May 23, 2020

Guest Post: 10 Adult Spec Fic Recs for the YA Crowd

Hi, everyone! I've asked one of my dearest publishing/writer friends, Sarah, to recommend some new books for y'all. 

In honor of this viral Tweet 

that made the rounds earlier this month, here are ten accessible adult fantasies with crossover appeal.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
You may be familiar with Schwab’s popular YA or MG offerings. This adult fantasy opener has multiple Londons, lovable criminals, and magic galore, all presented in her signature captivating style.

Fly Already by Etgar Keret
If you’re seeking a personable entrΓ©e into absurdist literary fiction, Keret’s eclectic collection is a solid selection.

The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Hossain
Maybe you’re in the mood for a genre-bender. Hossain’s twisty tale packs a lot into its 167 pages—it’s futuristic and mythical and funny, all at once.

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
Okay, cheating here a little because C Pam Zhang’s debut both 1) features protagonists who are children for much of the book and 2) leans more toward historical fiction than fantasy, but this novel deserves a spotlight. Zhang’s prose, fed to the reader in electric, often-bleak bursts, is nothing short of stunning, and her American Western setting offers a backdrop that practically breathes.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
But perhaps you don’t feel quite up to tracking a complex narrative (understandable, considering [gestures nebulously] everything). This Italian classic presents a series of uncanny vignettes describing impossible cities, supplied by Marco Polo to Kublai Khan. Sounds weird, and it definitely is—but it’s also quite enjoyable. 

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Sinister secret societies at Yale? Yes, please! Bestselling YA author Leigh Bardugo takes on adult fantasy in this dark novel.

Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell
Literary darling Karen Russell’s imagination is as intricate and expansive as ever in her latest collection of fantastical short stories, which offers a feast of gem-like concepts conveyed through finely crafted sentences.

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Salt Slow by Julia Armfield
If you like feminist body horror, lyricism, and sharp details, this slim tome of short stories is for you.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
This is a hefty read, but an engaging one—think Groundhog Day meets an intricate murder mystery.

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
If you want something shorter, dive into this queer forest fairytale of a novella, first in a duology.

Thank you so much for the recommendations, Sarah! Maybe I'll finally check out The 7 1/2 Deaths...

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