10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March 2021

March is springing with great new fiction! Here are ten novels and story collections arriving this month.

The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen 
The Committed continues the story that began in Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer (2015). It’s the 1980s, and the unnamed narrator is now a refugee in Paris where he dabbles in capitalism by selling drugs and connects with a community of left-wing intellectuals. “An exhilarating roller-coaster ride filled with violence, hidden identity, and meditations on whether the colonized can ever be free... Nguyen continues to delight.” (Publishers Weekly) 
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Infinite Country by Patricia Engel 
After many years, visa overstays and deportations, fifteen-year-old Talia’s family is split between the United States and Colombia. Now she must escape from a remote juvenile detention center and meet her father in Bogotá in time to catch the flight that will reunite their family in New Jersey. “An outstanding novel of migration and the Colombian diasporae... Engel’s sharp, unflinching narrative teems with insight and dazzles with a confident, slyly sophisticated structure.” (Publishers Weekly) Engel’s other books include The Veins of the Ocean (2016) and Vida (2010), and her accolades include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the International Latino Book Award and the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana, Colombia’s national prize in literature. 
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Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge 
In 1860s Brooklyn, Libertie is the freeborn daughter of Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first Black female doctor in New York State. Although her mother pressures her to follow in her footsteps, Libertie must forge her own path in life, leading her far from home. “Greenidge succeeds beautifully at presenting the complexities of an intense mother-daughter bond, with its blend of unrealistic expectations, disappointments, and betrayals... Greenidge creates a richly layered tapestry of Black communal life, notably Black female life, and the inevitable contradictions and compromises of freedom.’” (BooklistGreenridge is also the author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman, a New York Times Top 10 Books of 2016 
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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton 
Magazine editor S. Sunny Curtis is documenting the lives and careers of Afro-punk progenitor Opal Jewel and her partner Nev Charles, whose 1970s avant-garde musical duo generated a cult following. “Lucidly envisioned... A cinematic, stereophonic, and boldly imagined story of race, gender, and agency in art.” (Booklist)  
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Red Island House by Andrea Lee 
When African American academic Shay Gilliam marries wealthy Italian businessman Senna, she becomes the mistress of a vacation mansion in Madagascar, a complex role that will transform her life and her marriage. Against a background of myth and magic, as well as racism, sex tourism, and exploitation, the never-perfect match between Senna and Shay continues to devolve. An utterly captivating, richly detailed, and highly critical vision of how the one percent lives in neocolonial paradise.” (Kirkus Reviews) 
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What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster 
This intergenerational saga set in North Carolina from the 1990s to the present features the parallel stories of two families that intersect when Gee and Noelle attend the same newly integrated school. “Coster is an exacting observer but also an endlessly generous one, approaching her cast with a sharp eye and deep warmth. The overlapping pieces fit together, of course, but it’s the individual moments that are exquisite, each chapter a tiny snapshot of a whole world. Tender but--miraculously--never sentimental.” (Kirkus ReviewsCoster was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree for 2020 and her debut novel Halsey Street was a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. 
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Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia 
Carmen, a Cuban immigrant living in Miami, worries about her daugher Jeanette, who struggles with addiction. When her El Salvadoran neighbor Gloria is detained by ICE, Jeanette takes in Gloria’s daughter Ana. “Throughout, Garcia illustrates the hard choices mothers make generation after generation to protect their children... This riveting account will please readers of sweeping multigenerational stories.” (Publishers Weekly) 
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Sarahland by Sam Cohen 
A debut collection of short stories explores themes of queerness, relationships and personal transformation, all featuring characters named Sarah. “Wonderfully bizarre... Throughout, Cohen cleverly reimagines the world through a queer lens and uses pop culture and fairy tale references to illustrate the various lives, stories, and worlds the Sarahs can inhabit. A thought-provoking work, Cohen’s collection surprises and excites.” (Publishers Weekly) 
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The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson 
When Rosalie Iron Wing’s father died, she was sent to live in a foster home, separated from her family and her Dakota roots. Decades later, she returns as a widow and a mother to the land of her ancestors. “A thoughtful, moving meditation on connections to the past and the land that humans abandon at their peril.” (Booklist) Award-winning writer Wilson is the author of Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past (2006) and Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life (2011). 
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Brother Sister Mother Explorer by Jamie Figueroa 
Following the recent death of his mother, Rafa has lost his will to live. His half sister Rufina proposes a pact: they will perform in the plaza of the touristy New Mexican town of their childhood and  raise enough money to escape their grief. “Spellbinding prose, magical elements, and wounded, full hearted characters that nearly jump off the page... This cleverly constructed and deeply moving account enthralls.” (Publishers Weekly) 
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