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Fall Reading 2021 Fiction Recommendations

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We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange

There is almost nothing quite as potent for storytelling as a big, Irish multigenerational family drama. Although by sight, the Brennans are a close knit New York family, the novel explores the fissures that are created through a lifetime of secrets in love, money, and family and the forgiveness that is required in a messy, complex life. For those who love deep, character-driven books, this debut brings a new voice to the likes of Ann Patchett, Celeste Ng, and Brit Bennett. —Casey

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ISBN: 9781250796226
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Published: Celadon Books - August 3rd, 2021

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Inti Flynn, an accomplished wolf biologist, is the head of a team attempting to release wolves back into the wild in the Scottish Highlands, thereby restoring ancient forests and stabilizing the ecosystem. Inti also has mirror-touch synesthesia, a condition that forces her to feel everything she sees. Inti’s condition has led to a deep compassion for animals and an intense weariness of other people and as she struggles to simultaneously win the hearts of the local farmers, nurture her wolves, and care for her ailing twin sister, she begins to lose grip on her bearings. Another beautiful, poignant novel from McCohnahy, Once There Were Wolves is at once a murder mystery, an homage to the bond between sisters, and an urgent call to assuage climate change. —Jade

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ISBN: 9781250244147
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 3rd, 2021

Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So

A debut short story collection people will be reading for decades to come, Afterparties is the work of a wry, playful, brilliant writer at the start of a knockout career. Veasna So passed away suddenly, but by the age of 28 he had already written stories that plumb the depths of what it means to be raised by immigrants, to be queer, to be Cambodian-American, and above all, to grow up as an other in a place that encourages sameness. —Jess

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ISBN: 9780063049901
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Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert

Enticing scents and exotic perfumes permeate this evocative book. Timothy Schaffert transports you to the cabarets and brothels of WWII Nazi-occupied Paris. Clementine is a 72-year-old queer American ex-pat, a reformed thief. Her perfumery caters to the city's marginalized LGBTQ+ community. She runs a dangerous con game to protect her dearest friends. Espionage, deception, love, and betrayal are all a part of the story. This is a well-written, unique tale of historical fiction. —Trey

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ISBN: 9780385545747
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Published: Doubleday - August 3rd, 2021

The President and the Frog by Carolina De Robertis

A fascinating, unusual novel inspired by Pepe Mujica, the ex-president of Uruguay. Political, personal, and philosophical, the narrative alternates between past and present. As a reporter interviews the retired ex-president, distant memories surface. Memories of solitary confinement. Memories of the woman he loved. Memories of his conversations with the frog that shared his cell.  Beautiful writing and a story of love, hope, and survival come together to make this a very special read.—Trey 

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ISBN: 9780593318416
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Published: Knopf - August 3rd, 2021

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson

This is an epic tale of family and community set in a small logging town in the Pacific Northwest. A midwife seeks explanations for why so many pregnancies are ending in grief. Her high climbing husband courts danger every day he works far above the ground. Their town is facing the end of logging as a generational way of life. Beautiful immersive writing brings you deep into the old-growth redwood forest. Damnation Spring is a remarkable debut novel. —Trey 

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ISBN: 9781982144401
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Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore

The debut novel of poet A.K. Blakemore, The Manningtree Witches, is utterly unique and hypnotic. This novel is a story of witches, of mothers and daughters, and of the way communities distort stories to their own ends. From the very first line, the lyrical, Middle English style transported me and made me feel acutely the paranoia and passion of the characters. I look forward to seeing what this author does next! —Brooks

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ISBN: 9781646220649
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Published: Catapult - August 10th, 2021

Skinship: Stories By Yoon Choi

In her assured debut collection, Yoon Choi plumbs the depths and writes to the breadth of the Korean American experience in these penetrating short stories. Through the eyes of the young and the aging, the parents, their children, husbands and wives, sisters and aunts, Skinship honors the complexity, affection, and grace of identity in relationship, especially those stressed by the transition between countries and cultures. This is not so much a book of a-ha moments, but one of expert unveiling and seeing fully—a beautiful, deeply humanizing read. —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780593318218
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Published: Knopf - August 17th, 2021

Gordo by Jaime Cortez

Jaime Cortez’s lively debut collection is set in the farm camps and communities of Watsonville and San Juan Bautista in the 1970s, and is explored largely through the singular, earnest, and endearing voice of Gordo, a young boy discovering his own identity amidst the pressure and antics of his peers and the love and expectations of his community. Cortez grew up in Watsonville and speaks lighthearted, unerring truth to the area in these often funny, always heartfelt interconnected short stories. —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780802158086
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - August 17th, 2021

The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You: Stories

A phenomenal collection of short stories packing a punch that left me breathless. These could only come from the experience of being Black and living in the heart and soul of New Orleans. Flash fiction that burns for a single page and leaves an indelible impression. Longer narratives that dive deep into the lives of the characters and the sights and sounds of the city. Maurice Carlos Ruffin is an extraordinary storyteller! —Trey

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ISBN: 9780593133408
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Published: One World - August 17th, 2021

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