It’s officially September, which means many good things: back to school, the promise of sweater weather, and tons of great new books coming to a bookstore near you. A good thing too, because there’s something about this month that inspires voracious consumption of literature, particularly for those of us who no longer have assigned reading lists. After the jump, a selection of books, from debut novels to first collections from literary greats to searing poetry, that you won’t want to miss this month — and don’t forget to check out our fall books preview for more.
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (September 2)
Mitchell’s newest behemoth of a novel is Cloud Atlas-ian in its complexity, but somehow even stranger and more ambitious. It concerns, among other things, a down-on-her-luck, foulmouthed teenager, an over-the-hill author, and, er, two warring cults of immortals. While the book suffers from the same shiftiness of meaning as Cloud Atlas, it’s a complete delight on every page — not to mention the book simply everyone will be talking about this season.