New Fall Fiction — Time to cozy up!

As much as I’m sad to see the sun go, I am secretely excited for the fall weather that makes staying in with a fat book, a blanket, some kind of toasty beverage, and maybe a cat or a fireplace all the more acceptable.

Like all good readers, to me, those rainy October days signal no-guilt bookish marathons.  And like all good librarians, my heart raced a bit the other day when a big cart of new Fall books arrived near my desk for approval, beckoning with their fresh glossy covers. Here are a few that I’m especially excited about this season:

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The Lantern, by Deborah Lawrenson

 A modern gothic in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier’sRebecca, this one has been getting a lot of hype.  The main character, a young ingenue named Eve, marries a mature, sophisted man with a home in Provence. His charm gives way to coldness and the ensuing plot sounds worthy of the most tragic Wuthering Heights fans.

Q, by Evan Mandery

This quirky novel’s style could be described as Kurt Vonnegut meets Audrey Niffeneger, ala The Time Traveler’s Wife (if told solely from the male perspective). Peppered with pop culture and set in New York City, this novel is sure to make you laugh, cry and philosophize about life choices and the meaning of true love.

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Described as “genre-defying,” this debut novel is bursting with nostalgia, love and science fiction. A space opera that takes place in 2044, where planets are modeled after Blad Runner and flying DeLoreans take up airspace.


The Submission, by Amy Waldman

The story of a competition for a memorail to the 9/11 terrorist attack victims that becomes fraught with controversy when jurists discover the winner is an American Muslim.  The New York Times says Waldman “not only captures the political furor and media storm that ensue, but also gives us an intimate, immediate sense of the fallout that these events have on the individuals involved… [giving] the reader a visceral understanding of how New York City and the country at large reacted to 9/11.”

Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles

Another new novel set in New York City, this time in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of how a determined Wall Street secretary rises through the upper echelons of New York society. Towles has been likened to such greats as Fitzgerald, Capote, and McCarthy. This one will appeal to those obsessed with AMC’s Mad Men.

Reamde, by Neal Stephenson

The new tome by the author of epics such as Quicksilver and Anathem. Reamde features high-octane adventure thrills about a tech entrepreneur who gets caught up in his own online war game. Give yourself an extra-long weekend for this one — it’s 1,056 pages.


Which new books are you most excited to cozy up to this fall?


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  1. I got Stephenson’s Reamde from the library. I’m about 100 pages in and loving it! much faster paced than a lot of his other stuff. THIS is why I read Stephenson!

  2. There’s a lot to be excited about bookwise this fall. Three of my favourite authors all have books out and I can’t wait to read them:
    Aleph by Paulo Coelho
    Cain by Jose Saramago (sadly his last…)
    11/22/63 by Stephen King (the best kind of guilty pleasure)

    My husband is desperate for Micheal Houellebecq’s newest, The Map and the Territory. And, finally, I think there’s going to be a fight in our house over who gets to read Murakami’s 1Q84 first.

  3. Good call on the new Stephen King, Patricia… I heartily endorse guilty pleasure reading! Other guilty pleasures I’m excited for are The Sixes, by Kate White (a thriller by the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine), The Lazarus Vault, by Tom Harper (rumoured to be the next Da Vinci Code), and Michael Crichton’s posthumous publication, Micro (co-written by The Hot Zone’s Richard Preston.

    Doesn’t it all just make you want to take a rainy week off and hole up in a warm ocean-front cabin?

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