From Jhumpa Lahiri to Murakami, here are five literary fiction novels released in 2021


The year has promising literary fiction releases by critically acclaimed writers around the world

After spending a horrible year locked in homes for months, many have turned to books for their escape. Although vaccines will be available soon, it is only fair to be cautious, especially after mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerge around the world. Hiding in your safe spaces with a book doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

While there is an ocean of books to choose from, these new literary fiction novels from famous authors promise an exciting year ahead, at least in the literary realm.

Here is a list of five books by famous authors that you can add to your reading list for 2021:

Or by Jhumpa Lahiri

The English translation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s second novel in the past decade is expected to be published by Penguin Random House. Lahiri’s novels have always focused on [Indian] immigrants and how they navigate the cultural values ​​of their country of origin and their adopted country. Or, the translation of his first Italian novel Dove mi trovo, focuses on similar themes from a new perspective. It will be interesting to witness the refined magic of his writing in the novel. The book will be released in spring 2021.

Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The second in this list is the book by Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro Klara and the sun. Ishiguro’s latest book talks about life through an “artificial narrator”: Klara. The story asks a question that may also have crossed our minds: what does it mean to love? His book will be released in March 2021. This literary fiction touches on the scientific field and has a dystopian framework, like his previous novel Never let Me Go. This book is also expected to have equally great emotional force.

How beautiful we were by Imbolo Mbue

This literary fiction by Imbolo Mbue explores the story of a community in a fictional village called Kosawa in Africa, endangered by a greedy American oil company. Through the story of a young Thula girl, Mbue’s novel sums up the resilience of a community, the reckless race for profit and colonialism. The book, due out in March 2021, will also explore the environmental issues the people of Kosawa face due to the greed of the oil company and a corrupt dictator. The author’s previous book Here are the dreamers has been dubbed the New York Times bestseller.

First person singular: stories by Haruki Murakami

The latest anthology of Murakami stories has been translated into English by Philip Gabriel. In eight masterful stories, Murakami manages to challenge the lines between the mind and the real world. He transports readers to his world of stories told in first person. The book creates an escape into a nostalgic world of magical realism. Are they his life stories or not, we may never know? “Is it a memoir or a fiction? The reader decides ”, we read in the description of this book which will be launched in April 2021.

The house upstairs by Julia Fine

Fine’s second novel sets out to re-explore feminist theory using fiction and fantasy. Literary Fiction tells the story of a new mother Megan who researches mid-century children’s literature. She meets a new neighbor upstairs: the ghost of a children’s book writer who draws Megan into her fray, putting her life and that of her daughter in danger. Julia Fine in her book explores a woman’s relationship with her body through the metaphor of postpartum dread. His book What should be wild has been critically acclaimed. The book will be released in April 2021.


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