Booklist will be reviewing the titles below in forthcoming issues, anticipating with keen interest these novels by reader favorites and surprising departures by a leading graphic novelist, an espionage king, and a short story master, as well as a work of
reclaimed history. —Donna Seaman
A Gambler’s Anatomy. By Jonathan Lethem. Doubleday, $27.95 (9780385539906). Oct.
Best-selling Lethem tells the careening story of a debonair and psychic backgammon
shark who travels the world on his winnings until something starts impairing his vision,
forcing him to confront a hidden aspect of his past.
Jerusalem. By Alan Moore. Norton/Liveright, $35 (9781631491344). Sept.
This is a big book and a major literary event as Moore, the English writer who created
the mega-popular comic books Watchmen and V Is for Vendetta, presents an epic novel
that embraces fantasy, social realism, and theoretical physics and features a wildly varied
cast of the living and the dead, angels and demons.
Lincoln in the Bardo. By George Saunders. Random, $28 (9780812995343). Jan.
Short story virtuoso Saunders’ first novel, set during the Civil War, takes an imaginative, even supernatural approach to President Lincoln’s grief over the death of his
young son, Willie.
Mister Monkey. By Francine Prose. Harper, 26. 99 (9780062397836). Oct.
The title of prizewinning Prose’s new novel alludes to a dreary production of a long-running children’s musical, the catalyst for a smart and surprising comedy.
Moonglow. By Michael Chabon. Harper, $28.99 (9780062225559). Nov.
Framed as a deathbed confession and steeped in facts, lies, and autobiography,
Chabon’s next novel illuminates the technological wonders and indelible horrors of the
twentieth century in a lavishly realized work of speculative history.
The Pigeon Tunnel. By John le Carré. Viking, $30 (9780735220775). Sept.
The internationally acclaimed espionage author presents his first memoir, in which he
tells revealing tales of his Cold War service in British intelligence and shares key experiences that inspired him to become a writer.
The Rain in Portugal. By Billy Collins. Random, $26 (9780679644064). Oct.
The vigorous eleventh collection from former U.S. Poet Laureate Collins, one of the
most popular and disarming of poets, is laced with his signature wit, irony, wordplay,
mischief, and wisdom.
Small Great Things. By Jodi Picoult. Ballantine, $28.99 (9780345544957). Oct.
Picoult will thrill her avid fans with her next topical moral-dilemma novel, this one
featuring an African American labor and delivery nurse and a catastrophic conflict with a
family of white supremacists.
Swing Time. By Zadie Smith. Penguin, $27 (9781594203985). Nov.
Smith orchestrates a childhood friendship between two girls who long to be dancers in
a novel that reaches from London to West Africa and back again while exploring questions
of talent, culture, inheritance, and self.
The Terranauts. By T. C. Boyle. Ecco, $26.99 (9780062349408). Oct.
Boyle continues his keen fictional inquiry into the repercussions of humankind’s impact
on nature in this novel set in the Arizona desert, where eight scientists are living in a
compound meant to simulate an off-planet colony.
Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File. By John Edgar Wideman. Scribner, $25
Renowned, trailblazing writer Wideman takes a wider view of the murder of Emmett
Till, which intensified the civil rights movement, to tell the full story of Emmett’s father,
who was killed in a little-known act of military injustice.
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