The Writer’s Block’s Must-Read Fall Titles

here_i_am_a_novel_jonathan_safran_foer_WEBHere I Am: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28) Foer’s first novel in more than 10 years is a story of a familial and political crisis, and claims “identity” as its large theme. How does one perform as a parent or child? Or Jew and American? Advance praise has described the novel as revealing a more grown-up Foer.

The Last Wolf & Herman by László Krasznahorkai (New Directions, $16, Sept. 27) A reporter is sent to Spain’s desolate Extremadura region to write about its last surviving wolf—and discovers it’s been run over. Krasznahorkai, who won the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, is one of today’s most thrillingly talented authors.

The Trespasser A Novel Tana French_WEBThe Trespasser: A Novel by Tana French (Viking, $27, Oct. 4) Another female detective takes center stage in the latest Dublin Murder Squad novel. French is an all-time best-seller at the Writer’s Block, and our favorite mystery writer.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, $27, Nov. 15) Smith is a master of novelistic prose; she’s so comfortable in the form, her books feel effortless. The author’s latest novel explores the friendship between two aspiring dancers.

Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild_WEBStrangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild (The New Press, $28) A renowned sociologist’s on-the-ground examination of the conservative right. Hochschild attempts to tap into the emotional core of “red” America to account for its abhorrence of liberal governmental intervention.

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (Liveright, $35, Sept. 27) The big literary biography of the season, that is years in the making. The subtitle is telling, as the book reveals Jackson’s tumultuous domestic life, set against her development as one of America’s preeminent gothic writers.

Absolutely on Music by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa (Knopf, $28, Nov. 15) A series of conversations between fiction writer Murakami and his close friend Ozawa, former director (1973-2002) of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The two explore the relationship between music and writing.

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