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Anticipated Fiction of 2021

Mark your to-read lists with these upcoming novels! From debuts to new stories from beloved authors, these books won’t let you stop reading.

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    First Person Singular Book Cover Picture

    First Person Singular

    by Haruki Murakami

    The eight stories in this new book are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator. From memories of youth, meditations on music, and an ardent love of baseball, to dreamlike scenarios and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world. Occasionally, a narrator may or may not be Murakami himself. Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides.
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    First Person Singular Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Eternal

    by Lisa Scottoline

    Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a tale of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and war–all set in one of the world’s most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers.  
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    Eternal Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    A Bright Ray of Darkness

    by Ethan Hawke

    The first novel in nearly twenty years from the acclaimed actor/writer/director is a book about art and love, fame and heartbreak–a blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV just as his marriage implodes.
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    A Bright Ray of Darkness Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.95

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    The Prophets Book Cover Picture

    The Prophets

    by Robert Jones, Jr.

    A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.
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    The Prophets Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

    by George Saunders

    From the New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.
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    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Sunflower Sisters

    by Martha Hall Kelly

    In Sunflower Sisters, Kelly tells the story of Ferriday’s ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse during the Civil War whose calling leads her to cross paths with Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army, and Anne-May Wilson, a Southern plantation mistress whose husband enlists.
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    Sunflower Sisters Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Charmed Wife

    by Olga Grushin

    Cinderella wants her Prince Charming dead in this sophisticated fairy-tale for the twenty-first century.
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    The Charmed Wife Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Liar’s Dictionary

    by Eley Williams

    An exhilarating and laugh-out-loud debut novel from a prize-winning new talent which chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world.
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    The Liar's Dictionary Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    The Push

    by Ashley Audrain

    A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family–and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for–and everything she feared.
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    The Push Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Neighbors

    by Danielle Steel

    In Danielle Steel’s gripping new novel, a reclusive woman opens up her home to her neighbors in the wake of a devastating earthquake, setting off events that reveal secrets, break relationships apart, and bring strangers together to forge powerful new bonds.
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    Neighbors Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.99

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    My Year Abroad

    by Chang-rae Lee

    From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and On Such a Full Sea, an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure – and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection.
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    My Year Abroad Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Smash-Up

    by Ali Benjamin

    A family is upended when their small-town life becomes the latest battlefield in the culture wars in this of-the-moment novel for readers of Meg Wolitzer and Fleishman Is in Trouble.
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    The Smash-Up Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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