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That’s My Baby By Frances Itani HarperCollins, Sept. 5 The new novel by the Ottawa-based Itani picks up the life of the baby from the end of her novel Tell. It’s 18 years later and the Second World War is looming. When that child, now a grown woman named Hanora, learns of her adoption, she heads overseas to Europe to try and uncover the mysteries surrounding her identity.
Pemmican Wars, Vol. 1: A Girl Called Echo By Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, colour by Donovan Yaciuk Portage and Main Press, Nov. 30 Katherena Vermette’s national profile has skyrocketed since her 2016 novel, The Break, won or was nominated for numerous literary awards. She returns with the first graphic novel in a series about a 13-year-old Métis girl living in a foster home who begins to mysteriously slip back and forth in time between the present and a bison hunt in Saskatchewan.
Once More With Feeling By Méira Cook House of Anansi, Sept. 23 Cook (Nightwatching, The House on Sugarbush Road), born in South Africa but now based in Winnipeg, sets her new novel in an unnamed Prairie city that will be familiar to local readers. The book follows the chain of events throughout the community that are set off by a man’s desire to get his wife the perfect 40th birthday gift.
Uncommon Type: Some Stories By Tom Hanks Alfred A. Knopf, Oct. 20 The Oscar-winning actor takes his first big step into the literary world with a highly anticipated collection of 17 short stories that span topics such as civil wars, bowling, complicated office romance and more.
Manhattan Beach By Jennifer Egan Scribner, Oct. 3 The Pulitzer-winning Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad) ventures into historical fiction with her latest. Set in the 1930s and ‘40s in New York, the book follows Anna, whose father vanished when she was 12. When she meets up with Dexter Styles, his mysterious acquaintance, some years later she begins to unpack why her father may have disappeared.
Smile By Roddy Doyle Knopf Canada, Sept. 12 The Booker Prize-winning Doyle (Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha) retains his razor-sharp dialogue and humour in his latest — about a newly single man who runs into an old school friend at a bar and heads down a rabbit-hole of troubling memories — but adds psychological suspense and a very unexpected ending.
The Fiddler is a Good Woman By Geoff Berner Dundurn, Oct. 14 Vancouver singer-songwriter and novelist Geoff Berner (Festival Man) has written a novel about a novelist named Geoff Berner who is set to write a biography of a musician named DD — the problem being she has disappeared. With every interview of DD’s friends, family and acquaintances, a more complex portrait of DD emerges.
Heather, the Totality By Matthew Weiner Little, Brown, Oct. 31 Weiner has no previous novels to his name, but as a writer on The Sopranos and the creator of Mad Men (for which he also served as writer), he clearly has some pedigree. Weiner’s psychological thriller follows Heather, a daughter of Manhattan socialites, and a sociopath recently released from prison.
Artemis By Andy Weir Crown, Nov. 14 Weir’s previous novel, The Martian, took readers to the Red Planet. This time it’s off to the moon — the city of Artemis, to be precise — where we meet Jazz, a porter who sees the chance to pull off a perfect crime but who discovers a vast conspiracy for control of the lone lunar city.
The Golden House By Salman Rushdie Knopf Canada, Sept. 5 Set in New York following the inauguration of Barack Obama and running through to the present, Rushdie’s topical new novel follows the Golden family — a real-estate tycoon father and three sons who immigrate to the U.S. and rise to power among the Manhattan elite — from the perspective of an aspiring filmmaker.
Lost in September By Kathleen Winter Knopf Canada, Sept. 12 From the Montreal-based Winter, shortlisted for the Giller for Annabel, comes the story of Gen. James Wolfe, who died on the Plains of Abraham in 1759, but who somehow has landed in modern-day Montreal as Jimmy, a homeless soldier suffering from post-tramautic stress disorder.
Fresh Complaint: Stories By Jeffrey Eugenides Knopf Canada, Oct. 3 This collection of stories by Eugenides (Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides) brings together new and previously published works of short fiction that span three decades of his career, including many that appeared in the New Yorker magazine.
The Shoe on the Roof By Will Ferguson Simon & Shuster, Oct. 17 Prolific Calgary-based Giller winner Will Ferguson (419) details the life of Thomas, a boy who grew up in a “box” as part of an experiment by his psychiatrist father. He begins a similar experiment of his own, hoping to “cure” three homeless men claiming to be the messiah. His father intervenes, and things quickly veer out of control.
Sing, Unburied, Sing By Jesmyn Ward Scribner, Sept. 5 The U.S. National Book Award winner (Salvage the Bones) returns with a tale of a black, drug-addicted mother who takes her two children on a road trip across Mississippi to see their white father when he is released from prison.
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