New Fiction Roundup – December 2019

Is the end of the year going by at light-speed for anyone else? It’s passing so quickly for me that I’m a week late in suggesting new fiction to check out this December.

12/3: Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer – In a City with no name, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake is the fate of the future and the fate of Earth. By the author of Annihilation.

12/3: The German House by Annette Hess – Set against the 1963 Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials, this coming-of-age story follows a young female translator, caught between societal and familial expectations and her unique ability to speak truth to power, as she fights to expose the dark truths of her nation’s past.

12/3: Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths – Detective Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto investigate a string of presumed kidnappings in the swinging 1960s in this fifth book in the Magic Men Mystery series.

12/3: The Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith – Returning to his series set in the boarding house at 44 Scotland Street, summer finds the residents engaging in flights of fancy and pleasant diversions.

12/3: The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson – The haunting, vivid story of a nun whose past returns to her in unexpected ways as she investigates a mysterious death and a series of harrowing abuse claims.

12/3: This Is Happiness by Niall Williams – In this intricately observed portrait of a community, the residents of the remote Irish town Faha celebrate first love, the return of a long-lost love, the arrival of electricity, and the end of the rainy season.

12/3: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters – In order to convince her film agency’s biggest client to write a romantic-comedy screenplay, Evie Summer will have to prove to him that you really can find love in real life like you do in a rom-com.

12/10: Africaville by Jeffry Colvin – In a small Nova Scotia town settled by former slaves, three generations of the Sebolt family unfold against the events of the 20th century, from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the social protests of the 1960s and economic upheavals of the 1980s.

12/31: The Best of Uncanny edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas – Gathering together the best science fiction and fantasy stories and poems from the first 22 issues of Uncanny Magazine, this compilation includes work by Alyssa Wong, Naomi Novik, Neil Gaiman, N.K. Jemison, Carmen Maria Machado, Seanan McGuire, and many others.

12/31: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn – Calligrapher Meg embeds a hidden code into a wedding program, which groom-to-be and quantitative analyst Reid discovers. Reid seeks Meg out, and the two walk the streets of New York together looking for the hidden meanings around them.

12/31: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – In this novel about race, privilege, and transactional relationships, a grocery store security guard sees a young black baby sitter with a white toddler and accuses her of kidnapping; the mother’s response is well-intentioned but clueless. A Peak Pick!

Book descriptions adapted from publisher copy.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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