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The Most Anticipated Books Of 2024

by | Jan 8, 2024 | Articles and Reports

 

Politica by Yumna Kassab

The Lebanese-Australian author is known for her poetic prose in previous works such as The Lovers and The House of Youssef.

In her new novel, Kassab pushes her storytelling boundaries by presenting a literary story that delves into the intertwined lives of a town, its people, and an unnamed region affected by revolution and war.

Readers will experience how the impact of violence affects those who choose to leave and those who were left behind.

Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

The much-anticipated debut novel of Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar is being heralded as a new and important voice in the contemporary fiction landscape.

Martyr! follows the story of Cyrus Shams, a recently sober, orphaned son of Iranian immigrants searching for answers to a family secret. His search leads him to meet Orkideh, a terminally ill artist living out her days in the Brooklyn Museum where their newfound friendship and bond changes the course of both their lives.

Come and Get It by Kiley Reid

Come and Get It follows the ambitious Millie Cousins, a senior resident assistant at the University of Arkansas who wants to graduate, get a job and buy a house. It all seems too good to be true when she is presented with an easy but slightly odd opportunity by a visiting professor which will help her make the money she needs.

But the perfect opportunity is suddenly at risk when strange new friends, dorm pranks and some illegal activities force Millie to think that nothing is as it seems.

The Women by Kristin Hannah

The Women follows nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath, 20, who was raised by her conservative parents in Coronado Island. Her life and the world completely changed in 1965 when her brother set off to serve in the Vietnam War. On a whim, Frankie decides to join the Army Nurse Corps and follows in his path.

What unravels is not only the chaos and trauma of war but what happens in America, a nation divided by war and politics, and the experiences of many women just like Frankie.

End of Story by AJ Finn

Known for his thrilling novel, The Woman in the Window, Finn’s latest is a mystery about a novelist with one last story to write.

When Nicky Hunter is invited by the reclusive mystery novelist Sebastian Trapp to stay with him and his family in his mansion, she has no clue what she is signing up for. Sebastian is dying and asks Nicky to write his personal memoir which is only to be seen by his immediate family. Nicky is then trapped in between the intertwined lives and stories of Trapp’s family and the mysterious disappearance of his first wife and teenage son.

Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez

Raquel is a student of colour in her third-year art history degree at a prestigious university who feels out of place among the privileged students who already have their futures carved out for them.

But when she stumbles upon the story of Anita de Monte, a rising star in the art world who was found dead in New York City in 1985, she sees eerie connections in both their lives. Raquel’s life takes an even stranger turn when, simultaneously, she becomes romantically involved with a well-connected art student and finds herself rising up in the unwelcoming art world.

The novel by Xochitl Gonzalez, alternates between the perspectives of both women, revealing a series of events tied to themes of power, class, love and art.

Until August by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Perhaps the most anticipated book of the year, Until August is the rediscovered novel of magic realism master Gabriel Garcia Marquez and is set to be released a decade after his death.

Ana Magdalena Bach is happily married but travels to an island every August to visit her mother’s grave and, while there, for one night only, takes a new lover.

Not much else has been released about the plot of the novel except that it delves into themes of female freedom, desire, and transformation. The novel is also expected to reveal more about the renowned author’s literary trajectory.

The Morningside by Tea Obreht

From critically-acclaimed author Tea Obreht comes a new dystopian-themed novel that explores myth, storytelling and the relationship between mothers and their daughters.

After being expelled from their ancestral home, Silvia and her mother settle at the Morningside, a decaying luxury tower in Island City. Silvia feels unsettled in their new life, mainly because of her mother’s secretive nature about their family’s past.

This forces Sylvia to make sense of their present, their past and ultimately her own future, as she forms new relationships and discovers secrets that were never meant to come to light.

Lies and Weddings by Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan’s intriguing world of the rich and the super-rich that he so vividly depicted in Crazy, Rich Asians is once again the setting of his new novel, Lies and Weddings. Rufus Leung Gresham, the future Duke of Greshambury, has the reputation and appearance of being filthy rich – but nothing could be further from the truth. As he and his family are feeling the weight of mounting debts, Rufus’s scheming mother suggest a plan. Rufus is to attend his sister’s wedding at a luxury eco-resort where he must seduce a very rich woman.

