This fall is overflowing with new novels from some of the most beloved authors of our time, authors that have recently become favorites, as well as must-read debut authors. Make sure you’ve got some cozy reading spots ready, because these highly anticipated fall releases will have your #TBR a mile high!
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett, available 8/1
While cherry-picking at their family’s orchard, Lara’s three grown daughters convince her to tell them about her love affair with famous actor, Peter Duke. As Lara reminisces on her time with Peter at the theater company, Tom Lake, her daughters begin to reflect on their own lives and how they understand the world.
Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo, available 8/1
Flor Marte can predict the day that someone will die, and she has decided to host a living wake…for herself. Her three sisters are in shock over this impending celebration of life, as Flor refuses to tell them if she has seen her own death or someone else’s. Told over the three days leading up to the wake, Acevedo’s first novel for adults traces the lives of the Marte women, their struggles, triumphs, and secrets, as they await the family gathering that will alter their lives forever.
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride, available 8/8
In 1972, workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania were digging the foundations for a new development when they unearthed a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the dilapidated immigrant neighborhood of Chicken Hill. McBride’s latest novel weaves together the overlapping stories of the residents of Chicken Hill, laying bare what the people who live on the margins of white, Christian America must do to survive.
The Invisible Hour by Alice Hoffman, available 8/15
On the day Mia Jacob planned to die, she is saved by the power of words. Written almost two hundred years ago, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne so closely echoes the story of Mia’s mother, Ivy, and their life inside the Community, an oppressive and isolated cult in western Massachusetts where books are considered evil. As Mia is forced to abandon the rules she was raised with at the Community, she realizes that reading can transport you to other worlds or bring them to you, that time is more fluid than she can imagine, and that love is stronger than any chains that bind you.
He Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker-Chan, available 8/22
In this stunning sequel and series conclusion to She Who Became the Sun, Zhu Yuanzhang has set her sights on seizing the throne to crown herself emperor. But she has competition: her neighbor in the south, the courtesan Madam Zhang, wants the throne for her husband. And unbeknownst to both of them, scorned scholar Wang Baoxiang is in the capital, intent on revenge.
Good Bad Girl by Alice Feeney, available 8/29
Twenty years after a baby was stolen from a stroller, a woman is murdered in a nursing home. These crimes are somehow linked, and three women – Edith, a resident of the nursing home; Patience, who works there; and Clio, Edith’s estranged daughter – must discover the connection between these two crimes and get to the truth of what happened, even though they are lying to each other.
Happiness Falls by Angie Kim, available 8/29
On a seemingly normal night in Mia’s family home in Virginia, her younger brother, Eugene, returns from a walk covered in blood and without their father. Eugene has a rare genetic condition that leaves him unable to speak. Mia and her family take off on a desperate investigation into the disappearance of their father, ultimately challenging everything they thought they knew about him and each other.
The Fraud by Zadie Smith, available 9/5
In 1872, Eliza Touchet, a skeptical Scottish housekeeper to a once-famous novelist, becomes captivated by the infamous “Tichborne Trial,” in which a low-class butcher insists he is the rightful heir to a massive fortune. Formerly enslaved Andrew Bogle is the star witness in the case, and he knows his future depends on telling the right story. Acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith’s latest work delves into truth and fiction, fraudulence and authenticity, and who gets to be believed.
Holly by Stephen King, available 9/5
Stephen King’s beloved character, Holly Gibney, returns in his newest novel, this time on her own as she takes on a case to find the missing Bonnie Dahl, a young girl who disappeared just a few blocks from the home of two respected professors. Professors Rodney and Emily Harris are concealing something twisted in their basement, and it may be the key to Bonnie’s disappearance. Holly will have to utilize all her formidable talents as she goes up against the shockingly depraved academic adversaries to discover what they’re hiding.
The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff, available 9/12
After escaping from a colonial settlement with nothing but her wits and few possessions, a servant girl finds herself on a journey of survival through the wilderness. What she finds dramatically expands her imagination and bends her belief in everything she has been taught. At once a thrilling adventure story and a penetrating fable, Groff’s latest novel asks how—and if—we can adapt quickly enough to save ourselves.
The Fragile Threads of Power by V. E. Schwab, available 9/26
Four worlds, each pulsing with magic, were once connected by a single city: London. But the magic grew too fast and forced the worlds to seal the doors between them. The magicians who could still open the doors became more and more rare as time passed and now, the only three known in recent memory have seldom been glimpsed for seven years. Amidst stolen thrones, rebellions, and tangled schemes of old friends and new enemies, a girl with an unusual magical ability comes into possession of a device that could change the fate of all four worlds.
