We’ve well and truly tipped into the second half of the year now and here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s started to feel decidedly Autumnal. Thankfully thoughts for Christmas are still a way away yet, but I was wondering this week what new releases are still to come in the world of literature this year.
Of all the big books tipped for fame, awards, and the bestsellers list this year, many were released this month including Margaret Atwood’s follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, and the Institute from Stephen King. However, the year isn’t over yet and so today we’re recommending ten brilliant books still to come before 2019 is out!
Here they are, along with the release dates to allow you to get ahead of your TBR!
Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson
17th September, 2019
Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson’s taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.
Sontag – Benjamin Moser
17th September, 2019
Over 800 pages is a hefty read and it still doesn’t seem enough to capture what it claims to, the life of literary genius, Susan Sontag. Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture.
Make it Burn, Make it Scream – Leslie Jamison
24th September, 2019
With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the fourteen essays in Make It Scream, Make It Burn explore the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.
How We Fight For Our Lives – Saeed Jones
8th October, 2019
Saeed Jones is an established poet and that beautiful prose shines in through this haunting memoir. How We Fight For Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age story of a young, gay, black man from the South trying to carve out a place for himself, within his family, in his country and within his own hopes and desires.
The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes
22nd October, 2019
Jojo Moyes’ latest novel is out in October and is a historical fiction following the life of Alice Wright who marries an American in a hope to escape her stifling life in England. However, she doesn’t find her small town Kentucky life any better until she stumbles upon an opportunity to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library.
Olive Again – Elizabeth Strout
1st November, 2019
This November, Pulitzer Prize winning Elizabeth Strout releases Olive Again, a follow up to Olive Kitteridge but suitable to stand alone too. Olive has indeed returned, as indomitable as ever, navigating her next decade and the changes sometimes welcome, sometimes not in her own life.
The Revisioners – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
5th November, 2019
After winning the National Book Award with her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is back with this elegant historical fiction, a story of survivors and healers, of black women and their sons, set in the American South.
Reputation – Sara Shepard
3rd December, 2019
This looks likely to be the thriller of December. Reputation is everything, until Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people’s e-mails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database.