Published On: Tue, Jan 10th, 2023

The Mary Sue Book Club, January 2023: Resourceful & Resilient Protagonists

Three picks in the January 2023 edition of TMS Bookclub. Images: Dial Books, Berkley Books, and Black Josei Press.

We’re less than halfway into January 2023, and some of the most intriguing novels of the year are already here or will be released shortly. This year, The Mary Sue Book Club will aim to curate the book selections a little bit more by limiting the number of titles that make the list. Well … except for this month. There are a lot of competing theories as to why this happens when it’s not the best time of the year for sales, but it’s a big month for book releases regardless.

This month’s book club picks include several works of historical fiction, be they biographical and memoir graphic novels or literary fiction that touches on race, class, and family. In addition to these (and one horror book set in the very recent past), there’s a science fiction story tackling corporate greed and fantasy featuring magic-inducing spice. Something that ties many of these stories together is the various expressions of resilience found in many of the main characters. Rest is needed, but with surviving another year in the 2020s amid an ongoing global pandemic, resilience is a pretty fitting theme to kick off 2023 in fiction.

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