Most Anticipated Fiction of 2015

Most Anticipated Fiction 2015

2015 is well underway, and I am insanely excited about some of the books coming out this year. My Edelweiss tags are exploding, and it took a LOT of willpower to keep my list of most anticipated fiction to a reasonable length. Twenty books is reasonable, right?

There are some huge books coming out this year, such as The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, Mar. 3); a companion novel to Kate Atkinson‘s Life After Life, called A God in Ruins (Little Brown, May 5); God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (Knopf, Apr. 21); and Purity by Jonathan Franzen (FSG, Sep.). But I’m not going to talk about them today. We all know they’re coming, and we’re all excited. Instead, I’m sharing books that might not necessarily be instant best-sellers, and almost all of them are by authors that are new to me.

(All descriptions are paraphrased from Goodreads in the interest of length.)

January & February

Most Anticipated Jan, Feb Releases

 

The Hidden Light of Objects by Mai Al-Nakib (Bloomsbury, Jan. 20)

Although these stories appear as though they are ripped from the headlines, at its heart, The Hidden Light of Objects is about the everyday lives of regular people in the Middle East and the power of ordinary objects to hold extraordinary memories. — Goodreads

Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder (Harper, Feb. 3)

At age 104, former Olympic athlete Aganetha Smart is living in a nursing home. But when two young strangers arrive and take her to the rural farm where she grew up, she reflects on her childhood in the early 1900s, her fame in the 1920s, and the struggles of the ’30s. — Goodreads

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman (Feb. 10, Ecco)

In a ruined future America, no one lives past the age of 20 due to a mysterious, fatal plague called Posies. When 15-year-old Ice Cream Star’s brother begins developing symptoms, she sets off on a bold journey to find the rumored cure. — Goodreads

Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg (Farrar, Straus & Girroux, Feb. 17)

Joy’s immunity to a fatal sickness that is sweeping the country gains her admittance to a hospital, where she submits to peculiar treatments. But when winter destroys the hospital’s fragile order, Joy breaks free and embarks on a journey to find the mother who abandoned her as a child. — Goodreads

March & April

Most Anticipated Mar, Apr Releases

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday, Mar. 10)

When four college classmates move to New York, their friendship and ambition are the only things that keep them afloat. But as the decades pass, their greatest challenge is their enigmatic friend Jude, an increasingly broken man haunted by a trauma that will define his life forever. — Goodreads

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Tin House, Mar. 17)

When Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old, her survivalist father James takes her to a remote hut in the woods, claiming that the rest of the world has been destroyed. They live in simplicity for years until Peggy discovers the truth about the events that brought her to the woods. With newfound strength, she returns to civilization and the mother she thought she’d lost.  — Goodreads

The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter (Hogarth, Mar. 31)

Haunted by the girl who disappeared on her watch many years ago, Jane discovers scraps of information about a woman who disappeared from an asylum 125 years ago. The World Before Us moves between the museum where Jane works, the Victorian asylum, and a dilapidated country house that has a mysterious connection to both missing people. — Goodreads

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman (Riverhead, Apr. 14)

I’m just going to quote this blurb because it is the BEST:“The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club: A page-turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth-century England.”– Goodreads

Miss Carter’s War by Sheila Hancock (Bloomsbury, Apr. 14)

This powerful novel follows Marguerite Carter, one of the first women to earn a degree from the University of Cambridge, from the 1940s through the late 1900s as she works to fight social injustice, prevent war, and educate female students. — Goodreads

This is How it Really Sounds by Stuart Archer Cohen (St. Martin’s Press, Apr. 21)

This is How it Really Sounds follows three men, each searching for something that has slipped away. Funny and adventurous, this novel explores what it’s like to be haunted by the unlived life — and what happens when you finally grasp it. — Goodreads

May & June

Most Anticipated May, June Releases

The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwaller (Sarah Crichton Books, May 12)

England, 1255: Under pressure to marry and grieving the death of her sister, 17-year-old Sarah chooses to become an anchoress, renouncing the world and committing herself to a life of prayer. But she soon learns that even the think walls of her cell cannot keep the outside world away. — Goodreads

