Best Books for Adults 2021

16 Books Found

Filtered by 'Fiction'
  • Afterparties: Stories

    Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, this book offers a portrait of Cambodian-American lives. Children of refugees shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family.
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  • Bolla: A Novel

    Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston | A young married Albanian man studying in Kosovo in 1995 meets and falls in love with a young Serbian man on the eve of the outbreak of war and begins down a dark path.
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  • Detransition, Baby: A Novel

    A novel about three individuals—transgender and cisgender—whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront the complexity of parenthood, the drive for belonging, and the difficult decisions that surround creating a family.
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  • Hao: Stories

    In this debut short story collection, Chinese women in both China and the United States search for words to define hardship and loss, and also deep love, as they cross the alien landscapes of migration and motherhood.
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  • Hell of a Book: A Novel

    A postmodern satire that interweaves three characters' stories: an author on book tour who has only just learned that he's Black, a very dark-skinned young boy named Soot whose father was killed by police, and The Kid, who may or may not be a figment of the author's imagination.
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  • Hummingbird Salamander

    Sent taxidermied specimens of two endangered species, a software manager becomes the target of the ecoterrorists and wildlife traffickers behind a catastrophic global conspiracy—a dark, propulsive eco-fiction thriller.
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  • I Will Die in a Foreign Land: A Novel

    Via a chorus of voices infused with folklore, this novel follows four individuals during a volatile Ukrainian winter, as their lives become intertwined and are forever changed by the protests triggered by their president's alignment with Russia instead of the EU in 2013.
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  • Infinite Country: A Novel

    Moving their family to what they believe will be a safer but temporary home in Houston, two young parents are forced to choose between undocumented status in America and returning to the violence of war-torn Bogatá.
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  • Matrix: A Novel

    Based on the real-life 12th-century poet Marie de France, this novel imagines a medieval English abbey that she transformed from famine to fortress, creating an insular world where women shaped their own destiny.
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  • Mona

    Translated from the Spanish by Adam Morris | A young Latin American author, newly successful, escapes a downward spiral of drug-taking and erotic detours in California only to find a fresh hell at an ultra-hip literary conference in Sweden.
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  • My Monticello: Fiction

    A novella and short stories in which characters grapple with race and class in America. A woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings is driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A professor studying racism conducts a secret social experiment on his own son.
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  • The Reading List: A Novel

    Working at the local library, Aleisha reads every book on a secret list she finds—an experience which transports her from the painful realities she's facing at home—then decides to pass on the list to a lonely widower desperate to connect with his bookworm granddaughter.
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  • The Rock Eaters: Stories

    Threaded with magic and transcending time and place, these stories use strange and speculative elements to explore what it means to cross borders and break down walls, personally and politically.
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  • Velvet Was the Night

    In 1970s Mexico City, a secretary with a penchant for romance novels searches for her missing neighbor, a beautiful art student—a hunt which leads her to an eccentric gangster who longs to escape his own life. Together, they set out to discover the dangerous truth.
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  • Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories

    Pulling from mystery, horror, realism, myth, and graphic novels, Nkweti showcases the complexity and vibrance of characters whose lives span Cameroonian and American cultures.
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  • What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel

    In this unforgettable testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit, the author artfully weaves together the lives of the people—young, old, rich, poor—who are left to deal with the aftermath of an earthquake that has shaken Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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