By Josie Urwin, Publicist
There are heaps of buzz-worthy books coming out this fall. Everyone’s talking about Jonathan Franzen’s Purity, Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire (the 900-page behemoth that garnered a $2 million advance from Knopf), Salman Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham’s A Wild Swan and Other Tales, along with a slew of other notable books from some serious literary big hitters.
I’m always one to follow the most-anticipated lists that pop up throughout the year (The Millions’ Great Book Preview is a true gem), so I thought I would compile a little list of the titles that I’m most looking forward to reading this fall, with a little twist — they are all written by women.
1. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware: Billed as the next Gone Girl—along with every new thriller these days—meets Alice La Plant’s Turn of Mind this will be a true page-turner. While it isn’t technically a fall book (it pubbed on August 4th), the media hype is in full swing and it’s certainly going to be a book that is talked about well into the fall.
2. The Clasp by Sloane Crossley: I am genuinely obsessed with Sloane Crossley’s humor essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number so naturally I was supremely excited when I heard she’s coming out with her first novel, The Clasp, this October. It’s an homage to Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” and Crossley described it while on a panel at BookCon this spring as: “two genres smushed together: a comedy of manners between three friends, and a light-hearted, madcap action-adventure.”
3. Dryland by Sarah Jaffe: Jaffe has been on the literary scene for quite some time, as a founding editor of New Herrin Press and with her fiction, poetry, and essays dotting a number of well-respected lit mags. Her debut novel, Drylands, is a coming of age tale set in Portland in the 90’s that depicts a girl whose life is defined by absences.
4. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta: The New York Times wrote of Okparanta’s first short story collection Happiness, Like Water, “If this is Okparanta’s goal – the distillation of experience into something crystalline, stark but lustrous – she is well on her way there.” I reckon Under the Udala Trees will have the same stark, lustrous feel that will likely stick with you for quite some time.
5. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli: Luiselli was presented with the National Book Foundation’s “Five Under 35” Award for her 2013 debut Faces in the Crowd. This young Mexican writer’s second novel The Story of My Teeth, is said to be a fiercely intelligent and eccentric look into value and creation in life and art.