Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah
The engrossing 10th novel from Nobel laureate Gurnah is filled with compassion and historical insight.
Bitingly funny and sweetly earnest, Mathews’ debut is one of those rare novels that feels just like life.
Not since Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend has a novel so deftly probed the magical and sometimes destructive friendships that can occur between two girls.
When your heritage and ancestry are the reasons for your oppression, to whom can you turn in order to survive, but to family? Hokeah’s exceptional debut novel follows a Native American man’s life through the many leaves of his family tree.
Egan’s empathetic interest in human behavior is what drives The Candy House, making her companion novel to A Visit From the Goon Squad more than a literary experiment.
In this story collection, Muñoz forges a new Latinx narrative, wherein all aspects of Latinx life are displayed with richness and complexity.
Selin, the hero of Batuman’s The Idiot, returns with a voice that is more mature, reflective and droll.
Serpell’s award-winning debut novel, The Old Drift, was a genre-defying epic about three generations of Zambian families, and her purposely disconcerting follow-up will reinforce readers’ appreciation of her daring experimentation and keen talent.
Taken together, the 13 stories in Berry’s How It Went create a tale that gently unwinds and doubles back on itself, not so much like a river but more like a flowering vine.
Escoffery’s connected stories offer an imaginative, fresh take on being a man and nonwhite immigrant in America.
This scathing, unsettling novel posits that knaves and heroes come in all guises.
Garmus’ devastating and funny debut novel blows the lid off simplistic myths about the 1950s.
The stories in Barrett’s dazzling collection demonstrate that while history distills events, fiction can bring messy humanity to life.
Ng is undoubtedly at the top of her game as she portrays an American society overcome by fear.
Despite its doomed Midwestern setting, Gunty’s debut novel makes storytelling seem like the most fun a person can have.
It’s impossible to predict how, exactly, you’ll fall in love with this novel, but it’s an eventuality you can’t escape.
Trust by Hernan Diaz
Diaz’s second novel is a beautifully composed masterpiece that examines the insidious disparities between rich and poor, truth and fiction.
Stuart’s follow-up to Shuggie Bain is a marvelous feat of storytelling, a mix of tender emotion and grisly violence.