New Fiction Roundup – August 2022

August is rich in new fiction options, from a spy thriller, to innovative fantasy, compelling historical fiction, and new books from bestsellers Jamie Ford, Emma Donoghue, Mohsin Hamid, Sarah Addison Allen, and Taylor Jenkins Reid.

8/2: Alias Emma by Ava Glass
For her first assignment as a British spy, Emma Makepeace is charged with protecting a Russian scientist targeted for assassination by the Russian government. Crossing London while trying to avoid all electronic surveillance, Emma realizes the danger may come from all sides. (spy thriller)

8/2: The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean
On the Yorkshire Moors live a group of people who eat books as food, retaining the content after eating. But not everyone gets the same stories to read, and book eater Devon has been raised on a diet of fairy tales and cautionary stories, leaving her ill prepared when she gives birth to a son with a dark hunger. (fantasy)

8/2: The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias
Driven to the edge by his daughter’s illness and medical debt, Mario takes a job as a hitman, and then a final job hijacking a Mexican cartel’s cash shipment where he is faced with monsters, both human and otherworldly. (thriller/horror)

8/2: The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid
Anders wakes up one morning to find that his skin has turned dark, a transformation that slowly spreads across town in this parable examining race, personal identity, and the short and long-term impacts of widespread change. (general fiction) A Peak Pick!

8/2: The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford
Follows seven generations of women in a Chinese family over 250 years beginning with Dorothy Moy, who uses art to make sense of her mental health struggles and seeks an effective treatment even as she worries that her daughter may suffer the effects of depression and inherited trauma. By the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. (general fiction) A Peak Pick!

8/2: Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
After emigrating as a child from Italy, Maria works her way up in Hollywood’s Mercury Pictures International, creating a haven for European émigrés fleeing World War II, until a person from her family’s past arrives, forcing her to confront her father’s fate. (historical fiction)

8/2: Mother of Strangers by Suad Amiry
Set in Jaffa between 1947-1951, this novel based on a true story follows teenage sweethearts Subhi and Shams and their lives in the cosmopolitan city, until plans to partition the city into Arab and Jewish states leads to indiscriminate shelling, destruction, and displacement. (historical fiction)

8/2: The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
In the rundown, post-industrial town of Vacca Vale sits an apartment building on the edge of town, home to older adults and, now, four teenagers who have aged out of foster care. An American portrait, set over the course of one transformative week. (general fiction)

8/2: Shutter by Ramona Emerson
Forensic photographer Rita Todacheene has a secret – she can see crime victim’s ghosts, which point her to essential clues. It’s also an ability that leaves her drained. When the ghost of a supposed suicide forces Rita into a quest for revenge, Rita finds herself on a dangerous path. (mystery) A Peak Pick!

8/9: The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings
In a world where witches are real and unmarried women over age 30 must register with The State, 28-year-old Josephine Thomas gets the opportunity to fulfill a last request from her mother’s will and explore a different kind of life. (fiction/science fiction)

8/16: Acting Class by Nick Drnaso
Ten strangers uneasy in their lives gather for acting lessons under John Smith, a mysterious leader whose lessons pull the students deeper into explorations of their fears and desires. (graphic novel)

8/16: Lucy Checks In by Dee Ernst
Coming off a bad breakup and disgraceful end to her career as the hotel manager of a swanky New York Hotel, Lucy needs a fresh start. She finds it in Rennes France, at the Hotel Paradis, a charming but run-down building, balancing renovation and possible romance with a local artist. (romance)

8/16: Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana
Eight interconnected stories follow the residents of a low-income Harlem high rise threatened by gentrification.

8/23: Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah
2021 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Gurnah returns with a multi-generational saga of displacement, loss, and love set against the colonization of East Africa. (historical fiction)

8/23: Babel by R.F. Kuang
Robin, a Chinese orphan raised in Britain, achieves his goal of training at the prestigious Royal institute of Translation in Oxford, where he learns translation and magic through silver working. When he realizes his skills will be used to advance Britain’s colonial empire in China, Robin’s loyalties are conflicted. (historical fantasy).

8/23: The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen
Hart is a marshal who patrols the magical wilds of Tanria; Mercy is an undertaker barely keeping her family business afloat. When Hart writes an anonymous letter addressed simply to “a friend” it gets delivered to Mercy, and soon the two sworn enemies are exchanging letters and falling for one another, just as danger draws near Tanria. (romance).

8/23: Haven by Emma Donoghue
In 7th century Ireland, a priest and two monks found a new monastery on a steep, bare island populated by tens of thousands of birds, where they struggle with harsh living conditions and the nature of faith. By the author of Room. (historical fiction)

8/23: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Two scientist archenemies share a lab, collaborate on a project, and discover that their animosity may actually be explosive personal chemistry. (romance)

8/23: My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson
Coming of age as a young gay Black man in 1980s new York City, Earl “Trey” Singleton becomes part of a vibrant community creating strong relationships and grappling with the AIDS crisis through community care and activism. (general fiction)

8/30: Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Carrie Soto retired as the best tennis player the world had ever seen. Six years later, and Nicki Chan is ruthlessly toppling her records. At 37 years old, Carrie decides to come out of retirement in an effort to reclaim her record in one final, epic season. (general fiction) A Peak Pick!

8/30: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
A family reunion in the gothic ancestral house on a tiny island isolated daily by the incoming tide leads to murder. (thriller)

8/30: The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton
In 1705 Amsterdam, 18 year old Thea has an affair with the chief set-painter to Amsterdam’s playhouses, even as her family tries to arrange an advantageous marriage while keeping vital family secrets hidden from Thea herself. A companion novel to Burton’s bestselling The Miniaturist. (historical fiction)

8/30: Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley
When Lady Abigail Worthing discovers the dead body of her next door neighbor on her property, she is worried suspicion will fall on her due to her mixed race and her family’s notorious history. She teams up with the other likely suspect, her neighbor’s husband, to investigate. (historical mystery)

8/30: Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
Zoey Hennessey travels to the small coastal town of Mallow Island, South Carolina to clean out her deceased mother’s apartment at The Dellawisp. As she meets the quirky neighbors and investigates a long-standing mystery, Zoey discovers the magic around her. (general fiction)

~ posted by Andrea G.

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