When I was looking over the publication schedule for September, I noticed something really exciting. A highly anticipated new book is scheduled for release every week! From J.K. Rowling to Ken Follett, there’s a book on this list for all lovers of fiction.
NW by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith’s first book in seven years is a love letter to Northwest London. It follows four separate characters – Leah, Felix, Natalie and Nathan – who all grew up in the same place in London, Caldwell and now continue on about their adult lives. This novel brings to light the fact that London is a complicated place, as are the people that live there. It’s beautiful, but brutal. NW is such a lovely novel, it is definitely worth the challenge of reading it with its stream of consciousness narrative.
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Telegraph Avenue is the story of two families – one black and one white – whose lives are twisted together as they are falling apart. The patriarchs of the family, Nat and Archy, work at a record store that is going under. The matriarchs, Gwen and Aviva, are midwives who are being sued after a birth gone wrong. As their lives are all falling apart, they start to realize how they need each other. The way that Chabon weaves both words and stories together is just beautiful. This novel solidifies my belief that Michael Chabon is one of the greatest authors of our time.
Winter of the World by Ken Follett
There are a few authors that every bookstore seems to carry no matter what. Ken Follett is one of them. Winter of the World, a continuation of the first novel in the series, picks up right where Fall of Giants left off -- with the rise of the Third Reich and the beginning of World War II, following the same five families from America, Germany, Russia, England and Wales. This epic novel can be a little daunting at first, given its massive size, but once you get into it, the pages seem to fly by and there’s no putting it down.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
While most of the details of this novel are being kept top secret until its debut, there is still tons of excitement surrounding its release. Pretty much all anyone knows about this book is the cover and the general synopsis –– in the tiny town of Pagford, nothing will ever be the same again. Barry Fairweather has died in his early forties and left Pagford at war over many things, including his seat on the parish council. This will be Rowling’s first adult book and we are all on the edge of our seats awaiting its debut!
Which novel are you most excited about this September? – Kristen B.