Hurray! The weather has turned! Not feeling it? Hear me out… Now that summer has fled we can all succumb to the urge to curl up with our favourite blanket, a cute cat (or dog, or…), and a hot cup of tea and read until our hearts content. (Or until someone needs help finding the soccer cleats; whatever comes first.) Here’s what I’ll be reading this fall:
September is an embarrassment of riches. Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow* takes us to 1920s Moscow, where Count Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the luxurious Metropol Hotel. Closer to home, Jen Sookfong Lee’s The Conjoined* tells the story of Vancouverite social worker who finds the bodies of her two missing foster sisters while cleaning out her recently deceased mother’s freezer. In Dear Mr. M* Herman Koch, author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool, promises to keep us guessing once again. This time around Koch writes about a novelist who’s obsessed with his neighbour. My last pick for September is Alain Gillot’s The Penalty Area*, a heartwarming story about an Under 16 soccer team and their downtrodden coach.
October is usually all about horror. This year I’ll be making an exception for three books by women writers: Stephanie Gangi’s The Next tells the story of a Joanna’s search for a happy ending from beyond the grave. The Comet Seekers* is an ambitious offering from debut novelist Helen Sedgwick; the two main character’s lives are linked via comets. Finally, Francine Prose’s Mister Monkey* looks like a whole helluva lot of fun. It tells the story of the cast of an off-off-off Broadway children’s musical.
Plan to make time for the heavy hitters this November. Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon both have new fiction coming out. At its heart Smith’s Swing Time* revolves around friendship and music to tell the story of two dancer friends only one of whom has talent. Meanwhile in Chabon’s Moonglow* a grandfather (who may or may not be Chabon’s own) reveals his deathbed confessions to his grandson.
More Big Name Authors
Several amazing big name authors have titles coming out this fall — so many that I could have spent a whole post just on them: Emma Donoghue has The Wonder*, a story based on history about an Irish girl who fasts for four months (September). Not to be outdone, Margaret Atwood has two offerings this fall: Hag-Seed* is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series (October) and Angel Catbird* a comic book about a hybrid man-cat-owl (September). Maria Semple‘s follow up to Where’d You Go Bernadette, Today Will Be Different* is a big-hearted story of a modern woman whose life is a mess (October). And finally, Alan Moore has that last word on what we should all be reading this fall: his doorstopper Jerusalem* (September).