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.
"By no means her finest work, but Atwood remains an expert thinker about human foibles and how they might play out on a grand scale."
Atwood closes her post-apocalyptic trilogy (Oryx and Crake, 2003; The Year of the Flood, 2009) with a study of a small camp of survivors, redolent with suggestions about how new-world mythologies are made. Read full book review >