Ah Fall. How I love you. No longer do I feel guilty for staying indoors to read on a sunny day. Instead, your downpours and blustery winds are the perfect backdrop for curling up with a good fall book.
And you know why else I love you, Fall? Because your sweaters and raincoats are the perfect foil for all the extra snacks and wine I consume during your long dark evenings with my nose in a book. Therefore, in celebration of your book bounty, here are a few moody, dark tales I’m looking forward to pairing with some delicious fall snacks.
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt: From the author of The Secret History, whose cultishly devoted fans have been waiting 10 years for her next novel. The Goldfinch is a beautifully wrought tale that follows Theo Decker, who is the unfortunate victim of a museum bombing at age 13, and the resulting fallout. Tartt’s new novel mixes lush language with an undercurrent of sinister foreboding, a page-turning pace and the international intrigue of art theft. Theo is one of the greatest characters I’ve read in a long time.
Pair with: A glass of sparkling Lambrusco wine and a plate of honey covered figs.
Cartwheel, by Jennifer Dubois: Loosely based on the sensational real-life Amanda Knox story, this debut nails the literary thriller genre with a story of a young study abroad student caught up in a grizzly murder trial.
Pair with: A bucket of Halloween candy and a spiced apple cider.
The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries is a mystery set in 1866 New Zealand, and weaves together the stories of a gold prospector, a suicidal prostitute, and a luckless drunk.
Night Film, by Marisha Pessl: This murder mystery breaks the mold with a multimedia format. The book contains replications of websites, newspaper articles and other ephemera, and there is also a smartphone app you can use to scan pages in the book and get enhanced content.
Pair with: A dark chocolate bar and a glass of single malt Scotch.