The Most Anticipated Book Releases Of 2021
You don't have to read nothing but management books to become a better leader. Studies show that reading fiction also has positive benefits, from improving empathy to heightening understanding of social cues, both of them allowing leaders to work better with others. Plus, reading can reduce stress by around 68 percent.
To get you on the right track, we've rounded up the most anticipated releases of 2021. Whether it's crime, suspense or surrealism you're into, these fiction books will have you covered.
1/10 Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
It follows the story of Klara, an "artificial friend" with outstanding qualities who is waiting for a customer to choose her from the store she's being sold at. But when her chance finally comes, she realises the dangers of relying on the promises on humans. Ishiguro's upcoming novel is a story of world-building filled with tenderness—just what you should expect from a Nobel laureate.
Release date March 2, 2021
2/10 Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Transcendent Kingdom is the much-anticipated follow-up novel from Yaa Gyasi, the award-winning author of Homegoing. It's about the experiences of a Ghanaian immigrant family in contemporary America. The novel was released July 2020 to critical acclaim but the hardback is coming in 2021.
The protagonist, Gifty, deals with the consequences of her father and brother succumbing to drugs. The family is torn apart and the life Gifty dreams of seems further and further away. Hoping to understand the addiction that her family fell into, she turns to science for answers. But she soon realises that it's not as easy as it seems and she must trace her family's story through places and generations. The novel is a powerful story about family love, loss and belonging.
Release date March 3, 2021
3/10 First Person Singular by Harumi Murakami
Harumi Murakami's latest novel once again showcases the author's mastery of surrealism. Originally published in July 2020, the hardback is coming in 2021. First Person Singular is a hypnotic collection of short stories from jazz to baseball to whimsical dreamscapes that are all narrated in the first person—hence the title.
The eight stories all tackle different themes, from the nostalgic memories of youth and meditations on music to the love of baseball. Once again, the Japanese author's signature dreamlike sequences challenge the boundaries of reality and illusion. But the ultimate question the book poses is: is it a memoir or fiction? You decide.
Release date April 6, 2021
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4/10 Animal by Lisa Taddeo
Animal is the debut novel from New York Times best-selling author, Lisa Taddeo. It illustrates a woman's transforming from prey into a predator, a tale of female empowerment against a male-dominated society.
Animal tells the story of Joan, who spent most of her life enduring horrific treatment from men. She's had enough when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her and flees to New York, looking for Alice, the only person who can help her deal with her past. Joan unravels the mysteries of a horrific event she witnessed as a child that's haunted her for as long as she can remember, eventually gaining the courage to strike back.
Release date June 8, 2021
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5/10 Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri
Whereabouts is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's first work in nearly a decade. First published in Italian and then translated into English by Lahiri herself, the novel is a haunting tale of a woman—her decisions and conversations set in a beautiful yet lonely Italian city.
The protagonist moves through the city on her own and tells us what she encounters: bright pavements, bridges, shops, pools and bars. She also pays a visit to her grieving mother, who is still recovering from her father's death. Over the course of a year, both overwhelmed and energised by her constant travels, she finds herself looking for belonging.
Release date April 27, 2021
6/10 Later by Stephen King
Best-selling author and literary household name Stephen King returns with Later, a terrifying yet touching story of a loss of innocence and finding the courage to stand up against evil. The new novel also echoes King's classic piece, It.
Later is about Jamie Conklin, the son of a struggling single mother. Jamie just wants a normal childhood. But he soon realises that he's no ordinary child. He has to keep his unnatural ability a secret from others until he becomes involved in a crime investigation—pursuing a killer who is ready to strike, even beyond the grave.
Release date March 2, 2021
7/10 The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Four Winds is an epic tale of love, heroism and hope. Written by New York Times best-selling author Kristin Hannah, the new novel is set against the Great Depression and follows the story of sacrifice and dreams through the eyes of an indomitable woman.
It's 1934 in Texas. The Great Depression has put millions out of work and drought has broken out, leaving farmers to struggle with what to do with their land and livelihood. Elsa Martinelli is forced to make a choice: fight for her land or travel to California for a better life.
Release date February 2, 2021
8/10 Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman is back with Game Changer, an out-of-this-world story of parallel universes and the realities that we need to question. The ambitious new novel from the New York Times bestselling author seems like the perfect escape to the times we're living in.
Much to his surprise, Ash realises that he's been hit into another dimension and has been continuously bouncing through worlds that he feels aren't his own. The changes start small but quickly get out of control, ending up in many different universes—where he gets everything he wants, where society is stuck in the past and where he's with someone he never thought he would be.
Release date February 9, 2021
9/10 The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
The Wife Upstairs promises an exciting twist on a Gothic classic, in which author Rachel Hawkins pairs charm with domestic suspense. This new novel from the best-selling author is her first foray into the adult fiction genre; all her previous works have been for young adults.
The story is about Jane, who just arrived in Birmingham, Alabama. She works as a dog-walker at Thornfield's Estate, a gated community of mansions, SUVs and bored housewives. No one paid attention to Jane until she met newly-widowed Eddie Rochester. As a romance starts to sprout between the two, Jane becomes curious about the death of Eddie's wife and starts to question her rags-to-riches romance.
Release date January 5, 2021
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10/10 Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Malibu Rising is the latest offering from New York Times best-selling author Taylor Jenkins Reid. It follows four famous siblings who throw a party to celebrate the end of summer. But those 24 hours will change their lives forever.
August 1983 in Malibu—the day of Nina Riva's highly anticipated end-of-summer party. The Rivas are the talk of the town, with supermodel brothers and adorable sister. But Nina is different—she doesn't want the fame or attention and is dreading the party. Things quickly escalate by midnight and by morning, the mansion has gone up in flames.
Release date May 25, 2021
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