Keeping up with all of the latest must-read books can quickly turn into an overwhelming endeavor -- finish one, add five more to the pile, and the cycle wears on until it's simply too unbearable to pay attention anymore. Here's another solution: Leave the sorting of what's good and what's bad to us, dedicated readers of impeccable taste. We'll be regularly updating this list of the most exciting titles from 2019, adding new and upcoming releases and amending past months with things we might've overlooked (or taking out things we ended up hating) as we go along. Join us on this fresh literary journey, won't you?
Written by: Halle Butler (Jillian) Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: Halle Butler was recently selected as one of Granta's Best Young Novelists, and her second novel is engaging, brief, angry, hilarious, and curmudgeonly all in equal measure. It explores the malaise of a 30-year-old woman working an unfulfilling job as a temp and expertly satirizes both office culture and contemporary (dare we say "millennial"?) life.
Written by: Richard Chiem (You Private Person) Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: Named a 2019 "writer to watch" by the LA Times, Richard Chiem corners readers into a gritty, psychedelic world where a woman turns to a pornographer to rid herself of her own demons. Strangely lyrical, Chiem handles trauma delicately while taking a sledgehammer to his constructed world. Think Netflix's Cam-meets-Steven Erikson.
Written by: Kathryn Davis (Duplex, Hell, Labrador) Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: This novel might take a bit of work to fully grasp, what with its profoundly expansive and strange breadth, but if you put in the work, you'll experience a book that's like no other this year. It involves science fiction, fantasy, allegory, and -- actually, it basically just involves everything?
Written by: Peter Heller (The Dog Stars) Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: A lengthy canoe excursion down a tempestuous river in northern Canada turns dire when a wildfire erupts and the two college friends making the trek have to outrun the encroaching danger while helping a couple in the woods who may or may not have strange secrets.
Written by: John Lanchester (The Debt to Pleasure, Capital) Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: This dystopian fable from John Lanchester tells the story of an island that's hit by The Change and builds the titular Wall in response. It follows a Defender -- tasked with guarding a section of the Wall from the Others -- whose failure could mean death, or becoming one of the Others himself. If you couldn't tell, this book uses fantastic means to respond to much of what's been happening in our own world lately.
Written by: T Kira Madden Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: This breakout, sprawling memoir traces T Kira Madden's teenaged years as she navigates what it means to be queer and biracial in south Florida, a locale not particularly known for its progressivism. Within the wildly separate worlds of her wealthy private school and her creaking home life, she finds resolute friendships with, well, fatherless girls.
Written by: T.J. Martinson Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: This comics-inspired debut novel from T.J. Martinson kicks off as a masked gunman in Chicago threatens to kill a roomful of hostages until police admit that a superhero named Kingfisher's death was faked 30 years before. From there, it follows a police officer and hacktivist as they search for the truth behind Kingfisher's disappearance in a story that's guaranteed to be engrossing, whether you're a comics fan or not.
Written by: David Means (Hystopia, Assorted Fire Events) Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: Widely recognized as one of the best short story writers at work today, David Means is releasing his fifth collection. It's dark, funny, totally assured, and will do nothing if not make you feel something.
Written by: Mallory O'Meara Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: This biography explores the unjustly neglected life of Milicent Patrick, one of Disney's first female animators and creator of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Credit for her creation had been stolen by a male colleague, and O'Meara's treatise goes a long way toward correcting that injustice while giving an overview of a past age in animation and movie-making.
Written by: Helen Oyeyemi (What is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Boy, Snow, Bird) Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: Fantastical, hilarious, and wry, with a sinister cloud always hanging over it, Gingerbread traces the lineage of three generations of Lee women from the nonexistent (at least, according to Google) farmsteaded countryside of Druhástrana to Britain, and back. A story within a story, Oyeyemi's latest asks you to trust in its methods -- talking dolls, wealth managing Stormzy, and all -- and wholehearted buy-in with few spoilers is absolutely the best approach to this clever novel where every deft sentence matters to the heart of this wholly reimagined Grimm fairy tale.
Written by: Taylor Jenkins Reid (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: As if Lizzy Goodman wrote a follow-up to her 2017 oral history of New York's music scene, Meet Me in the Bathroom, that took a fictitious roundabout back into the '70s without sacrificing any of the style and rock n' roll moments of the rise and fall of the (not real) band, Daisy Jones & the Six. Reese Witherspoon has already optioned the novel for a 13-episode Amazon series; get ahead of the hype while you can.
