Frontlist | Women Writing: Books to Watch Out For in 2021

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As another year dawns, we are all hoping for a calmer, happier, possibly Coronavirus-free world. And if you love reading, year-ends are the time when you make a to-read list on the titles to be published in the coming year.

As the Sun sets on 2020, do check out our to-read list of books by women authors across the world, which are set to publish in the coming year.

Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra

Former Miss World, actor, producer, singer, philanthropist, and now author – for Priyanka Chopra, 2021 is already looking up, with her autobiographical book set to release in February. Titled ‘Unfinished,’ the memoir will reveal the global star’s journey over the last two decades. After it was announced in October, the book set a record as the pre-booking best-seller in the US on Amazon.

Club You To Death by Anuja Chauhan

Humour, romance, suspense – what better cocktail would you want from a work of fiction? Set to release in the summer of 2021, this book was written by Anuja Chauhan during the Coronavirus-related lockdown. A former advertising executive, the brain behind Pepsi’s evergreen Dil Maange More campaign, Anuja has already established herself as a powerhouse writer – with The Zoya Factor, which eventually became a film, and The Pricey Thakur Girls, an instant bestseller.

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Pulitzer Prize winning author’s first ever novel in Italian – Dove mi trovo to be translated and published in English in 2021 – brims with the impulse to cross barriers. The Indian-origin American writer, famous for her short-story collection Interpreter of Maladies, published her last book in 2013 – Lowland, a novel which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in the same year.

Make up Break up by Lily Menon

Colorado-based writer Lily Menon has set this novel in contemporary US, and the crux of the novel is relatable to the app-using generation globally. The protagonist Annika Dev – whose app ‘Make Up’ is called the “Google Translate for failing relationships” – meets her match in Hudson Craft – who app ‘Break up’ is dubbed the “Uber for breakups!” This is the first work of adult fiction by Lily, who is also a best-selling young adult fiction author under the penname Sandhya Menon.

What Happened To You? by Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey

Neuroscientist and renowned child trauma expert Perry teams up with media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey for What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, set to be released in April. This work of non-fiction explores “the legacy of trauma and marries the power of storytelling with science and clinical experience to help survivors overcome its effects,” according to Oprah magazine. The book aims to shift the conversation from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

 

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