13 new books to watch in August | Literary arts | Pittsburgh
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Go by Zoje Stage
Release August 17 via Mulholland
Thriller, 384 pages
Zoje Stage from Pittsburgh, whose first novel Baby teeth was an international bestseller, returns with a new horror-tinged thriller. Since their teens, sisters Imogen and Beck have been Tilda’s best friends, but the women have drifted apart over the past two decades. After Imogen survives a traumatic attack, the three decide to take a reunion hike in the Grand Canyon where the tensions of the past reappear.
Everything is fine by Mona Awad
Released on August 3 via Simon & Schuster
Horror, 384 pages
In this dark and humorous novel by the author of Rabbit, Miranda Fitch, a chronic pain theater teacher, is directing a troubled production of Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well”. Then she meets three strangers who have a little too much knowledge about her past.
Radiant fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed
Released August 3 via Counterpoint Press
Queer literary fiction, 384 pages
Told from the perspective of a child from birth, readers discover the story of three generations of an Indian Muslim family … a story filled with a family and a country struggling with acceptance, forgiveness and lasting love.
Something new under the sun by Alexandra Kleeman
Released August 3 via Hogarth Press
Science-Fiction, 352 pages
From the award-winning author of You too can have a body like mine comes this timely story where a novelist in Hollywood’s near and dark and unsettling future tries to mend his troubled marriage.
Singing birds by Christy Lefteri
Release on August 3 via Ballantine
Historical fiction, 336 pages
Another comeback from an award-winning author (The Aleppo beekeeper), in this novel based on the actual disappearance of domestic workers in Cyprus, a woman’s employer and boyfriend are forced to work together and investigate her disappearance.
A lesson in revenge by Victoria Lee
Released August 3 via Delacorte Press
YA Fantasy, 384 pages
Prepare for a spooky season with this dark, twisty thriller about a boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft.
Once upon a time there were wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
Released August 3 via Flatiron
Thriller, 272 pages
In this thrilling novel from the author of the national bestseller Migrations, Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with his twin sister to reintroduce gray wolves to the wild Scottish Highlands. Then a farmer appears dead, and Inti is sure it wasn’t one of the wolves.
Superdoom by MÃ©lissa Broder
Released August 10 via Tin House
Poems, 176 pages
The best poems from three of Melissa Broder’s out-of-print poetry books – When you say one thing but think of your mother, your meaty heart and your scarecrow – and its fourth collection, Last sext, are brought together in this poetic anthology.
Those who don’t say they love you: stories by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Released August 17 via One World
Short stories, 240 pages
In this collection of short stories, We cast a shadow Author Maurice Carlos Ruffin gives readers an in-depth look at New Orleans culture through intimate stories and character-driven perspectives.
The velvet was the night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Released August 17th via Del Rey
Historical fiction / Suspense, 304 pages
New York Times bestselling author of the 2020s Mexican gothic is back with another dark mystery. This time around, it’s 1970s Mexico City, and two unlikely characters reunite in search of a missing woman who has gone missing under shady circumstances.
Seeing ghosts: a memory by Kat Chow
Released August 24 via Grand Central Publishing
non-fictional works, 368 pages
Since her brother died just hours after birth, Kat Chow has been obsessed with death. This mainly comes in the form of worrying about the death of one’s parents. So when her mother suddenly dies of cancer, Kat’s grieving process involves revealing her family history, spanning three generations, from China and Hong Kong to America and Cuba.
WEB Du Bois love songs by HonorÃ©e Fanonne Jeffers
Released August 24 via Harper
Historical fiction, 816 pages
Ailey Pearl understood what WEB Du Bois called “Double Consciousness”, a sensitivity that every black American must have in order to survive, from childhood. For as long as she can remember, she has been forced to fight for belonging to the small Georgian town of Chicatetta, and a long-standing trama has made this all the more difficult. Pearl embarks on a journey through her family’s past – Chicasetta is where her mother’s family has lived since their ancestors were brought back from Africa – discovering their lineage dating back to slavery and discovering themselves in the process .
A slow burning fire by Paula Hawkins
Released August 31st via Riverhead
Thriller, 320 pages
Of New York Times bestselling author of The girl on the train comes another thrilling mystery. This time around, when a young man is found murdered on a London barge, the three women with separate connections to him are investigated. And everyone is overflowing with resentment.