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Our Most Anticipated Fall 2020 Novels about Family and 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 make space on your bookshelves, make those library requests, reserve these titles and check out SIXTEEN of our most anticipated Fall 2020 reads that dive into the highs, lows, and complications that come with having relationships between friends and family!

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief–a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi’s phenomenal debut.

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

His Only Wife is a witty, smart, and moving debut novel about a brave young woman traversing the minefield of modern life with its taboos and injustices, living in a world of men who want their wives to be beautiful, to be good cooks and mothers, to be women who respect their husbands and grant them forbearance.

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

The Last Story of Mina Lee traces the far-reaching consequences of secrets in the lives of a Korean immigrant mother and her daughter.

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

Spanning decades and continents, Fifty Words for Rain is a dazzling epic about the ties that bind, the ties that give you strength, and what it means to be free.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

A charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Monogamy by Sue Miller

A brilliantly insightful novel, engrossing and haunting, about marriage, love, family, happiness and sorrow, from New York Times bestselling author Sue Miller.

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

In What Are You Going Through, Nunez brings wisdom, humor, and insight to a novel about human connection and the changing nature of relationships in our times. A surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

A moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live.

The Glass House by Beatrice Colin

Beatrice Colin’s The Glass House is a gorgeously transporting novel filled with turn-of-the-century detail and lush blooms, about two women from vastly different worlds.

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

A riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.

The End of the Day by Bill Clegg

A deeply moving, emotionally resonant second novel about the complicated bonds and breaking points of friendship, the corrosive forces of secrets, the heartbeat of longing, and the redemption found in forgiveness.

The Return by Nicholas Sparks

The story of an injured Navy doctor – and two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.

Just Like You by Nick Hornby

This warm, wise, highly entertaining twenty-first century love story is about what happens when the person who makes you happiest is someone you never expected.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.

Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar

A deliciously irresistible novel chronicling a year in the life of four families in an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood as they seek purpose, community, and meaningful relationships–until one unforgettable night at a raucous neighborhood party knocks them to their senses.

Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han

From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and Liang grew secure enough to have a second child, and to send for their first from his grandparents back in China. Isn’t this what they sacrificed so much for? But then little Annabel begins to sleepwalk at night, putting into motion a string of misunderstandings that not only threaten to set their community against them but force to the surface the secrets that have made them fear one another.

Are any of these books on your TBR?

Have you read any of these books?  Discovered any new favorites?  What novels are you looking forward to reading this fall with themes of family and friendships?

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