Written by: Salvatore Scibona (The End) Release date: March 5 Why we're excited: This epic novel from National Book Award-finalist Salvatore Scibona is a huge America story that spans generations and follows a US marine from rural Iowa, to the Vietnam-era Cambodian Jungle, to Queens.
Written by: Kate Hope Day Release date: March 12 Why we're excited: This highly readable blend of speculative fiction and literary prose takes place in Oregon and tells the story of four neighbors who start to receive visions of themselves in alternate realities. But as a natural disaster nears, they start to wonder if they've misunderstood what's happening to them.
Written by: G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen) Release date: March 12 Why we're excited: Superhero fans might know writer G. Willow Wilson for her invigorating, award-winning work on Ms. Marvel, the first Marvel comic headlined by a Muslim character, but she's also an accomplished novelist, winning the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for her debut adventure novel, Alif the Unseen. Her follow-up, The Bird King, again has a touch of magical realism to it -- the plot involves a mapmaker with mystical powers -- but this time she's shifted the action to the past, specifically palace intrigue during the Spanish Inquisition.
Written by: Barry Lopez (Arctic Dreams, Outside) Release date: March 19 Why we're excited: The best travel and nature writing does more than make you feel bad for sitting on your couch. While the adventures of National Book Award Winner Barry Lopez, who previously explored the chilly ends of the Earth in his 1986 book Arctic Dreams, will likely inspire serious globetrotting envy and maybe even prompt a rash Expedia purchase, they'll also teach you about the history and the lives of the people in the regions he wanders through. That includes the Galápagos, Kenya, Australia's Botany Bay, and Antarctica itself. You don't even have to own a parka.
Written by: Bryan Washington Release date: March 19 Why we're excited: This highly anticipated collection from Bryan Washington explores the city of Houston in intimate detail and with a grand sweep, covering what it's like to come of age while coming into queerness, to survive a hurricane, to deal drugs, and even to be a chupacabra.
Written by: Candice Carty-Williams Release date: March 19 Why we're excited: Pitched in the jacket copy as "Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah," this debut novel from Candice Carty-Williams, a culture writer and book marketer from London, sounds like an ideal book to wake you up during your morning commute. The story's protagonist Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman working at a newspaper in London, balancing the stressful demands of her job with the frustrations of a recent break-up. Read it now before it gets adapted into a Netflix series that everyone keeps telling you about.
Written by: Nathan Englander (Dinner at the Center of the Earth) Release date: March 26 Why we're excited: Comedic novels can be a mixed bag and there's a thorny history of literary fare tackling "the internet" as a topic, but the latest novel from writer Nathan Englander doesn't get too bogged down in the digital muck and actually delivers real laughs. Following the death of his father, the book's main character, a secular Jewish man raised in an Orthodox Community in Brooklyn, works up a scheme to hire a stranger through a website to say the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, for his dad's soul. A Publisher's Weekly review compared it to the work of Mel Brooks, so that's a good sign right there!
Written by: Maylis de Kerangal (The Heart) Release date: March 26 Why we're excited: With the rise of foodie culture and the proliferation of food media, you'd think there'd be more high-profile, fun-looking novels about chefs, restaurant owners, and waiters. (We imagine you've already read Sweetbitter.) This novel from French writer Maylis de Kerangal looks like it does its best to fill that void by telling the story of Mauro, a young cook who spends time in Paris, Berlin, Thailand, Burma, and, as the marketing copy puts it, "other far-flung places." Though it covers a 15 year-old time span, the book is a slim 112 pages, the perfect size to slip into your bag and carry on your way to your favorite new hot spot.
Written by: Laila Lalami (The Moor's Account) Release date: March 26 Why we're excited: Described as "a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story," the latest novel from Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami sounds like a deft balancing act, the type of book that looks at a range of complex topics with a keen eye and a beating heart. The Other Americans opens with a Moroccan immigrant in California getting struck and killed by a speeding car, setting off a chain of events that brings some characters together while pitting others against each other. It's exactly the type of novel that keeps you guessing as the plot unfolds.
