10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May 2021

Calling all fiction lovers! Here come some new books for May!

 

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams 
Abrams is not just a powerful activist and revered politician, she’s also an author! Her latest book is a thriller featuring Avery Keene, talented law clerk for an esteemed supreme court justice. When the justice falls into a coma, Avery is thrust into a new role as the justice’s legal guardian and compelled to investigate a web of crimes and conspiracies. “Come for the dizzying array of plotlines — murders, a merger, illicit relationships — and stay for the high-octane action.” (New York Times) Abrams’s other works include the non-fiction book Our Time Is Now (2020) and romance novels written under the nom de plume Selena Montgomery. 
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Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd 
In present day Japan, two middle school students are relentlessly tormented by bullies. “This novel from the author of Breasts and Eggs (2020) takes on another subject seldom tapped in literary fiction and blows it open with raw and eloquent intensity. Kawakami has a unique knack for burrowing into discomfort, and she does it in a startlingly graceful way... An unexpected classic.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen 
Three decades in the lives of a family of refugees, mother Hương and sons Tuấn and Binh, who flee Vietnam and settle in New Orleans. While they all come to grips with American life, they suffer the loss of their husband and father, Tuấn joins a gang and Binh learns how to embrace his sexuality. “Captivating... As the characters spin away from each other, Nguyen keeps a keen eye on their struggles and triumphs, crafting an expansive portrayal of New Orleans’s Vietnamese community under the ever-present threat of flooding, and the novel builds to a haunting conclusion during Hurricane Katrina. Readers will find this gripping and illuminating.” (Publishers Weekly) 
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Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng 
Junie was born without legs. When she was five, her parents, deeply scarred by the Cultural Revolution, left her to live with her grandparents in their rural Chinese village so they could seek a better life in the United States. Five years later, Junie is dismayed to find out that her father is coming to get her when she turns twelve, and she doesn’t even know yet that her parents’ marriage has fallen apart. “An emotional work focused on relationships and filled with love, hope, and determination, but also heartbreak... Hard to put down.” (Library Journal) 
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Secret Talker by Geling Yan, translated by Jeremy Tiang  
Qiao Hongmei lives in Northern California with her husband, leading a quiet life until she begins receiving mysterious emails, starting an online flirtation to something that turns much darker. “Yan’s pacing is impeccable as she delicately but inexorably builds toward a thought-provoking finale. Readers of tense literary fiction will find much to like.” (Publishers Weekly) 
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Rock Eaters by Brenda Peynado 
Peynado’s genre-bending debut story collection is collecting rave reviews. “As substantial as they are superbly crafted. Melding science fiction, fantasy, fable, and legend with atmospheric prose, these stories touch on a wide range of topics: immigration, race, climate change, the inexorable millennial hustle, influencers, gun culture, and the fraught, electric urgency of friendship between adolescent girls...  A sparkling, strange, and enthralling debut from a vivid new voice in contemporary fiction.” (Kirkus Reviews) 
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Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon 
Vern is fifteen, pregnant, and running from the Blessed Acres of Cain, a cult she has escaped. She gives birth to twins in the forest, and they survive for years as her body goes through an amazing transformation, prompting her realization that she has been subjected to medical experimentation. “Solomon once again stretches the boundaries of speculative fiction in this distinct and visceral exploration of the trauma of Black and queer bodies in an all-too believable near future.” (Booklist) Solomon is a Lambda Award Winner and the author of An Unkindness of Ghosts (2017) and The Deep (2019).
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The Guncle by Steven Rowley 
When his brother checks into rehab following the death of his wife, gay bachelor and out-of-work sitcom actor Patrick O’Hara suddenly becomes the guardian of his niece and nephew. “Rowley’s (The Editor, 2019) sensitive and witty exploration of grief and healing soothes with a delectable lightness and cunning charm.” (Booklist) 
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The Atmospherians by Alex Mcelroy 
Sasha Marcus was a wellness and social media maven before she was cancelled and doxxed. Her best friend Dyson thinks he can save her reputation by making her the face of The Atmosphere, a rehab for men who want to rid themselves of toxic masculinity. “The author conveys Sasha’s dilemma in rich prose and haunting images, using a finely honed satirical lens. This notable debut makes hay with the miasma of contemporary culture.” (Publishers Weekly) 
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Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas by Henry Dumas 
This collection of stories by an iconic and influential writer of the 1960s Black Arts Movement has been brought back into print along with some previously uncollected works. “Dumas’s work exhibits a wide stylistic range, from realism, allegory, and folklore to trippy supernaturalism. Set largely in Arkansas and Harlem, the stories’ Black male protagonists negotiate hardscrabble and often mysterious landscapes...  This collection resounds with a piercing voice that demands to be heard.” (Publishers Weekly) 
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