One of the best things about being a dedicated reader is discovering what’s scheduled to land on shelves and in hands in the coming months so you can enjoy the wonders that are available now with no fear of running out of great novels to fuel your many alternate lives.
Here are a few we’re already carving out time to read, along with a couple of new (to us) publishers reissuing lost treasures.
Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney (published August 2016)
Bright, Precious Days is the third volume of a trilogy we’ve been following for decades. It continues the story of Corrine and Russell Calloway, a New York couple we first met in Brightness Falls (1992) and whom we last saw in The Good Life (2006), as they struggled through the aftermath of September 11.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan (published September 2016)
Ian McEwan has always pushed the boundaries of the novel. This new one contains a strange premise. It’s the story of marital deceit and murder told from the point of view of a baby in utero. If anyone can pull it off, it’ll be McEwan.
The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown
A Thousand Miles from Nowhere by John Gregory Brown
Two of our favorite writers happen to be married, and we’re thrilled that they each have a new novel out now. Based on the life of astronomer William Herschel’s sister, The Stargazer’s Sister questions what it means to serve someone else’s interests and then lose everything.
A Thousand Miles from Nowhere finds Henry Garrett fleeing New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches. His life is falling apart as he gets pulled into tragedy in another community far from home.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (published September 2016)
Winner of the Orange Prize, beloved bestselling author and bookstore owner, Ann Patchett follows the lives of two families over five decades in Commonwealth, which hinges on an unexpected encounter at a party. Years later when a young relative recounts information about her family, she learns that we don’t always own our stories.
Daunt Books Publishing
Since 2010, Daunt Books has been reissuing lost favorites and new writing from around the world. Their high-quality paperbacks include titles by Sybille Bedford, Madeleine Bourdouxhe, John McPhee, Leonard Michaels, Patrick Modiano and many more.
We’re always excited when we discover new publishers that pay attention to content while producing physical works of art. This new imprint from Head of Zeus ("The best books you've never read") offers some writers we know and love—Eudora Welty, Christina Stead—as well as others, we’re happy to say, who weren’t even on our radars. Those include Emanuel Litvinoff (The Lost Europeans), Josephine Johnson (Now in November) and Charles Neider (The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones).
These are, of course, just a handful of titles and authors we look forward to reading in the coming months. Please let us know what you’re excited about. And remember, as Roberto Bolaño said: “You never finish reading, even if you finish all your books, just as you never finish living, even though death is certain.”