New fiction roundup, November 2019

No matter what you read – romance, fantasy, historical fiction, prize-winning fiction – November has a new release for you.

11/5: The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older – In this multigenerational Cuban-American family story of revolution, loss, and family bonds, the spirit of a woman who disappeared during the Cuban Revolution visits her nephew to spur him into unearthing their family history.

11/5: The Deep by Rivers Solomon – The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society, and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future.

11/5: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – In this romantic comedy Chloe Brown – a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list – recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her get a life.

11/5: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo – The intersections of identity among an interconnected group of Black British women are portrayed in this 2019 Winner of the Booker Prize. A Peak Pick!

11/5: The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton – An elegant and historically inspired story of survivors and healers, of black women and their black sons, of female friendship, set in the American South.

11/5: Secret Service by Tom Bradby – British MI6 agent Kate Henderson races to unmask a Russian mole in the UK government.

11/5: Space Invaders by Nona Fernández – A group of childhood friends are, in adulthood, preoccupied by uneasy memories and visions of their classmate Estrella González Jepsen and questions of how her disappearance tie into the waning days of the Pinochet regime.

11/5: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – Grad student Zachary Rawlins discovers a mysterious book that strangely contains a story from his own childhood. He’ll follow the clues into the Starless Sea, a threatened underground world of pirates, painters, lovers, and liars. A Peak Pick!

11/5: They Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears by Johannes Anyuru – Blending past, present, and future, an act of terrorism manifests through alternate versions of time.

11/5: The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs – A trip to Italy reignites a woman’s desires to disastrous effect in this dark ode to womanhood, death, and sex.

11/19: The Second Sleep by Robert Harris – In 1468 England young priest Christopher Fairfax travels to a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land is strewn with artefacts – coins, glass, human bones. Did the previous parson’s obsession with the objects lead to his death?

Book descriptions adapted from publisher copy.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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