The weather has turned cooler and readers everywhere are secretly rejoicing. Fall is prime reading season – perfect for hiding away with a good book, or maybe 12. We’ve rounded up the season’s best new releases from today’s literary stars. From Ken Follett and Hilary Mantel to the queen of vampire lit, Anne Rice, there’s something for everyone.
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear and awe. Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church for shelter from the rain and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life.
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
Cutting to the core of human experience, Mantel brutally and acutely writes about marriage, class, family, and sex in a collection of shocking contemporary stories.
Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
Prince Lestat is back. In this chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller, Anne Rice Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles.
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Set in Wexford, Ireland, Tóibín’s superb seventh novel introduces the formidable Nora Webster. Widowed at 40, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again she finds solace in herself.
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
A lyrical, masterfully written epic that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s. Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters – assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts – here is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the ’70s, to the crack wars in ’80s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the ’90s.
Perfidia by James Ellroy
It is December 6, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans—but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
The first book of an epic trilogy, Some Luck by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley follows the Langdon family from 1920 through World Wars and beyond. Taking us through cycles of births and deaths, passions and betrayals, among characters we come to know inside and out, it is a real tour de force.
Us by David Nicholls
Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. From the best selling author of One Day comes a deftly funny new novel about what holds families and marriages together.
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie’s books have been sold around the globe. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand-new novel featuring Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.
Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families – American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they make their way through the 20th century. This, the final book, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Gray Mountain covers the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks a young lawyer finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.
The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis
The Zone of Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting. Powered by both wit and compassion, and in characteristically vivid prose, Martin Amis’ unforgettable new novel excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul.