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Daughter in Exile

Whether or not Lola’s experiences limn the author’s own, Adjapon’s (The Teller of Secrets) crackling dialogue and barbed humor feel close to the bone. Themes of classism, racism, and fierce feminism will appeal to book groups and readers of Mbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers or Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Americanah.

The Enigma of Room 622

Twists abound in this elaborate mystery, but readers will have to power through clichéd dialogue, jarring time shifts, and thin characterization to enjoy them.

Defending Alice: A Novel of Love and Race in the Roaring Twenties

Fans of Stratton might appreciate this new offering from the author of crime novel Smack Goddess. Readers interested in Jazz Age history will value Stratton’s close observance of the Rhinelander case and the historically accurate snippets that he peppers throughout his text.

The Ghetto Within

An Argentine film director and screenwriter residing in France (and writing in French), Amigorena (A Laconic Childhood) almost seamlessly alternates the narration between the fictional lives of the Argentine exiles and documentation of the horrific events in Europe. Coupled with the themes of exile and the struggle for Jewish identity, he brilliantly parallels the plight of the forsaken victims within the ghetto and Vicente’s sense of helplessness, as if he, too, were enclosed by walls.

The Girls in Queens

Despite its issues, this novel will resonate for those who’ve read books like Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn and is recommended for Torres’s attention to the complex intersectional issues surrounding allegations of sexual violence within communities of color and the promise of solidarity among women.

Patience Is a Subtle Thief

Abi Ishola-Ayodeji, award-winning journalist and television producer, can add accomplished author to her accolades with publication of this intense debut novel that explores the deleterious effects of secrets kept and the wrenching choices one woman makes in her search for identity and connection.


A harrowing debut novel by a very talented natural storyteller, suitable for YA as well as for adult readers.

The Last Wild Horses

While Lunde’s descriptions of a dystopian landscape destroyed by climate change are especially effective, the novel wraps up a little too neatly given the trauma suffered in trying to save the horses.

The Hummingbird

Veronesi has penned a powerful Shakespearean tale of one man’s life, filled with tragedy, loss, and star-crossed love. A cautionary tale for our turbulent times, exquisitely rendered by translator Pala; Veronesi’s final chapter is sure to garner much examination as a prescient warning of what may lie ahead.

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