New Fiction Roundup, July 2019

New titles this July include a fantasy novel inspired by Mexican folklore, a vision of southern Washington state in the early 20th century, a divided family brought together by brewing beer, and much more.

7/2: Deep River by Karl Marlantes – In this family saga, a set of Finnish siblings settle in a logging community and attempt to tame the Pacific Northwest, in an era defined by World War I and the rise of early labor movements.

7/9: The Need by Helen Phillips – Alone at home with her two young children, paleobotanist Molly is hearing strange noises that she dismisses. But when she finds what is making the noise, Molly wonders if her work has released a sinister force, or if she’s hallucinating her anxieties.

7/9: The Toll by Cherie Priest – In this gothic horror novel, newlyweds Titus and Melanie Bell are on their way through the Okefenokee Swamp when they cross a narrow bridge. After an unknown period of time, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, but neither the bridge nor Melanie are anywhere to be seen.

7/16: Costalegre by Courtney Maum – At an isolated resort in the Mexican jungle, a privileged teenager has everything a girl could wish for, except a mother who loves her back, in this novel inspired by the real-life relationship between the heiress Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter, Pegeen.

7/16: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead – Two African-American boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida make a decision with repercussions that will echo down the decades. By the author of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning The Underground Railroad. A Peak Pick!

7/16: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters and fall in love.

7/16: The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory – Maddie and Theo share a best friend, Alexa, but hate one another. After a night together, though, they can’t stop thinking about each other. By the author of The Wedding Date. A Peak Pick!

7/23: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

7/23: Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman – In 1960s Baltimore a divorced housewife-turned-reporter investigates the murder of a young African American woman, an action that triggers a cascade of consequences. A Peak Pick!

7/23: The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal – Two sisters, long divided by a contested inheritance, reconnect with the help of a granddaughter and the secrets behind making a world-class IPA.

7/23: Reasons to Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe – Eighteen-year-old Lizzie is figuring out how to be an adult as she takes a first job with a local dentist, imagines a relationship with her crush, and hosts her first dinner party.

7/30: Chances Are… by Richard Russo – Three men who have been friends since college in the 1960s convene on Martha’s Vineyard, where they continue to puzzle over the disappearance of a friend on the same weekend in 1971. A Peak Pick!

7/30: Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson – A group of adult women play a harmless drinking game that escalates into a war of dark pasts in this novel of domestic suspense.

~posted by Andrea G.

Book descriptions adapted from publisher copy.

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