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