Most Anticipated Books | 2021

Hi, folks,

Here are some forthcoming books that are on my radar for 2021, listed in chronological order by publication date:


My Most Anticipated Books

January: 

  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders (nonfiction)
  • Let Me Tell You What I Mean, by Joan Didion (nonfiction)
  • An I-Novel, by Minae Mizumura, tr. Juliet Winters Carpenter (This is on my Winter TBR)

February:

  • In Memory of Memory, by Maria Stepanova, tr. Sasha Dugdale
  • Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

March:

  • Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley

April:

  • Everybody by Olivia Laing (nonfiction)
  • Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, by Gail Crowther (nonfiction)
  • The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pymby Paula Byrne (nonfiction)
  • The High House by Jessie Greengrass
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  • Look! It’s a Woman Writer! Irish Literary Feminisms, 1970-2020, ed.Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

May:

  • Second Place by Rachel Cusk
  • Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Hannah Arendt, by Samantha Rose Hill (nonfiction)
  • Real Estate by Deborah Levy (nonfiction)
  • Clairvoyant of the Small: The Life of Robert Walser, by Susan Bernofsky (nonfiction)

June:

  • The Wife of Willesden, by Zadie Smith
  • To Write as If Already Dead, by Kate Zambreno (nonfiction)
  • Nobody, Somebody, Anybody: A Novel, by Kelly McClorey

July:

  • Things Are Against Us by Lucy Ellmann (nonfiction)

August:

  • The Women of Troy by Pat Barker
  • The Luminous Novel, by Mario Levrero, tr. Annie McDermott)
  • Occupation by Julián Fuks, tr. Daniel Hahn

September: 

  • Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett
  • On Freedom by Maggie Nelson (nonfiction)
  • The Magician by Colm Tóibín
  • Oh, William! by Elizabeth Strout

October:

  • Burntcoat by Sarah Hall
  • Another Name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse, tr. Damion Searls

November:

  • Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Brickmakers by Selva Almada, tr. Annie McDermott

Other books that caught my eye:

January:

  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez, tr. Megan McDowell
  • Violeta Among the Stars by Dulce Maria Cardoso, tr. Ángel Gurría Quintan
  • Asylum Road, by Olivia Sudjic
  • The Death of Francis Bacon, by Max Porter (nonfiction)
  • The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin
  • Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
  • Brief Lives of Idiots, by Ermanno Cavazzoni, tr. Jamie Richards
  • Nora by Nuala O’Connor
  • The Limits of My Language: Meditations on Depression by Eva Meijer, tr. Antoinette Fawcett (nonfiction)
  • Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America by Eddie S Glaude Jr (nonfiction)
  • Rein Gold, by Elfriede Jelinek, tr. Gitta Honegger

February:

  • Havana Year Zero by Karla Suárez, tr. Christina MacSweeney
  • Poetics of Work by Noémi Lefebvre, tr. Sophie Lewis
  • Rabbit Island by Elvira Navarro, tr. Christina MacSweeney
  • Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay (nonfiction)
  • Keats by Lucasta Miller (nonfiction)

March:

  • The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernández, tr. Natasha Wimmer
  • Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal, tr. Jessica Moore
  • Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
  • How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
  • Inventory of a Life Mislaid by Marina Warner (nonfiction)
  • The Gun, the Ship and the Pen by Linda Colley (nonfiction)

April:

  • Civilisations by Laurent Binet, tr. Sam Taylor
  • My Phantoms by Gwendoline Riley
  • An Apprenticeship or The Book of Pleasures, by Clarice Lispector, tr. Stefan Tobler
  • Enchantment of the Virtual, by Gilles Châtelet, various translators (nonfiction)
  • Philip Roth by Blake Bailey (nonfiction)
  • Fifty Sounds, by Polly Barton (nonfiction)
  • Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, tr. Sam Bett and David Boyd
  • Antiquities by Cynthia Ozick
  • The Hard Crowd by Rachel Kushner (nonfiction)
  • Blot from the Blue, by Jeremy Cooper

May:

  • Intimacies by Lucy Caldwell

June: 

  • Animal, by Lisa Taddeo

July:

  • Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro, tr. Frances Riddle
  • The Year, by Tomas Espedal, tr. James Anderson

August:

  • Dante by Alessandro Barbero (nonfiction)
  • Can the Monster Speak?, by Paul B. Preciado (nonfiction)

September:

  • Matrix by Lauren Groff
  • Greek Myths by Charlotte Higgins (nonfiction)

October: 

  • The Thing That Changes Everything by Jennifer Egan
  • Winter Recipes from the Collective by Louise Glück (poetry)
  • This Book Is a Song by Jarvis Cocker (nonfiction)

November:

  • Byobu by Ida Vitale, tr. Sean Manning
  • Silent Catastrophes: Essays on Literature by WG Sebald, tr. Jo Catling (nonfiction)

My previous lists: 2020 | 2019 | 2018


That’s it for now, folks! What are your most anticipated book releases?

Yours truly,

J.


Jonathan Adams Bartlett, ‘Harriet, the artist’s fiance’, c. 1840

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