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Fall Books Preview: 14 big titles to watch out for


We’ve had our fun with summer books, but now that it’s starting to get too cold for the beach, it’s time to break out some of the biggest-name authors in publishing. From popular non-fiction (Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath) to huge sequels (Stephen King’s Dr. Sleep and Helen Fielding’s next Bridget Jones novel) to heavy fiction (Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch) to award contenders (Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland), we’re giving you a sneak peek at the books we’re most looking forward to.

FIRST UP: The Secret History author’s first book in 12 years

Amy Tan's next two books announced

The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan’s first novel in eight years, is one of the most anticipated novels this fall. Ahead of its Nov. 5 release, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, has announced Tan’s next two books, which will be coming in relatively quick succession. An as-yet untitled collection of essays is slated for Fall 2014, and a new novel, The Memory of Desire, will be released Fall 2016.

Tan described the upcoming books in a press release. READ FULL STORY

Amy Tan's new novel 'Valley of Amazement' released by HarperCollins

HarperCollins announced today that it has acquired Amy Tan’s new novel The Valley of Amazement. In a press release, Tan said of the novel, ¬†“A painting called the ‘Valley of Amazement’ is passed along through three generations of women of the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers.”

Even though the plot doesn’t sound like a huge departure from her previous novels about Chinese mothers and daughters, I think Tan is ripe for a comeback. I’d be happy to see her go back to her roots –generational family dramas — especially after her last novel for adults, 2005’s Saving¬†Fish from Drowning, proved somewhat out-of-character for her. I dust off my old copy of The Joy Luck Club every year or so, and her other novels, have consistently brought us memorable, feisty female characters. I’m definitely looking forward to some more naggy Chinese grandmothers in the new novel so Tan can put her fine ear for dialect to use. READ FULL STORY

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