Bring the Buzz to Book Club! 5 Anticipated Audiobooks

New year, new books. You’ve already mapped out your 2021 TBR, but may we humbly suggest you add these much chattered about audiobooks to that list? Make it your goal to broaden the tastes—er, listens?— of your book club with everything from Russian literature to contemporary psychological thrillers. Prepare to be crowned most in-the-know member at your next virtual gathering.

For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University. In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, read by a star-studded cast of narrators including Phylicia Rashad, Nick Offerman, Glenn Close, Keith David, Rainn Wilson, BD Wong & Renée Elise Goldsberry he shares a version of that class with us, detailing what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

Reese had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of: a life of mundane comforts. But then Amy detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach.

Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had. But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter—she doesn’t behave like most children do. Or is it all in Blythe’s head?

From the bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and all-star narrator Cassandra Campbell, comes a story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren.