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Fall 2012September 4 - Zadie Smith's fourth novel (her first in seven years) is titled NW and follows four former friends who grew up in a housing estate in Northwest London. A story of the city as much as it is about the characters, Smith’s latest work examines the full spectrum of urban life and the intricacies of interpersonal relationships or lack thereof. The first lines of the much anticipated novel were recently released by The Millions and appear to be indicative of the novel’s fascination with the city and those who inhabit it:
“The fat sun stalls by the phone masts. Anti-climb paint turns sulphurous on school gates and lampposts. In Willesden people go barefoot, the streets turn European, there is a mania for eating outside. She keeps to the shade.”September 11 - This is How You Lose Her is the latest work from Junot Diaz, whose first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008. His latest release will be a collection of short stories about love and heartbreak. An excerpt of one story, “The Cheater’s Guide to Love,” was published in The New Yorker this week. A second person point-of-view makes Diaz’ work unique and is used in many of the stories featured in this compilation. While many look forward to Diaz’ next novel (an apocalyptic tale titled Monstro, currently in the works), short stories are where he got his start. So, brush up for the midterm. Just kidding. November 13 – Sweet Tooth is the latest release from renowned British author Ian McEwan. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize six times, winning it in 1998 for his novel, Amsterdam and his 2001 novel Atonement became a popular film in 2007. Sweet Tooth takes its title from the codename of a secret government mission at the center of the novel. The protagonist and narrator is Serena Frome, a Cambridge student turned intelligence agent in 1972. A passion for literature makes Frome a girl after our own hearts, as well as the perfect person to insert herself into the life of Tom Haley, a talented writer. Frome’s relationship with Haley is one that blurs fact and fiction, an amalgamation of her true self and her undercover persona. If you live across the pond, get a jump start when this title is released in the UK on August 21st. Other highly anticipated texts this fall include Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue, Mark Helprin’s In Sunlight and In Shadow, Martin Amis’ Lionel Asbo: The State of England and Ancient Light by John Banville. So pre-order online and prepare to read, highlighters and post-it notes optional. Which book are you most excited for? Tweet us @LiteraryTravelr and let us know! #fallbooks
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