For someone that loves literary fiction novels, I was surprised to find that of all these books I’m hotly anticipating, none are straight fiction novels. I do love exploring different genres, and especially authors who play with traditional form. A lot of the below are authors whose debuts I loved last year, and then, of course, there’s Zadie Smith.
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Jia Tolentino£9.99 £9.29
I don’t know Tolentino, but I’ve loved her writing on The Hairpin and Jezebel. When I saw she was writing for The New Yorker, I felt a little bit proud. Can one be proud of a writer you don’t know personally? Anyway, now she has a book of essays, subheading: “Reflections on Self Delusion” (!!!), being released later this year and I’m sure it will be as thoroughly stunning as her online pieces.
Mary H. K. Choi£7.99 £7.43
I read Choi’s debut novel Emergency Contact last year for book club, and though the YA romance was not something I’d normally gravitate to, I immediately enjoyed her irreverent style and contemporary characters. This second YA romance by the Korean-American is about a famous singer and a broke deli-worker. Plus, will you look at that cover?
Zadie Smith£8.99 £8.36
Everyone should be excited about this, right? Who is not excited for new Zadie Smith? This collection of short stories will apparently contain a lot of unpublished stories, and I’m absolutely ready for more of Smith’s beautiful prose and her observations on our modern world.
Akwaeke Emezi£7.99 £7.43
Emezi’s debut Freshwater blew me away when I read it last year; it felt like something from the future, but with a voice from the ancient past. Regardless if you can understand that description or not, Emezi’s voice is one that chilled me and I still haven’t forgotten how it made me shiver. And now the person who blew my mind is writing a young adult novel about a girl named Jam, her best friend Redemption, and monsters? I’m ready.