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Is there such a thing as knowing too much? That's the question four siblings have to grapple with in Benjamin's inventive second novel, which opens with a psychic telling the Gold children the precise dates of their deaths in 1969 New York. The tale continues into their disparate adulthoods—happily married or resignedly alone, tightly regimented or unabashedly free-spirited, selfish or self-proclaiming selflessness—as the choices they've made with the ticking clock of mortality in mind raise quandaries about predetermination and the nature of self-fulfilling prophesies.
The Immortalistsby Chloe Benjamin, , amazon.com on January 9.
The Establishment editor-at-large Oluo crafts a straightforward guidebook to the nuances of conversations surrounding race in America, with topics ranging from white supremacy and Black Lives Matter to the "N" word. Read it, then recommend it to everyone you know.—Julie Kosin
So You Want to Talk About Raceby Ijeoma Oluo, on amazon.com on January 16.
Actress and activist McGowan releases her long-awaited memoir chronicling her childhood in a cult and her complicated, painful experiences at the hands of the Hollywood machine. A must-read as the era of #metoo moves into a new year.—Julie Kosin
Braveby Rose McGowan, , amazon.com on January 30.
As she did in 2013'sThe Interestings, Wolitzer highlights her ability to find the yearning that lives in all of us: to be seen, to be admired, to be whatever we imagine as the best version of ourselves. For college freshman Greer that means becoming someone like Faith Frank, an icon of the women's movement who takes on Greer as a protégé. Once nestled under Faith's wing, though, Greer is forced to reckon with what transforming into the kind of woman she wants to be actually means for the woman she actually is, the things she stands to gain, and the parts of herself she might have to sacrifice.
The Female Persuasionby Meg Wolitzer, , amazon.com on April 3.
Shepard brings her knack for the tightly-wound thriller that earnedPretty Little Liarsits runaway success to a whole new demographic. As novelist Eliza Fontaine delves into the investigation of her own attempted murder, things quickly take a turn for the meta-textual. Embroiled in situations that eerily mirror her fiction, the lines between reality and Eliza's own imaginings rapidly blur. Clever and attention-grabbing, this is one book you won't be able to leave sitting on the nightstand for long.
The Elizasby Sara Shepard, , amazon.com on April 17.
Gay follows up her prolific 2019 with an anthology of rising and established authors examining the realities of living in a society where men pose the greatest threat to a woman's safety and well-being.—Julie Kosin
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Cultureedited by Roxane Gay, , amazon.com on May 1.
Pop your favorite Agatha Christie whodunnit into a blender with a scoop ofDownton Abbey, a dash ofQuantum Leap, and a liberal sprinkling ofGroundhog's Dayand you'll get this unique murder mystery. The twisting, cleverly-written debut revolves around Aiden Bishop, forced to relive the day of socialite Evelyn Hardcastle's murder over and over until he can track down her killer and break the cycle. The trick? Each day Aiden finds himself reliving things in the body of a different guest at Lord and Lady Hardcastle's masquerade, making the information he's able to gather and the relationships he forges in his search increasingly complicated.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastleby Stuart Turton, amazon.com on September 1.
Shortly before his passing in late 2019, beloved singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen sat down to assemble this collection of previously unpublished poems (his original occupation before turning to music), selections from his private notebooks, and song lyrics from his extensive musical career. Completed just days before his death, the book represents not just a portion of Cohen's voluminous life's work, but also a window into the mind of an exceptional artist.
The Flameby Leonard Cohen, release date TBD.
Dare we even dream? We’ve been burned by George R.R. Martin before, and there has been distressingly little word in recent months on the progress of his hotly-anticipated sixth novel in theA Song of Ice and Fireseries (on which HBO's mega-hitGame of Thronesis based). Still, until we get confirmation otherwise, we choose to keep believing that (The Winds of) Winter is coming—soon.
The Winds of Winterby George R.R. Martin, release date TBD.
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