New Fiction Roundup, August 2019

A book told from the point of view of a Seattle crow, two novels about surveillance states, several short story collections and much more await you this August.

8/1: They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez – Racism, class, and betrayal collide in this poignant debut novel about restoring the broken bonds of family and friendship.

8/6: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton – A domesticated crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this debut by a Seattle author. A Peak Pick!

8/6: Right Swipe by Alisha Rai – Two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom, but in sync in the bedroom.

8/6: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – After lying to obtain a well-paying nanny job in the Scottish Highlands, a young woman inadvertently steps into a menacing situation that ends up with one child dead, with her as the prime suspect.

8/13: Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons – This collection of short stories exposes desire’s darkest hollows, from first love, to self-loathing, to addiction and marriage.

8/13: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk – In a remote Polish village, Janina housesits and studies astrology and poetry. When a neighbor turns up dead, the first of several bodies, Janina investigates. A Peak Pick!

8/13: Inland by Tea Obreht – Arizona, 1893. Frontierswoman Nora stays inside with her youngest son, convinced a mysterious beast stalks their land. Meanwhile, former outlaw Lurie treks west, haunted by ghosts.

8/13: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa – A novel about the terrors of state surveillance finds a young novelist hiding her editor from the Memory Police, who enforce the erasure of certain memories.

8/20: The World Doesn’t Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott – This collection of short stories are set in the fictional African American community Cross River, Maryland. In their review, Booklist wrote that “Scott’s imagery and unique voice blend horror, satire, and magical realism into an intoxicating brew.”

8/20: Going Dutch by James Gregor – Grad student Richard finds himself in a platonic, symbiotic relationship with Anne and an increasingly serious romantic relationship with Blake, setting up an existential collision course.

8/20: The Warehouse by Rob Hart – In a near-future America, nearly everyone works for Cloud – the giant tech company with fulfillment centers that provide all that is needed in life. Paxton and Zinnia have just started working there, and are determined to figure out their employer’s true agenda.

8/27: A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman – An Afghan-American woman travels to do aid work in Afghanistan, only to discover a situation far more complicated than she anticipated. By the author of the 2012 Seattle Reads selection The Submission.

8/27: Doxology by Nell Zink – Two generations of an American family come of age in New York and Washington, D.C.—one before 9/11, one after.

8/27: Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat – A collection of short stories about community, family, and love, set in Miami, Port-au-Prince, and beyond.

~ posted by Andrea G.

Book descriptions adapted from publisher copy.

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