The Best Book Club Books of 2021 (Anticipated)

2021 best book club books anticipated

This is a list of the upcoming 2021 Best Book Club Books, limited to hardcover new releases to be published in 2021. I’ll be updating this list as more titles are announced, so stay tuned for more!

If there’s a book you think belongs on this list of anticipated book club reads, please do drop me a line!

For more books coming soon, see the list of Upcoming New Release Books.

Or for more book club reads, see the Best Book Club Books of 2020 or the Best Book Club Reads of All Time.

Jhumpa Lahiri

What It's About: A marvelous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies--her first in nearly a decade.

Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in this novel, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches her themes to the limit. The woman at the center wavers between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties...

Publication Date: August 30, 2018
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The Four Winds
Kristin Hannah

What It's About: Texas, 1934.
Milioni di persone sono rimaste senza lavoro e la siccità ha distrutto le Grandi Pianure. Gli agricoltori stanno combattendo per non perdere le loro terre e la loro fonte di sostentamento, dal momento che le coltivazioni avvizziscono irrimediabilmente, l'acqua si sta prosciugando e le tempeste di polvere e sabbia minacciano di seppellirli tutti...

Publication Date: February 2, 2021
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Malibu Rising
Taylor Jenkins Reid

What It's About: From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six . . . Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

Malibu: August 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch...

Publication Date: May 27, 2021
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The Midnight Library
Matt Haig

What It's About: Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time...

Publication Date: August 13, 2020
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Harlem Shuffle
Colson Whitehead

What It's About: From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.

"Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked..."

To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family...

Publication Date: September 14, 2021
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The Rose Code
Kate Quinn

What It's About: The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes...

Publication Date: March 9, 2021
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Klara and the Sun
Kazuo Ishiguro

What It's About: Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside...

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
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Hamlet Retelling (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Gillian Flynn

What It's About: Coming in 2021. Gillian Flynn, author of the bestseller Gone Girl, is to write a new twist on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Flynn is the latest author to be commissioned by the Hogarth Shakespeare project to rewrite the Bard's works. The series launches in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Publication Date: Not Available

Project Hail Mary
Andy Weir

What It's About: Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time...

Publication Date: May 4, 2021
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My Year Abroad
Chang-rae Lee

What It's About: Librarian note: Please see standard hardcover edition here.
This edition is the Powell's Indiespensible special release, which comes in a slipcase.

From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and On Such a Full Sea, an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure - and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection...

Publication Date: February 2, 2021
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The Lost Apothecary
Sarah Penner

What It's About: A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course.

Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.

Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register...

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
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Of Women and Salt
Gabriela Garcia

What It's About: A daughter's fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born

In present-day Miami, Jeanette is battling addiction. Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE...

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
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The Maidens
Alex Michaelides

What It's About: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession, that further cements “Michaelides as a major player in the field” (Publishers Weekly).

Edward Fosca is a murderer...

Publication Date: June 15, 2021
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