Looking Ahead: New Books Coming in February

First of all, how is it February? Second of all, how are we expected to read this many great books in the shortest month of the year??

Queen of the Night, by Alexander Chee (HMH, February 2): This has been lauded by the likes of Liberty Hardy and Nathan Dunbar for months and months and months, and it's finally here! Set in Paris of the Second French Empire, this promises the story of a woman who rises from courtesan to diva.

The Arrangement, by Ashley Warlick (Viking, February 9): From the publisher: "An irresistible novel about food, desire, and the real-life love triangle between M.F.K Fisher, her husband, and the man she left him for—the true love of her life."

Youngblood, by Matt Gallagher (Atria, February 2): This novel is an incredible, heavy story of what it means to be a leader in a time and place where chaos reigns supreme--in this case, Iraq immediately preceding the US' withdrawal of troops. Review to come in Shelf Awareness.

The Black Presidency, by Michael Eric Dyson (HMH, February 2): Dyson's exploration of Obama's campaign for presidency, and two terms in office, is a smart and thoughtful addition to conversations on race and politics in America today. Review to come in Shelf Awareness.

Tender, by Belinda McKeon (Lee Boudreaux, February 16): From an Irish author (I have a soft spot for Irish authors), a psychological story of relationships and humanity. Can't. Wait.

What Lies Between Us, by Nayomi Munaweera (St. Martin's, February 16): The publisher provides one quote in the description for this story of a young girl who immigrates to America from Sri Lanka, and it's enough to have me intrigued: "The walls of my cell are painted an industrial white, like albumen. They must think the color is soothing. Where I come from it connotes absence, death, unrelenting loneliness."

Winterwood, by Jacey Bedford (DAW, February 2): The start of a new fantasy series set in an alternate 19th-century London. After Queen of the Tearling rang so many of my bells, I'm excited to explore another new fantasy series.

Black Deutschland, by Darryl Pinckney (FSG, February 2): The story of a young black American man struggling to find himself as an expatriate in Berlin.

The Lost Time Accidents, by John Wray (FSG, February 9): The publisher calls this a "novel about time travel, family secrets, and the madness of the twentieth century." Um, yes please.


Any new books coming in February that you're excited for?

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