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Excited for the Big New Books of Fall? Read These 14 Novels First!

Taylor Noel is a corporate marketing manager at Simon and Schuster. She loves literary fiction and memoirs, but will read any book put in her hands. Taylor shares her book obsessions on Instagram @books_with_taylor.

Temperatures may be cooling off, but the fall publishing season is just heating up! Readers everywhere are eagerly awaiting new books from Liane Moriarty, Haruki Murakami, Diane Setterfield, Louise Penny, Kate Morton, and so many other amazing authors. But before I dig into these highly anticipated new novels, I’m revisiting some old favorites.


Behind the Scenes at the Museum
by Kate Atkinson
You may know Kate Atkinson for her popular novels LIFE AFTER LIFE and A GOD IN RUINS. But her debut novel, BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM, is also a must-read. It's a deeply moving and surprisingly funny story of happiness and heartbreak that follows the life of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets.

Kate Atkinson's new novel TRANSCRIPTION is on sale September 25.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Kate Atkinson

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Excited for the Big New Books of Fall? Read These 14 Novels First!

By Taylor Noel | September 11, 2018

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Plain Truth
by Jodi Picoult
From the bestselling author of MY SISTER'S KEEPER comes the riveting story of a murder that shatters the picturesque calm of Amish country and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer defending the woman at the center of the storm.

Jodi Picoult's new novel A SPARK OF LIGHT is on sale October 2.
Plain Truth
Jodi Picoult

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House of Sand and Fog
by Andre Dubus III
In HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, an assembly of beautifully flawed characters careens toward unavoidable conflict and tragedy. A former Iranian Air Force colonel tries to restore his family's dignity. A recovering alcoholic tries to hold on to the one thing she has left. A married cop tries everything to win someone's love. This book was a National Book Award finalist, an Oprah Book Club pick, and a number one New York Times bestseller—so you know it's good.

Andre Dubus III's new novel GONE SO LONG is on sale October 2.

Read the full review of HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG.
House of Sand and Fog
Andre Dubus III

In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakespearean consequence, Andre Dubus III's unforgettable characters—people with ordinary flaws, looking for a small piece of ground to stand on—careen toward inevitable conflict, their tragedy painting a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today.

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Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger
Can you believe it's been 17 years since PEACE LIKE A RIVER was published? This award-winning, million-copy bestselling novel is a heroic quest and a profound celebration of family and faith. When Reuben's older brother flees a controversial murder charge, Reuben and the rest of the Land family sets out on a cross-country search to find him.

Leif Enger's new novel VIRGIL WANDER is on sale October 2.
Peace Like a River
Leif Enger

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The Secret Place
by Tana French
A haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty from one of the most talented crime writers. The investigation into a handsome, popular boy's murder has gone cold, but when a clue is found at a girl's boarding school, detectives learn that the world of teenage girls can be more mysterious and dangerous than they imagined.

Tana French's new novel THE WITCH ELM is on sale October 9.

Read the full review of THE SECRET PLACE.
The Secret Place
Tana French

A haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty from one of our most talented crime writers. The investigation into a handsome, popular boy's murder has gone cold, but when a clue is found at a girl's boarding school, detectives learn that the world of teenage girls can be more mysterious and dangerous than they imagined.

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Swimming Lessons
by Claire Fuller
As Gil, a famous author, is dying from cancer, he finds hidden notes from his wife who disappeared suddenly 12 years before. Everyone assumed that she drowned—everyone except Flora, Gil's daughter, who returns to care for him and finally discover what happened to her mother. You won't be able to put this book down until you, too, figure out what really happened.

Claire Fuller's new novel BITTER ORANGE is on sale October 9.
Swimming Lessons
Claire Fuller

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The Lake House
by Kate Morton
Filled with mystery and spellbinding secrets, this novel is the perfect escape. Alice Edevane is only 16-years-old when her 11-month-old brother vanishes from her family's idyllic lakeside estate. Decades later, a detective stumbles upon the now crumbling estate and uncovers shocking truths about a past long gone . . . yet more present than ever.

Kate Morton's new novel THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER is on sale October 9.
The Lake House
Kate Morton

Filled with mystery and spellbinding secrets, this novel is the perfect escape. Alice Edevane is only 16 years old when her 11-month-old brother vanishes from her family’s idyllic lakeside estate. Decades later, a detective stumbles upon the now crumbling estate and uncovers shocking truths about a past long gone ... yet more present than ever.

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By Taylor Noel | September 11, 2018

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
by Haruki Murakami
This is a remarkable novel about a young man who is haunted by a great loss and journeys into his past to finally understand why his closest friends suddenly cast him out years ago.

Haruki Murakami's new novel KILLING COMMENDATORE is on sale October 9.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami

A young man is haunted by a great loss and journeys into his past in order to finally understand why his closest friends suddenly cast him out years ago. Hint: he was unknowingly betrayed.

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The Essex Serpent
by Sarah Perry
A historical novel set in late nineteenth-century England, THE ESSEX SERPENT features a whole cast of unforgettable characters, including an intellectual young widow and a pious vicar—not to mention the mythical serpent they both seek.

Sarah Perry's new novel MELMOTH is on sale October 16.
The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
by Therese Anne Fowler
When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1918, Zelda falls for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't wealthy or even a Southerner and he keeps insisting that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. What comes next, at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time.

Therese Anne Fowler's new novel A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN is on sale October 16.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Therese Anne Fowler

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1918, the “ungettable” Zelda falls for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or even a Southerner, and he keeps insisting that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. What comes next, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time.

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The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver
This family epic set in the Belgian Congo in 1959 is narrated by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, an evangelical Baptist missionary. Told over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa, it is the story of one family and one nation's tragic undoing.

Barbara Kingsolver's new novel UNSHELTERED is on sale October 16.
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver

This family epic set in the Belgian Congo in 1959 is narrated by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, an evangelical Baptist missionary. Told over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa, it is the story of one family and one nation’s tragic undoing.

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The Hypnotist's Love Story
by Liane Moriarty
From the author of BIG LITTLE LIES, THE HYPNOTIST'S LOVE STORY is just what is sounds like: a story about a hypnotist who falls in love. But Ellen's new relationship with Patrick turns out to be anything but expected when he reveals he's being stalked by his ex-girlfriend.

Liane Moriarty's new novel NINE PERFECT STRANGERS is on sale November 6.
The Hypnotist's Love Story
Liane Moriarty

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Glass Houses
by Louise Penny
In Louise Penny's most recent gripping novel, a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines. Then the person vanishes overnight and a body appears. Has a debt been paid or levied? Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache is on the case, but his own conscience is standing in judgment.

Louise Penny's new novel KINGDOM OF THE BLIND is on sale November 27.
Glass Houses
Louise Penny

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The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield
Biographer Margaret Lea is approached by a well-loved but gravely ill author who has a surprising request: she wants Margaret to capture her life's story before it's too late. Although Margaret's never read the author's work, she's intrigued and soon gets immersed in her strange and troubling history.

Diane Setterfield's new novel ONCE UPON A RIVER is on sale December 4.

Watch Stu Smith attempt a 5 second summary of THE THIRTEENTH TALE.
The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield

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In this novel, biographer Margaret Lea is approached by a well-loved but gravely ill author with a surprising request: she wants Margaret to capture her life story before it’s too late. Although Margaret has never read the author’s work, she’s intrigued, and soon gets immersed in her strange and troubling history. Now both women will have to confront their pasts—and grapple with the ghosts that still haunt them.

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