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.


"4 3 2 1,” by Paul Auster (Henry Holt)

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, as told to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds (Henry Holt)

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)

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: Rewriting the Rules for Success,” by Ivanka Trump (Portfolio)

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)

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.