Forget about reading on the beach. It's time to relax with the razor-sharp pages of the most vibrant new fall books of the season.
Sisters: A Novel by Daisy Johnson
After becoming the youngest person ever to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize with her 2018 debut "Everything Under", the 30-year-old literary star continues her rise with this dark portrait that is in Oxford and the North England's plays and sibling rivalry and family rivalry shows past haunt. Out now.
The adult life of lies by Elena Ferrante
The pseudonymous author of the obsessively loved Neapolitan novels returns with another story about the growing up of women. In Naples in the 1990s, a rebellious middle-class teenager named Giovanna navigates her family's youth and secrets. A Netflix adaptation is of course already in the works. Out now.
Transcendent Kingdom of Yaa Gyasi
The Ghanaian-American author follows up on her acclaimed bestseller Homecoming with this PhD report. Student studies neuroscience and addiction as she grapples with the deaths of her brother and father and her mother's debilitating depression. As with Homecoming, Gyasi's cautious use of language makes the heroine's dissolution all the more pervasive. Out now.
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's preferences
This collection of nine short stories from the National Book Award finalist amusingly explores the contradictions and complexities of our modern moment with cutting representations of Waldorf school fairs, tween instagrams, and aging indie movie stars. Out now.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
The crime genre meets the gimmick of the outcast in the search for redemption in the latest version of the best-selling Swedish author. An incompetent bank robber crashes a civic open house and takes eight strangers hostage in this absurd, irreverent investigation into the human condition, with twinkling pearls of wisdom like "Our hearts are bars of soap we keep losing." September 8th.
Jack by Marilynne Robinson
This fourth novel in the saga, which began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, retells an interracial love story between the series' Dark Horse protagonist, John Ames Boughton (aka Jack), and a black school teacher in St. Louis the second World War . It elegantly reflects a gift not far removed from such strained racial relationships and has been hailed as "a beautiful, superbly crafted meditation on the redemption and transcendence that love offers". September 29th.
Leave the world behind by Rumaan Alam
A white Brooklyn family is enjoying a relaxing summer in a rented home in the Hamptons – until the black owners of the home suddenly return and a strange series of events occurs. Netflix has already acquired the rights to the current satire in a bidding war between studios and streamers, with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington playing the main roles and Sam Esmail of Mr. Robot directing it. October 6th.
The lost shtetl: a novel by Max Gross
This debut compares Michael Chabon and Gary Shteyngart with his bizarre story of a tiny Jewish village in a Polish forest. The shtetl was isolated for decades and escaped the Holocaust and the Cold War, but a marital dispute brought it into the 21st century. October 13th
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