30 best fiction books to read this fall 2022

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When fall arrives and the air becomes cooler, some mourn the passing of summer. And of course summer is the carefree season, when our brains are flashing holidays! and we yearn to break out our bikinis. Still, there’s nothing better for book aficionados than harvesting new fall titles, especially when read in the company of a soft blanket or while immersed in a warm bath. The kids are back in school, the book clubs are back and it’s time to hit up your local bookstore and check out their bountiful new offerings.

To help you on this mission, we’ve collected this crop of must-reads, including new works by emerging literary superstars such as Jonathan Escoffery and Laura Warrell (Warrell writes a wicked bad boy!) plus stellar new offerings from luminaries such as Gayl Jones (its latest protagonist keeps trying to kill her husband), Cormac McCarthy (two back-to-back novels that ingeniously riff on all of his oeuvre), and George Saunders, who is by far one of the best short story writers of our time or any time. And OBC and Pulitzer-winning author Elizabeth Strout returns with a novel that deftly chronicles our new age of anxiety through the lens of recurring protagonist Lucy Barton, as Celeste Ng tackles the uncertainty and fear in his first book since Small fires everywhere, in a novel that tackles hate, family separations and book bans.

We can always count on our poets to anchor us, inspire us and serve as conduits in the expression of joy, pain and so many other emotions, which is why we present some new collections of poetry on our list , namely Chez Saeed Jones Living at the end of the world and Sandra Cisneros Woman Without Shame.

“Each leaf speaks to me of happiness,” wrote Emily Brontë. Like every page… Enjoy!

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