With fall comes the annual onslaught of new book releases. It makes sense; with the holiday shopping season imminent and the big Canadian literary awards on deck, autumn is the perfect time for publishers to roll out many of their heavy-hitters.
This year's collection of new titles is so substantial that this week's books section features 20 new fiction releases, while next week will profile fall's hottest non-fiction titles.
The Opening Sky
By Joan Thomas (Sept. 16)
Winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book for Reading by Lightning, Thomas brings the story of an urban family whose world is rocked when they are forced to confront the past -- the disappearance of four kids who went missing at an artists' retreat.
By Margaret Sweatman (Sept. 16)
This post-Second World War-era novel from the author of The Players sees Emmett Jones, ex-Allied bomber, befriend John Norfield, a former PoW with communist leanings. Jones enters politics, while Norfield disappears; Jones and his family then come under heavy RCMP and FBI scrutiny.
By David Bergen (Sept. 16)
The Giller winner for The Time in Between returns with a novel beginning in the Alberta town of Tomorrow. Arthur leaves town after his brother Bev returns from Vietnam a changed man. In Paris, Arthur yearns to find himself while grappling with feelings for home.
By David Bezmozgis (Sept. 2)
A disgraced Israeli politician's affair is exposed after he refuses to back down on his stance regarding the West Bank. When he and his lover flee, they encounter a former friend who exposed him to the KGB decades earlier.
The Back of the Turtle
By Thomas King (Sept. 2)
The Inconvenient Indian author returns to fiction for the first time in 15 years. Native myth and environmental consequence meet as a scientist yearning to kill himself on the reserve he wiped out begins saving others.
The World Before Us
By Aislinn Hunter (Sept. 9)
Vancouver's Hunter is back with her first novel in 12 years (after plenty of poetry). It's a story of an archivist who loses a child during a walk in the woods, finding similarities between her plight and that of a woman who vanished from a Victorian asylum.
Who by Fire
By Fred Stenson (Sept. 23)
The Alberta author of The Trade, Lightning and The Great Karoo offers a story of family versus industry. The Ryders live near a new gas-processing plant in southern Alberta, whose fumes are killing animals and wrecking farm equipment.
Quartet for the End of Time
By Johanna Skibsrud (Sept. 23)
A Giller winner for The Sentimentalists, Skibsrud sets her latest in the U.S. in the 1930s. When one man disappears after Bonus Army marches (and clashes), the lives of three companions are thrown into disarray.
By David Cronenberg (Sept. 30)
The legendary director (Crash, A History of Violence) ventures into the written word with his first book of fiction. When a woman's partially eaten remains are found in an apartment, a young journalist tries to discover the truth and track down the missing husband.
By Ann-Marie MacDonald (Sept. 30)
The author of the smash hit Fall on Your Knees is back with her first new novel in a decade. When a domestic situation surfaces and familiar symptoms return, Mary Rose is forced to face a long-ago childhood illness with dangerous implications to her present-day family.
By Dionne Brand (Sept. 30)
Brand, an accomplished, award-winning Toronto poet and novelist, takes four characters in various stages of their lives and brings them to a spacial and emotional intersection in the city in which they all live.
By Rudy Wiebe (Sept. 30)
Twice a Governor General's Literary Award winner, Come Back has Hal, recently widowed, see a man on the street who he's sure is his late son Gabriel. Hal immerses himself in his late son's journals and pictures to unlock the mysteries around his son's death.
By Dennis Lehane (Sept. 2)
The author of Mystic River and Shutter Island returns with a story of a former crook trying to go straight as a bartender, but who finds himself at the centre of a botched robbery. A film starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini is coming this fall.
The Bone Clocks
By David Mitchell (Sept. 2)
The author of Cloud Atlas's latest novel begins in Britain in the mid-'80s, with each of the book's six sections grappling with a decade of Holly Sykes's life. Sykes experiences psychic phenomena via voices she calls the "radio people."
The Paying Guests
By Sarah Waters (Sept. 2)
In the 1920s, a poor widower and her daughter take in a modern young couple to their large, near-empty South London house. But as passions flare and characters bristle, the dynamic of the house is shaken up significantly.
The Children Act
By Ian McEwan (Sept. 20)
The Atonement author tells the tale of Fiona, a London High Court judge whose open marriage is disintegrating. As questions around her marriage linger, Fiona immerses herself in a case featuring Jehovah's Witnesses blocking a needed blood transfusion.
The Zone of Interest
By Martin Amis (Sept. 30)
The New York-based, British-born Amis returns to the Holocaust as subject matter (last tackled by the author in Time's Arrow) -- this time in the context of a love story set in the decidedly un-romantic setting of a concentration camp.
By Marilynne Robinson (Oct. 7)
The 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for Gilead returns to that town in Lila, the story of a homeless woman who had a solitary, neglect-filled childhood and steps into the life of a minister's wife, offering a chance for needed reflection.
By Colm Toibin (Oct. 14)
Based on Ireland's east coast and set in the 1960s, this novel follows Nora, recently been widowed and left to raise her children alone. In her tiny community, she struggles through her grief, until she begins to find her voice, and solace, through singing.
Let Me Be Frank With You
By Richard Ford (Nov. 4)
The American literary heavyweight brings a quartet of novellas together in his latest book to feature sportswriter-turned-real-estate-agent Frank Bascombe, the protagonist of The Sportswriter and Independence Day.