My 10 Most Anticipated Books
At the beginning of each year, I eagerly peruse a minimum of three book previews (typically those compiled by The Millions, Entertainment Weekly, and Vulture) and compile a longlist of titles I'm interested in. Then, I research these titles a little more via Goodreads, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and author websites, in order to winnow the longlist down to a shortlist of titles which I then add to my To-Read shelf. Three months into 2021, I've done a pretty good job of keeping up with these new releases. There's much more to come, though, and below I will share my most anticipated reads for the rest of the year, along with the publisher and expected release dates. Now, if only Zadie Smith and Ruth Ware would announce their next titles, please!
The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 by Rachel Kushner (Scribner, April 6)
This non-fiction collection by one of my favorite contemporary fiction authors just came out this week. Yes, please!
Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton by Gail Crowther (Gallery Books, April 20)
A biography of Plath and Sexton that examines their friendship and rivalry. How excited am I?! Thanks to my friend Elisabeth for steering me toward this one!
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf Publishing Group, May 4)
A sweeping historical fiction saga about a long-lost female pilot and the woman currently portraying her in a film. To be honest, this one sounds epic!
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller (Tin House Books, May 18)
I liked Fuller's previous novel, Bitter Orange, and I have been meaning to read Swimming Lessons for several years. Her new one sounds mysterious and charming.
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica (Park Row, May 18)
I've fallen behind when it comes to Mary Kubica, but her forthcoming one should bring me back into the fold.
The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura (Penguin Books, June 8)
This book sounds mysterious, intriguing, and original. We'll see if it delivers!
Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 8)
Historical fiction, set in 1600s Germany, involving finger-pointing, false accusations and the horrific fallout thereof. This could be my book of the summer.
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins (Transworld, August 31)
Will her third novel be a winner like The Girl on the Train, or a bit of a hot mess like Into the Water? Can't wait to find out!
Matrix by Lauren Groff (Riverhead, September 7)
The Queen returns! With historical fiction about nuns and a convent! I predict this will be a hard one to top for me.
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, September 14)
And yet, if anyone can do it, that would be the incomparable Colson Whitehead, whose forthcoming novel has me so excited I'm doing back flips.