October tends to be a big month in the book business, publishers release their big name authors, and this year is no exception.
Here are 10 book releases that have particularly caught my eye:
Slade House by David Mitchell
Born out of the short story David Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014 and inhabiting the same universe as his latest bestselling novel The Bone Clocks, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night.
“Ingenious, scary, and downright weird . . . [a] delicious ghost story.”— Kirkus Reviews
The Lake House Bay by Kate Morton
The fifth novel from the number one bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden, The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.
The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra
From the bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking.
Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann
In such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Award–winning author Colum McCann has transfixed readers with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, he charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.
Clasp by Sloane Crosley
Part comedy of manners, part treasure hunt, the first novel from the writer whom David Sedaris calls “perfectly, relentlessly funny”.
“[A] smart, sardonic, sometimes-zany, yet also sensitive story. . . A real gem.” — Kirkus Reviews
An Improbable Friendship by Anthony David
The extraordinary true story of a secret forty-year friendship between two women who should have been bitter enemies. One: the beautiful Raymonda Tawil, the mother-in-law of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The other: Ruth Dayan, widow of General Moshe, the most celebrated Jewish general since Joshua and the man who spent much of his military career trying to kill Arafat.
When The Professor Got Stuck in the Snow by Dan Rhodes
“… a hilarious little story. As in all the best fables, our key characters learn a valuable lesson or two about life and their own attitudes. And unlike all the best fables, each chapter glistens with daft double entendres. It’s a read to make you chuckle.” — Scotland on Sunday
The Mountain Shadow by David Gregory Roberts
Shantaram introduced millions of readers to a cast of unforgettable characters through Lin, an Australian fugitive, working as a passport forger for a branch of the Bombay mafia. In this long awaited sequel, Lin must find his way in a Bombay run by a different generation of mafia dons, playing by a different set of rules. A love story of hope, humor, and the philosophical quest for wisdom… a sublime, all-consuming novel of our extraordinary human struggle for love and faith, truth and redemption.
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Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson
An illuminated novel of adventure, featuring hand-drawn maps and natural history illustrations, subversive pamphlets and science-fictional diagrams, and even a nineteenth-century novel-within-a-novel—an intrigue wrapped in innovative design. “… waking dream of America gone sideways: it’s familiar, enchanting, and just pretty damned weird in the most beguiling possible ways. Zachary Thomas Dodson has made a magnificent book.” — Audrey Niffenegger
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
An unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live . . . and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place. “A soaring debut . . . Over the course of Hallberg’s magisterial epic, distinctions of class, race, geography, and generation give way to an impression of the human condition that is both ambitious and sublime.” — Vanity Fair
Which of these new book releases will you be adding to your wishlist?
Here are some other recent book releases you may have missed: