Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | January 2021

30 Dec 2020

Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | January 2021

Looking to add some literary fiction novels to your New Year’s reading list? Make sure you pick up our latest must-read book recommendations. Start reading the latest from best selling authors Kay Bratt, Julie Morton, Megan Chance, Chelsea G. Summers, Connie Palmen, and Kristin Harper. Enjoy your new books!


A Welcome Misfortune

by Kay Bratt

Release Date: December 25, 2020

The first book in the Sworn Sisters Series by Kay Bratt… In 1867 an infant girl called Luli is born into a middle-class Chinese family on the mainland. Her fate is altered when instead of being put to the breast of her mother, her father declares her a misfortune and she is left at the famous Chaozhou wall where many parents and grandparents abandon their unwanted girls. But the child’s mother is desperate to save her and beseeches one of her sons to step in and deliver the baby to safety.

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Deadly Keyholes

by Julie Morton

Release Date: December 29, 2020

A cornered woman is a dangerous animal. Some in Julie Morton’s second novel, Deadly Keyholes, pay for this lesson with their lives. Miranda LaVelle, an abused, neglected child of the Roaring 20s Jazz Era, is rescued from poverty and probable death by her great aunt, Genevieve Woods. Genevieve’s gritty life in a wild, oil boomtown in South Arkansas is not suitable for a child, but there is no choice. To four-year-old Miranda, her new circumstances are more wonderful than she could have ever imagined.

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A Splendid Ruin

by Megan Chance

Release Date: January 1, 2021

The eve of destruction. After her mother’s death, penniless May Kimble lives a lonely life until an aunt she didn’t know existed summons her to San Francisco. There she’s welcomed into the wealthy Sullivan family and their social circle. Initially overwhelmed by the opulence of her new life, May soon senses that dark mysteries lurk in the shadows of the Sullivan mansion.

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A Certain Hunger

by Chelsea G. Summers

Release Date: December 8, 2020

Food critic Dorothy Daniels loves what she does. Discerning, meticulous, and very, very smart, Dorothy’s clear mastery of the culinary arts make it likely that she could, on any given night, whip up a more inspired dish than any one of the chefs she writes about. Dorothy loves sex as much as she loves food, and while she has struggled to find a long-term partner that can keep up with her, she makes the best of her single life, frequently traveling from Manhattan to Italy for a taste of both.

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Your Story, My Story

by Connie Palmen

Release Date: January 1, 2021

In 1963 Sylvia Plath took her own life in her London flat. Her death was the culmination of a brief, brilliant life lived in the shadow of clinical depression—a condition exacerbated by her tempestuous relationship with mercurial poet Ted Hughes. The ensuing years saw Plath rise to martyr status while Hughes was cast as the cause of her suicide, his infidelity at the heart of her demise.

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Aunt Ivy’s Cottage

by Kristin Harper

Release Date: December 7, 2020

All Zoey’s happiest childhood memories are of her great-aunt Ivy’s rickety cottage on Dune Island, snuggling up with hot chocolate and hearing Ivy’s stories about being married to a sea captain. Now, heartbroken from a breakup, Zoey escapes back to the island, but is shocked to find her elderly aunt’s spark fading. Worse, her cousin—next in line to inherit the house—is pushing Ivy to move into a nursing home.

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