No matter what some may say, this year has already been a great one for literature — and from where we’re sitting, it’s only getting better. This fall promises to be a doozy, with September in particular filled with some serious literary heavy hitters, and enough great reads piled up through the autumn months to get you fat and happy just in time for winter. There’s a little something for everyone: essays, memoir, novels, short story collections, and one beyond-the-borders graphic novel. After the jump, read through our list of the fifteen books we’re most excited about this fall, and then be sure to let us know which reads you’re most excited about tackling in the comments.
NW, Zadie Smith (September 4)
We’ve waited a whole impatient seven years since Smith’s last novel, the Orange Prize-winning On Beauty, and luckily, her newest effort, a story of the intertwined lives of four Londoners, linked by their childhood, all trying to negotiate life and adulthood in the modern world, somehow makes us feel like it was all worth it. Rendered in Smith’s playful, engaging prose, the novel is as good as a weekend away, as mercurial and lush as any city.