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.
"Blindingly intelligent, engagingly accessible—it seems there's nothing Marías can't make fiction do. No wonder he's perennially mentioned as a potential Nobel laureate."
An apparently random street murder sparks musings on shades of guilt and the mutability of truth in the distinguished Spanish writer's latest (Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow, and Farewell, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >