The book: One Hundred Days by Alice Pung
Our reviewer says: "In the nuanced latest from Australian writer Pung, a teen mother-to-be reflects on her ill-fated pursuit of freedom in 1980s Melbourne." Read more.
The book: The Unsettled by Ayana Mathis
Our reviewer says: "Mathis offers a simmering family saga involving fraught efforts in building Black communities.... Readers won’t want to miss Mathis’s accomplished return." Read more.
The book: Bad Indians by Deborah A. Miranda
The book: Absolution by Alice McDermott
Our reviewer says: "McDermott unfurls an evocative character study of American women in 1963 Saigon.... In McDermott’s powerful story, the quest for absolution falls just beyond her characters’ grasp." Read more.
The book: Peach Pit, edited by Molly Llewellyn and Kristel Buckley
The book: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Our reviewer says: "The denouement underwhelms, but an abundance of cryptic clues and tempestuous love triangles provides ample enjoyment." Read more.
The book: The Comfort of Crows by Margaret Renkl
Our reviewer says: "In 52 essays—one per week—Renkl reflects on what she saw and experienced in her Nashville garden over the course of 2022.... This gorgeous reflection on humanity’s symbiotic relationship with the outdoors will transform the way readers interact with their own backyards." Read more.
The book: Class by Stephanie Land
Our reviewer says: "Land catalogs her experiences juggling housecleaning jobs, childcare, and graduate school while battling poverty in this frank and captivating memoir.... [A]nother stirring personal history from one of the foremost chroniclers of 21st-century economic anxiety." Read more.
The book: Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward
Our reviewer says: "Ward returns with the wrenching and beautifully told story of a young enslaved woman on a rice farm in the Carolinas.... Readers won’t be able to turn away." Read more.
The book: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Our reviewer says: "Brown adroitly builds upon the intricate future he introduced in his Red Rising trilogy with this accessible space opera.... Fans of thoughtful blends of action, intrigue, and prosaic human drama will find this hits the spot." Read more.
The book: Eva's Eye by Karin Fossum
The book: Land of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang
Our reviewer says: "Zhang’s exquisite and seductive second novel centers on an unnamed chef, 29, who is trying to survive in the wake of an environmental catastrophe that wreaked havoc on the earth’s biodiversity.... [T]his masterpiece will be enjoyed to the last bite." Read more.
The books: Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis and The Hundred Years' War on Palestine by Rashid I. Khalidi
The book: The Sun Sets in Singapore by Kehinde Fadipe
Our reviewer says: "In Fadipe’s striking debut, three Nigerian women living in Singapore contend with the arrival of Lani, a handsome and charming British Nigerian lawyer who threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect lives.... Fans of recent Singapore-based fiction like Kyla Zhao’s The Fraud Squad will savor the local settings and depictions of high society." Read more.
The book: Maybe Next Time by Cesca Major
Our reviewer says: "Major (The Silent Hours) draws on Groundhog Day for a poignant tale of love, regret, and second chances involving a London couple.... Women’s fiction fans will love this tearjerker."
The book: The House of Doors by Tan Twan Eng
Our reviewer says: "Tan explores the power of storytelling in this intoxicating outing.... Tan seamlessly merges fact and fiction.... This is a stunner." Read more.