The author of “The Poisonwood Bible” and “Flight Behavior” imagines “David Copperfield” in Appalachia for her latest novel. “A kid is a terrible thing to be,” says the narrator, the son of a teenage single mother who battles foster care, addiction and daunting odds in this story of survival.
Harper, Oct. 18
In his 15th novel, the author of “The World According to Garp,” “The Cider House Rules” and “A Prayer for Owen Meany” tells the story of a slalom skier who becomes pregnant at a competition in Aspen, Colo. Years later, her son revisits the site of the competition and encounters plenty of family history, secrets and ghosts.
Simon & Schuster, Oct. 18
It’s been nine years since Saunders published a collection of short stories, the form that made him famous. (In the interim came his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo.”) As usual with Saunders, several of these stories — including “Ghoul” and “Love Letter” — originally appeared in The New Yorker.
Random House Oct. 18
When readers meet Chen Tien-Hong, he’s just been released from prison after killing his boyfriend. From there, he returns to his hometown — a small village in Taiwan that he escaped for Berlin years earlier, fleeing family expectations and seeking acceptance as a gay man. Details about his childhood — and the circumstances of his lover’s death — come into focus over the course of this debut novel. “I always wanted to write a ‘ghost’ story,” the author notes in an afterword. “But what exactly is a ‘ghost’?”
Europa, Oct. 25
McCarthy’s first novels since “The Road” in 2006 are two separate but intertwined books that will be released roughly a month apart from one another. They tell the story of Bobby and Alicia Western, a brother and sister tormented by the legacy of their father, a physicist who helped develop the atom bomb, and by their love for and obsession with one another.
The Passenger, Knopf, Oct. 25
Stella Maris, Knopf, Dec. 6