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"The Committed" by Viet Thanh Nguyen is the sequel to "The Sympathizer," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016, and is set to drop on March 2.  

Mark your calendars: Six upcoming books for 2021

As we start the year off quarantining inside, there is much to look forward to in the new year such as the books set to be released in 2021. Many authors used social distancing in 2020 to their advantage to work on their upcoming novels. The year of  2021 is the year of magnificent books being published to read. While these six novels have not been released yet, there has been a lot of commotion and gossip about them. 

"Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro

From Nagasaki, Japan, Ishiguro is a Nobel Prize of Literature recipient and his s most well-known work is ‘An Artist in a Floating World.’ His newest novel to come, “Klara and the Sun,”  is going to be released on March 2. “Klara and the Sun” is about the Artificial Friend, Klara, who hopes to one day be chosen by a customer. With Klara’s unique qualities, she remains hopeful that someone will soon claim her.

"The Chosen and the Beautiful" by Nghi Vo

Not too far from Wisconsin, Nghi Vo lives on the shore of Lake Michigan. Her upcoming novel “The Chosen and the Beautiful” is a retelling of “The Great Gatsby” in a new lighting. Jordan Baker, adopted, queer, and Asian, faces a world full of wonders in the setting of 1920’s America. This retelling of a novel is everything including a dark, fantastical, atmospheric and much more. The expected publication for this upcoming novel is June 1. 

"Every Last Fear" by Alex Finlay

Alex Finlay is a prominent traveler, whose trip through Mexico gave him  the inspirations for his first debut novel “Every Last Fear." Given through multiple points of view, this psychological thriller includes murder, guilt, and above all, family. When college student Matt Pine hears that his entire family has been murdered, he knows that the police are lying when they try to convince him that it was all an accident. He is forced to confront his secrets and fears when he returns home. This thriller will be released on March 2.

"Whereabouts" by Jhumpa Lahiri

Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri is not new to writing incredible books. Lahiri’s latest book for nearly a decade, “Whereabouts'' is to be released on April 27. A woman who never quite feels at ease, with a mother desperate to find comfort after her fathers death, and her unsettling friends, she has a monumental change in perspective when boating on a hot day. At the center of it all, the woman is stuck between the need of long-lasting ties and refusing to make the ties themselves. The novel is written in Italian and will be translated to English. 

"The Ones We’re Meant to Find" by Joan He

Author and artist Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia. Young Adult novel “The Ones We’re Meant to Find'' starts with Cee waking up in a strange place with her only memory being that she has a sister and needs to find her. Torn by using her skills in science that failed the people before her, or finding another way to her sister, Cee is in the middle of a planet where everyone will do whatever it takes to find refuge. This Sci-fi/Young Adult novel will be available to read on May 4. 

"The Committed" by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Viet Thanh Nguyen’s newest novel “The Committed'' is the sequel to “The Sympathizer” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. Following the first novel, as he arrives in Paris as a refugee, him and his brother plan to escape their past at the hands of capitalism through drug dealing. Commitment, betrayal, and lifetime friendships are only a few words to describe his upcoming masterpiece of a novel that will be released on March 2. 

These six novels are just a few books to come in 2021 with so many more books of all genres to look forward to as well. There has been much talk and high expectations of the upcoming novels from readers all around. These authors' hard work is soon to be paid off as the readers mark their calendars and countdown to their release dates. 

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