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What New Book Should You Read This Fall?

Sit back and let this quiz figure out what you should read next.

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What New Book Should You Read This Fall?

You got: "The Ninth Hour" by Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott's moving novel The Ninth Hour opens with the suicide of a young Irish immigrant in early 20th century Brooklyn, who leaves behind his pregnant wife Annie and unborn child. In the wake of his death, which affects multiple generations of lives, aging nun Sister St. Saviour and the Little Sisters of the Sick Poor convent take Annie and her daughter under their wing. Publication date: Sept. 19

"The Ninth Hour" by Alice McDermott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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You got: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng's captivating novel Little Fires Everywhere is set in a quiet suburb of Cleveland where planning and order and playing by the rules is king — especially for resident Elena Richardson with her lawyer husband and four children. When bohemian artist and single mother Mia Warren arrives in town with her teenage daughter and rents a house from the Richardsons, she threatens to upend the peaceful status quo with the mysterious secrets of her past. Publication date: Sept. 12

"Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
Penguin Press
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You got: "Home Fire" by Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie's thought-provoking novel Home Fire is a modern retelling of Sophocles' Antigone set in London, where eldest daughter Isma has raised her younger twin siblings for years after their mother's and grandmother's deaths. The interrogation she is subjected to when leaving to pursue her PhD in America reveals the hidden, dark legacy of their father — a legacy she fears her brother is trying to follow. Publication date: Aug. 15

"Home Fire" by Kamila Shamsie
Riverhead Books
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You got: "Stay with Me" by Ayobami Adebayo

Set in Nigeria, Ayobami Adebayo's powerful, heartbreaking debut novel Stay with Me tells both sides of a marriage on the verge of falling apart. Yejide and Akin originally agreed to a monogamous marriage despite some people's expectations for Akin to have several wives, but four years later, Yejide is still struggling to get pregnant after trying multiple fertility remedies and doctor consultations. When her in-laws introduce her to Akin's second wife, Yejide, stunned and increasingly desperate, believes the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant — but at great cost. Publication date: Aug. 22

"Stay with Me" by Ayobami Adebayo
Knopf
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You got: "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan

In Jennifer Egan's new novel Manhattan Beach, 12-year-old Anna Kerrigan witnessed her father make a mysterious pact with a man named Dexter Styles before vanishing. Years later, during World War II, Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and becomes the first female diver — a dangerous job repairing ships — when she chances upon Dexter Styles and begins to understand more about her father's disappearance and life. Publication date: Oct. 3

"Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan
Scribner
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You got: "Future Home of the Living God" by Louise Erdrich

In Louise Erdrich's haunting dystopian novel Future Home of the Living God, evolution has reversed, with every woman giving birth to what appears to be a primitive species of humans. 32-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker is four months pregnant amid the panic about the impending end of humanity — and when pregnant women become branded as wanted criminals, the safety of both herself and her unborn child are at high risk. Publication date: Nov. 14

"Future Home of the Living God" by Louise Erdrich
Harper
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You got: "The Golden House" by Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie makes a return to realism in The Golden House, a novel about an eccentric billionaire named Nero Golden and his three adult sons — who make quite the splash when they mysteriously move to a cloistered community in downtown Manhattan — and their aspiring filmmaker neighbor who chronicles their undoing. A tale of identity, reinvention, truth (and lies), and terror, The Golden House also captures the climate of American politics and culture from the Obama era to today — including the rise of a "narcissistic, media-savvy villain wearing make-up and with coloured hair" who embarks on a presidential run. Publication date: Sept. 5

"The Golden House" by Salman Rushdie
Random House
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You got: "My Absolute Darling" by Gabriel Tallent

In Gabriel Tallent's dark and gripping debut novel My Absolute Darling, Turtle Alveston is a 14-year-old girl who's lived in isolation with her survivalist father on the northern California coast since her mother's death. But when she finds a friend in a high school boy, she realizes she must escape her dysfunctional, abusive life with her father, using the survival skills he taught her and a whole lot of courage. Publication date: Aug. 29

"My Absolute Darling" by Gabriel Tallent
Riverhead Books
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You got: "Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward

In Jesmyn Ward's new novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, drug addict Leonie's children usually live with their grandparents, but when their white father gets out of prison, Leonie takes them on a journey by car across Mississippi to the state penitentiary. Set in the past and present rural South, Sing, Unburied, Sing is the tale of one troubled family, racism, poverty, the strength and fragility of familial bonds, and hope. Publication date: Sept. 5

"Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward
Scribner
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