Good books are always a pleasure to read, but some books have a setting or tone that matches a season. These fall books involve change and reflect on life.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
For 2009, it is hard to come up with a novel or nonfiction book that was as compelling or thrilling as The Big Burn. National Book Award Winner Timothy Egan follows up The Worst Hard Time with the stories surrounding The Great Fire, the largest wildfire in American history. Eyes will be left burning trying to finish this one before day is charred to night.
New York Times
Bestselling author, Dennis Lehane, Boston writer of modern tragedies like Mystic River
and Gone Baby, Gone
, enters a new realm of literature with his first historical fiction, The Given Day
. While the setting is 1918, the story writhes with a modern twist of emotion, fears and striving humanity.
Jhumpa Lahiri is one of today's most acclaimed writers, having won a Pulitzer Prize for her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies
. Her placid, poetic writing is back in another collection of stories, Unaccustomed Earth
. It has the wistful, sad feeling of fall.
'A Fortunate Age' by Joanna Smith Rakoff
Simon & Schuster
Joanna Smith Rakoff's debut novel, A Fortunate Age
, tells the story of a group of friends from college who move to New York City together and find their life paths diverging and their friendships changing. The story of A Fortunate Age
is closely tied to the time and place it portrays -- trendy New York City neighborhoods in the late 1990s and early 2000s.