• The cover of the book Black Leopard, Red Wolf

    Black Leopard, Red Wolf

    In Marlon James’s epic fantasy novel, the first of a projected trilogy, readers will find themselves enthralled by the setting, a place of magic, intrigue, and power struggles. Tracker, usually a lone wolf kind of hunter, is hired to find a boy who’s been missing for three years. Why now?, he wonders, but answers aren’t forthcoming, and he finds himself teaming up with other mercenaries—including a shapeshifting man named Leopard—in order to fulfill the difficult task. Shrouded in secrets and struggling through the unpredictability of a magical land, this boundary-breaking novel is sure to keep you reading past your bedtime.

    Out Feb 5

     
  • The cover of the book More Than Words

    More Than Words

    Nina Gregory is mourning her father’s death, but it’s more complicated than that. Raised with the privilege that her father’s glamorous New York City-based hotels brought the family, Nina’s always known she’d need to take over the business. But she thought she had more time, and she’s come to love her job as a speechwriter for the inspiring mayoral candidate. Her boyfriend tries to be supportive, but she’s not sure he understands what she’s going through, especially as she begins to discover that her father’s life wasn’t as upstanding as she’d always believed. As her ideas about who her father was begin to morph, Nina must figure out who she really is as well.

    Out Feb 5

     
  • The cover of the book I Owe You One

    I Owe You One

    We’ve all been there: sitting at a café, when someone asks us to watch their laptop while they go to the bathroom. For Fixie Farr, that one moment changes everything. When she saves a stranger’s laptop from a caved-in café ceiling, the charming man, Seb, writes an all-purpose IOU for her on a coffee sleeve. Fixie, who’s more concerned with taking care of other people’s lives, doesn’t think she’ll ever use it—but when her longtime crush moves back to London from LA, where he failed at his Hollywood aspirations, she decides to cash in the IOU and asks Seb to give her crush a job. Soon she and Seb are exchanging more IOUs as the results of favors turn complicated. Will Fixie learn how much she owes herself, too?

    Out Feb 5

     
  • The cover of the book The Dead Ex

    The Dead Ex

    David is missing. This might be cause for celebration for Vicki, his ex-wife, who’s finally found some version of a stable life. But the police are on Vicki’s doorstep after Tanya—David’s new wife, who he was having an affair with throughout his marriage—reports him missing. Could Vicki have something to do with it? Meanwhile, a young girl named Scarlet is taken from her drug-dealing mother and placed in a series of foster homes. But how is she connected to David, or to Vicki or Tanya for that matter? The alternating storylines remain separate and alluring, inching toward one another in this thriller that will keep you guessing right to the end.

    Out Feb 5

     
  • The cover of the book A People's Future of the United States

    A People's Future of the United States

    LaValle and Adams have collected 25 stories from some of the greatest science fiction writers of our era, including N. K. Jemisin, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Daniel José Older. Specifically, they’ve collected badass stories about possible futures. Our current political climate has many of us knotted with fear, but these authors offer cathartic solutions or provocative ideas, playing with the future through a variety of lenses and allowing us to see what we might hope for, as well as what we might fear worst of all. By turns uplifting and tragic, these stories will provide a kick to any reader, and remind us that there’s so much worth fighting for.

    Out Feb 5

     
  • The cover of the book The Master Plan

    The Master Plan

    Chris Wilson was under no illusions when he was arrested for killing a man during a moment of heated panic—he’d been carrying a gun for protection after watching his mother’s relationship with an abusive cop go south several times. He knew that his status as a black 17-year-old boy with a pages-long record wasn’t going to help. And, indeed, he found himself facing a life sentence with no possibility of parole. Once inside, Wilson earned his GED and college degrees, taught himself new languages, and achieved what seems impossible in our justice system: he managed to convince a judge to reduce his sentence and give him parole. Wilson shares his account of the difficulties both outside and in the prison system, and how he survived and remade made his life.

    Out Feb 5

     
  • The cover of the book American Spy

    American Spy

    Based on real events, Lauren Wilkinson’s electric debut novel is worthy of your time—a thrilling spy narrative, a tangled love story, and the divided loyalties of a complex woman will keep you on the edge of your seat. Marie Mitchell is working for the FBI in 1986, but she’s mostly filing paperwork, her gender and race holding her back in the old, white boys’ club. Until, that is, she’s recruited for a mission in Burkina Faso, where a charismatic Marxist president has risen to power. Though Marie’s suspicious she’s on this mission because of her appearance, she nevertheless jumps into the fray and becomes an integral part of the mission, even as she begins to wonder whether she’s working for the right side.

