Autumn is new-book season, and as we wind our way into the days when the trees begin shedding, the Halloween decorations start going up, and the air becomes cooler, October offers up some of the year’s most anticipated titles. This month’s crop includes Jonathan Franzen teaching the masses about Karl Kraus, a Philip Roth reader, a new Elizabeth Gilbert novel, and a handful of other great books to help ease us from Indian Summer into straight-up sweater weather.
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (October 22)
The #Galleybrag book of the year, Tartt’s first novel since 2002’s The Little Friend and third overall is about to soar to the top of the to-read list for everyone who likes fiction. At a sprawling 800 pages, it follows a 13-year-old boy who loses his beloved mother — and gains a secret and an obsession in the form of the titular painting — in an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.