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30 Most Anticipated Fiction Books for Fall

  • FICTION

    DOMINICANA

    SEPT. 3, 2019

FICTION

DOMINICANA

by Angie Cruz

A moving, sad, and sometimes disarmingly funny take on migration and the forces that propel us into the world. Full review >

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    QUICHOTTE

    SEPT. 3, 2019

FICTION

QUICHOTTE

by Salman Rushdie

Humane and humorous. Rushdie is in top form, serving up a fine piece of literary satire. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLOOMLAND

    SEPT. 10, 2019

FICTION

BLOOMLAND

by John Englehardt

Hugely important, hauntingly brutal—Englehardt has just announced himself as one of America’s most talented emerging writers. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE INSTITUTE

    SEPT. 10, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE INSTITUTE

by Stephen King

King fans won’t be disappointed, though most will likely prefer the scarier likes of The Shining and It. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HEAVEN, MY HOME

    SEPT. 17, 2019

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

HEAVEN, MY HOME

by Attica Locke

Locke’s advancement here is so bracing that you can’t wait to discover what happens next along her East Texas highway. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SECRETS WE KEPT

    SEPT. 17, 2019

FICTION

THE SECRETS WE KEPT

by Lara Prescott

An intriguing and little-known chapter of literary history is brought to life with brio. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    RED AT THE BONE

    SEPT. 17, 2019

FICTION

RED AT THE BONE

by Jacqueline Woodson

In Woodson, at the height of her powers, readers hear the blues: “beneath that joy, such a sadness.” Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SHADOW KING

    SEPT. 24, 2019

FICTION

THE SHADOW KING

by Maaza Mengiste

A memorable portrait of a people at war—a war that has long demanded recounting from an Ethiopian point of view. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE

    SEPT. 24, 2019

  • FICTION

    THE DUTCH HOUSE

    SEPT. 24, 2019

FICTION

THE DUTCH HOUSE

by Ann Patchett

Like the many-windowed mansion at its center, this richly furnished novel gives brilliantly clear views into the lives it... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    RUSTY BROWN

    SEPT. 24, 2019

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

RUSTY BROWN

by Chris Ware ; illustrated by Chris Ware

An overstuffed, beguiling masterwork of visual storytelling from the George Herriman of his time. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    RIGHT AFTER THE WEATHER

    OCT. 1, 2019

FICTION

RIGHT AFTER THE WEATHER

by Carol Anshaw

Another treat from the great Anshaw: sharply observed, unsentimentally compassionate, always cognizant of life’s... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NINTH HOUSE

    OCT. 1, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

NINTH HOUSE

by Leigh Bardugo

With an aura of both enchantment and authenticity, Bardugo’s compulsively readable novel leaves a portal ajar for equally... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    IMAGINARY FRIEND

    OCT. 1, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

IMAGINARY FRIEND

by Stephen Chbosky

A pleasing book for those who like to scare themselves silly, one to read with the lights on and the door bolted. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A TALL HISTORY OF SUGAR

    OCT. 1, 2019

FICTION

A TALL HISTORY OF SUGAR

by Curdella Forbes

A powerful journey into the souls of two lovers, two countries, and the people caught in the wakes of empires. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FULL THROTTLE

    OCT. 1, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

FULL THROTTLE

by Joe Hill

Miniature masterworks of modern horror proving that life is hard, weird, and always fatal. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE TOPEKA SCHOOL

    OCT. 1, 2019

FICTION

THE TOPEKA SCHOOL

by Ben Lerner

Autofiction at its smartest and most effective: self-interested, self-interrogating, but never self-involved. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT'S SON

    OCT. 1, 2019

FICTION

A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT'S SON

by Sergio Troncoso

Troncoso’s sharp-edged stories speak to the difficult lives of those who, as he writes, are born behind in a race they must... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FRANKISSSTEIN

    OCT. 1, 2019

  • FICTION

    HERE UNTIL AUGUST

    OCT. 8, 2019

FICTION

HERE UNTIL AUGUST

by Josephine Rowe

Pitch-perfect examinations of place and psyche from a writer to watch closely. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GRAND UNION

    OCT. 8, 2019

FICTION

GRAND UNION

by Zadie Smith

Several of Smith's stories are on their ways to becoming classics. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY

    OCT. 15, 2019

FICTION

YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY

by Steph Cha

Cha’s storytelling shows how fiction can delicately extract deeper revelations from daily headlines. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SUICIDE WOODS

    OCT. 15, 2019

FICTION

SUICIDE WOODS

by Benjamin Percy

Like modern Grimm fairy tales, the stories in this volume are cautionary and haunting. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    OLIVE, AGAIN

    OCT. 15, 2019

FICTION

OLIVE, AGAIN

by Elizabeth Strout

Beautifully written and alive with compassion, at times almost unbearably poignant. A thrilling book in every way. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS

    OCT. 22, 2019

  • FICTION

    GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN

    NOV. 5, 2019

ROMANCE

GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN

by Talia Hibbert

A revelation. Hilarious, heartfelt, and hot. Hibbert is a major talent. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE STARLESS SEA

    NOV. 5, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE STARLESS SEA

by Erin Morgenstern

An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE DREAMED PART

    NOV. 12, 2019

FICTION

THE DREAMED PART

by Rodrigo Fresán ; translated by Will Vanderhyden

A splendid though demanding entertainment, playful and pensive at once and beautifully written throughout. Full review >

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