Best Coming of Age Fiction Books
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1. The Vanishing Half: A Novel
Author: by Brit Bennett
Published at: Riverhead Books (June 2, 2020)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEARNAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES * THE WASHINGTON POST * NPR * PEOPLE * TIME MAGAZINE* VANITY FAIR * GLAMOUR Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.
Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal A story of absolute, universal timelessness For any era, it’s an accomplished, affecting novel. For this moment, it’s piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be.
Entertainment Weekly From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical.
But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: by Delia Owens
Published at: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Later Printing edition (August 14, 2018)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING PHENOMENONMore than 10 million copies sold worldwideA Reese’s Book Club PickA Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade “I can’t even express how much I love this book! I didn’t want this story to end!”-Reese Witherspoon”Painfully beautiful.”-The New York Times Book ReviewFor years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast.
So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand.
Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life-until the unthinkable happens. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.
3. No Longer Human
Author: by Osamu Dazai
Published at: New Directions; 8th edition (January 17, 1973)
The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas. Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings.
Oba Yozo’s attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a “clown” to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.
4. A Little Life
Author: by Hanya Yanagihara
Published at: Anchor; Reprint edition (January 26, 2016)
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times The Washington Post The Wall Street Journal NPR Vanity Fair Vogue Minneapolis Star Tribune St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Guardian O, The Oprah Magazine Slate Newsday Buzzfeed The Economist Newsweek People Kansas City Star Shelf Awareness Time Out New York Huffington Post Book Riot Refinery29 Bookpage Publishers Weekly KirkusWINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZEA MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALISTA NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTA Little Life follows four college classmatesbroke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambitionas they move to New York in search of fame and fortune.
While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara’s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.
5. What's Mine and Yours
Author: by Naima Coster
Published at: Grand Central Publishing (March 2, 2021)
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! An instant New York Times bestseller!”A once-every-few-years reading experience.”Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes”Coster portrays her characters’ worlds with startling vitality. As the children fall in lust and love, grapple with angst and battle the tides of New South politics, Coster’s writing shines”New York Times Book ReviewFrom the author of Halsey Street, a sweeping novel of legacy, identity, the American familyand the ways that race affects even our most intimate relationships.
A community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on the west. For two students, Gee and Noelle, the integration sets off a chain of events that will tie their two families together in unexpected ways over the next twenty years.
On one side of the integration debate is Jade, Gee’s steely, ambitious mother. In the aftermath of a harrowing loss, she is determined to give her son the tools he’ll need to survive in America as a sensitive, anxious, young Black man.
6. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
Author: by Ocean Vuong
Published at: Penguin Press; First Edition (June 4, 2019)
An instant New York Times Bestseller! Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel AwardShortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction!
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah. Com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more. A lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universalNot so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.
Ron Charles, The Washington PostPoet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytellingOn Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read.
Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.
7. Such a Fun Age
Author: by Kiley Reid
Published at: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reissue edition (December 31, 2019)
A Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post Chicago Tribune NPR Vogue Elle Real Simple InStyle Good Housekeeping Parade Slate Vox Kirkus Reviews Library Journal BookPage Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize An Instant New York Times BestsellerA Reese’s Book Club Pick “The most provocative page-turner of the year.” -Entertainment Weekly “I urge you to read Such a Fun Age.” -NPR A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket.
8. Parable of the Sower (Parable, 1)
Author: by Octavia E. Butler
Published at: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 30, 2019)
This acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from an award-winning author “pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid’s Tale” and includes a foreword by N.K. Jemisin (John Green, New York Times). When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day.
Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions. Precocious and clear-eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores.
But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith … And a startling vision of human destiny.
9. Never Let Me Go
Author: by Kazuo Ishiguro
Published at: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (March 14, 2006)
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prizewinning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside.
It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them specialand how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is modern classic.
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: by Stephen Chbosky
Published at: MTV Books; Media Tie-In edition (August 14, 2012)
Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.
Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
12. The Bookstore on the Beach: A Novel
Author: by Brenda Novak
Published at: MIRA; Original edition (April 6, 2021)
“A page-turner with a deep heart.”Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of SummerHow do you start a new chapter of your life when you haven’t closed the book on the previous one? Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing.
Her desperate search has yielded no answers, and she can’t imagine moving forward without him. But for the sake of their two teenage children, she has to try. Autumn takes her kids home for the summer to the charming beachside town where she was raised.
She seeks comfort working alongside her mother and aunt at their bookshop, only to learn that her daughter is facing a huge life change and her mother has been hiding a terrible secret for years. And when she runs into the boy who stole her heart in high school, old feelings start to bubble up again.
Is she free to love him, or should she hold out hope for her husband’s return? She can only trust her heartand hope it won’t lead her astray.”A heart-tugging romance. Readers are sure to be sucked in. Publishers Weekly, starred review
13. Normal People: A Novel
Author: by Sally Rooney
Published at: Hogarth; Reprint edition (February 18, 2020)
NOW AN EMMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, a master of the literary page-turner (J.Courtney Sullivan). ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADEEntertainment WeeklyTEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARPeople, Slate, The New York Public Library, Harvard CrimsonAND BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Vox, The Paris Review, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there.
At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversationawkward but electrifyingsomething life changing begins. A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain.
14. Ordinary Grace
Author: by William Kent Krueger
Published at: Atria Books; Reprint edition (March 4, 2014)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL WINNER OF THE 2014 DILYS AWARD A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013 From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger, a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.That was it.That was all of it.
A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word. New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack.
It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms.Accident.Nature.Suicide.Murder. Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his familywhich includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brotherhe finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
Author: by Toni Morrison
Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 8, 2004)
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free.
She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.