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Down Days by Ilze Hugo

Topical for the COVID-19 era, this magical realist novel is inspired by the 1962 Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic and set in a fictional version of Cape Town, Ilze Hugo’s hometown. This time, the laughter never stopped; seven years later, everyone is wearing a mask, laughing is forbidden, taxi drivers are death collectors, and a little girl is trying to find her brother—who may or may not be a ghost. But when even the truth is up for debate, what is one to do but laugh?

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ISBN: 9781982121549
Published: Skybound Books - May 5th, 2020

Waiting for Bojangles by Olivier Bourdeaut

A beautiful French novel exploring the difficult subject of mental illness. Written to the soundtrack of Nina Simone singing Mr. Bojangles, this is a magical love story. A young boy tells the story of watching his parents dance their way through life even as his mother descends into madness. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry. An international bestseller.

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By Olivier Bourdeaut, Regan Kramer (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781501175091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 17th, 2020

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu

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By Ken Liu
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ISBN: 9781982134037
Published: S&S/Saga Press - February 25th, 2020

Ken Liu delivers a beautiful mix of speculative fiction and light fantasy in his second collection of short stories following The Paper Menagerie. Delving into the complexities of shared history, the impending reality of a virtual existence, and other thoughtful meditations on the ramifications of our social evolution, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories questions our idea of authenticity and consciousness—yet Liu always returns to the pervasive power of memory and the strength of human connection (even when it’s in 1s and 0s). —Tori


Downfall by Inio Asano

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ISBN: 9781974709366
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - February 18th, 2020

Inio Asano, renown manga author of Solanin and Goodnight Punpun, is back with his new publication Downfall. Known for his unique combination of ordinary, everyday events and psychological horror, Inio Asano is bound to deliver in this new manga centering on a failing mangaka in a deteriorating marriage. This is one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2020. —Brooks


Lie with Me by Philippe Besson

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By Philippe Besson, Molly Ringwald (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781501197888
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Published: Scribner - April 7th, 2020

Lie with Me is an exquisite, intimate novel presented as if a memoir. Author Phillipe Besson confides in the reader as if talking to an old friend. He recounts the seminal event of his life, the story of a secret love between two 17-year-old boys in 1984 provincial France. It's a remembrance of a brief powerful connection that reverberates for decades. The writing is beautiful and poignant, sparse and direct. This is a story that leaves hearts and minds both moved and transfixed.

—Trey


The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed

A remarkably touching magical-realist young-adult novel about a boy and a girl (who are, refreshingly, not a couple but best friends!) that explores social issues such as race, sexuality, and class with humor, heart, a touch of magic, and a sprinkle of apocalypse. - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9781481481762
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah

Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah has written an astonishing novel that looks smartly sideways at the history of British colonialism through the death of 19th-century explorer Dr. David Livingstone and the richly rendered funeral group who endeavors to deliver his body across Africa, sending it home. Two within his entourage, his loyal cook Halima and the Christian freed slave Jacob, narrate this journey through their own complicated perspectives, painting a broader, more nuanced understanding of slavery and colonialism, all while telling an engaging, atmospheric story. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781982110338
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

I cannot get over the beauty of this book. It may be one of my favorite depictions of World War II since Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. This is a book that is hard to review. It starts in Berlin in 1941. There is a golem, a heron, heartbreak, and wrenching loss. There are breathtaking scenes of love and loyalty. There is stunning detail of real and vivid scenery set against the sweeping backdrop of unveiled history and visionary magical realism. Since finishing it, I have gone to it again and again. There is always one book each season that strikes to the core, and this is that book. It is a gift like no other. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781501137570
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 24th, 2019

The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Gorky Park comes a new Arkady Renko story set against the harsh and forbidding landscape of Siberia. Investigator Renko must fight against his own demons as well as the larger global threat posed by Russian spies when he travels to find missing journalist Tatiana Petrovna. “A stellar spy novel that provides an authentic view of contemporary Russia.”—Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781439140253
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2019

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon seems to consistently bring something fresh and completely unprecedented to the genre in a most magnificent way. I’ll let you read the back of the book for the plot, as there’s so much going on—from the Middle Passage to magical mer-people to shared memories and the strength of one young person to save her people. Solomon pulls it all off with aplomb. It’s a little book that packs a lot of punch about historical trauma and the ways we integrate our history into our lives, and helps us think about what history we are responsible for carrying. I can’t stop thinking about this one.

—Jax

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ISBN: 9781534439870
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - August 4th, 2020

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