    Out Feb 12

     
  • The cover of the book Leading Men

    Leading Men

    Imagining the relationship of playwright Tennessee Williams and his longtime love, Frank Merlo, this novel explores the limits of love, ambition, and what we leave behind. In 1953, at a party thrown by Truman Capote, the couple meet a young Swedish woman destined for greatness. Anja Bloom remains an art house darling for years, and in contemporary times, though reclusive, she’s still alive and holds the only copy of a one-act play Williams wrote late in life. The play was meant to assuage his guilt over never visiting Merlo in the hospital in 1963, when Merlo was dying of lung cancer. Moving between past and present, we learn about Anja, her relationship to the famous playwright and his lover, and why a young man is trying to get his hands on this last bit of Williams’s writing.

    Out Feb 12

     
  • The cover of the book Finding Dorothy

    Finding Dorothy

    Many of us know that the famous Wizard of Oz film is based on the book series by L. Frank Baum. But most of us likely don’t know the story behind the story—that of Maud Gage Baum, the writer’s wife. Through her eyes, we watch the filming of the movie, which happened after the writer’s death. We also see Maud’s life story, as she’s raised by a suffragette mother, becomes the first woman admitted to Cornell University, and marries L. Frank. Ultimately, this is a story about stories, about how we tell them to ourselves and to each other for comfort, and how a well-placed and well-timed story can sometimes change everything.

    Out Feb 12

     
  • The cover of the book Lost Children Archive

    Lost Children Archive

    A pair of New Yorker parents who make audio documentaries set out on a road trip with their two young children. They’re heading to Apacheria, an Arizona region once home to the Apache Nation. Along the lengthy drive, the radio tells the cramped family of an “immigration crisis” at the border, where children are apparently arriving in droves, getting lost in the dangerous desert journey or detained once they arrive. A crisis is occurring within the family too, and as the children begin to react to their parents’ clear tension, the adventure becomes more urgent than they ever imagined.

    Out Feb 12

     
  • The cover of the book Bangkok Wakes to Rain

    Bangkok Wakes to Rain

    What makes a city unique? Is it the people? The shared history? Or is it something ineffable that travels through time and space, following those who’ve left? In Pitchaya Sudbanthad’s debut novel, Bangkok, Thailand, becomes the focal point for a cast of characters spanning a century. At first, it may seem that none of these characters are connected—after all, what does an American doctor living in Thailand 100 years ago have to do with a Thai photographer living in Los Angeles in the 1970s? But as the book unfolds, so do the mysteries tying these and other characters together. Ghosts, real or imagined, haunt the characters’ minds as they find their way to one another.

    Out Feb 19

     
  • The cover of the book The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

    The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

    The Butler siblings had a difficult upbringing, but none of them expected this: Althea, who largely mothered her sisters and brother, is sitting in jail awaiting trial along with her husband, Proctor. The pair were successful restaurant owners and community organizers, and are being accused of fraud and theft. Althea’s sisters, Lillian and Viola, aren’t quite sure what to believe, but Althea’s twin daughters are devastated at the sudden loss of their parents. As Lillian takes care of the teenage girls and waits for Viola to arrive, Althea sits in jail, attending Bible study. The three sisters alternate narrating this book about family secrets, loyalties, and love in spite of difficult odds.

    Out Feb 19

     
  • The cover of the book We Must Be Brave

    We Must Be Brave

    Ellen’s not yet 30 when she becomes—unintentionally—a mother. It’s 1940, and she’s married to a man almost 20 years older than her who was wounded in World War I. The two will never be able to consummate their marriage, but Ellen knew when they married that she didn’t want children. But when she finds a 5-year-old girl, Pamela, alone on a bus evacuating from Southampton during World War II, she takes the child in. She cares for Pamela for several years, until the girl’s ripped away from her. Ranging from Ellen’s past to long after the war is over, this riveting novel explores the nuances of sorrow and joy in one woman’s complicated life.

    Out Feb 26

     
  • The cover of the book Say Nothing

    Say Nothing

    The Troubles are what Northern Ireland calls the many-years conflict in the late 20th century, when those who wanted to leave the UK and unite with Ireland bitterly fought against those who wished to remain. Patrick Radden Keefe explores the breadth of these complicated times through a single cold case: the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. The 38-year-old widowed mother of ten children was dragged from her home, never to be seen again—but everyone knew it was the IRA, the paramilitary organization that’s since been categorized as a terrorist organization. Years later, Jean’s bones were identified on a secluded beach, bringing an answer, if not closure, to her children. Using her story as a starting point, Keefe exposes both the complexities of the time and the painful aftermath for those on all sides of the conflict.

    Out Feb 26