Written by: Julie Langsdorf Release date: March 26 Why we're excited: With its carefully maintained facade of normalcy and ever-growing web of hypocrisy, suburbia will always be a fruitful place to set a novel -- particularly if the writer has a knack for skewering the ridiculous. The debut neighborhood saga from author Julie Langsdorf is a welcome addition to that satirical canon, chronicling the squabbles of various home-owners after a rich newcomer builds a ridiculous mansion and cuts down a beloved maple tree. "Tasteful" chaos ensues.
Written by: Namwali Serpell Release date: March 26 Why we're excited: In a brilliant recent essay for Slate, writer Namwali Serpell made the case for Toni Morrison's "difficulty" as a writer, describing how the Nobel-prize winner's refusal to cater to readers makes her work so essential and powerful. The Old Drift, Serpell's debut novel about multiple generations of a family in a small African nation, follows the same principle: rewarding close attention and careful thinking. Described as a "the Great Zambian Novel you didn’t know you were waiting for," it's a major new work from a gifted writer you won't want to miss.
Written by: Hanif Abdurraqib (They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us) Release date: February 1 Why we're excited: Essayist and poet Hanif Abdurraqib has proven himself to be an essential voice in music criticism. His latest homes in on a sole subject: A Tribe Called Quest, and the influential band's come-up in the '90s and eventual breakup, mixing in personal fandom without sacrificing the bigger picture. Zooming in and back out without giving the reader whiplash is one of Abdurraqib's greatest strengths, on display in full in Go Ahead in the Rain.
Written by: Mary Adkins Release date: February 5 Why we're excited: This debut novel takes the form of blog posts, emails, texts, online therapy submissions, and more. Part comedy, part drama, part romance, it tells the story of friends, family, and coworkers trying to get a PR maven's blog published as a book to honor her last wish after a terminal illness takes her life.
Written by: Roberto Bolaño (2666, The Savage Detectives) Release date: February 5 Why we're excited: This posthumous release from the Chilean master of fiction was finished around 1984 and is seen as a sandbox for the ideas that would later coalesce into Bolaño's epic of aimless poets in Mexico City, The Savage Detectives.
Written by: Marlon James (A History of Seven Killings) Release date: February 5 Why we're excited: The first novel of James' new Dark Star Trilogy has been smartly marketed as "an African Game of Thrones," only that sells Black Leopard, Red Wolf short on its incisiveness of prose and its truly magical world-building.
Written by: Elizabeth McCracken (The Giant's House) Release date: February 5 Why we're excited: Single-handedly getting 21st century audiences to care about the old-timey pastime of candlepin bowling through her new novel, Elizabeth McCracken spins a yarn about a family who owns a small-town Massachusetts bowling alley that's incisive, unpredictable, and hilarious as secrets spill out after a freak accident leads to the untimely death of the matriarch.
Written by: Alex Michaelides Release date: February 5 Why we're excited: Sure to become a movie soon, this thriller tells the story of a famous painter in London who suddenly murders her husband, then never says another word, and the obsessive psychotherapist who's left trying to figure out why she did it.
Written by: Whitney Scharer Release date: February 5 Why we're excited: This epic novel follows a young model as she moves to Paris to become an artist during the Jazz Age and develops a romance with an older artist -- but it reaches far past that, as she goes on to document concentration camps during World War II as one of the first female war correspondents -- and on into her old age.
Written by: Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) Release date: February 5 Why we're excited: Angie Thomas basically redefined the impact of YA fiction with the New York Times bestselling novel-turned-movie The Hate U Give, and her anticipated follow-up about an aspiring teen girl rapper promises to be no less compelling.
Written by: Esmé Weijung Wang (The Border of Paradise) Release date: February 5 Why we're excited: This collection of essays won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and delves into Wang's own struggles with schizophrenia, as well as society's relationship to what she calls the "collected schizophrenias," via deep research and deeply personal memoir.
Written by: Christopher Castellani (All This Talk of Love) Release date: February 12 Why we're excited: This novel tells the story of playwright Tennessee Williams, his lover Frank Merlo, and their twisting relationship with a young Swiss actress. If you're into stories that take place in the 1950s, Tennessee Williams, or beautiful LGBT romances, this is likely the book for you.
