The fall is publishing’s moment to roll out the year’s big hits (or at least the books publishers hope will be big hits). The novels creating the biggest buzz right now are some of the most important of 2013, but they’re also a pleasure to read. Some of the books on this week’s list are more demanding than others, but each of them offers a story to sink yourself into.
"There is no high drama here, but Marie and Gabe are compelling in their basic goodness, as is McDermott's elegy to a vanished world."
McDermott's brief seventh novel (Child of My Heart, 2002, etc.) follows seven decades of a Brooklyn woman's modest life to create one of the author's most trenchant explorations into the heart and soul of the 20th-century Irish-American family. Read full book review >