January 2020 New Titles: Fiction Previews

Happy New Year!

I know I’m always banging on about how difficult it is to choose a single book as my Book of the Month, but this month it was nearly impossible. I changed my mind over and over again as there were three such strong contenders, all débuts. Elizabeth Kate Russell’s My Dark Vanessa (Fourth Estate) is a devastating account of a sexual relationship between a 15-year-old girl and her teacher, Deepa Anappara’s Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line (Chatto) features an irrepressible nine-year-old narrator searching for missing children in his Indian slum and Kiley Reid’s "comedy of good...

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