New Fall Fiction


“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde

Get your library cards ready—it’s that time of year again.  New fall fiction is about to be released.  There’s just something about the shorter, cooler days that makes us want to sit down with a good book.  The following are coming soon to OC Public Libraries.  If you want to read them first, be sure to put them on hold—we’re bound to have quite a few takers!

NW by Zadie Smith

The “NW” of this title refers to northwest London, one of the rougher corners of the city, where the story unfolds.  The book explores class and identity, and also the ties we have to one another.  When a new book by Smith comes out, I can’t get it fast enough.  In the meantime, you can read White Teeth, Smith’s first novel, where her beautiful prose and masterful storytelling won me over from the beginning. 


The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli

Claire and Forster are citrus ranchers in California.  This novel takes us through the highs and lows of their marriage and subsequent divorce, and Claire’s struggles to hold on to the farm, even as she battles cancer.  The lyrical language and precise descriptions in Soli’s first novel, The Lotus Eaters, made me feel the heat of Vietnam and hear the explosions.  I can’t wait to see where The Forgetting Tree will take us.


Skagboys by Irvine Welsh

Like the original novel, Trainspotting, and its sequel, Porno, this prequel is bound to raise some eyebrows.  (Warning:  If you prefer pretty language and tame plots, Welsh probably isn’t for you—but not to worry.  There is a lot of other new fiction to choose from!)  If you’re all caught up with the exploits of Sick Boy, Renton and Spud, you might want to try Welsh’s short stories (If You Liked School, You’ll Love Work, The Marabou Stork Nightmares) while you wait for Skagboys.


Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill

When Jimm Juree is forced to leave her job as an up-and-coming journalist and move to a ramshackle beach resort in Thailand, she is sure her career will suffer.  Until a head washes up on the beach and she finds that she might just have a story to write after all.  You can meet Jimm in Killed at the Whim of a Hat, the first novel in this series.  And if you like what you read, you can move on to Cotterill’s Dr. Siri Paiboun series (the first is The Coroner’s Lunch), which takes place in Laos.


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