NW, Zadie Smith (September 4)
We’ve waited a whole impatient seven years since Smith’s last novel, the Orange Prize-winning On Beauty, and luckily, her newest effort, a story of the intertwined lives of four Londoners, linked by their childhood, all trying to negotiate life and adulthood in the modern world, somehow makes us feel like it was all worth it. Rendered in Smith’s playful, engaging prose, the novel is as good as a weekend away, as mercurial and lush as any city.
Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon (September 11)
In another sweeping-but-specific American epic (think High Fidelity mixed with Middlemarch), Chabon tells the story of two families in Oakland — Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are clinging to a failing record store, and their wives, Gwen and Aviva, scrambling to keep their midwifery practice together. Enter ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, and Luther Stallings, one-time blaxploitation action star, and a pair of teenagers variously in love and not in love, and blood, inevitably, begins to boil.
This is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz (September 11)
We told you September was going to be a month of heavy hitters. Díaz blew the literary world away with his first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and his newest collection of short stories is packed with the same visceral, tender, pumping heart. The love he writes about in each of these stories may not always be clean, may not always be romantic, but each complex situation and unforgettable character (Yunior!) shines with truth.
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