But when a volcano on the island erupts, not only putting a halt to the wedding but revealing old secrets of the Gresham family, it’s up to Rufus to save his family’s name and himself in the process.

Tehrangeles by Porochista Khakpour

From acclaimed Iranian-American writer Porochista Khakpour comes Tehrangeles, a novel about the hunger for fame and its consequences. The novel follows Iranian-American multimillionaires Ali and Homa Milani and their four daughters who are about to strike a deal for their very own reality TV series.

 

However the dysfunctional family soon realises that their deepest darkest secrets might be dragged out into the open before the cameras even start to rolling. How will they cope with fame if all of them have something to hide?

The Book of Love, Kelly Link

In her highly anticipated debut novel, Pulitzer Prize finalist Kelly Link takes readers on a surreal journey to a fictional coastal town in Massachusetts. It’s been nearly a year since teenagers Laura, Daniel, and Mo disappeared and were later presumed dead—leaving Laura’s sister Susannah grieving and alone. But then the impossible happens: the trio, alongside another older spirit, are resurrected by a mystical being the kids previously knew as their high-school music teacher. The four formerly deceased characters are forced to compete in a series of high-stakes magical challenges. The winners get to stay alive—and the losers will be sent back to the realm of the dead. Link weaves together elements of horror, fantasy, and magical realism in a twisting, turning, and often whimsical tale.

Supercommunicators, Charles Duhigg

Through deep reporting and scientific research, Charles Duhigg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power of Habit, breaks down his tools for becoming someone with the ability to effectively communicate in any scenario, otherwise known as a “supercommunicator.” Duhigg argues there are three types of conversations—practical, emotional, and social—and supercommunicators can recognize which they are having and understand how to adapt accordingly. Drawing on exchanges ranging from a jury deliberation to a surgeon advising a patient, Duhigg provides a framework for having more empathetic and productive interactions.

There’s Always This Year, Hanif Abdurraqib

Cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib looks at basketball as a lens to try and understand why some people make it big in America and others don’t. He weaves together threads from his own relationship to the sport alongside history and contemplates the meaning of home. Like he did in his 2021 book A Little Devil in America, which was a finalist for a National Book Award, Abdurraqib distills a huge aspect of American culture to consider its societal implications.

Knife, Salman Rushdie

On Aug. 12, 2022, Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie survived a stabbing in which he lost sight in one eye and the use of one of his hands (the latter is coming back). While he’s best known for his magical realism, Rushdie draws on his own experience recovering from the traumatic attack in his latest book.

Just Friends: On the Joy, Power and Influence of Friendship by Gyan Yankovich

From Sydney-based writer and editor Gyan Yankovich comes this exploration of modern friendship. From group chats, to work wives, to long-life mates, Just Friends is a celebration of the friendships that enrich every part of our lives and make our days infinitely better.

The Concierge by Abby Corson

This debut novel by Melbourne author Abby Corson is a murder mystery set in a luxury hotel. When a body is found in Cavengreen Hotel, the hotel’s concierge Hector Harrow becomes the main suspect.

 

Determined to clear his name, Hector hires Helen, a retired publisher, to help him uncover the truth and publish it for the world to see.

The Life Impossible by Matt Haig

From the international bestselling author of The Midnight Library comes a wild adventure that proves that someone or something can enter your life at any moment and change everything.

The Painter’s Daughters by Emily Howes

The Painter’s Daughters is a historical novel that weaves fact and fiction into a haunting novel of love, madness and family secrets. Based on Thomas Gainsborough’s famous portraits of his daughters Peggy and Molly, it’s an incredible first novel from Howes that’ll leave you scouring the real-life paintings for clues.

Paper Names by Susie Luo

Tony is a Chinese-born father who takes a job as a doorman in America, Tammy is his tenacious daughter and Oliver is a rich lawyer who lives in the prestigious building where Tony works. All three of these characters’ lives become intertwined as Luo explores past and present, tense family relationships and shock acts of violence and desire. It’s beautifully written and thought-provoking

 

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