Authors Ann Patchett (top-left), Yaa Gyassi (top-right), Jacqueline Woodson (bottom-left), Jonathan Safran Foer (bottom-right) and Colson Whitehead (far-right). (Heidi Ross, Michael Lionstar, Juna F. Nagle, Jeff Mermelstein and Madeline Whitehead)

Homegoing , by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf, June). The divergent stories of two families descended from half-sisters born in 18th-century Ghana.


"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf)

Vinegar Girl , by Anne Tyler (Hogarth, June). This modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” finds a preschool assistant being pressured to marry a lab assistant whose work visa is about to expire.


"Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler (Hogarth)

Heroes of the Frontier , by Dave Eggers (Knopf, July). A failed dentist and her children head out for Alaska in an old RV.


"Heroes of the Frontier" by Dave Eggers (Knopf)

Bright, Precious Days , by Jay McInerney (Knopf, August). Russell and Corrine Calloway, the New York couple from “Brightness Falls” (1992) and “The Good Life” (2006), struggle to survive the financial crisis and more marital troubles.


Bright, Precious Days" by Jay McInerney (Knopf)

Another Brooklyn , by Jacqueline Woodson (Amistad, August). In this novel for adults by the celebrated YA writer, an anthropologist revisits her old Brooklyn neighborhood and recalls her adolescence.


"Another Brooklyn" by Jacqueline Woodson (Amistad)

A Gentleman in Moscow , by Amor Towles (Viking, September). After the Communists sentence Count Alexander Rostov to house arrest, he makes a rich life for himself in a grand hotel near the Kremlin.


"A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles ( Viking )

Here I Am , by Jonathan Safran Foer (Farrar Straus Giroux, September). An earthquake in the Middle East throws a family living in Washington into crisis.


"Here I Am" by Jonathan Safran Foer (FSG)

Commonwealth , by Ann Patchett (Harper, September). Over several decades, the families in this story break up and recombine — and ultimately become fodder for a famous writer’s novel, which forces them to look at themselves afresh.


“Commonwealth" by Ann Patchett (Harper)

The Underground Railroad , by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, September). In this fantastical historical novel, the Underground Railroad used by escaping slaves is an actual system of subterranean tracks and trains.


"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

Swing Time , by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, November). A story about the broken friendship between two childhood friends who once dreamed of being dancers.


"Swing Time" by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press)