Girl at War by Sara Novic (Random House, May 12)

When civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia in 1991, 10-year-old Ana sees escape to America as her only chance for survival. A decade later, Ana, haunted by her past, returns alone to Croatia, where she rediscovers the place that was once her home. — Goodreads

I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them by Jesse Goolsby (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun. 2)

Three American soldiers in Afghanistan face an impossible choice, the aftershocks of which haunt them long after they return home. Goolsby’s disarming debut novel follows these men backward and forward through time, from the redwood forests of childhood to the streets of Kabul. — Goodreads

The Household Spirit by Tod Wodicka (Pantheon, Jun. 9)

Although reclusive Howie and outgoing Emily have been neighbors since Emily was born, the two have never spoken — at least, not until Emily returns home from college to care for her dying grandfather. When Howie notices her increasingly erratic behavior, a curious friendship grows between them. — Goodreads

July & August

Most Anticipated Jul, Aug Releases

Strange Animals by Chad Kultgen (Harper Perennial, Jul. 7)

When Karen Halloway, a philosophy PhD candidate, discovers she’s pregnant, she faces a conflict. She has never wanted to be a mother, but she knows her boyfriend and her religious best friend will judge her if she has an abortion. But on the way to the clinic, Karen realizes how she can turn her situation to her advantage. — Goodreads

The Way Things Were by Aatish Taseer (D) (Faber & Faber, Jul. 7)

Opening with the death of Toby, the Maharaja of Kalasuryaketu, The Way Things Were tells the story of a family held at the mercy of the times, from the 1970s up to present-day Delhi. — Goodreads

Bennington Girls Are Easy by Charlotte Silver (Doubleday, Jul. 14)

A few years after graduating from Bennington, a college famous for attracting free spirits, best friends Cassandra and Sylvie live together in New York City. Both heartfelt and hilarious, Bennington Girls Are Easy is a novel about the complexities of female friendships. — Goodreads

The Casualties by Nick Holdstock (Thomas Dunne Books, Aug. 4)

An Edinburgh, Scotland man recounts the final weeks before the apocalyptic event that changes life as he knows it. A radical change occurs, full of tragedy and transformation, and it just might be worth the cost. — Goodreads

Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet (St. Martin’s Press, Aug. 4)

When Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants, begins college at an ultra-elite university, she feels utterly lost. Her family is in turmoil at home, the privileged world of the campus feels foreign to her, and she has a new awareness of herself as a minority. Pulled between her life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet is faced with decisions that will have a lasting impact on her life. — Goodreads

Still Life Las Vegas by James Sie (St. Martin’s Press, Aug. 11)

Walter Stahl is a recent high school graduate living with his father in Las Vegas, his life marred by the disappearance of his mother when Walter was five. Then Walter befriends a brother and sister who work as living statues at the Venetian Hotel, and his world cracks open. But as clues about his mother start to reveal themselves, he is forced to face the truth about himself and his family history. — Goodreads

What books are you most looking forward to in 2015?

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26 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Fiction of 2015

  1. All those beautiful books! I am reading Girl Runner right now, and loving it. I also have Our Endless Numbered Days in my pile. And, I’ve heard good things about The World Before Us. As for the rest, I’ll be impatiently waiting for your reviews!

  2. I didn’t know the majority of them, but there are a couple that I might find interesting :)))
    Girl runner and The world before us sound like perfect to me.
    Good luck if you are to read all of them, because you know, there will be MORE you’ll want to read throughout the year >.<

  3. SO many great titles coming this year! I can’t wait for Bennington Girls and Still Life Las Vegas but both are so far away!

  4. Thanks! You’ve brought a lot of books to my attention that I haven’t heard of until this list. I really adored Girl Runner when I read it last year, so I hope you are enjoying it. I have Our Endless Numbered Days ready to go at some point.

  5. Leah, I’m so thrilled you included my novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them on your Anticipated ’15 Fiction list alongside some amazing authors! I hope you enjoy the book! Best wishes toward a fantastic reading year. Thank you so much! My best, Jesse

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