September's Hottest Books
Every month, Goodreads editors comb through our data to find which of the latest new releases are resonating with readers. In September, we have some beloved authors returning to the bookstores, with new novels from writers including Celeste Ng, Jesmyn Ward, Salman Rushdie, Stephen King, and Ann Leckie. They'll take readers from drama in 1990s Shaker Heights, Ohio, to interstellar intrigue far, far away.
Be sure to add the books that spark your interest to your Want to Read shelf.
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
Two years after her hit debut, Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng's sophomore novel, Little Fires Everywhere explores an ugly custody battle that shatters life in an Ohio town.
[Read our exclusive interview with Ng]
Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward
The author of Salvage the Bones explores both history and the supernatural in Sing, Unburied, Sing, where Mississippi's past and present collide as a desperate mother takes her kids on a road trip to meet their ex-con father.
[Read our exclusive interview with Ward]
by Robin Sloan
Lois Clary is a talented young programmer from Michigan who finds her way to San Francisco and into the weird world of food that waits there. Lois' life is a swirl of tech company workaholics, food, microbes…and a possibly sentient sourdough starter. You know, the usual.
[Check out Sloan's Favorite San Francisco Books]
by Ann Leckie
Leckie is following up on the success of her Hugo-winning novel Ancillary Justice with her new sci-fi book, Provenance, about a young woman caught in an interstellar conflict as she makes a desperate bid to recover lost artifacts prized by her people.
[Check out Leckie's Favorite Sci-Fi Women Protagonists]
by Deon Meyer
The South African writer has garnered fans worldwide with his bestselling Benny Griessel books. Now he uses his expertise as a thriller author to bring a dose of suspense to this post-apocalyptic novel that follows a father and son who have survived a deadly virus known as "the Fever."
[Check out Meyer's Favorite Post-apocalyptic Novels]
The Golden House
by Salman Rushdie
During the Obama-era, a real estate tycoon's family rises to power in this novel that fuses pop culture and politics. Betsey says, "Open the book and trust that Rushdie will take you on an explosive, monumental, and impossible-to-forget journey."
The Ninth Hour
by Alice McDermott
In 20th-century Catholic Brooklyn, a man's suicide shakes the life of his widow and daughter as well as the nuns who care for them. Yukari says, "It's an exquisite novel that portrays Catholic Brooklyn in the early 20th century. I loved the nuns McDermott introduced to us. They make you care about them and ultimately our lives."
by Stephen King and Owen King
Men are left on their own as a strange sickness plunges the world's women into a deep un-waking sleep in this novel from the father and son writing duo. Joshua says, "Stephen King doesn't disappoint. This first-time collaboration with Owen King, his son, is absolutely delicious."
They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
In this YA novel, two strangers get a call from Death-Cast: They're going to die today. Luckily for those looking for an End Day friend, there's an app for that. Destiny says, "This was my first ever Adam Silvera book, and I'd been warned by so many people to prepare myself for ALL OF THE FEELS, but nobody could have really made me understand just how fast and hard I would fall in love with Adam's writing voice."
The Best of Us
by Joyce Maynard
In this memoir, Maynard meets the love of her life while in her fifties, and then has to face the challenge of his sudden illness. Laurel-Rain says, "As I reached the final page, tears flowed as I took in the beauty of a love discovered later in life, a love that lasted just a few years but turned out to be a forever love.
The Last Castle
by Denise Kiernan
History and architecture buffs will love reading about one of America's grandest homes—the Vanderbilt family's Biltmore. Stephanie says, "Visits to the Biltmore always provoke awe. The beauty and grandeur are stunning! Now we have a fascinating story of the people who had the vision to develop this lovely place."
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