New Fiction Roundup, September 2022

The fall publishing season is upon us! As the days shorten and the rain creeps back, September new releases have something for everyone to curl up with.

9/6: The American Roommate Experiment by Elene Armas
Rosie is a writer suffering from writer’s block and temporarily, unexpectedly sharing housing with Spanish tourist Lucas. But Lucas has a tempting offer – he’ll take her on a series of romantic dates as inspiration for her romance novel. What could go wrong? (romance)

9/6: Back to the Garden by Laurie R. King
Renovation work at the legendary Gardener Estate reveals a human skull, which may be tied to the house’s time as a counterculture commune. Inspector Raquel Laing digs into the case expecting it to connect to local serial killer The Highwayman, but the Estate has plenty of secrets of its own. (mystery) A Peak Pick!

9/6: The Family Izquierdo by Rubén Degollado
Three generations of a Mexican American family grapple with unexplainable misfortunes, until they find a strange object in the backyard and worry that a neighbor has cursed them. (general fiction)

9/6: The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh
The Vietnamese American Duong family struggle with a generations-old curse that says they will never find never to find love or happiness. When a trusted psychic says that the curse will end, estranged mothers, daughters, aunts and cousins are reunited. (general fiction)

9/6: The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
In Renaissance Italy, 15-year-old Lucrezia de Medici feels freedom in being the third daughter, largely left alone. When her older sister dies, Lucrezia is married in her place and must adapt to a significant role in a troubled court. By the author of Hamnet. (historical fiction). A Peak Pick!

9/6: The Means by Amy Fusselman
In this comic novel, Shelly Means is an unsatisfied stay-at-home mom in therapy for anger management who thinks that a home in the Hamptons would really solve all her problems. She gets what she wants, and much more than she bargained for, in the process. (general fiction)

9/6: On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
In 1950s San Francisco Vivian has a dream of musical stardom for her three daughters Ruth, Esther, and Chloe, but the girls have their own dreams, even as their neighborhood rapidly changes as gentrifying forces move in. (historical fiction)

9/6: The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West
Recently arrived in a still segregated 1960s Memphis, Tennessee, pregnant Sara finds a surrogate family at a boardinghouse. With new love on the horizon, Sara is drawn into the movement for equal rights even as past secrets threaten her future happiness. (historical fiction)

9/13: All That’s Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien
Following the murder of her teenage brother – and the indifference of the local police – Ky Tran returns to the Vietnamese enclave in Sydney, Australia where she grew up, determined to discover what happened. (general fiction)

9/13: How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz
At a crossroads in her life, Cara narrates her history: love affairs, debt, loss, gentrification, complex relationships with her sister and her neighbor, and her fraught relationship with her son Fernando. (general fiction)

9/13: I Walk Between the Raindrops by T.C. Boyle
A new collection of imaginative, often satirical short stories by a contemporary master. (general fiction)

9/13: Lessons by Ian McEwan
From the Blitz, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, to Brexit, and much more inbetween, Roland Baines is buffeted by the winds of history as he strives to find a path to satisfaction and solace. (general fiction)

9/13: Natural History by Andrea Barrett
A collection of interconnected short stories tell the story of a family of scientists, teachers and innovators, from the Civil War to the present day. (general fiction)

9/20: The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li
In post-World War II rural France, childhood friends Agnès and Fabienne concocted a shared world that helped Agnès escape, to London and then Pennsylvania. Ten years later, Agnès receives word that Fabienne has died, and decides to tell her story in her own voice. (general fiction)

9/20: Daphne by Josh Malerman
Is Daphne just the subject of a harmless ghost story, or has her vengeful spirit been summoned for a killing spree of Samhattan High School’s girls basketball team? (horror)

9/20: Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory
Margot runs a family winery in the Napa Valley; Luke is a burned-out, high flyer in the tech world who takes a sabbatical to work at a winery. After a one-night stand, can Margot and Luke work together, or more? (romance)

9/20: Less Is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer
In a sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Less, we find 50-something novelist Arthur Less back on the road, zigzagging across the US from one literary gig to another as he faces his personal demons, with pug Dolly by his side. (general fiction) A Peak Pick!

9/20: Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout
As the COVID lockdown begins in New York, Lucy Barton leaves Manhattan for a small town in Maine where she’ll stay with William, her ex-husband and sometimes friend. Isolated together, their complex past swirls around them even as they seek their way forward in an uncertain world. (general fiction)

9/27: Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie
Zahra and Maryam have remained close friends despite significant differences in their backgrounds and beliefs, from their childhood in Karachi to their adult lives in London, but the reappearance of tensions and secrets from their past threaten their present friendship. (general fiction)

9/27: The Furrows by Namwali Serpell
Cassandra’s life is defined by the disappearance of her little brother, Wayne, when he was seven and she was twelve. An stylistically innovative exploration of grief, memory, and mourning. (general fiction) A Peak Pick!

9/27: Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
In 1926 London, a city still recovering from the Great War, Nellie Cocker runs a small empire of glittering nightclubs. Released from a stint in jail, she finds herself besieged by threats and betrayals both internal and external. (historical fiction)

9/27: Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm by Laura Warrell
A fictional portrait of jazz trumpet player and old-school ladies’ man Circus Palmer, told by the many women who have loved him even as they aren’t defined by him, in narratives that play off one another. (general fiction)

~ posted by Andrea G.

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