Written by: Mariana Dimópulos Release date: February 12 Why we're excited: For fans of complicated, interloping, nearly inscrutable stories that are made wholly gratifying simply because the writer is that good, Argentinian Mariana Dimópulos's work is for you. All My Goodbyes sprawls continents, as the protagonist of many names bounces restlessly from South America to Europe and back, eventually settling on a Patagonian farm as a migrant worker, until two murders upend the semblance of comfort, home, and identity she's built.
Written by: Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman Release date: February 12 Why we're excited: This stranger-than-fiction memoir tells the story of Hindman's coming-of-age as a violinist from Appalachia who moves to New York to play with a professional ensemble, only to discover that the ensemble doesn't actually play their instruments. Instead, unbeknownst to the audience, music that sounds like the Titanic soundtrack blares from the speakers as the performers mime a concert -- which naturally brings out a serious identity crisis in our hilarious narrator.
Written by: Valeria Luiselli (Story of My Teeth) Release date: February 12 Why we're excited: This is a road trip novel unlike any that have come before it. Unavoidably political, Lost Children Archive tracks a nameless, makeshift family driving across a blighted southern United States, the mother reporting a story on missing child refugees, the father documenting the sounds along the way.
Written by: Sandra Newman (The Country of Ice Cream Star) Release date: February 12 Why we're excited: A story of a young woman's latent ability, made viscerally propulsive through her burgeoning relationship with a PhD student, to time travel through her dreams becomes a tense piece about the nature of reality when she begins seeing apocalyptic visions.
Written by: Yuko Tsushima Release date: February 12 Why we're excited: Originally published over the course of the year, each chapter issued in real-time, in a Japanese literary magazine in the late '70s, Territory of Light is psychological impressionism, about a recently single mother, left by her husband alone with a 2-year-old daughter. The woman's unraveling is still as resonant today, translated into English, as it was when it was first written 50 years ago.
Written by: Lauren Wilkinson Release date: February 12 Why we're excited: This debut novel is equal parts thrilling spy novel and incisive commentary on race. It follows a black woman as she navigates the boys club of the CIA during the Cold War and joins a special task force, which leads her into seducing a charismatic Communist president and becoming a central part in a coup to bring him down.
Written by: Anissa Gray Release date: February 19 Why we're excited: This debut novel is the story of three sisters whose lives are shattered when the eldest is arrested, along with her husband, for reasons that aren't entirely clear. As they await the trial, the two young sisters care for the accused sister's children in this exploration of family and identity.
Written by: Han Kang (The Vegetarian) Release date: February 19 Why we're excited: After winning the Man Booker Prize in 2016 for The Vegetarian, Han Kang is back with a much different kind of novel. The White Book is a meditation on all-things white and a pseudo-travelogue through Warsaw, at once introspective and historical, as if W.G. Sebald was in fact a Korean woman alive today.
Written by: Mark Mayer Release date: February 19 Why we're excited: This short story collection from Mark Mayer has been receiving rave reviews -- but more exciting is the fact that these stories largely deal with circus performers, and how could that not be good? It's supposed to be as absolutely bizarre as it is genuinely great.
Written by: Pitchaya Sudbanthad Release date: February 19 Why we're excited: A debut novel where, truly, the Thai capital of Bangkok is a character in itself is composed of a series of vignettes of seemingly disparate people with ties to the city through shifting eras. Bangkok Wakes to Rain is about loss, identity, and history, weaving a rich tapestry of characters who come to define place.
Written by: Jen Beagin (Pretend I'm Dead) Release date: February 26 Why we're excited: Expect dark humor from this 2017 Whiting Award winner's second novel, Vacuum in the Dark, about Mona, a cleaning lady, caught up in a series of messy relationships as she tries to figure herself out. Dealing with bad boyfriends and weirdo clients, Mona's self-discovery journey carries the sociological undercurrents applicable to our modern time.
Written by: Ann Leckie Release date: February 26 Why we're excited: This fantasy novel from Hugo- and Nebula-award winner Ann Leckie is filled with gods, blood sacrifice, and and adventure. If you're in the mood for philosophy, politics, and violence wrapped up in a fantasy novel, this is the book for you.
