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Outstanding fiction published during the year that merits special attention from adult readers.

Since 2009 the goal of the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List has been to highlight outstanding fiction that is simply “a pleasure to read.” Each year, 25 outstanding fiction titles are selected by a nine member committee.

Each year, authors from past and current lists are invited to speak at the Lariat List Adult Fiction Author Event held at the TLA Annual Conference.

2021 List

  1. Betty by Tiffany McDaniel (Knopf/PRH)
  2. Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books/Macmillan Publishers)
  3. The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate  (Ballantine/PRH)
  4. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel  (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster)
  5. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (Berkley/PRH) )
  6. Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Riverhead Books/PRH)
  7. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead Books/PRH)
  8. Eight Perfect Murders: A Novel by Peter Swanson (William Morrow/HarperCollins)
  9. Ghosts of Harvard: A Novel by Francesca Serritella (Random House/PRH)
  10.  The God Game: A Novel by Danny Tobey  ( Martin’s Press/Macmillan Publishers)
  11.  The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune (Tor Books/Macmillan Publishers)
  12.  The Imperfects: A Novel by Amy Meyerson (Park Row-Harlequin/HarperCollins)
  13.  The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner  (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan Publishers)
  14.  Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey Books/PRH)
  15.  Miss Benson’s Beetle: A Novel by Rachel Joyce (Dial Press/PRH)
  16.  My Dark Vanessa: A Novel by Kate Elizabeth Russell  (William Morrow/HarperCollins)
  17.  The Roxy Letters: A Novel by Mary Pauline Lowry (Simon & Schuster)
  18.  The Stone Girl: A Novel by Dirk Wittenborn  (W.W. Norton & Company)
  19.  Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf/PRH)
  20.  Valentine: A Novel by Elizabeth Wetmore (HarperCollins)
  21.  We Are All the Same in the Dark: A Novel by Julia Heaberlin  (Ballantine Books/PRH)
  22.  Weather: A Novel by Jenny Offill (Knopf/PRH)
  23.  Where We Come From: A Novel by Oscar Cásares
  24.  A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers (Redhook Publishing/Hachette)
  25.  You Had Me at Hola: A Novel by Alexis Daria (Avon Publishing/HarperCollins)

 

2021 Lariat List - Annotated
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