Your Ultimate Guide To 2021 South Asian Adult Fiction

Monday, December 7, 2020

 

Hello, all!

I'm thrilled to share with you a list of 2021 South Asian Adult fiction books. I want to preface by stating that the idea for this database came entirely from Mishma at Chasing Faerytales. She reached out to me about a month ago seeking some help with the romance category. Mish had already worked on a South Asian YA catalog which is now live on her website as well as an upcoming MG catalog. Since I love making a good list, I helped Mish out with the romance titles and agreed to host the adult titles on my blog. Today, I'm excited to share that list with you all. 

First, a couple of things to note.

- This is a list of books featuring South Asian characters and/or from South Asian authors. Geographically, South Asia includes the following countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal.

- We categorized the books into 3 broad groups: 
1. Romance
2. Science Fiction & Fantasy
3. Mystery, Literary Fiction, & Other

- Within each category, the books are organized by publication order.

- This page will be regularly updated as more information about 2021 books come in. You'll notice that some books currently on the list only have mock-up covers (that I made) or have no Goodreads or pre-order links. When those become available, I'll be sure to update the listing.

- I included the rep in each title. Please note that I based many of these off of the book summaries as I haven't read the titles on this list. Therefore, it's possible that I misconstrued the type of rep. Please feel free to correct me.

- If you're a South Asian author and I missed your book, feel free to reach out to me. I'll be happy to include your title! 😁

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ROMANCE


RUNNING AWAY WITH THE BRIDE
by Sophia Singh Sasson
Series: Nights at the Mahal #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: January 12th 2021

Billionaire Ethan Connors vows to stop his ex’s wedding so they can be together. But crashing the wrong nuptials and spiriting away the wrong wife-to-be is more than he bargained for! Divya Singh is beautiful, talented, passionate…and from a traditional Indian family who won’t accept him as a match for their daughter. Can Divya and Ethan’s unexpected relationship stay the course or will one of them run again?

Rep: Indian American


WHEN TARA MET FARAH
by Tara Pammi
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: January 26th 2021
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First in a brand-new series, When Tara Met Farah tells the blossoming love story of 19-year old Tara, who is failing her math course, and Farah, her 23-year old tutor. The two women bond over chicken biryani, dancing to Bollywood Beats at midnight, and kissing! 

Rep: Indian American & Indian


THEN THERE WAS YOU
by Mona Shroff
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: January 26th 2021

A vulnerable helicopter medic and a bartender/kindergarten teacher who are wrong for each other find themselves falling in love anyway.

Rep: Indian American


BIG BAD WOLF
by Suleikha Snyder
Series: Third Shift #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: January 26th 2021

On the run from a Russian supernatural-controlled mob, a human lawyer/psychologist and a shifter fall in love.

Rep: Indian American


MAKE UP BREAK UP
by Lily Menon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 2nd 2021

Two rival app developers clash and fall in love while competing for an investment pitch contest in this enemies-to-lovers romance.

Rep: Indian American 


FIRST COMES LIKE
by Alisha Rai
Series: Modern Love #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: February 16th 2021

A hijabi beauty influencer finds herself catfished by someone pretending to be Bollywood soap opera star, Dev Dixit. When the paparazzi catch them having dinner and blasts their private business to the whole world, the two enter a fake relationship to keep the rumors at bay.

Rep: Pakistani American & Indian


SERENA SINGH FLIPS THE SCRIPT
by Sonya Lalli
Genres: Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: February 16th 2021

Independent Serena reconnects with her family and friends--including her ex-boyfriend--she learns letting people in can make her happier than standing all on her own.

Rep: Indian American


ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED
by Farah Heron
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: March 9th 2021

When unhappy-at-her-life Reena is given the opportunity to participate in a family cooking competition, she jumps into a fake-engagement with her neighbor and a man who her family tried to set her up with, 

Rep: Indian Canadian & Indian Tanzanian (MCs are Muslim)


THE DATING PLAN
by Sara Desai
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: March 16th 2021

To get her matchmaking relatives off her back and to access his inheritance, long-time friends Daisy and Liam enter a fake-relationship only to realize that there are sparks between them.

Rep: Indian American


HANA KHAN CARRIES ON
by Uzma Jalaluddin
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: April 13th 2021

**Offical cover to be revealed**

A You’ve Got Mail-inspired story in which rival halal restaurant owners fight their attraction to each other in the midst of family secrets and a hate-motivated attack in their neighborhood.

Rep: Indian Canadian (MCs are Muslim)


INCENSE AND SENSIBILITY
by Sonali Dev
Series: The Rajes #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Williams Morrow
Publication Date: July 6th 2021

A Sense and Sensibility retelling in which an Indian-American gubernatorial candidate and a yoga instructor rekindle their brief night of passion 10 years ago.