Written by: Sophie Mackintosh Release date: January 8 Why we're excited: Book critics have been comparing this debut novel from British writer Sophie Mackintosh to The Handmaid's Tale. Its futuristic and fable-like story follows three sisters on a mysterious island after their father suddenly dies, and they and their mother grapple with his sadistic legacy and his claim that toxins are making the outside world uninhabitable. If want you want an escape from the horrors of day-to-day life right now, this isn't the book for you. If you're looking for a talented new writer's to take on the anger, anxiety, and trauma that comes from dealing our reality, in a surreal package, look no further.
Written by: Sarah Moss (The Tidal Zone) Release date: January 8 Why we're excited: Not until praise for Ghost Wall started popping up did we think that the world could use more novels about weird archaeological crucibles. The brusque British novel, now available in the US, follows a specific family in an experimental community trying to live as closely to the lifestyle of the Britons of the Iron Age as possible, the reenactments loaded with split moments ripe with social commentary. As divides in the camp deepen, Ghost Wall reads as an ominous allegory for Brexit with feminist and anti-nationalist themes basting the story.
Written by: Chigozie Obioma (The Fishermen) Release date: January 8 Why we're excited: Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma was hailed as the literary heir to Chinua Achebe after his 2015 debut, The Fishermen, and his second novel is garnering even more acclaim. An Orchestra of Minorities is partially based on The Odyssey and follows a poultry farmer who remakes himself to be worthy of a wealthy woman he falls in love with after saving her life. This modern epic is narrated from the perspective of his "chi" -- an Igbo guardian spirit -- which means both deep dives into Nigerian history and contemporary reflections on casual racism as the protagonist studies abroad in Cyprus.
Written by:Samanta Schweblin (Fever Dream) Release date: January 8 Why we're excited: Many American references have been made to describe Argentinian writer Samanta Schweblin's moody, surreal work: think David Lynch, Raymond Carver, John Cheever. Together, these seemingly disparate influences congeal, most recently, into this spaced-out collection of 20 short stories. Following the success of Schweblin's 2017 English-language debut, Fever Dream, her latest has plenty of weirdness for everyone to dig into, whether you're drawn to meditative stories about willing away a pregnancy or biting the heads off of live birds.
Written by: Niviaq Korneliussen Release date: January 15 Why we're excited: There are exactly zero writers from Greenland, a country with a population the size of New Brunswick, New Jersey, that have become household names in the United States. (Try to name one, I dare you.) That could very well change with queer, Greenlandic author Niviaq Korneliussen's breakout novel translated into English, an absorbing (and short) coming-of-age tale for five teens in her home country's capital city of Nuuk.
Written by: Sam Lipsyte (The Ask, Home Land) Release date: January 15 Why we're excited: The first novel satirist Sam Lipsyte has published since 2010's hilariously dark The Ask draws its inspiration from the cult-y, New Age-y leadership of charismatic enablers, channeling it all into protagonist Hark Morner's faux self-help discipline called "Mental Archery." In Lipsyte's wheelhouse, expect heavy-handed irony, absurd scenarios that unfold into cringeworthy scenes, and a looming feeling of existential drainage by the end.
Written by: Ian S. Port Release date: January 15 Why we're excited: Nobody asked for a legitimately entertaining account of the long-running feud between the chief innovators of the electric guitar, and yet here we are. Fans of guitar music and gear should consider this mandatory reading.
Written by: Kristen Roupenian Release date: January 15 Why we're excited: Rarely does a piece of short fiction get a response like Kristen Roupenian's story "Cat Person," published in The New Yorker in December 2017, but something resonated in its forthright depiction of just how bad heterosexual dating can be, and it came as close as literature can to breaking the internet. Roupenian's debut short story collection is already an event in the wake of that, filled with ever darker fables of cruelty and accessible surrealism. HBO has nabbed the development rights to You Know You Want This, so consider this your chance to feel great when you say that you preferred the book.
Written by: Dani Shapiro (Hourglass, Slow Motion and Devotion) Release date: January 15 Why we're excited: Best-selling memoirist and novelist Dani Shapiro's fourth memoir describes how, long after her parents' deaths, she took a DNA test that revealed that the man who raised her was not her biological father. This book follows Shapiro's search for both the true identity of her father and the circumstances of her conception, as she considers whether her parents had been deceiving her for their entire lives, or had themselves been deceived by the fertility clinic they'd gone to in need. Her journey is introspective, with meditations on the nature of, as the book's subtitle aptly puts it, "genealogy, paternity and love."
