Every year, we have scores of books that are published and readers are clamouring for more because you can’t have too many bestsellers. We have sequels, we have new authors who are putting out their best work. For a reader, there can be no greater joy that getting your hands on new books. Here we have the 5 books that came out last year and the editors and publishing houses behind it.

  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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The Testaments is a novel set 15 years after ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. The book is narrated by Aunt Lydia, a character from the previous novel; Agnes, a young woman living in Gilead; and Daisy, a young woman living in Canada. The Testaments was a joint winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize, along with ‘Girl, Woman, Other’. The novel alternates between the perspective of the three women, presented as portions of a manuscript by one, and testimonies by the two others. McClelland and Stewart obtained the rights of the book from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown and published it simultaneously, with Penguin Random House. It was published by Vintage Publications in India, South Africa, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Nan A Talese/Knopf Doubleday in the US.

  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead


The Nickel Boys is a 2019 novel by American novelist and writer Colson Whitehead. Based on the real story of the Dozier School, which was a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years, it had its history exposed by a university’s investigation. It was one of TIME’s best books of the decade. The author stumbled upon a story that ran in the Tampa Bay Times which was about a couple of archaeology students that were trying to dig up the remains of students who had been tortured, raped and mutilate. These remains were then buried in a secret graveyard, at the state-run Dozier School for Boys in the Panhandle town of Marianna. Published by Doubleday, the “Nickel Boys” tells the true story of the hellish ordeal that two boys were subjected to in a school run in the Jim Crow-era.

  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong


Ocean Vuong is a Vietnamese author whose poetry has always been haunting, sublime and beyond extraordinary. He writes his book, “On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous”, in the form of a letter from a Vietnamese son to his illiterate mother.

  • Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

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Lisa Taddeo’s ‘Three Women’ is a bestseller in the US and the UK, and tells us the true stories of Maggie, Lina and Sloane. Each of these women have a very complicated understanding of their own needs, needs which are dominated by very personal yet deeply profound reasons.

  • Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy-Brodesser Akner


This is Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut novel, a bestseller, which tells the story of Toby Fleishman, whose wife Rachel has left him with their two kids and gone off to a Yoga retreat, after which he forays into the world of online dating. It’s originally published by Penguin Random House.

There are a lot more that we would have liked to add to the list, but why don’t you get started on these first? Reading new books and perspectives is an absolute joy and to read more books that portray the changing worlds and dynamics is exciting and something to look forward to. For more book list and writing insights, check out PaperTrue Resource Center!