The literary landscape of 2017 is bright. Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, Philip Kerr and Elizabeth Strout are just a few of the authors with books hitting the shelves in the first few months of the year. Here are some of the titles we’re looking forward to — with more to come.
4321 , by Paul Auster (Henry Holt)
From the author of “The Music of Chance,” an inventive tale of one man’s life as it unfolds in four different plots.
The Big Stick , by Eliot Cohen (Basic)
A case for the use of military force in American foreign policy.
Dark at the Crossing , by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf)
A timely novel about the conflict in Syria, told from the perspective of an Arab American interpreter trapped in Turkey.
Difficult Women , by Roxane Gay (Grove)
A story collection by the provocative author of “Bad Feminist.”
My Life, My Love, My Legacy , by Coretta Scott King (Henry Holt)
The life story of the activist and wife of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. , who died in 2006.
Selection Day , by Aravind Adiga (Scribner)
A portrait of modern India through the fictional tale of two brothers raised to be cricket champions.
Tears We Cannot Stop , by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin’s)
From the professor and radio host, “a sermon to white America” on the racial divide.
Transit , by Rachel Cusk (FSG)
A writer faces difficult life changes in this sequel to her 2015 novel “Outline.”
Age of Anger , by Pankaj Mishra (FSG)
A deep look at the roots of our current global upheavals.
Autumn , by Ali Smith (Pantheon)
Set in post-Brexit England, Smith’s novel toys with our notion of time.
A Book of American Martyrs , by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)
Two families on opposite sides of the abortion debate are brought together by tragedy.
Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast , by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
A biography of the poet that draws on a newly discovered cache of letters.
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic , by Glenn Frankel (Bloomsbury)
The story and politics behind the celebrated Gary Cooper film.
A Horse Walks Into a Bar , by David Grossman (Knopf)
The latest from the celebrated Israeli author of “To the End of the Land.”
Lincoln in the Bardo , by George Saunders (Random House)
From the master short story writer, a long-awaited first novel, an imaginative tale featuring our 16th president.
The One Inside , by Sam Shepard (Knopf)
The first work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, with a foreword by Patti Smith.
The Refugees , by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove)
The author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel “The Sympathizer” returns to themes of immigration and identity in this story collection.
The Schooldays of Jesus , by J.M. Coetzee (Viking)
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a coming of age novel by the Nobel laureate.
Exit West , by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
A love story set in an unnamed country on the brink of war.
Phenomena : The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis, by Annie Jacobsen (Little, Brown)
The Gulf , by Jack E. Davis (Liveright)
A comprehensive history of the Gulf of Mexico.
Women Who Work , by Ivanka Trump (Portfolio)
Advice for women on success, by the entrepreneur and daughter of the president-elect.
The Shadow Land , by Elizabeth Kostova (Ballantine)
A beguiling mystery in an exotic setting, from the best-selling author of “The Historian.”
Prussian Blue , by Philip Kerr (Marian Wood)
It’s 1956 but detective Bernie Gunther is still haunted by the war in the latest installment of Kerr’s atmospheric series.
Last Hope Island , by Lynne Olson (Random House)
How Britain became a refuge for exiled leaders during World War II.
Anything Is Possible , By Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
The continued tale of characters from “My Name Is Lucy Barton.”
The Evangelicals , by Frances FitzGerald (Simon & Schuster) The Pulitzer-Prize-winning author examines the ways evangelicals have influenced American culture and politics.