Fresh Voices

Fresh Voices of 2020 in Literature

Each year brings droves of fresh new voices in the literary world. There are simply so many good authors that raking up a definitive list of the best would be futile. 

However, it would be wrong not to shine the spotlight on promising newcomers. So, without further ado, here are five fresh voices of literature that should definitely be in your 2020 literature TBR lists. 

Abi Daré

Nigerian-born Abi Daré first gained recognition for her writing skills through a blog that was about her immigrant experience in London. To protect her privacy, she turned to fiction instead. She wrote short stories that were enjoyed by many members of her family and friends. Later, she decided to write a novel as her creative writing thesis for her MA at Birbeck, University of London. 

The Girl with the Louding Voice is about a 14-year-old girl named Adunni who strives to reclaim her identity when she falls victim to an arranged marriage. This heart-wrenching novel won the Bath novel award for up-and-coming writers, making Daré a cut above the rest. 

 

Deepa Anapara

During her time as a journalist in India, Deepa Anappara was deeply disturbed by the number of unsolved missing children cases. They were ignored simply because the families of these children lacked money and political power. 

What she couldn’t solve in the real world, she tries to solve in fiction. In her novel Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, Jai, Pari, and Faiz take it upon themselves to find the missing children of their community. The book balances levity with the charming characters and the grim injustices of the real world. 

A blurb from Ian McEwan (“A brilliant debut”) graces the book’s vibrant cover. While it’s still too early to know if Anappara will live on to become one of literature’s best, it’s safe to say that this novel is nothing short of brilliant. 

 

Beth Morrey

Beth Morrey first set out to become a comedy writer. But life doesn’t always happen as expected, so she became a creative director for non-fiction television instead. However, while on maternity leave, she finally found time to turn her literary dreams into reality. 

The result is an uplifting novel called Saving Missy. It’s about a 79-year-old grieving woman who finds hope when she meets two women in a park. This spell-binding story is just the perfect shot of optimism that you need to conquer feelings of loneliness or despair. 

 

Stephanie Scott

Through her debut novel What’s Left of Me is Yours, Stephanie Scott poses a darkly romantic question: “can you love someone and kill them?” 

Set in modern-day Tokyo, it tells the story of agent Kaitarō who’s tasked to seduce a woman named Rina so that her husband Satō can get a headstart on their impending divorce. However, things don’t go as they should. The agent forgets his task and falls in love with Rina. The resulting violence changes the lives of everyone involved. 

The novel is based on true events. The fact that the events that unfold in it can happen in real life makes this novel all the more thrilling. 

 

Kimberly King Parsons

Literature has always been a way of examining our inner selves. And since literature has been around ever since human beings could record their experiences, it’s easy to think that we’d be done by now. 

However, with her debut collection Black Light, Kimberley King Parsons proves that we have more to learn about ourselves. The stories tackle the uncomfortable through a cast of complex characters that find within themselves a host of dilemmas we’d rather look away from. She pulls the curtain and presents the intricacies of sexuality, the incurable and constant ache of shame, and so much more. 

Parsons has a fresh and daring literary voice, and we are lucky to have her as one of the best new authors writing today. 

Now that we are at the end of the list, we hope that you’ve found the best writers for your literary needs this 2020 and perhaps, also for many years to come. 

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