Flyleaf's Favorite Fiction 2021

The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316592550
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 26th, 2021

This tale is about defying expectations- in all the very best and most surprising ways. Have whatever expectations you may, but once reading you will be drawn into this cozy, bloody, icy, furry tale of humanity and and leave fulfilled and quite possibly happier. It's about love in all its forms. Unexpected and charming, brutal and soul-searching, these characters will not leave your thoughts for some time. --Jamie

The Trees: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450642
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 21st, 2021

Percival Everett demonstrates his literary genius anew with The Trees. Incisively crafted with healthy helpings of mordant humor along the way, Everett’s latest follows two Mississippi state detectives as they investigate a macabre murder scene in Money, Mississippi, site of the lynching of Emmett Till decades prior. It’s a police procedural; it’s a thriller; it’s a ghost story; it’s a sharply honed commentary on racism and police violence. Just hold on for the ride. --Elese

Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

Another beauty. Such a mix of melancholy and wittiness; it's a gorgeous thing when an author can pull it off, and he can--Ishiguro can--every single time. There's something moving about witnessing what a master can do: the confidence and the deftness and the philosophy of this writer is preeminent. --Erica

Matrix: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634499
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

This jewel of a novel is filled with vivid descriptions of issues both sacred and profane. It transports readers back hundreds of years, in a very readable, historical style like that of Hilary Mantel or Sarah Waters, to a Medieval nunnery and its leader, Marie de France. Her passions, struggles, and visions turn her into an incredible feminist trailblazer, elevating the lives of hundreds of people (esp women) in her community...and it makes for a gripping read. --Maggie

Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374602604
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 7th, 2021

Set against the backdrop of the current political and climate crises, Beautiful World, Where Are You follows best friends Eileen and Alice as they navigate love, friendship and desire in their late twenties. Quintessentially Rooney! My favorite of the year! --Ellie

Bewilderment: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393881141
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2021

What he did for trees in The Overstory he does for parenthood and for outer space in Bewilderment. This guy's a national treasure. Completely marvelous. --Erica

Filthy Animals Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525538912
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 22nd, 2021

A series of sharply insightful portraits of the human desire to connect. Tightly written, both concise and lyrical, with beautifully written characters whose fears, hopes, mistakes and desires will linger with you for days. --Kaiya

Milk Fed: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982142506
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Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

An incredibly sexy novel that also happens to be a magnificent story about body image, religion, acceptance, and self-love. Magical and downright powerful! --Jennie

Fight Night Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635578171
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 5th, 2021

Miriam Toews writes another love letter to humanity in the form of three generations of fighting women. In this case fighting means loving, laughing, crying, falling down, and getting back up again. Toews never fails to fight the good fight and deliver the quirky, thoughtful, darkly humorous goods. --Tony

The Last House on Needless Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250812629
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 28th, 2021

This is THE must-read horror/thriller novel of 2021. After a young girl goes missing during a family beach trip, her older sister goes on a hunt for the man she suspects is the kidnapper. Full of twists and turns and truly terrifying imagery, The Last House on Needless Street will keep you guessing until the last page. --Colin