Four New Novels Hitting Shelves On Nov. 9, 2021

Nicholas Barron

This week’s new book releases have a touch of everything: ghosts, spies, and even a cat named Batman.

Whether you’re looking for your next read or doing a little holiday shopping, below are four noteworthy novels releasing on Nov. 9, 2021, you may want to check out.

Five Noteworthy Novels Publishing On Nov. 9

Never by Ken Follet

Never by Ken Follet is the latest from this best-selling Welsh author who’s sold more than 178 million books.

Never is a worldwide thriller in which a spy, a spymaster, a politician, and an intelligence officer try to avoid the next world war.

From the publisher: Never is an extraordinary novel, full of heroines and villains, false prophets and elite warriors, jaded politicians and opportunistic revolutionaries. It brims with cautionary wisdom for our times, and delivers a visceral, heart-pounding read that transports readers to the brink of the unimaginable.

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich’s The Sentence is about a Minneapolis bookstore with an older customer, Flora, who dies in the shop and proceeds to haunt one of the store’s employees, Tookie.

It seems Flora only haunts Tookie, who begins investigating the haunting.

The novel takes place mostly in 2000 and entirely in Minneapolis. That means COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests play parts in The Sentence, as does America’s treatment of Native Americans. Tookie, the bookseller, is an Indigenous person who spent years in prison.

From the publisher: The Sentence begins on All Souls' Day 2019 and ends on All Souls' Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.

No One Else by R. Kikuo Johnson

This graphic novel finds Charlene, a nurse, and single mom, raising her young son, Brandon, just as tragedy hits the family. Charlene sees the moment as an opportunity for a fresh start when her absentee and live-let-live brother, Robbie, reappears.

Robbie sees Charlene slipping in her parental role and steps in to help. All the while, Brandon’s focused on finding his missing cat, Batman, that’s run into a nearby sugar cane field.

From the publisher: No One Else is a graphic novel of great tender truth, as Charlene, Brandon, and Robbie learn to navigate life day to day with their plans, fears, and desires. Gorgeously drawn and set in the author's hometown on the Hawaiian island of Maui, it is the long-awaited follow up to Johnson's acclaimed debut graphic novel, Night Fisher, and a mature work of literary fiction that is certain to be one of the most talked-about books of 2021.

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens

Laura, a lifestyle reporter, travels to the Channel Islands, where her parents fell in love years before. On her way, Laura meets a handsome man in an airport. Later, she realizes she had grabbed the wrong suitcase at the airport.

Unable to stop her curiosity, Laura goes through the luggage and decides the man it belongs is for her. The only trick is Laura has to figure out who the person is and find them.

From the publisher: From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you picked up the wrong suitcase and fell head over heels for its mystery owner?

New Novels to Check Out

From a romantic comedy to a ghost story, the books released on Nov. 9, 2021, cover a wide swath of genres and subjects.

Here are four new noteworthy novels you may want to check out this week:

If you grab one (or two) of these titles, let me know in the comments. Enjoy!

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