Homegoing , by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf, June). The divergent stories of two families descended from half-sisters born in 18th-century Ghana.
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.
Heroes of the Frontier , by Dave Eggers (Knopf, July). A failed dentist and her children head out for Alaska in an old RV.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swing Time , by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, November). A story about the broken friendship between two childhood friends who once dreamed of being dancers.