The month of January kick-started 2020’s publishing year with some excellent reads. However, as self-proclaimed “book pushers,” we know that sometimes you need just one list that narrows everything down. So we decided to share NINE of our favorite reads from January 2020’s new releases. In addition, you’ll find a long-lost story collection, gripping thrillers, suspense, sci-fi, magical realism, multigenerational family dramas, coming of age, and even a historical love story.
So make space on your bookshelves, make those library requests, reserve these titles, and hopefully, you will find a favorite or two from our favorite reads of January 2020.
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston’s “lost” Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives.
In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. A Long Petal of the Sea follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the war in search of a place to call home. It’s a historical fiction novel about hope, exile, and belonging.
Nia Imani is a woman out of place. Traveling through the stars condenses decades into mere months for her. When she meets a mute child, burdened with unimaginable power -both of their lives are changed forever. The Vanished Birds is a debut of connection across space and time.
Popkey’s debut novel is composed almost exclusively of conversations between women–the stories they tell each other, and the stories they tell themselves, about shame and love, infidelity and self-sabotage–and careens through twenty years in the life of an unnamed narrator hungry for experience and bent on upending her life.
It doesn’t take long for the students on Fielding campus to become obsessed with Hannah, Leslie and Jimmy. When Jimmy, a poet, gets his work ripped apart (literally) by bestselling author and visiting professor Simone, Leslie and Hannah decide it’s time to do something about this abuse of power. Love. Death. Revenge. These age-old tropes come to life as the semesters unfold.
When a woman conceals her sister’s death to claim their joint inheritance, her deception exposes a web of dangerous secrets. An electric, twisted portrait of sisterhood and the ties that bind, The Better Liar is a stunning debut with a heart-stopping, twist-after-twist finale that will beg the question: How far would you go to get what’s yours?
After committing a horrific deed — that he can never undo — Thomas grapples with his sense of self. Sometimes he casts himself as a victim and, at other times, a monster. All he ever did was try to be a good man. A Good Man is a dark and gripping novel of psychological suspense about a family man driven to unspeakable acts,
Two sisters from a Chinese-Indonesian family grapple with the past after one of them poisons their entire family. The Majesties is a tale about the secrets and betrayals that can accompany exorbitant wealth, the dark secrets that can build a family empire—and also bring it crashing down.
A haunted, surreal debut novel about an otherworldly young woman, her father, and her lover that culminates in a shocking moment of betrayal—one that upends our understanding of power, predation, and agency.