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2021 Summer Book Preview: Fiction

Add these new novels to your beach bag ASAP.

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With Teeth by Kristen Arnett

Release date: June 1

Fresh off her acclaimed debut, Mostly Dead Things, Kristen Arnett returns with a novel about a lesbian couple struggling to raise a difficult son in Central Florida. “Come for the wackiness and wonder of queer family dynamics, stay for the poignant portrait of motherhood on the brink,” advises O, The Oprah Magazine.


Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor

Release date: June 22, 2021

This set of linked stories from Booker Prize-shortlisted author Brandon Taylor (Real Life) stars young adults in the American Midwest and is Taylor’s first collection of short fiction. Taylor has “an impressive range, and his depictions of complex characters trapped in untenable situations are hard to forget,” writes Publishers Weekly in a starred review.


While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

Release date: July 13

Jasmine Guillory always dazzles readers with her bestselling romantic comedies, and her latest is no exception, following Anna Gardiner, a movie star, and Ben Stephens, who Guillory-verse fans will recognize as Theo’s brother from The Wedding Party. “Jasmine Guillory is the queen of contemporary romance,” affirms O, The Oprah Magazine.


Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So

Release date: August 3

One of the most anticipated short fiction releases of 2021, Afterparties is a debut collection of stories about Cambodian-American life from acclaimed writer Anthony Veasna So, who died just nine months before his book’s release date. Vulture calls the book “one of the most exciting contributions to Asian American literature in recent years.”


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