Fiction A to Z
Followers by Megan AngeloWhat happens: Two storylines unfold, one set in 2016, and one in 2051. Separating the two is a catastrophic data hack.
Why you might like it: Exploring the pitfalls of social media, this debut novel takes contemporary interest in celebrity culture to its logical extreme.
For fans of: Dave Eggers' The Circle; Courtney Maum's Touch, or Connie Willis' Crosstalk -- all of which touch on different aspects of the trouble with technology and social media.
Butterfly by Ashley AntoinetteWhat it is: the 1st in a new series by bestselling author Ashley Antoinette; main character Morgan Atkins also played a large role in the author's Ethic series.
What happens: Morgan is juggling the love of two men when a third comes into the picture (and he's a big surprise).
What to read next: Well, the sequel, of course! Butterfly 2 will be published in June.
You Were There Too by Colleen OakleyHow's this for weird: For years, Mia Graydon has had a recurring character appear in her dreams; when she meets him in real life, she's shocked to find out she's been appearing in his.
What happens: Mia, whose marriage has faltered under the weight of infertility problems, has to figure out which man is the one for her. Expect to need tissues in this relationship-driven book.
For fans of: Kristin Hannah's The Life Intended; Taylor Jenkins Reid's One True Loves.
Salt Slow: Stories by Julia ArmfieldWhat it is: a collection of short stories blending realism with horror, science fiction, and mythology. Each story explores the role of women through their physical experiences.
Don't miss: a wolf for a stepsister ("Formerly Feral"); sleep, anthropomorphized ("The Great Awake"); the breakup of a marriage ("Smack").
For fans of: Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties.
Hunter's Moon: A Novel in Stories by Philip CaputoWhat it is: several interconnected stories set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that address the toll violence takes on men and their relationships.
Read it for: the strongly depicted characters; the bonds between men; nature's beauty.
Reviewers say: "Expertly blending plot and character, each of these taut, propulsive tales possesses novelistic depth" (Kirkus Reviews).
Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-AnstineFeaturing: Latina and Indigenous women living in Denver, Colorado and its surroundings and navigating loss and marginalization.
Don't miss: the title story's tale of two cousins taking different paths; "Sugar Babies," in which a young woman's home ec assignment prompts a breakdown; and finally, the strong sense of place and compassion for her characters that author Kali Fajardo-Anstine brings to her stories.
Maggie Brown & Others by Peter OrnerWhat it is: 44 (yes, 44!) short (sometimes very short) stories and one novella (which itself is made up of multiple "chapters").
Why you might like it: Sometimes poignant, sometimes witty, the microfiction found here is full of tiny moments of insight.
Want a taste? "After they arrested the balloon lady, we bought our dope from a man who stood in a doorway on Howard Street dressed as Captain Kangaroo."
Lot: Stories by Bryan WashingtonWhat it is: a short story collection that explores the lives of Houston's working class inhabitants; many of the stories share a narrator in an unnamed Afro-Latino teenager who's beginning to realize he's gay.
Reviewers say: Debut short story writer Bryan Washington is "dynamic writer with a sharp eye for character, voice, and setting" (Publishers Weekly).
Keep an eye out for: Washington's next book, Memorial, will reportedly be published later this year.
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