18 Must-Read Books of Fall 2019
There is much to love about autumn, not least that it's the season when readers get to curl up with some of the biggest, most anticipated books of the year. We gathered this bounty of must-reads—a literary harvest to savor.
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
When teenagers Aubrey and Iris come together with the passion and carelessness of young love—a relationship that produces a daughter, Melody—both families swallow their disappointment and resolve to make do. Moody, spare, and intense as a Picasso line drawing, the National Book Award winner's poignant latest confronts the indelible marks of youthful indiscretions and the way we explain our adolescence to our adult self. Read the full review here.)
Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
In this slim, hallucinatory volume, Smith roves the country in real time, visiting favorite haunts, hitching rides with strangers, contemplating the fuzzy border between waking and dreaming, and mourning the results of the 2016 presidential election. But just as a sense of gloom begins to settle, the sun peeks through the clouds. For while "there is nothing in heaven like the suffering of real life...," she writes, "I still keep thinking something wonderful is about to happen."
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Patchett's masterful eighth novel, is a fierce, intimate, and unstoppably readable saga of two siblings struggling not to let the past define them. The Bel Canto author weaves together, with clear-eyed compassion and intuitive, witty honesty, the ties that keep us whole and hold us back. Read the full review here.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The grande dame of dystopian fiction revisits the way-too-close-for-comfort totalitarian world of Gilead in this magnificent sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Filled with her signature pitch-black humor and blistering critiques of patriarchy gone wild, Atwood's follow-up expands the universe of the original in spine-tingling ways—for starters, by revealing the backstory of the villainous Aunt Lydia.
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