Heartbreaking books coming out in 2019 that have stayed with advance reviewers

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The Most Heartbreaking Books Coming in 2019

One of the most amazing ways books can impact us is by inviting us to feel alongside the characters in the story — their heartbreaks, joys, tragedies, and newfound love. If you’re looking for books that will guarantee a cathartic experience, check out our list of some of the most emotional and saddest books 2019 has to offer. From gripping family sagas to triumphant young adult novels to historical fiction, there’s something for everyone here. Read on for our recommendations, complete with release dates below.

We Hope for Better Things

by Erin Bartels

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A family, racial injustice, and the history of Detroit are covered in this debut novel about a woman who finds secrets buried in and around her great aunt’s 150-year-old farmhouse. Detroit readers will flock to this book, but so will those who enjoy reading about old homes, family secrets, and Civil War history.

Release date: January 1

We Are Displaced

by Malala Yousafzai

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Nobel prize winner and bestselling author of I Am Malala returns with a book that shares the stories of displaced people all around the world. We Are Displaced combine’s Malala’s own experience growing up in Pakistan and becoming an activist for girls’ education with the stories of the inspirational girls she’s met on her journey. Described as “part memoir” and “part communal storytelling,” We …

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We Cast a Shadow

by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

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In a near-future rocked by violence, a father is tempted to pay for his biracial son to undergo an experimental procedure to make him white. But he may destroy everything else along the way. A shocking blend of science fiction and satire, We Cast a Shadow will certainly be one of the most buzzed-about books of 2019 — and a great choice if you like to keep up with the biggest books coming out of …

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Golden Child

by Claire Adam

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For those of us who live for gorgeous prose, Golden Child promises what Publishers Weekly calls “a poetic lightness and beauty that will transfix readers.” Set in the author’s native Trinidad, it revolves around a hardworking couple and their two 13-year-old sons. The family’s life is rocked to the core when one of the boys disappears.

Release date: January 29

On the Come Up

by Angie Thomas

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If you’re a fan of Angie Thomas’s breakout book The Hate U Give, you’ve got to check out her new release. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be a legendary rapper like her deceased dad. But after her mom loses her job and Bri becomes infamous for the wrong reasons, the teen’s challenges multiply. You’ll root for Bri’s rise to fame in what promises to be another incredible young adult read.

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More Than Words

by Jill Santopolo

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Readers who enjoy their heartbreaking books with plenty of romance will swoon for the upcoming More Than Words. Grieving her father’s death, Nina is torn between two men: her childhood best friend and boyfriend, Tim, and her boss Rafael, who tempts her with an entirely new future.

Release date: February 5

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

by Anissa Gray

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A perfect read for your book club, Anissa Gray’s novel is all about women coming together to forgive and support each other. Sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian are respected in town, but after Althea and her husband are arrested, Viola and Lillian must raise her teen daughters left behind. We’re betting this will be the book you’ll be pressing into the hands of your best friends and sisters.

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Mother Country

by Irina Reyn

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Irina Reyn’s story of a Russian woman trying to reunite with her daughter is both intense and timely. An immigrant in Brooklyn, Nadia struggles to make ends meet, while hoping that Homeland Security will finally allow her to see her daughter after six years. Instead, a medical emergency causes her to make a bold choice. Trust us, you’ll want to add this to your book club’s rotation!

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The Secrets of Paper and Ink

by Lindsay Harrel

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We’re counting down the days until The Secrets of Paper and Ink, a novel perfect for book lovers everywhere. After Sophia befriends bookstore owner Ginny, they discover old journals from a budding author written over a century before. Amazingly, the journal entries lead them on a journey of hope and healing in their own lives.

Release date: February 26

When All Is Said

by Anne Griffin

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If you’re looking for a poignant read that will having you crying into your wine glass, look no further than this debut novel. Sitting at an Irish hotel bar one night, an 84-year-old man raises toasts to the five people who impacted his life the most, telling tales of regret, tragedy, and love in turn. Read this one with your best friend as you muse about which five people have meant the most to 

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A Woman Is No Man

by Etaf Rum

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If you enjoy family sagas, look no further than this tale of three generations of Palestinian-American woman. Isra leaves her country to live among her husband and his intimidating mother, Fareeda, in Brooklyn. Eighteen years later, her daughter Deya struggles between family pressure to marry and a desire to go to college. But death, secrets, and shame shape the lives of all three women in ways …

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Daisy Jones & The Six

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Those of us eager for a rockin’ nostalgia trip will definitely be picking up Daisy Jones and the Six, the tale of a band in the 1970s that hits the height of fame — and then comes crashing down. Reese Witherspoon loved the story so much she read it in a single day, saying “Daisy and the band captured my heart.”

