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2021 Fall Book Preview: Fiction

It's a big season for new fiction.

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The Magician

by Colm Tóibín (Sept. 7)

Similar to Colm Tóibíns previous acclaimed novel, The Master, which focused on Henry James, The Magician blends fact with fiction to imagine the life of Nobel Prize-winning writer Thomas Mann. “Employing luxurious prose that quietly evokes the tortured soul behind these literary masterpieces, Tóibín has an unequalled gift for mapping the interior of genius. In Mann, Tóibín finds the ideal muse, one whose interior is so rich and vast that only a similar genius could hope to capture it,” writes Booklist in a starred review.

Harlem Shuffle

by Colson Whitehead (Sept. 14)

Colson Whitehead, National Book Award winner and one of only four authors in history to ever win the Pulitzer Prize twice, is back on the literary scene with a heist novel set in 1960s Harlem that Booklist calls “a triumph on every level.” As Publishers Weekly writes in a starred review: “Don’t be surprised if this one wins Whitehead another major award.”

 

The Book of Form and Emptiness

by Ruth Ozeki (Sept. 21)

“One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house – a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce,” reads the premise of the latest novel from Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being). “With her characteristic charm, empathy, and perspicacity, Ozeki writes Benny’s story of learning to hear, and manage, the voices, and hear himself along the way,” praises The Millions.

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