The Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2023 – Oprah Mag

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While every new year brings fresh horizons and opportunities, to us, the year in books looks especially tantalizing. Like the experienced truffle hunters we are, we’ve snuffed out and selected some of the best. Stretching from Uttar Pradesh in Northern India to Uganda to Amsterdam and back to the Manhattan set of a late-night comedy sketch show, this is likely our most diverse, most anticipated list ever. That variety goes far beyond setting. The year promises an embarrassment of literary riches, and we’ve chosen a wide-ranging virtual feast of our favorite genres: incisive literary fiction, revealing celebrity memoir, original and hilarious essays, heart-stirring romantic comedy, and heart-stopping dystopian fiction. These 31 books balance returning favorites like Colson Whitehead, Rebecca Makkai, and R. F. Kuang and rising talents like Lakeisha Carr, whose shining prose and striking stories of intergenerational trauma plus caring will transfix you. Let the reading and conversation commence.

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1 Chain-Gang All-Stars , by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

2 Age of Vice , by Deepti Kapoor

3 Yellowface , by R. F. Kuang

4 The Survivalists , simply by Kashana Cauley

5 Birnam Wood , by Eleanor Catton

6 The Racism of People Who Love You , simply by Samira K. Mehta

7 The Chinese Groove , by Kathryn Ma

8 Our Share of Night , by Mariana Enriquez

9 Big Swiss , simply by Jen Beagin

10 Call and Response , by Gothataone Moeng

11 A Spell of Good Things , by Ayobami Adebayo

12 On the Savage Side , by Tiffany McDaniel

13 I Have Some Questions for You , by Rebecca Makkai

14 The Urgent Life , by Bozoma Saint John

15 Liliana’s Invincible Summer , by Cristina Rivera Garza

16 An Autobiography of Skin , simply by Lakiesha Carr

17 Old Babes in the Wood , by Margaret Atwood

18 Take What You Need , by Idra Novey

19 Lone Women , by Victor LaValle

20 Hang the Moon , by Jeannette Walls

21 The Great Reclamation , by Rachel Heng

22 Butter , by Gayl Jones

23 Romantic Comedy , by Curtis Sittenfeld

24 A History of Burning , by Janika Oza

25 The Covenant of Water , by Abraham Verghese

26 Oh My Mother! , by Connie Wang

27 The particular God of Good Looks , by Breanne Mc Ivor

28 Quietly Hostile , by Samantha Irby

29 The Late Americans , Brandon Taylor

30 When the Hibiscus Falls , by M. Evelina Galang

31 Crook Manifesto , simply by Colson Whitehead

Carole V Bell is a Jamaican-born writer, culture critic and communication researcher focusing on media, politics, and identity.

Wadzanai is a Books Editor at Oprah Daily where she edits plus writes about authors and books.

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