Night Shift
by Burian, Natalka

Introduced to the shortcuts, secret passageways throughout NYC allowing you to jump through time and space to emerge in different parts of the city, Jean, intrigued but having a hard time dealing with the side effects, must discover their origins to save a friend. 50,000 first printing.

*Starred Review* Burian (Daughters of the Wild, 2020) explores the gritty underground of New York City in this ambitious novel. It's 2004, and Jean Smith has recently quit her job working for therapist Myra Goldstein. She manages to put together a bartender gig and a bakery position, working overnight. Jean has always had difficulty making friends, but in both new jobs, she becomes close to fellow employees and customers. When Jean realizes she's having trouble getting to the bakery on time, her friend Iggy shows her a shortcut across the city: a mysterious portal that allows travelers to jump through space and time. Meanwhile, Dr. Goldstein's grown son is blocking Jean's access to her former boss. One day, Iggy disappears into a shortcut. As Jean searches for him, she's caught up in a national conspiracy dating back to the mid-twentieth century. Jean's richly detailed coming-of-age story is intertwined with the mystery of how these wormholes came to be and how Dr. Goldstein is involved. This novel is a departure from Burian's previous book and may not attract the same readers, but fans of classic alternate-history novels like Blake Crouch's Dark Matter (2016) and Stephen King's 11/22/63 (2011) will devour this one. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

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