Release date: March 5

Little Faith

by Nickolas Butler

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Another book that will certainly stir up conversation in a book club, Little Faith is a story with themes around religion and family. Lyle is happy to finally be reunited with his estranged adult daughter, Shiloh, and her young son, Isaac. But Shiloh has gotten involved in a church that considers Isaac a healer, and Lyle worries for the boy’s safety. But if the older man speaks up, will he lose …

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Tiny Americans

by Devin Murphy

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We’re already sniffling over the publisher’s description of Tiny Americans, which is centered on the Thurber family of western New York. When the Thurber kids are young, their beloved but alcoholic father Terrance abandons them. They’re left to grow up without him — and with a lot of emotional baggage. When Terrance becomes sober, he tries to mend fences with his now-adult kids.

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In the Blink of an Eye

by Jesse Blackadder

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A shocking drama about a family who suffers a tragedy, this moving story was inspired by Australian author Jesse Blackadder’s own childhood loss and grief. After Finn, Bridget, and their sons relocate to New South Wales, the unimaginable happens. The surviving family members struggle to forgive amidst their grief at losing one of their own.

Release date: March 19

The Last Year of the War

by Susan Meissner

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We’re eagerly awaiting this stirring World War II novel, which centers on American internment camps. After 14-year-old Elise’s father is accused of being a Nazi sympathizer, she’s sent to an internment camp, where she befriends Mariko, a Japanese-American teen. The two girls struggle to define themselves against the label their country has given them.

Release date: March 19

Two Weeks

by Karen Kingsbury

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Readers will be drawn to bestselling author Karen Kingsbury’s latest story of redemption. As high school senior Cole falls in love with Elise, she discovers she’s pregnant. Cole is determined to marry her, but Elise struggles with a decision of whether to give her baby up for adoption to a couple eager for a child.

Release date: April 2

The Girl He Used to Know

by Tracey Garvis Graves

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If you adored Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient, you’ll want to check out The Girl He Used to Know. After a failed relationship in college, Annika, a young woman with autism, and Jonathan are reunited in Chicago, where they discover their feelings are as strong as ever. But can they overcome their tumultuous past?

Release date: April 2

Someone Knows

by Lisa Scottoline

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Readers who adore books that are both heartfelt and suspenseful will fly through Lisa Scottoline’s newest book. Twenty years ago, Allie and her friends played a prank that turned deadly. They never told a soul, and Allie’s life has been haunted by guilt ever since. But when she returns home and reunites with the group, she’s shocked by revelations and secrets that rock her to her core.

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Lost Roses

by Martha Hall Kelly

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Historical fiction buffs are already eyeing Martha Hall Kelly’s followup to Lilac Girls. Lost Roses is another historical novel based on real-life events. Set in 1914, it details the friendship between Eliza and Sofya which is transformed by the collapse of the Russian dynasty, a fortune-teller’s daughter, and Eliza’s work to help Russian families escape.

Release date: April 9

The Farm

by Joanne Ramos

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If you love shocking reads that make you think, The Farm is one to put on your list. In it, needy women agree to become pregnant and give birth for others at a specialized facility that provides them with care and comfort — but no connection to the outside world. With themes of poverty and wealth, immigration, and feminism, this thought-provoking novel is perfect for book clubs.

Release date: May 7

We Contain Multitudes

by Sarah Henstra

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Fans of heart-wrenching young adult fiction should have We Contain Multitudes on their radar. With comparisons to Love, Simon and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, this tender story of two teen boys falling in love is made all the more lovely for the challenges they face, from bullying to painful family secrets. Keep the tissues nearby with this one.

Release date: May 14

Call Your Daughter Home

by Deb Spera

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If you’re drawn to tales set in the South, women’s fiction, or historical novels, we suggest adding Call Your Daughter Home to your 2019 reading list. Set in 1924 South Carolina, the story focuses on three women — the wife of an abusive husband, a freed slave, and the matriarch of a plantation family — whose struggles unite them.

Release date: June 11

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