Family Meal by Bryan Washington, available 10/10
Cam has returned to his hometown of Houston after recently losing the love of his life when he runs into his estranged best friend, TJ, who is struck by how much Cam has changed. As they navigate reappearing in each other’s lives, with their many wounds and many secrets, can they repair both their relationship and each other? Washington’s latest is a story about how the people who know us the longest hold the power to both hurt us the most and set the standard for love.
The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok, available 10/10
Jasmine Yang has just left her controlling husband in their rural Chinese village, fleeing to New York City in a desperate attempt to find her daughter who was taken from her at birth. In the same city, Rebecca Whitney seemingly has it all: an impressive career and a beautiful family with her husband and adopted Chinese daughter, when a business scandal threatens to upend her entire life. This thrilling story about two very different women on a shocking collision course is also a profound exploration of identity and motherhood.
Opinions by Roxane Gay, available 10/10
Roxane Gay’s newest work compiles her best nonfiction pieces over the past ten years into one brilliant decade-long reflection. As she covers a wide-range of topics from politics and feminism to civil rights, she provides thought-provoking insight on our culture and society as a whole.
The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young, available 10/17
In the small mountain town in North Carolina, the Farrow women are known for their thriving flower farm—and the mysterious curse that has plagued their family line. The whole town remembers the madness that led to the disappearance of June’s mother. June has been seeing and hearing things that weren’t there for a year, signs that fate is finally coming for her, when her grandmother dies and June finds clues about her mother’s decades old disappearance. June sets out to not only solve the mystery but finally break the centuries–old family curse.
Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward, available 10/24
The fourth novel by the two-time National Book Award winner tells the harrowing story of Annis, sold by the white enslaver who fathered her, on her miles-long march through the American South. Through this unforgiving journey, Annis seeks comfort in memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother, opening herself up to a world teeming with spirits.
The Woman in Me by Britney Spears, available 10/24
For the first time in Britney Spears’ career, she reveals her own story in her own words in this moving memoir. She touches on the difficult yet profound journey to fight her conservatorship in court back in 2021, and how the power of music has endured throughout it all.
Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros, available 11/7
In the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster bestseller of the summer, Fourth Wing, Violet Sorrengail has managed to survive her first year at Basgiath War College, and now the real training begins. Although Violet’s body is frail, she still has her wits―and a will of iron—but they may not be enough. Violet knows the real secret hidden for centuries at the college, and even dragon fire may not be enough to save her and the man she loves.
Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood, available 11/7
Molly Greenleaf has decided to be done with chess and focus on her mom and sisters, when she agrees to do one last tournament and beats the current world champion, “Kingkiller” Nolan Sawyer. The defeat shocks the chess world, and Nolan becomes adamant about playing her again. Unable to say no to sorely needed cash-prizes, Mallory rockets up the ranks, and she can’t help feeling very drawn to the competition, especially the mysterious Bad Boy of chess so insistent on a rematch.
The Future by Naomi Alderman, available 11/7
Martha Einkorn is working for a powerful social-media mogul, which is a far cry from her father’s isolated compound that she previously fled. As she learns of the company’s technological abilities, aspirations and prophecies, it isn’t long until she realizes that her father’s apocalyptic warnings may have been right. Martha’s world is about to collide with a woman named Lai Zhen, who was in the midst of fleeing an assassin in Singapore when a piece of software mysteriously appeared on her phone, telling her exactly how to escape. Their collision catalyzes a chain of events that may or may not save the world from destruction at the hands of power-drunk tech moguls.
The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose, available 11/28
Molly Gray is back with her love of cleaning and affinity for the pristine as the head maid of the Regency Grand Hotel. She finds herself in another mystery when a world-famous author, J.D Grimethorpe, drops dead in the hotel. When Molly’s old foe Detective Stark investigates, it’s clear the mystery author was murdered, but what no one else knows is that Molly and her grandmother used to work for the victim. Molly must revisit her memories in order to help clean up this mess and solve the mystery.
Dazzling by Chikodili Emelumadu, available 12/5
Two girls come to reckon with their fathers’ legacies in this new take on West African mythology. Treasure meets a spirit in the market who promises to bring back her late father in exchange for doing one terrible task for him. Ozoemena’s father left her the honor of defending her land by becoming a Leopard, a patrilineal destiny never bestowed on a girl before, and one that she does not want. As the two girls’ obligations begin to escalate, and their collision becomes imminent, they must decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to get what is theirs.