Fall back in love with reading this autumn (I couldn’t not use that pun) with the following September book releases. With the kids in school, vacation season is coming to an end, and the days are getting shorter — even though we don’t want to admit it — it’s an ideal time to find a new favorite book and curl up on the couch with a blanket and warm beverage. PSL anyone?
The Fraud by Zadie Smith, Penguin Press, September 5
The Tichborne Trials of the 1860s and ’70s in Victorian England inspired Zadie Smith’s latest release — a historical fiction novel delving into what stories get to be told and whose narratives are held to be true.
The Witching Tide by Margaret Meyer, Scribner, September 5
For those ready to dive into all things witchy, Margaret Meyer’s debut, The Witching Tide, transports readers to the witch trials of 17th-century England. Mute midwife and servant Martha Hallybread finds herself in the crosshairs of witchfinder Silas Makepeace’s search and attack on her village of Cleftwater. But she may just have more power to save the targeted women of the village than she realizes.
The Young Man by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer, Seven Stories, September 12
From the first Frenchwoman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature comes this engulfing sensual read looking back at Ernaux’s own passionate affair with a man 30 years younger than herself. She writes in the book released in France in 2022, “He gave me pleasure and made me relive things I would never have imagined experiencing again.”
Wellness by Nathan Hill, Knopf, September 19
Nathan Hill, author of the bestselling 2016 novel The Nix, returns with another sweeping portrait of love throughout the years as married couple Jack and Elizabeth’s relationship evolves from the pulsating art scene of the ’90s to health-conscious suburban parents. As with The Nix, Hill’s knack for description and humorous writing makes for a captivating read while managing to artfully blend in plenty of social critique.
Never Whistle at Night, Vintage, September 19
This anthology, edited by Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., features 26 original spine-chilling horror stories from notable Indigenous North American authors like Rebecca Roanhorse, Tommy Orange, Shane Hawk, and more. From curses and ghosts to revenge and privileged white racism, we recommend double-checking the locks before curling up with this book.
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