It is nearly September, which means it is time for my most anticipated books of Fall 2017 list! I love making these lists because there are so many amazing books that need to be highlighted and it gives me something to look forward to while I'm sweating it out in the heat of a Texas summer. So, without further ado, here are six books I plan to pick up this fall!
1) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (September 12, Penguin Press)
I'm currently making my way through Celeste Ng's first book, Everything I Never Told You, and it is beautiful. So, I shall waste little time picking up a copy of her latest work when it releases in mid-September.
Little Fires Everywhere follows the story of the Richardson family, who live in an idyllic suburb of Cleveland, and their collision with the mysterious family (mother Mia and daughter Pearl) who rent a house from them. When the town and the two families are divided by a custody battle over the adoption of a Chinese-American baby, Elena Richardson will uncover secrets about Mia's past that could have devastating consequences.
2) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (October 3, Graywolf Press)
Her Body and Other Parties is a short story collection that has been compared to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, which, if you didn't know, is all it takes for me to want to pick it up. (Kelly Link's short stories are fabulous and I recommend them to everyone). The description for Machado's book says that it "bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies." Basically, count me in.
3) Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien (October 3, W. W. Norton & Company)
Dogs at the Perimeter was published in Canada in 2011, but this fall it makes it's American debut! Her other novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, has received very high praise and it is still on my TBR; however, not reading her first book hasn't stopped me from adding her next book to my list already. Want to know why? Read the description:
Set in Cambodia during the regime of the-Khmer Rouge and in present day Montreal, Dogs at the Perimeter tells the story of Janie, who as a child experiences the terrible violence carried out by the Khmer Rouge and loses everything she holds dear. Three decades later, Janie has relocated to Montreal, although the scars of her past remain visible. After abandoning her husband and son and taking refuge in the home of her friend, the scientist Hiroji Matsui, Janie and Hiroji find solace in their shared grief and pain―until Hiroji’s disappearance opens old wounds and Janie finds that she must struggle to find grace in a world overshadowed by the sorrows of her past.
4) Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir by Amy Tan (October 17, Ecco)
If you love Amy Tan's fiction, you won't want to miss her memoir, Where the Past Begins. In it she dives into her childhood and adolescence, her family history, her beginnings as a writer, and her process now that she has established herself as a powerful voice in literature. I, for one, can't wait to read about her life and her craft.
5) A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf by Emily MIdorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney (October 17, HMH)
I discovered this book on HMH's website, and knew I needed to read it. Female authors are so often described as lonely and depressed and depicted with no friends or life beyond their writing, but Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney seek to dispel these myths. I can't wait to learn more about some of my favorite authors. Here is the description:
Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world’s best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor, who shaped the work of Charlotte Brontë; the transatlantic friendship of the seemingly aloof George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, most often portrayed as bitter foes, but who, in fact, enjoyed a complex friendship fired by an underlying erotic charge.
Through letters and diaries that have never been published before, A Secret Sisterhoodresurrects these forgotten stories of female friendships. They were sometimes scandalous and volatile, sometimes supportive and inspiring, but always—until now—tantalizingly consigned to the shadows.
6) The Savage by Frank Bill (November 14, FSG Originals)
I want to say a lot of things about how excited I am to read this book, but I'm going to let the description do the talking for me, because honestly, I don't think I could explain it any better.
Frank Bill's America has always been stark and violent. In his new novel, he takes things one step further: the dollar has failed; the grid is wiped out.
Van Dorn is eighteen and running solo, dodging the bloodthirsty hordes and militias that have emerged since the country went haywire. His dead father's voice rings in his head as Van Dorn sets his sights not just on survival but also on an old-fashioned sense of justice.
Meanwhile, a leader has risen among the gangs-and around him swirls the cast of brawlers from Donnybrook, with their own brutal sense of right and wrong, of loyalty and justice through strength.
So, this is not the distant postapocalyptic future-this is tomorrow, in a world Bill has already introduced us to. Now he raises the stakes and turns his shotgun prose on our addiction to technology, the values and skills we've lost in the process, and what happens when the last systems of morality and society collapse.
The Savage presents a bone-chilling vision of America where power is the only currency and nothing guarantees survival. And it presents Bill at his most ambitious, most eloquent, most powerful.
Epic, right? Like, I need to read this book. Since reading Haints Stay by Colin Winnette a few years ago, I've had a kind of obsession with literary westerns and what some have endearingly referred to as "Hick Lit," and I hope The Savage will be everything I dream it will be.
What do you think of my list? Are you excited about reading any of these? Which books are you most excited about this Fall? Let me know in the comments!