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Spring Reading 2021 Fiction Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Spring 2021 here.

What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster

My heart is full to bursting with Naima Coster’s life-affirming novel. What’s Mine and Yours follows two families at the turn of the 21st century, connected by love and conflict through North Carolina’s policy of busing students to diversify schools. Each character is fully formed, complicated, beloved, and absolutely necessary to the thoughtful exploration of how we are bound together and also isolated, by the past, by race and class, by being imperfectly human. The reading experience is at once intimate and expansive. —Melinda

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9781538702345
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

Infinite Country: A Novel by Patricia Engle

Navigating the story of love, loss, migration, deportation, and justice, Patricia Engel, the daughter of Columbian immigrants, weaves a heartfelt, beautiful, and haunting novel that speaks truth to our times. Each character embodies the push and pull of immigration—the longing for a sense of home and of belonging and the toll of being shut out from where your heart remains. A powerful novel that will be on everyone's best of list by year's end. —Casey

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9781982159467
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel by Abi Daré

Captivated from page one, I couldn't stop reading until I had journeyed all the way through to the last page. The Girl with the Louding Voice holds heartbreak, desperation, corruption, injustice, but also resilience, hope, grit, courage, empathy, and love for herself and others. Abi Daré has masterfully crafted 14-year-old Adunni's story and given her a voice that will be heard. Set in present day Nigeria, it is hard to fathom that child marriage and polygamy are still happening and through Adunni's story, we see the worst and the best of humanity, in spite of terrible circumstances. For those who loved Where the Crawdads Sing, you will find a new friend to rally around in Adunni, find yourself grateful for the helpers, wonder at the mystery, and cry tears over the triumph. —Jenny

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9781524746094
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Published: Dutton - February 23rd, 2021

The Rain Heron: A Novel by Robbie Arnott

Beautiful, descriptive writing brings this remarkable story to life. Evocative images of a landscape experiencing a climate crisis. A broken country in the aftermath of a coup. Ren, an old woman living wild on a mountain. Lieutenant Zoë Harkness, a battle-hardened soldier on a mission. Daniel, the impressionable young medic. Their three stories intertwine with the shimmering magic of the mythical rain heron. This is a subtle and yet stunning fable. The poetic prose echoes long after finishing the final page. —Trey

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9780374539306
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Published: FSG Originals - February 9th, 2021

My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee

This is the great American novel you’ve been waiting for. Consider it is a mashup of The Goldfinch and The Great Gatsby, told by an Asian-American teenager. Both a darkly comical coming-of-age tale and an around-the-world adventure. Chang Rae Lee has written a masterpiece of modern fiction destined for awards season. The most impressive, enjoyable and fulfilling novel I’ve read in years. —Jason

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ISBN: 9781594634574
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

The Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

Inspired by a real-life newspaper article, Gaige tells the story of a young father who decides to give up his middle-class life, buy a sailboat and take his family on a long sailing voyage off the coast of Panama. Needless to say, things don't go as planned. Alternating between the wife’s post-voyage narration and the husband’s sailing journal, this is an extremely well-written, utterly gripping story of a family trying to hold it together in the face of crisis. Now in paperback, this was one of my favorite books of 2020. —Rico

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ISBN: 9780525566922
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 2021

The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

When Rosalie Iron Wing finds herself middle-aged and alone again, she returns to her family’s deserted cabin in the deep woods and to a past she had been stripped of as a child. From this winter, debut novelist Diane Wilson weaves a multigenerational story of resilient Dakota women and their determination to pass on their stories, their way of life, and the seeds that tie them to the land. The Seed Keeper is graced with nuanced characters, essential history, and a light touch—offering a metaphoric and verdant spring. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9781571311375
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 9th, 2021

Oona out of Order: A Novel by Margarita Montimore

Every year on her birthday (January 1st) Oona wakes up a different age. Each new chapter reveals her circumstances (she is married to a man she doesn’t know, she is a little girl on holiday, she is an old woman on her deathbed). Beautiful written, enjoyable, and innovative, fans of The Time Traveler's Wife and Groundhog Day will love this unique take on time loops. I read it in less than a week, and then gave it immediately to a coworker. —Jason

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ISBN: 9781250236616
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 9th, 2021

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Ishiguro has the ability to write with great lightness and empathy, as a creeping danger boils under the surface of his stories. Klara and the Sun is no different and it is really wonderful. Klara is a robot designed to be the perfect companion for a child in a crumbling world and through this relationship, she contemplates what it means to be human and what it means to love. Exploring similar themes to Never Let Me Go, Klara discovers that impermanence only makes love more beautiful. I absolutely love Klara. —Tori

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ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

In her debut novel, Morgan Rogers melts us away with this modern queer love story. We are proposed with an almost anti-uhaul lesbian premise: married after one drunken night together in Vegas and live on opposite ends of the country. Our protagonist Grace Porter must face the consequences while battling her own post-grad identity crisis. Honey Girl tenderly shows us queer love through its romance, found families, and the act to love oneself. —Andrea

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ISBN: 9780778311027
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Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021

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