The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2016

Fall Books, Confirmed or Rumored!

Here I Am: A Novel,  Jonathan Safran Foer (September 6, FSG)

Supposedly, a grittier JSF has availed himself for the sake of his new novel, the title of which makes it sound like the most transparent act of autofiction since My Struggle. Only, instead, it’s apparently about “an American Jewish family, set against a background of traumatic events in the Middle East.”

Intimations: Stories, Alexandra Kleeman (September 13, HarperCollins)

Kleeman’s excellent debut, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, cleverly abstracted our consumerist mania, whether it relates to food or TV commercials or friendship. This collection of stories, reportedly out in September, promises more of the same from one of our most promising young writers.

The Underground Railroad: A Novel, Colson Whitehead (September 13, Doubleday)

Not much has been shared about this forthcoming novel from Colson Whitehead, but the title and the author alone rank this alongside DeLillo’s Zero K as one of the most anticipated novels of the year.

Nicotine, Nell Zink (Ecco)

Allegedly written in under a month, Zink’s forthcoming Nicotine will reportedly see release in 2015. Or, at least, she said as much in an interview or two.

The Lesser Bohemians: A Novel, Eimear McBride (?)

I’ve seen conflicting statements and heard different rumors, but Eimear McBride will or may publish this well-titled follow-up to A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing — one of our favorite novels of 2014 — at some point this year.