Rep: Indian American


THE MAN BAN
by Nicola Marsh
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: July 27th 2021

Following a bad break-up, Harper is on a self-imposed "man ban". Though their first meeting ends on a sour note, Harper's outlook changes when Manny barges into her life. While lifting her ban, Harper and Manny realize they may want a happily-ever-after.

Rep: British Indian


LOVE, CHAI, AND OTHER FOUR-LETTER WORDS
by Annika Sharma
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: October 2021
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**Offical cover to be revealed**

Two people determined to never fall in love find themselves falling for each other.

Rep: Indian American


THE SHAADI SCAM
by Lillie Vale
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: TBD 2021
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**Offical cover to be revealed**

An Indian American woman who signs herself and her boyfriend up for a matchmaking website to prove to her meddling family that he's her perfect match—but when the site instead matches her with the man who once broke her heart, her life is turned upside down.

Rep: Indian American


SHY
by Ashish Rastogi
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Publication Date: TBD 2021
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**Offical cover to be revealed**

'India’s 1st gay Olympic First place medal’. Not the headline Saaransh wanted to make. Losing his family & job is hard. But badminton? That’s not something he will give up. Not even for Brendon. Unless he finds the courage to keep them both

Rep: Indian


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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY


A DARK QUEEN RISES
by Ashok K. Banker
Series: The Burnt Empire Saga #2
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication Date: April 20th 2021

A Dark Queen Rises features Krushita​ and Karni, two women on quests to protect the innocent and bring down tyrants.

Rep: Indian


THE JASMINE THRONE
by Tasha Suri
Series: Burning Kingdoms #1
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: June 8th 2021

In a world inspired by the history and epics of India, a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire

Rep: Indian

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MYSTERY & GENERAL FICTION


IF YOU TELL THE TRUTH
by Jasmin Kaur
Genres: Poetry
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 19th 2021

Weaves the story of two women - Kiran a Punjabi Sikh woman who flees from India - and her daughter, eighteen years later through prose, poetry, and illustration

Rep: Indian


BAD MUSLIM DISCOUNT
by Syed M. Masood
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: February 2nd 2021

 Following two families from Pakistan and Iraq in the 1990s to San Francisco in 2016, a hilarious, timely, and provocative comic novel about being Muslim immigrants in modern America.

Rep: Pakistani and Iraqi


QUIET IN HER BONES
by Nalini Singh
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: February 23rd 2021

Ten years ago, socialite Meera Rai disappeared without a trace. Now her bones have shown up in the shadowed green of her forest that surrounds their elite neighborhood. Her son, Aarav, is determined to uncover the truth of her disappearance and murder.

Rep: Kiwi Indian


SPARKS LIKE STARS
by Nadia Hashimi
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: March 2nd 2021

An Afghan American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives

Rep: Afghan American


GOLD DIGGERS
by Sanjena Sathian
Genres: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: April 6th 2021

Spanning two continents, two coasts, and four epochs, Gold Diggers expertly balances social satire and magical realism in a classic striver story that skewers the model minority narrative, asking what a community must do to achieve the American dream.

Rep: Indian American


FRAGILE MONSTERS
by Catherine Menon
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: April 8th 2021
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A novel set between world war 2 and contemporary Malaysia** explores the complicated relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter.

**Note: Set in Malaysia, but follows Indian characters

Rep: Indian


HOW TO KIDNAP THE RICH
by Rahul Raina
Genres: Contemporary
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: June 1st 2021

Ramesh, a poor man, outwits the criminals who’ve abducted him and his newly famous client, turning the tables and becoming a kidnapper himself. As he leads Rudi through a maze of crimes both large and small, their dizzying journey reveals an India in all its complexity, beauty, and squalor, moving from the bottom rungs to the circles inhabited by the ultra-rich and everywhere in between.

Rep: Indian


THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR
by Alka Joshi
Series: The Henna Artist #2
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Mira
Publication Date: June 22nd 2021

The year is 1969 and Malik, Lashmi's young helper from the first novel is now an educated young man apprenticed at the Jaipur Palace and working on building the state-of-the-art public movie house when he becomes ensnared in a smuggling scheme that threatens all he aspires to, including the woman he loves.

Rep: Indian


THE STARTUP WIFE
by Tahmima Anem
Genres: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: July 13th 2021

The Startup Wife is about a young woman who launches a social media platform with her husband and his best friend; a look at marriage, rituals, the workplace, and global contemporary culture in the digital age.

Rep: Bangladeshi American


MY SWEET GIRL
by Amanda Jayatissa
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: TBD 2021
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**Offical cover to be revealed**

A young woman discovers her dead roommate in their apartment. The police believe the roommate never existed, but the woman is “convinced there’s something else going on—something related to her childhood in Sri Lanka.

Rep: Sri Lankan


Last updated: December 10th 2020
Current tally: 27 books



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