What Your Mom Will Be Asking About at Thanksgiving
The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
Those who enjoyed Mitchell’s time-jumping nesting doll novel Cloud Atlas will be cheered by his return to experimenting with the boundaries of chronology in The Bone Clocks. An ambitious work that weaves Mitchell’s skill for spinning a good yarn with touches of science-fiction, full of odd and charming details. It’s the kind of book that goes down easy even at 640 pages.
(Random House, September)
The Children Act
by Ian McEwan
Love him, hate him, wait until the movie adaptation starring Keira Knightley comes out, there’s no denying that Ian McEwan is a contender. His new novel considers the life of a London judge going through a turbulent marriage and a difficult case.
(Nan A. Talese, September)
The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
Perennially short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Sarah Waters may have another shot at those accolades with this elegant, evocative novel about a family in 1920s London who takes in a couple of tenants.
by Colm Toibin
A master of nuanced character study, Toibin returns with a portrait of the widowed Nora Webster and her struggle to survive in the aftermath of losing her husband.