With 2017 in the rearview, now is the time to check out one of the following must-read titles that debuted last year. These stories will keep you guessing, entertained and impressed by the scope of each author’s literary talents.
“We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter
Hunter’s novel takes inspiration from a real Jewish family — the Kurcs — who struggle to endure the horrors of World War II and yearn to come together at the war’s conclusion. This thoughtfully-written and emotionally poignant novel covers a time of six years and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the lasting love of family.
“Little Fires Everywhere” Celeste Ng
Ng, a bestselling novelist, reveals to readers a precarious world built on secrets that center around two families — the Richardsons and the Warrens. Ng’s writing examines the emotional complexities of heritage, motherhood, family and artistic expression with exquisite flair and through powerful storytelling.
“Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel” by Jesmyn Ward
This mesmerizing tale just earned the author her second National Book Award for Fiction (her first was for her book “Salvage the Bones”). Ward’s exemplary literary aptitude is on full display in this harrowing and epic story that centers on the complicated, difficult and emotional present and past of Mississippi and how the state’s tumultuous legacy impacts the identity, bond and relationship of a family.
“Saints for All Occasions” J. Courtney Sullivan
Sullivan’s novel examines the bonds of family and how a secret can both destroy and bind loved ones together. Sullivan’s story focuses on two sisters, Nora and Theresa Flynn, who leave their home in Ireland at a chance for a new life in America. This novel follows the lives of these sisters as they grow into women, mothers and grandmothers. It is an all-encompassing story of a lifetime of family, love and heartache.
“No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel” by Stephanie Powell Watts
According to Amazon.com, this novel was named a 2017 Best Summer Read pick by The Seattle Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and it’s easy to see why. This sweeping and heart-wrenchingly emotional novel examines how difficult it can be to go home again. The central character is JJ Ferguson, who has returned to his roots in Pinewood, North Carolina, as an adult; he carries with him big plans that are in stark contrast to the realities of his hometown and the people he knew and loved as a child.
“Rich People Problems: A Novel” by Kevin Kwan
Bestselling author Kwan brings readers a story of a family obsessed with wealth, jealousy, selfishness and a pursuit of a family inheritance. Kwan’s ruthlessly laugh-out-loud story exposes the past, present and potential implosion of a privileged Asian family.
2018 is here, but you still have time to invest in one of the above reads. No matter which story you choose, you’ll find yourself swept away to remarkable landscapes, affected by unforgettable characters and inspired by emotional journeys of family, love and loss.
This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.