Fall Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out
The newest crop of blockbusters is headed our way—and there's just enough time left to catch up on the literary originals.
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Beasts of No Nation
176 pages; Harper Perennial
Available at:Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound
The tragic legacy of African child soldiers—revenge killings, drugs, senseless massacres—comes to life in this saga starring Idris Elba, who plays the leader of a band of child soldiers. The directing of the movie—by True Detective's Cary Joji Fukunaga is sure to be brilliant—and devastating. But the beautiful, brutal original novel by Nigerian-American writer Iweala is given its power by its young narrator, Agu. Though Agu endures—and sometimes commits—terrible crimes, it's his voice that bonds you to him and his struggle to make sense of the world.
— Mark Athitakis