Jan '19 Book Preview: Chigozie Obioma, Niviaq Korneliussen, Sarah Moss & More

A new monthly series on the most interesting upcoming book releases...

Ghost Wall - Sarah Moss (Jan. 8) - Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age... The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice?

An Orchestra of Minorities - Chigozie Obioma (Jan. 8) - A heart-breaking and mythic story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma.

The Water Cure - Sophie Mackintosh (Jan. 8) - A dystopian feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island raised to fear men.

Looker - Laura Sims (Jan. 8) - A dazzling, razor-sharp debut novel about a woman whose obsession with the beautiful actress on her block drives her to the edge.

Mouthful of Birds - Samanta Schweblin (Jan. 8) - Unearthly and unexpected, the stories in Mouthful of Birds burrow their way into your psyche and don't let go. Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary, masterful collection.

The Far Field - Madhuri Vijay (Jan. 15) - Gorgeously tactile and sweeping in historical and socio-political scope, Pushcart Prize-winner Madhuri Vijay's The Far Field follows a complicated flaneuse across the Indian subcontinent as she reckons with her past, her desires, and the tumultuous present.

Last Night in Nuuk - Niviaq Korneliussen (Jan. 15) - Through monologues, emails, and text exchanges, she [Korneliussen] brilliantly weaves together the coming of age of five distinct characters: a woman who's "gone off sausage" (men); her brother, in a secret affair with a powerful married man; a lesbian couple confronting an important transition; and the troubled young woman who forces them all to face their fears.

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love - Dani Shapiro (Jan. 15) - The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets—a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power - Shoshana Zuboff (Jan. 15) - The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.

Talent - Juliet Lapidos (Jan. 22) - A wickedly funny debut in which the niece of a legendary and enigmatic writer forever alters the life and work of a young student writing about--and desperately searching for--inspiration.

Golden State - Ben Winters (Jan. 22) - A shocking vision of our future that is one part Minority Report and one part Chinatown.

Dreyer's English - Benjamin Dreyer (Jan. 22) - A witty, informative guide to writing "good English" from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's leading enforcers of proper grammar--a twenty-first-century Elements of Style.

We Cast a Shadow - Maurice Carlos Ruffin (Jan. 29) - This electrifying, suspenseful novel is at once a razor-sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story.

The Plotters - Un-su Kim (tba.) - With shades of Murakami, The Plotters is a complex, fascinating moral tale about the changing of the guard in a corrupt underworld—a page-turner filled with black humour and compassion for a fallen world.

(Blurbs reproduced verbatim from Goodreads.)