Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | February 2021

11 Feb 2021

Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | February 2021

Does your reading list need some new recommendations? We’ve got good news for you because there are so many amazing new literary fiction novels available right now for you. Don’t miss our must-read picks from authors Florence Reiss Kraut, Max Milano, Kristin Hannah, Janet Skeslien Charles, Abigail Dean, and Lynda Rutledge. Enjoy your new literary fiction reads!


How to Make a Life

by Florence Reiss Kraut

Release Date: October 13, 2020

“An engaging and heartfelt portrayal of intergenerational trauma and hope.” When Ida and her daughter Bessie flee a catastrophic pogrom in Ukraine for America in 1905, they believe their emigration will ensure that their children and grandchildren will be safe from harm. But choices and decisions made by one generation have ripple effects on those who come later—and in the decades that follow, family secrets, betrayals, and mistakes made in the name of love threaten the survival of the family.

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Hollywood Expats

by Max Milano

Release Date: February 1, 2021

Monica is a Hollywood A-Lister living in Paris. She’s on the hottest streaming show on the planet and just bought a luxurious loft with her screenwriter fiancé. She should be happy, but fate and terrorism have other plans. Monica soon discovers that her sheltered life in the height of luxury can’t protect her from the savage course of history: The Bataclan terrorist attacks, a permanent migrant crisis in the channel tunnel, rioting in the streets of Los Angeles, and a global plague. As the world crumbles around her, Monica desperately struggles to find meaning in life and love, or risk being destroyed by the raging tide of history.

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The Four Winds

by Kristin Hannah

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

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The Paris Library

by Janet Skeslien Charles

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

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Girl A

by Abigail Dean

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped, the eldest sister who freed her older brother and four younger siblings. It’s been easy enough to avoid her parents–her father never made it out of the House of Horrors he created, and her mother spent the rest of her life behind bars.

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West with Giraffes

by Lynda Rutledge

Release Date: February 1, 2021

Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave. It’s 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California’s first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo.

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