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Most Anticipated Spring 2021 Literary Fiction Books

Looking for those books that are more character-driven than plot-driven?  We have you covered with a list of bestselling authors you’re already acquainted with, and debut authors making their mark in the genre. So make space on your bookshelves, stop by your favorite indie bookstore, and make those library requests after you’ve browsed our most anticipated literary fiction books of Spring 2021!

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

A sweeping, wrenching story about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company.

Brood by Jackie Polzin

Brood by Jackie Polzin

A funny, honest, and beautifully observational depiction of one woman’s attempt to keep her four chickens alive while reflecting on a recent loss.

The Recent East by Thomas Grattan

The Recent East by Thomas Grattan

An extraordinary family saga following a mother and two teens as they navigate a new life in East Germany.

The Performance by Claire Thomas

The Performance by Claire Thomas

A novel about three women at turning points in their lives, and the one night that changes everything.

The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville

The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville

An atmospheric and enchanting debut novel about two women haunted by buried secrets but bound by a shared gift and the power the past holds over our lives.

Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff

Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff

When two hardscrabble young boys think they’ve committed a crime, they flee into the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Will the adults trying to find and protect them reach them before it’s too late?

Love in Case of Emergency by Daniela Krien

Love in Case of Emergency by Daniela Krien, translated by Jamie Bulloch

A witty and compulsively readable novel about five very different women whose lives intersect. It’s a punchy yet sensitive novel that takes the notion of aspiring to find happiness and connection to new and exhilarating heights.

Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi

Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi

A vivid and inventive new novel about a couple forever changed by an unusual train voyage.

Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian

Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian

A brilliant Indian-American magical realist coming of age story.  A fine-grained, profoundly intelligent, and bitingly funny investigation in to questions of identity and coming of age — that tears down American shibboleths.

Aquarium by Yaara Shehori, translated by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Aquarium by Yaara Shehori, translated by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Sisters Lili and Dori Ackerman are deaf. Their parents–beautiful, despondent Anna; fearsome and admired Alex–are deaf, too. Alex, a scrap metal collector and sometime prophet, opposes any attempt to integrate with the hearing; to escape their destructive influence, the girls are educated at home. Deafness is no disability, their father says, but an alternative way of life, preferable by far to that of the strident, hypocritical hearing.

What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins

What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins

After the shocking death of two teenage boys tears apart a community in the Pacific Northwest, a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys’ families–a moving and hopeful novel about forgiveness and human connection.

Popisho by Leone Ross

Popisho by Leone Ross

Popisho is a playful love story, a portrait of community, a boldly sensual meditation on desire and addiction, and a critique of the legacies of corruption and colonialism. Inspired by the author’s Jamaican homeland, inflected with rhythms and textures of an amalgam of languages

Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal, translated by Jessica Moore

Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal, translated by Jessica Moore

An aesthetic and existential coming-of-age novel exploring the apprenticeship of a young female painter.

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in this novel, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches her themes to the limit. The woman at the center wavers between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties.

Are you looking forward to any of these books?

What literary fiction books are you looking forward to in 2021?  What books would you add to the list?

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