Just to clarify, I read these books in 2012, but they were not necessarily published this year. Quotes are from my reviews, which are linked to the titles.
Lottery by Patricia Wood: “Telling his story in first person, Patricia Wood has given the mentally-challenged Perry a voice, and what a voice it is! Highly recommended.”
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: “…absorbing, character-driven contemporary fiction, and Vanessa Diffenbaugh has found that elusive mixture of gorgeous prose, a forward-moving plot, and characters you fall in love with. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.”
Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos: “There is something about the way she writes relationships that makes me want to hug everyone I love, hold them close to me, and tell them how dear they are.”
The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister: “Erica Bauermeister writes stories about people. As you read her work, you get the impression that she not only understands people, but she truly likes them in all their quirky, unique, weakness-laden humanness.”