Best Fall book club picks

There’s just something about Fall book club picks that get us so excited! Maybe it’s the chance to re-enact our favorite cozy sweater and book photos from the ‘grams, or it’s the fact that sliding under a blanket for an afternoon book break is totally acceptable! No matter your rationale for embracing your book club this Fall, here are 7 books we think every book club should pick up this year.

Fall book club picks

Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux

Fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife will love Jude Deveraux’s newest book, Chance of a Lifetime. Liam O’ Connor has a moral dilemma on his hands in Chance of a Lifetime. He’s married to Cora McLeod back in 1844 Ireland, but now thrust into present-day North Carolina, he’s tasked with making sure she falls in love with someone else. A higher power insists, or he faces damnation. But there’s another problem. Even if he wanted to, the headstrong, independent woman Cora is in this new world isn’t making it easy to play cupid.

Want more Jude Deveraux book picks? Check out these Jude Deveraux book picks for every mood!


Monogamy by Sue Miller

Has your book club read An American Marriage yet? If you read it and loved it, here’s another intriguing look at marriage and monogamy.

Annie and Graham have long been the couple their social circle looks up to; they’ve been devoted and married for 30 years with two children. But that image is about to shatter when Graham dies suddenly, and Annie learns he was unfaithful. So what’s it like to mourn the man you loved while also discovering who he truly was? Sue Miller brings it to life in Monogamy


Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

Asha Lemmie’s debut novel follows Nori in 1948, the eight-year-old daughter of a Japanese aristocrat and her African American lover. Abandoned, she’s forced to live a life of confinement in her grandparent’s attic and receives daily chemical baths to lighten her skin. She’s obedient until her half-brother shows up, exposing her to a world that has a place for her after all. But she will have to dig deep to find the strength to fight to be a part of it.

Here are more Fall books by Asian authors to read with your book club.


His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie 

Afi’s mother has convinced her to marry a wealthy businessman named Elikem. It’s an arrangement that will give Afi’s mother financial security and is designed to distract Elikem from another woman his family isn’t willing to accept. But it’s also an arrangement that moves Afi from her small town to Ghana’s sophisticated capital Accra where she has to play traditional wife while navigating the modern world.

See what another Ghanaian author, Yaa Gyasi, is reading this Fall.


What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

What Are You Going Through takes readers through a series of one woman’s encounters. She describes the various people she met under ordinary circumstances, all them with one thing in common — a need to share their unique experiences with someone else, to be heard. While listening to one of those stories, a request sends the narrator on a life-altering journey, a testament to human connection’s impact even in the simplest of moments. 

Another series of short stories getting a lot of buzz this Fall is Intimations by Zadie Smith. See why PureWow editor Jenny Jin chose Zadie’s book for her Fall book stack.


One Night Two Souls Went Walking by Ellen Cooney

One Night Two Souls Went Walking zeros in on the intense emotions and finality of the human experience. Taking place over just one night, an interfaith minister walks a hospital, supporting patients navigating their last moments. She and a furry companion, a somewhat mysterious dog, expect to help others heal, listening to their stories. But on this particular night, she’s surprised to find that the patients heal her. 


Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Lena, a little girl who disappeared 14 years ago, escapes her captor. But what’s supposed to be the end of one nightmare is only the beginning of another. Her family insists it’s not her, despite fitting the physical profile. Keeping her secrets close, Lena may not truly escape until she helps her father fill in the details that aren’t quite adding up yet. She’s not ready to share the whole truth, but it may be her only chance for a new beginning. Don’t miss this book and these other hot thrillers from 2020.

Looking for more Fall book club picks? Check out these 10 contemporary Caribbean book picks, Fall’s hottest #ownvoices releases, and the Fall historical romance reads everyone is picking up.

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