Not in any particular order, I put together a list of some of October 2020’s most anticipated poetry and fiction book releases. While this is not an all-inclusive list of October 2020 fiction releases, this list includes a lot of popular authors or highly anticipated books.
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman – Available October 6, 2020
In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher – Available October 6, 2020
A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the “innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling” (Mira Grant, Nebula Award–winning author) The Twisted Ones.
The Key to Fear (The Key, #1) by Kristin Cast – Available October 13, 2020
After a pandemic wiped out most of the human race, The Key took power. The Key dictates the rules. They govern in order to keep people safe. But as Elodie and Aidan begin to discover there is another side to The Key, they realize not everything is as it seems. Rather than playing protector, The Key are playing God.
The Searcher by Tana French – Available October 6, 2020
Retired detective Cal Hooper moves to a remote village in rural Ireland. His plans are to fix up the dilapidated cottage he’s bought, to walk the mountains, to put his old police instincts to bed forever. Then a local boy appeals to him for help. His brother is missing, and no one in the village, least of all the police, seems to care. And once again, Cal feels that restless itch. Something is wrong in this community, and he must find out what, even if it brings trouble to his door.
Missionaries by Phil Klay – Available October 6, 2020
From the author of the National Book Award-winning short story collection Redeployment comes an astonishing novel of Conradian suspense, set in Colombia among other fronts of America’s wars, as four lives become fatally entangled thanks to our country’s gift for projecting its power into situations it half understands.
Earthlings by Sayaka Murata – Available October 6, 2020
Natsuki isn’t like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet. Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of Nagano, dreaming of other worlds. When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the two children forever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what. Now Natsuki is grown. She lives a quiet life with her asexual husband, surviving as best she can by pretending to be normal. But the demands of Natsuki’s family are increasing, her friends wonder why she’s still not pregnant, and dark shadows from Natsuki’s childhood are pursuing her. Fleeing the suburbs for the mountains of her childhood, Natsuki prepares herself with a reunion with Yuu. Will he still remember their promise? And will he help her keep it?
A Lover’s Discourse by Xiaolu Guo – Available October 13, 2020
A Chinese woman comes to London to start a new life – away from her dead parents, away from her old world. She knew she would be lonely, but will her new relationship with the Australian-British-German landscape architect bring her closer to this land she has chosen, will their love give her a home?
Flowers on the Moon by Billy Chapata – Available October 20, 2020
Social media sensation Billy Chapata shares insight and advice into the powerful world of love, heartbreak, and what comes next. This collection of poetry and prose will justify heartache and inspire the fortitude to survive and prosper.
Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose by Nikki Giovanni – Available October 20, 2020
One of America’s most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart.
Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda – Available October 20, 2020
In this witty and exuberant collection of feminist retellings of traditional Japanese folktales, humans live side by side with spirits who provide a variety of useful services―from truth-telling to babysitting, from protecting castles to fighting crime.
Memorial by Bryan Washington – Available October 27, 2020
Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. Mike is a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson’s a Black day care teacher, and they’ve been together for a few years — good years — but now they’re not sure why they’re still a couple. There’s the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for Benson, and, well, they love each other.
But when Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted. Without Mike’s immediate pull, Benson begins to push outwards, realizing he might just know what he wants out of life and have the goods to get it.
Both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they’ve ever known. And just maybe they’ll all be okay in the end.
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam – Available October 6, 2020
A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter – Available October 27, 2020
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – Available October 6, 2020
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
Dandelion by Gabbie Hanna – Available October 13, 2020
New York Times bestselling authorGabbie Hanna delivers everything from curious musings to gut-wrenching confessionals in her long-awaited sophomore collection of illustrated poetry. This edition includes a collection of uncomfortably honest personal essays about Gabbie’s childhood and relationships.
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade – Available October 6, 2020
Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own.
DUNE: The Graphic Novel, Book 1 – Available on Kindle October 27, 2020 & Hardcover November 24, 2020
The definitive graphic novel adaptation of Dune, the groundbreaking science-fiction classic by Frank Herbert.
Roommaid by Sariah Wilson – Available October 1, 2020
From bestselling author Sariah Wilson comes a charming romance about living your life one dream at a time.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – Available September 29, 2020
‘Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’
Enjoy your reading in October. I can’t wait to dive into some of the October 2020 Fiction Releases myself and see what they’re all about. Drop a comment below telling me which of these you’ll be reading in October.
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