New Fiction Roundup, January 2020

Whether reading is part of your New Year’s resolutions, or already a tried-and-true habit, here are some new novels coming out in January 2020 to consider.

1/1: Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg – Recently promoted as the youngest female homicide detective in the history of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Eve finds herself faced with a crime scene of horrific carnage, but curiously absent of bodies, with just her instinct to go on and a lot of people looking for her to fail.

1/7: The Heap by Sean Adams – In this near-future dystopia, a 500-story building has collapsed, becoming The Heap. Except there’s a survivor, Bernard, somehow broadcasting a radio show from inside the wreckage. Can his brother find him, or will corporate interest prevail?

1/7: Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey – This novel about sex, violence, and self-loathing consists of conversations between women over 20 years in the life of an unnamed narrator.

1/14: Cleanness by Garth Greenwell – An American teacher, living in Bulgaria, grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his time abroad and reflects on a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love.

1/14: Followers by Megan Angelo – Budding novelist Orla and aspiring A-lister Floss come up with a plan to launch themselves using social media; 35 years later, government-appointed celebrities live every moment on camera, and one of them discovers a buried connection to Orla and Floss.

1/14: Little Gods by Meng Jin – This debut novel explores the complex web of grief, memory, time, physics, history, and selfhood in the immigrant experience, as well as the complicated bond between daughters and mothers.

1/14: Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey – Once madly in love, Rosie wants more out of married life than she’s currently getting from her husband Dominic, so she convinces him to go to marriage boot camp. As each assignment brings them closer together, will one secret break them apart?

1/14: The Secret Guests by Benjamin Black – Ahead of the German Blitz during World War II, English parents from every social class sent their children to the countryside for safety. In this novel, the British royal family moves the princesses to Ireland, watched over by an English female secret agent and a young Irish detective.

1/21: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins – When Lydia’s husband runs afoul of the head of a powerful drug cartel in their hometown of Acapulco, Lydia and her eight-year-old son Luca flee north to the United States for safety, uncertain of the reception they’ll receive. A Peak Pick!

1/21: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende – This epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. A Peak Pick!

1/21: Remembrance by Rita Woods – Remembrance is a hidden stop on the Underground Railroad, a pocket in time and space where those on the run can be safe. Can Margot, sold to new owners in 1857 New Orleans, find Remembrance? How do Abigail, enslaved in Haiti in 1791, and Gaelle, an elderly woman in present day Ohio, connect to Remembrance?

Book descriptions adapted from publisher copy.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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