Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | May 2021

19 May 2021

Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | May 2021

Literary Fiction readers have a host of new books to add to their reading list right now! Find your next favorite read among these new releases from bestselling authors Paul C. R. Monk, David Kummer, Michelle G. Stradford, Ann Garvin, Mark Sullivan, and Morgan Harper Nichols. We hope you enjoy your new books!


That Spring in Beijing

by Paul C. R. Monk

Release Date: May 15, 2021

Beautiful, ambitious, and worldly, Lin is a headhunter who finds talent from all over the world to fill top executive positions. At thirty-five, she is satisfied with her career but wonders if she’ll ever marry or have children. Colin, a forty-two-year-old green-eyed Englishman with a quietly confident smile, creates the stories that bring video games to life. A professional connection turns personal, and the two fall in love as a Beijing spring comes into bloom.

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Everything, Somewhere

by David Kummer

Release Date: April 25, 2021

Little Rush is a sleepy town on the Ohio River. Bruce Michaels is a renowned Hollywood actor. The two should never cross paths, yet one summer everything changes. The actor, haunted by demons, chasing a ghost. The town, unaware. Until the two collide. Hudson, Willow, and Mason are high school seniors with very different upbringings, but all on the verge of adulthood. As the sun sets on their final summer, questions abound. Will they ever leave the town? Is there a future here? As their plans waver, time is running out.

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Waves of You

by Michelle G. Stradford

Release Date: April 27, 2021

Meant to be read aloud to the one who shares your heart, it is brimming with blooming romance, enduring love, and alchemical connection. From “sun-drenched smiles” and “wide-eyed wonderment” to “sanguine summers” and “umbrella-lined beaches,” this collection of whimsical poetry “will carry you…into a boundless sea” of love.

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I Thought You Said This Would Work

by Ann Garvin

Release Date: May 1, 2021

Widowed Samantha Arias hasn’t spoken to Holly Dunfee in forever. It’s for the best. Samantha prefers to avoid conflict. The blisteringly honest Holly craves it. What they still have in common puts them both back on speed dial: a mutual love for Katie, their best friend of twenty-five years, now hospitalized with cancer and needing one little errand from her old college roomies.

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The Last Green Valley

by Mark Sullivan

Release Date: May 4, 2021

In late March 1944, as Stalin’s forces push into Ukraine, young Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolves—murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans? The Martels are one of many families of German heritage whose ancestors have farmed in Ukraine for more than a century.

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How Far You Have Come

by Morgan Harper Nichols

Release Date: April 27, 2021

How Far You Have Come is an exquisitely illustrated collection of poetry and essays from bestselling artist and writer Morgan Harper Nichols. In the midst of the hurt and the mundane, the questions and the not yets, we can forget just how far we have come. Morgan weaves together personal reflections with her signature poems to share her journey to reclaim moments of brokenness, division, and pain and re-envision them as experiences of reconciliation, unity, and hope.

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