend in the life of Wallace, a biochemistry student at a Midwestern university. I’m particularly thrilled to read this one! Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

FOUL IS FAIR, Hannah Capin. In this YA mystery, a prep school student targeted at a party by a group of privileged boys becomes hell-bent on revenge. Indiebound, Amazon.

SECOND SISTER, Chan Ho-Kei, Jeremy Tiang (Translator). When an orphaned schoolgirl dies by suicide, her older sister contacts a cybersecurity expert in the hopes that he’ll help her find out what really happened. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

AMNESTY, Aravind Adiga. When one of his clients is murdered, an undocumented immigrant in Australia must decide if he should come forward with information, at the risk of being deported. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

HOME MAKING, Lee Matalone. A novel about a biracial adoptee, her directionless adult daughter in the midst of a crumbling marriage, and the daughter’s best friend, a Louisiana native in love with a man he met online. Indiebound, Amazon.

LITTLE CONSTRUCTIONS, Anna Burns. The second novel from the author of Milkman, in which a young member of a prominent crime family breaks into a gun store, causing cascading repercussions. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

SAINT X, Alexis Schaitkin. When a young New Yorker randomly meets the Caribbean transplant whom she believes was involved in her teenaged sister’s death while on vacation years ago, she becomes obsessed with finding out how her sister really died. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE ANTIDOTE FOR EVERYTHING, Kimmery Martin. Two doctors at a South Carolina hospital refuse to abandon their patients when the hospital instructs them to stop caring for transgender patients. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE AOSAWA MURDERS, Riku Onda, Alison Watts (Translator). A birthday party turns deadly when 17 attendees are given cyanide, sparing only a young girl who is blind. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE LOST FUTURE OF PEPPERHARROW, Natasha Pulley. In 19th century Japan, a watchmaker disappears, and his translator friend embarks on a quest to discover what happened to him. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE GOLDEN KEY, Marian Womack. At the turn of the 20th century, a medium is hired to find out what happened to a woman’s three disappeared stepdaughters 20 years earlier. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE GREAT UNKNOWN, Peg Kingman. In 1840s Scotland, a young mother endeavors to uncover the secrets of her ancestry. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE LUCKY STAR, William T. Vollman. When a regular at a bar falls for a newly-annointed witch, the regular’s policeman boyfriend seeks payback and destruction. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE SUN DOWN MOTEL, Simone St. James. A woman seeks to uncover what happened to her aunt, who disappeared from a mysterious motel before she was born. Indiebound, Amazon.

WHISTLEBLOWER, Susan Fowler. A memoir from the woman who revealed a culture of harassment and abuse at Uber. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE LUCKY ONE, Lori Rader-Day. When a volunteer at a missing-persons website stumbles upon a photo of the man who kidnapped her as a child, she strives to find him before he can hurt anyone else. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

Angela Lashbrook

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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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