Written by: Karen Thompson Walker (The Age of Miracles) Release date: January 15 Why we're excited: In the midst of figuring out what's causing a virus that puts the ill into a deep, unwakeable sleep, The Dreamers jumps into the lives of those affected, from hard-partying college students to doomsday preppers, in a California college town. A terrifying and deliberate sci-fi adjacent tale told through big philosophical questions about the nature and limits of humanity.
Written by: Madhuri Vijay Release date: January 15 Why we're excited: This epic debut from Indian-American writer Madhuri Vijay follows a young woman's quest to find a man from her childhood along her journey from southern India to a Himalayan village in Kashmir in the wake of her mother's death. But prying open her past brings terrifying consequences and massive implications no one could predict at outset of this the novel, which explores the nature of our connections as it maps the political realities of contemporary India.
Written by: Chris Cander (Whisper Hollow) Release date: January 22 Why we're excited: This much-anticipated novel from Chris Cander tells the twin stories of a girl in the Soviet Union and a 20-something woman in California in 2012, exploring the way their lives are both intertwined and changed by a piano built at the turn of the 20th century.
Written by: Stephanie Land Release date: January 22 Why we're excited: Land's troubling memoir about working as a professional housecleaner, where primping wealthy people's stuff doesn't even pay enough to make ends meet, smears the oppressive class structures in America that keep poor people poor, especially single mothers. Blending the personal and universal, Land exposes the nerves of this everyday exchange for what it is: insidious.
Written by: Juliet Lapidos Release date: January 22 Why we're excited: This debut from Atlantic editor Juliet Lapidos is a satirical campus novel, but don't stop reading yet. This much-hyped book follows Anna Brisker, a grad student working on a dissertation about the "intellectual history of inspiration," as she becomes obsessed with finding the missing notebooks of a famous writer after meeting that writer's niece. There's romance, there's mystery, but it's all grounded in making fun of intellectuals and academia -- something everyone can get behind. Fans who find themselves at the curious intersection of last year's The Pisces and Thomas Mann's 1927 classic The Magic Mountain will find everything they ever wanted in Talent.
Written by: Claire Adam Release date: January 29 Why we're excited: This debut novel from Claire Adam, published via Sarah Jessica Parker's imprint, is set in rural Trinidad during the mid-'80s and follows a family of four after one of their children suddenly goes missing. Golden Child is as much a page-turner as it is a moving depiction of family life.
Written by: Dana Czapnik Release date: January 29 Why we're excited: Debut novelist Dana Czapnik is a former sports journalist and a native New Yorker, which is probably why she's able to expertly portray the coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old female basketball player in early '90s New York City. The street-smart narrator -- who navigates first love, her senior year, and the bullshit young women deal with in any city -- is garnering (positive) comparisons to Holden Caulfield, but also breaks out as a new young literary hero making her way through a confusing world.
Written by: Maurice Carlos Riffin Release date: January 29 Why we're excited: Maurice Carlos Riffin's debut speculative, satirical, and striking novel about racism in the South is already being talked about in the same breath as Paul Beatty's The Sellout and Jordan Peele's Get Out. Don't sleep on this singular story that feels like some parts could be pulled directly out of contemporary headlines.
Written by: Sally Rooney (Conversations With Friends) Release date: April 16 Why we're excited: The 27-year-old Irish author's second novel is about as hyped as books come in 2019. Already, Normal People has been picked up for a BBC series and is longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.
Written by: Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad, Zone One) Release date: July 16 Why we're excited: Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead drops another gutting historical fiction, this time about a juvenile detention center in the Jim Crow South.
Written by: Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale) Release date: September 10 Why we're excited: A long-awaited followup to The Handmaid's Tale that officially answers the question, "What happens to Offred after she escapes Gilead?" Consider this answer canon.
Written by: Zadie Smith (Swing Time, NW) Release date: October 8 Why we're excited: One of the most well-regarded writers of the past two decades releases her first ever short story collection.