This fall has a great mix of new and seasoned authors releasing their literary efforts to take readers to a whole new world of adventures, love, politics and everything in between. Here are ten picks that you should look forward to this fall.
Written by Jonathan Franzen, Purity follows the story of a political activist and an American intern who follows him all the way to Bolivia where they run an organization watched by the government and media.
The Japanese Lover
The Japanese Lover tells the unlikely romance between a political refugee and a Japanese gardener’s son during WWII. The two lovers were separated when Ichimei, the Japanese gardener’s son, was sent away to a Japanese internment camp. The two, however, remained in each other’s thoughts. Alma Belasco, the political refugee, then starts receiving gifts that are assumed to be from Ichimei. This is a story that intertwines passion, politics and fate.
Death by Water
Death by Water is written by Kenzaburo Oe. The new novel is a fascinating blend of Japanese folklore, meta-fiction and memoir. It follows the story of a famous writer whose father had died and process of grieving involved writing a book about it.
The Heart Goes Last
Margaret Atwood’s new novel centers on a social experiment that allows couple Stan and Charmaine to reside in a comfortable suburban home in return for accepting to live in a prison cell every 2 months. Another couple resides in their home while they are serving their time in prison. The connection between the two couples eventually leads to feelings of guilt, paranoia and sexual attraction.
Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Written by Salman Rushdie, Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is an eclectic and highly entertaining tale that presents a fresh take on Arabian Nights.
M Train is a follow-up memoir to Patti Smith’s renowned Just Kids. It traces the artistic path of the singer through stories that span eighteen subway stations across New York City. In her new memoir, Patti talks about her thoughts on other artists like Sylvia Plath, Frida Kahlo and Jean Genet.
Fates and Furies
Fates and Furies is about the 20-year marriage of Matthilde and Lotto. Lauren Groff’s novel follows the story of a long-term marriage and the heartbreaking disappointments, beauty and hope that come with it.
The Story of My Teeth
Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth centers on Gustavo “Highway” Sanchez Sanchez and tells his journey to replace his teeth. Sanchez Sanchez also owns a pair of dentures he insists belonged to Marilyn Monroe.
Written by Umberto Eco, Numero Zero presents a captivating conspiracy theory about Benito Mussolini, Italy’s famous dictator. The plot centers on the idea that Benito Mussolini’s demise may have been feigned. Numero Zero also tells the love story of a ghost writer and a celeb gossip writer who found a dead body in an alleyway in Milan. Theories about the Italian secret service, the CIA and Pope John Paul I’s murder are presented as well.
Man Tiger and Beauty is a Wound
Man Tiger and Beauty is a Wound are written by Eka Kurniawan. Labodalih Sembiring translated Man Tiger and Annie Tucker did the translation for Beauty is a Wound. Man Tiger follows the story of a young man who’s also half white tiger. Beauty is a Wound is all about a prostitute who suddenly came back to life after being dead for 21 years.