2021 promises to be a big year for Read Caribbean releases, I for one am excited! We have a lot of debut novels coming out and we will be hearing from some of our favorite writers including Leone Ross and Kei Miller. While I love a great debut novel, I am super excited for the sophomore novels to be released by Naima Coster and the Moulite sisters. Yes! 2021 is gonna be an amazing year for Caribbean Literature and you wont want to miss out! Here are a few books to look forward to.
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite Maritza Moulite
THE MOULITE SISTERS DID IT AGAIN!!!!!🙌🏾 Marketed as, “THE HATE U GIVE meets GET OUT” perfectly captures this book…. And more! The book seeks to answer, who is one of the “good” ones and what exactly makes them a “good” one. Why are some considered good and others considered bad? As the blurb said, “Isn’t being human enough?”
Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall
Jamaican born Desmond Hall is releasing his debut novel in January 2021. Goodreads blurb: “American Street meets Long Way Down in this searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family.”
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
This is Mateo Askaripour debut novel that is described as, “hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.”
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: A Novel by Cherie Jones
The story of How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is set in a small beach town in Barbados 🇧🇧. We meet hair-braider Lala is about Lala who is about to give birth but her husband, Adan is now where to be found. She finally tracks her Husband as he is in the middle of a “job”, she gives birth to her baby. The next day her husband is now where to be found and the island is alive with news of the murder of a rich white tourist. I cannot wait for everyone to read this book.
The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold
If you are looking for a middle-age read Caribbean title, this book is it. The book tackles the theme of identity, immigration and belonging. Gabrielle recently moved from Haiti to America and is trying her best to fit in. This one is for fans of Hurricane Child.
What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster
This is Coster’s sophomore novel and she did not hold anything back. What’s Mine and Yours explores themes of racism, identity and belonging. Three years since her last release, Coster writes a book that you will not forget.
Sweethand by N.G. Peltier
If you are looking to read romance with the sweetness of pastry this is definitely one book to add to your radar. Debut author N.G. Peltier explores life after a break-up.
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
A Jamaican inspired debut fantasy series that is debuting next year… say less! While I am not a big fantasy reader, I was intrigued because it is set in the Caribbean. This promises to be great. Look out for this one.
This One Sky Day: A Novel by Leone Ross
I read Leone Ross’ collection of stories Come Let Us Sing Anyway and since then I thought, “I cannot wait to see what she comes with next!” In her full novel This One Sky Day, be prepared to laugh out loud and be entertained.
A River Called Time by Courttia Newland
Author from Jamaican and Bajan heritage, pens a speculative fiction that you will not want to put down. According to Victor LaValle, “A River Called Time is a masterful reimagining of the African diaspora’s influence on England, and on the world. It’s a grand tale and still an intimate portrait of loss and love. What glory and influence would Africa enjoy if colonialism had never occurred? Courttia Newland reshapes our vision of the past, present and future by taking this one question seriously.”
A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark
In 2020 I read my first book by Clark and since then I have been looking forward to more of his work. In 2021 Clark will be releasing the third in the Fatma el-Sha’arawi series, called Master of Djinn! I still need to catch up with reading the series before May 2021.
Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass
Trinbagonian debut author Sarah Dass brings to you her romance novel Where The Rhythm Takes you. Set in the beautiful island of Tobago and inspired by Jane Austin’s Persuasion, prepare to fall in love.
Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
This is Jamaican actress Asha Bromfield’s debut novel, set to release on May 2, 2021.
The Bread The Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini
Out on 20th of May 2021, The Bread the Devil Knead is Lisa Allen-Agostini’s domestic noir. Set in the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, expect something fresh!
The Day I Fell Off My Island by Yvonne Bailey-Smith
Debut Jamaican author Yvonne Bailey Smith pens a coming of age novel about immigration and identity.
Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne
Looking for a Young Adult read that is set in Barbados and filled with mischief, magic and adventure? This book is definitely one to look out for.
Island Queen by Vanessa Riley
When was the last time you read a book set on the island of Montserrat that is packed with history? Yeah, I thought so- if you are a lover of Historical Fiction, be sure to add this one to your watch list.
Waiting for the Waters to Rise by Maryse Conde
As with all of Maryse Conde’s work, prepared to feel the earth shift from under you. You will be taken to Mali, Guadeloupe and Haiti and you will not want to leave.
No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull
Having read and loved The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull, I am beyond excited to see what he comes with next. I am not a big speculative fiction reader but Turnbull is able to writer characters and situation that pulls you in. This is one of my most anticipated 2021 release.
Awaiting publication date and cover reveal of:
Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller
People Person by Candice Carty Williams
Blackout by Tiffany D. Jackson. Nicola Yoon
There you have it! A few Read Caribbean titles to look out for in 2021!