Since it's September, can we officially talk about fall stuff yet? Here's one of Publisher's Weekly's lists of good books coming out this season:
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, Aug.) - A young slave makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South, on a literal Underground Railroad, with engineers and conductors operating a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath Southern soil.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Harper, Sept.) - Patchett’s family portrait is a collage of parents, children, and stepchildren, showing how alliances and animosities ebb and flow over time, and how a fatal accident changes the family for good.
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, Nov.) - Two girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, and about what constitutes a tribe and what makes a person truly free. The friendship ends abruptly, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten.
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept.) - Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Foer’s first novel in 11 years is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett (Riverhead, Oct.) - This debut novel begins with 17-year-old Nadia Turner’s pregnancy (the father is the local pastor’s son), and the subsequent cover-up. Years later, living in debt, the characters are haunted by what might have happened if they had made different decisions.
The link above also includes PW’s anticipated lists for Fall 2016 in these categories: mystery/thriller/crime, science fiction/fantasy/horror, romance/erotica, poetry, comics/graphic novels, memoir, literary essays/criticisms/biographies, history, politics, music, science, and religion.