Highly Anticipated Fiction by Women Publishing in January | Stephanie’s Picks

Coster, Naima. Halsey Street. Brilliance. ISBN 9781536669077. Read by Bahni Turpin.
Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She’s accepted that her future won’t be what she’d dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. When Penelope moves into the attic apartment of the affluent Harpers, she thinks she’s found a semblance of family—and maybe even love. But her world is upended again when she receives a postcard from Mirella asking for reconciliation.

Guillory, Jasmine. The Wedding Date. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780525530909. Read by Janina Edwards.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one—until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend. After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about each other…

Horn, Dara. Eternal Life. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501981227. Reader TBA.
Rachel has an unusual problem: she can’t die. Her recent troubles—widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son—are only the latest. She’s already put up with scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years—ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There’s only one other person in the world who understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. In 2018, as her children and grandchildren develop new technologies for immortality, Rachel knows she must enable her beloved offspring to live fully—without her, but with meaning—by finding a way for herself to die.

Lee, Mira T. Everything Here Is Beautiful. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780525497462. Read by Cassandra Campbell, Emily Zeller Woo, Ozzie Rodriguez, Kim Mai Guest, & Paul Boehmer.
Two sisters—Miranda, the older, responsible one; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one. When their mother dies and Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. But Lucia impetuously plows ahead, marrying a bighearted, older man only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with another man. She moves her new family from the States to Ecuador and back again, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth. Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again—but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved.

Luna, Louisa. Two Girls Down. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780525496854. Read by Tavia Gilbert.
When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing opioid epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied.

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