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Most Anticipated Spring 2021 Novels about Family & Friendship

If you’re a reader who loves stories that revolve around the dynamics of family, friendships, and just relationships in general – then this book list is just for you.  From bestselling authors you’re already acquainted with, to debut authors making their mark, we are sure you’ll find something to pique your interest. So check out our most anticipated Spring 2021 novels about family and friendship!

The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter

The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter

The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter is a moving novel about motherhood and marriage, adolescence and bodily autonomy, family and love, religion and sexuality, and the delicate balance between the purity of faith and the messy reality of life.

Everything After by Jill Santopolo

Everything After by Jill Santopolo

Everything After by Jill Santopolo is a novel of first love, passion, and the power of choice–and how we cannot escape the people we are meant to be.

The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee

The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee

The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee is a story about discovering your authentic self when things get hard, and the joys you can find when you live from your heart.

Are We There Yet? by Kathleen West

Are We There Yet? by Kathleen West

Among fake Instagram pages, long-buried family secrets, and the horrors of middle school, one suburban mom searches to find herself in a heartfelt and thought-provoking novel.

Three O'Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio

Three O'Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio

A coming-of-age novel about a father and his teenage son who are forced to spend two sleepless nights exploring the city of Marseilles, a journey of unexpected adventure and profound discovery that helps them come to truly know each other.

The Vietri Project by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

The Vietri Project by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

A search for a mysterious customer in Rome leads a young bookseller to confront the complicated history of her family, and that of Italy itself.

The Art of Losing by Frank Wynne, translated by Alice Zeniter

The Art of Losing by Frank Wynne, translated by Alice Zeniter

A gripping, multigenerational tale of a French Algerian woman reckoning with her family’s secret past and the inescapable legacies of colonialism.

A Million Reasons Why by Jessica Strawser

A Million Reasons Why by Jessica Strawser

When two strangers are linked by a mail-in DNA test, it’s an answered prayer–that is, for one-half sister. For the other, it will dismantle everything she knows to be true.  But as they step into the unfamiliar realm of sisterhood, the roles will reverse in ways no one could have foreseen.

Red Island House by Andrea Lee

Red Island House by Andrea Lee

A gorgeously evocative epic about love, clashing cultures, and identity, set in the tropical African island nation of Madagascar.

Lurkers by Sandi Tan

Lurkers by Sandi Tan

Lurkers by Sandi Tan is a novel about a neighborhood of immigrants, seekers, lovers, and lurkers. An homage to the rangy beauty of Los Angeles and the surprising power that we have to change the lives of those around us.

When I Ran Away by Ilona Bannister

When I Ran Away by Ilona Bannister

A rich, bighearted debut that takes us from working-class Staten Island in the wake of the September 11th attacks to moneyed London a decade later, revealing a story of loss, motherhood, and love.

Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is a warm, incisive new novel about the enduring bonds of marriage and friendship.

Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins

Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins

Caul Baby illuminates the search for familial connection, the enduring power of tradition, and the dark corners of the human heart.

The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak

The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak

Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing. Her desperate search has yielded no answers, and she can’t imagine moving forward without him. But for the sake of their two teenage children, she has to try.

Anywhere for You by Abbie Greaves

Anywhere for You by Abbie Greaves

A poignant and thrilling love story about one woman’s decade-long search to reconnect with the love of her life who disappeared without a trace.

Other People's Children by R.J. Hoffmann

Other People's Children by R.J. Hoffmann

A riveting debut novel about a couple whose dream of adopting a baby is shattered when the teenage mother reclaims her child.

Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford

Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford

A love letter to gritty 1980s New York City, Astrid Sees All is an irresistible, original novel about female friendship, sex and romance, and what it’s like to be a young woman searching for an identity.

In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo

In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo

A heartwarming and moving novel following three Army wives–estranged friends–who must overcome their differences when one of them is desperate for help.

Are you looking forward to any of these books?

What novels with themes of family and friendship are you looking forward to in 2021?  What books would you add to the list?