When Shen Fever--a fungal infection causing its victims to repeat mindless routines until it kills them--wipes out most of the global population, Candace Chen agrees to stay on as a member of the skeleton crew at her office, a sojourn that leads to her joining a band of the seemingly immune on their journey to the Facility for supplies and refuge from the post-apocalyptic landscape. Though published a year before the COVID-19 pandemic began, this novel is a chilling and sometimes funny commentary on work, memory, and identity in a time of plague and mass death.
Five years after the love of her life is killed in a car accident, artist Feyi is finally ready to start dating again. After a few casual hookups, she begins a relationship with Nasir, who gets her a spot in a high-profile art show on the island of his youth. Once there, Feyi meets Nasir’s celebrity chef father, and realizes that she has stronger feelings for him than for his son. A romance that explores the relationship between love and grief, this novel is filled with steamy encounters, complicated family dynamics, and beautiful scenery.
Like a Disneyland rollercoaster, this literary thriller twists and turns, combining heart-stopping suspense with a stunning view of California in the early 1980s. Whipsmart Lorena Saenz keeps her head down at high school, but when she’s paired with astrology fan Jenny Stallworth for a science project, events are set in motion that test her to unimaginable extremes. A resourceful heroine with a fatal attraction to scorpions (and Jenny’s dad), Saenz makes readers wish they weren’t turning pages so damn fast to find out what will happen next. This is that rare tale that works as hard on the nerves as it does on the brain cells. Enormously satisfying!