The Rest Of Your Year In Lit

07/16/2014 4:00 AM |

Literary Heavyweights Return

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
by Haruki Murakami

When it came out in Japan last year, Murakami’s new novel inspired a frenzy, selling more than a million copies in the first week. Finally in translation in the U.S., Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki traces the story of a man grappling with a trauma he suffered at age 20, spelunking through his dreams, nightmares, and memories.
(Knopf, August)

Some Luck
by Jane Smiley

In this sprawling tale, Smiley returns to the Iowa farmlands of her Pulitzer-winning novel A Thousand Acres. Some Luck is the first in a trilogy that will trace 100 years in the history of the Langdon family, with the second installment due out in Spring 2015 and the final one next fall.
(Knopf, October)

by Marilynne Robinson

In her new novel, Pulitzer
Prize winner Robinson revisits one of the story threads she left off in her 2004 book Gilead, this time tracing the life of a minister’s young bride from her abandonment as a toddler to her acceptance into the religious fold.
(FSG, October)

Mermaids in Paradise
by Lydia Millet

Millet, perhaps best known for her incisively funny short stories, brings her satirical humor to the tale of a couple whose new marine biologist friend dies suddenly after discovering real mermaids in a nearby reef.
(W.W. Norton, November)

Let Me Be Frank With You
by Richard Ford

After eight years out of commission, Frank Bascombe, Ford’s most famous protagonist, has returned. Bascombe is now 67 and his pretty New Jersey beach house has been sold and then ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. In a series of four novellas, he narrates life after the storm with characteristic gusto.
(Ecco, November)

The Laughing Monsters
by Denis Johnson

National Book Award winner Johnson, who specializes in creating writing that’s as much atmosphere as narrative, returns with a post-9/11 international spy thriller in the style of Graham Greene that involves Interpol, MI6, the Congolese Army, and a lot of secrets.
(FSG, November)