Starred Review

The Night Always Comes

by Willy Vlautin

A lifetime of struggles comes to a head in two frantic days and nights in this gritty novel from Willy Vlautin (Don't Skip Out on Me).

Lynette has been juggling multiple jobs for years to buy the house where she lives with her mother and her developmentally disabled brother. She has managed to save a sizable down payment, but her poor credit history means that her mother will need to take out a loan for the rest. The week before they plan to close, her mother buys a new car and backs out. Desperate to salvage

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by Bruno Lloret, trans. by Ellen Jones

In Chilean author Bruno Lloret's inventively sly debut novel, Nancy, the narrative might seem relatively transparent: titular Nancy approaches death by cancer and recalls her happy childhood, her dangerous adolescence, her brother's disappearance, her mother's abandonment, her father's Mormon conversion, her husband's gruesome death. Lloret, however, is creating something more than story; his opening author's note requests readers to "engage with the text in different ways." That intriguing invitation immediately

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Merci Suárez Can't Dance

by Meg Medina

The follow-up to Meg Medina's 2019 Newbery Medal-winning novel, Merci Suárez Changes Gears, is a joyous celebration of family and friendship.

Merci Suárez had thought sixth grade was going to be tough--she had no idea seventh grade would be a whole new beast. At school she is paired with Wilson Bellevue, a kid she barely knows, to co-manage the school store, "a job that no one wants." Merci is displeased but is swayed by the promise of daily free Key lime pie: "If I was going to die of boredom...

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Twice Shy

by Sarah Hogle

Hogle builds a slow-burn romance between two people fixing up a crumbling house and discovering its secrets and eccentricities.

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Poison Priestess

by Lana Popovic

Nineteen-year-old Catherine Monvoisin becomes the official sorceress to King Louis XIV's mistress, then finds herself at the center of several murders in this tantalizing YA historical novel.

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Workman Publishing: Book Nerd by Holly Maguire

Media Heat

Thursday, April 15, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Wayne Koestenbaum, author of The Cheerful Scapegoat: Fables (Semiotext(e), $16.95, 9781635901443).

Good Morning America: Gabriela Garcia, author of Of Women and Salt (Flatiron Books, $26.99, 9781250776686).

Kelly Clarkson Show: Pepper Teigen, co-author of The Pepper Thai Cookbook: Family Recipes from Everyone's Favorite Thai Mom (Clarkson Potter, $29.99, 9780593137666).

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Real: Sarah Jakes Roberts, author of Woman Evolve: Break Up with Your Fears and Revolutionize Your Life (Thomas Nelson, $24.99, 9780785235545).

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Fresh Air: Henry Louis Gates, author of The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (Penguin Press, $30, 9781984880338).

The View: Wes Moore, co-author of Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City (One World, $18, 9780525512387).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (Doubleday, $32.50, 9780385545686).

Thursday, April 8, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Klara and the Sun (Knopf, $28, 9780593318171).

A Little Late with Lilly Singh: Padma Lakshmi, author of Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day (Hachette Go, $17.99, 9780306926044).
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