New Literary Fiction Novels | Summer 2019

17 Jul 2019

New Literary Fiction Novels | Summer 2019

Literary fiction fans have some amazing new novels to add to their reading list this summer. There is a little something for everyone with these new releases from bestselling authors Kay Bell, Joseph E. Henning, B. Lance Jenkins, Karen Dukess, Stephanie Jimenez, and Colson Whitehead. Sit back in the sun and enjoy these amazing new literary fiction novels!


The American Governess

by Kay Bell

Release Date: May 23, 2019

Chase Miller is a young American backpacker that has come to Far North Queensland, Australia, in search of work and adventure. Upon arriving at the Glen Eira cattle station, he becomes intrigued by the reclusive ‘Boss Lady’, Miss Becky, who is also American. Disturbed bu his presence, Miss Becky finds herself reliving the days of her youth. She remembers her time in New York, arriving in Australia and the early days as the governess of the outback.

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Adaptively Radiant

by Joseph E. Henning

Release Date: June 9, 2019

Justin Toshi Blackwood is on summer vacation in Japan. While there he attends a birthday party for his cousin, Kaito, and bonds with his estranged relatives. The two young men share a great-grandfather and realize they have both inherited some mysterious heirlooms. One has a pocket knife and the other a pocket watch. When they discover the knife opens a compartment in the watch containing a tiny hidden map, they soon find themselves on an international scavenger hunt.

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A New Requiem

by B. Lance Jenkins

Release Date: July 12, 2019

A gay community chorus director and teacher has been wrongly accused of the murder of a 17-year-old boy. The small and radically fundamental town mounts against the alleged criminal, whose identity is drastically contrasting to that of the community’s social norms. Now a local defense attorney must sacrifice everything to save the man he knows is innocent.

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The Last Book Party

by Karen Dukess

Release Date: July 9, 2019

It is the summer of 1987 and aspiring writer, Eve Rosen, is languishing in a low-level assistant job. She is unable to shake the shadow of growing up in the shadow of her brilliant brother. With her professional life floundering, she jumps at an opportunity to attend an early summer gathering at the home of famous New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie.

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The Could Have Named Her Anything

by Stephanie Jimenez

Release Date: August 1, 2019

Maria Anis Rosario takes the subway every morning for an hour from her home in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side. She struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students. But then Rocky welcomes her into a new life. Rocky uses her wealthy parent’s money to get away with anything. To Maria, this is a dazzling privilege.

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The Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

Release Date: July 16, 2019

The Civil Rights movement has begun to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee. Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart and believes he is “as good as anyone.” He was abandoned by his parents but was kept in line by his grandmother. Elwood is about to enroll in a local black college, but living in the Jim Crow South means one innocent mistake could destroy everything.

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