Fall 2009 promises to be a big season for fiction. Here are six books I’m particularly excited about:
Summertime by J. M. Coetzee
Dead serious even at his most metafictional, J. M. Coetzee is one of the most important writers in the field today. Summertime is another third-person autobiographical outing, continuing the thread begun with Boyhood and Youth.
Generosity: an Enhancement by Richard Powers
Richard Powers’ latest query into human nature involves an Algerian refugee and a “happiness gene”. Will it equal his last novel, the resonant Echo Maker? We’ll find out.
True Confections by Katharine Weber
I can’t wait to tell you more about enigmatic novelist Katharine Weber’s wild new book, which I’ve already read (though it won’t be out for a few months). Crazy people running a candy company. Delicious.
The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage
Another great one I’ve already read — a pitch-perfect literary satire about a failed writer who edits a failed journal called Soap, from the author of Firmin.
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
So what do you want from me? I like Dan Brown. I enjoyed Da Vinci Code, even though I knew the history was goofy. The new book appears to take place in Washington DC, lately my own adopted city, which makes it extra interesting for me. Note: the fact that I approve of Dan Brown does not imply that I approve of Tom Hanks.
Then, finally: the writer I mention so much here that you all probably want to shut your ears when you hear the first syllable. What can I say? I like this writer very much:
The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker
Baker’s spin on the poetic mind may have something in common with Sam Savage’s literary satire (or it may not — I haven’t read it yet).
That’s my list. I plan to write more here about each of these titles later this year.
So what about you — what are you reading now, and what do you plan to be reading soon?