Best Literary Fiction of 2024 (New & Anticipated)

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2024 is shaping up to be a solid year for literary fiction releases. I had the pleasure of reading James recently, which is probably the biggest literary fiction release so far this year and it’s a book I whole-heartedly recommend.

This list of the best New and Anticipated 2024 Literary Fiction Books is based on early reviews and buzz, and of course what I’ve read. I’ll be updating this list as new titles are released or announced, as I read more of these books, etc. — so check back later for more!

Will you be reading any of these titles? Feel free to leave your comments below!

Percival Everett

What It's About: A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim's point of view.

When the enslaved Jim overhears that he is about to be sold to a man in New Orleans, separated from his wife and daughter forever, he decides to hide on nearby Jackson Island until he can formulate a plan...

Publication Date: March 19, 2024
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Wandering Stars
Tommy Orange

What It's About: The eagerly awaited follow-up to Pulitzer Prize-finalist Tommy Orange’s breakout best seller There There —winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, the John Leonard Prize, the American Book Award, and one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018— Wandering Stars traces the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School through to the shattering aftermath of Orvil Red Feather’s shooting in There There...

Publication Date: February 27, 2024
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Table for Two
Amor Towles

What It's About: From the bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway, A Gentleman in Moscow, and Rules of Civility, a richly detailed and sharply drawn collection of stories set in New York and Los Angeles.

The millions of readers of Amor Towles are in for a treat as he shares some of his shorter six stories set in New York City and a novella in Los Angeles...

Publication Date: April 2, 2024
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Tell Me Everything
Elizabeth Strout

What It's About: Elizabeth Strout returns to the town of Crosby, Maine and to her beloved cast of characters—Lucy Barton, Olive Kitteridge, Bob Burgess, and more—as they deal with a shocking crime in their midst; fall in love yet choose to be apart; and grapple with the question, "What does anyone’s life mean?"

It’s autumn in Maine, and the town lawyer Bob Burgess is enmeshed in an unfolding murder investigation, defending a lonely, isolated man accused of killing his mother...

Publication Date: September 10, 2024
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Family Family
Laurie Frankel

What It's About: “Not all stories of adoption are stories of pain and regret. Not even most of them. Why don’t we ever get that movie?”

India Allwood grew up wanting to be an actor. Armed with a stack of index cards (for research/line memorization/make-shift confetti), she goes from awkward sixteen-year-old to Broadway ingenue to TV superhero...

Publication Date: January 23, 2024
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After Annie
Anna Quindlen

What It's About: When Annie Brown dies suddenly, her husband, her four young children and her closest friend are left to struggle without the woman who centered their lives. Bill Brown finds himself overwhelmed, and Annie’s best friend Annemarie is lost to old bad habits without Annie’s support. It is Annie’s daughter, Ali, forced to try to care for her younger brothers and even her father, who manages to maintain some semblance of their former lives for them all, and who confronts the complicated truths of adulthood...

Publication Date: February 27, 2024
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The Mighty Red
Louise Erdrich

What It's About: In this stunning novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich tells a story of love, natural forces, spiritual yearnings, and the tragic impact of uncontrollable circumstances on ordinary people’s lives.

History is a flood. The mighty red . . .

In Argus, North Dakota, a collection of people revolve around a fraught wedding...

Publication Date: October 1, 2024
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Richard Powers

What It's About: A magisterial new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Overstory and Bewilderment.

Four lives are drawn together in a sweeping, panoramic new novel from Richard Powers, showcasing the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Overstory at the height of his skills...

Publication Date: September 24, 2024
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Julia Phillips

What It's About: A mesmerising novel of two sisters on a Pacific Northwest island whose lives are upended by an unexpected visitor — a tale of family, obsession, and a mysterious creature in the woods, by the celebrated, bestselling author of Disappearing Earth.

They were sisters and they would last past the end of time...

Publication Date: June 25, 2024
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Kaveh Akbar

What It's About: Kaveh Akbar’s Martyr! is a paean to how we spend our lives seeking meaning—in faith, art, ourselves, others—in which a newly sober, orphaned son of Iranian immigrants, guided by the voices of artists, poets, and kings, embarks on a search that leads him to a terminally ill painter living out her final days in the Brooklyn Museum...

Publication Date: January 23, 2024
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Sally Rooney

What It's About: An exquisitely moving story about grief, love, and family, from the global phenomenon Sally Rooney.

Aside from the fact that they are brothers, Peter and Ivan Koubek seem to have little in common.

Peter is a Dublin lawyer in his thirties—successful, competent, and apparently unassailable...

Publication Date: September 24, 2024
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