We’re midway through 2016, and while we’ve read so many books we’ve enjoyed, there are more to look forward to. Here are some works of fiction we’ve been talking about so far this year, with more to come.
Coming out in August
“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 as they find themselves priced out of the trendy neighborhood they’ve called home for most of their adult lives.
Another Brooklyn , by Jacqueline Woodson. In this novel for adults by the celebrated YA writer, an anthropologist revisits her old Brooklyn neighborhood and recalls her adolescence.
Coming out in September
“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). Patchett’s latest book starts with a Sunday afternoon party, where an unexpected romance blooms. The book spans 50 years and explores the after effect of that one day, following the lives of several families that break up and recombine over and over. The family becomes fodder for a famous writer’s novel, which forces them to look at themselves anew.
“The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, September). After so much anticipation, Whitehead’s new book was released early as the next title for Oprah’s Book Club in August. One of the most anticipated literary novels of the year, Whitehead’s historical novel imagines that the Underground Railroad used by escaping slaves is an actual system of subterranean tracks and trains. The book follows a young woman named Cora, who flees from her life on a Georgia plantation run by a sadistic man named Mr. Randall. According to Book World editor Ron Charles, “The canon of essential novels about America’s peculiar institution just grew by one.”
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