September 2019 new fiction bestsellers

School has restarted and memories of beach reading are still painfully fresh, but summer is technically still here until the 23rd so let’s keep the summer reading going with a collection of new September fiction titles from the Iowa City Public Library. You can discover these and other forthcoming fiction titles all year round by searching the library’s online catalog at catpro.icpl.org. Simply enter the words “on order” to see a full listing of materials and refine these results by clicking on the appropriate location in the column along the left-side.

The testaments.

Margaret Atwood

RECEIVED
Fiction, Dystopian

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Not much is yet known about Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” (arriving September 10) except that it’s a sequel written over 30 years after the debut of her classic cautionary novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” With the runaway success of the Hulu television series adaptation, combined with the current political climate, and it being the sequel to a phenomenally popular original work, this is sure to have a very long library hold list running deep into the winter.
- Jason

The institute.

Stephen King

RECEIVED
Fiction, Horror

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Can summer be considered over without there being a new Stephen King novel? Fortunately, “The Institute” arrives soon (September 10) so we can safely move into fall at our normally scheduled time. In his most recent supernatural thriller kidnapped children with psychic powers are being held prisoner and exploited for their supernatural gifts. King has had prior success covering similar topics with “Firestarter” (pyrokinetic abilities, kidnapping) and “It” (adolescents teaming up against an enemy) and I could also see this sort of story receiving a popularity bump from the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” This should be another tense, can’t-put-it-down winner from the King of Horror.
- Jason

Red at the Bone : A Novel.

Jacqueline Woodson

ON ORDER BOOK
Fiction

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National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, possibly best known for her books for younger audiences, has written a new novel aimed at adult audiences. “Red at the Bone” (released September 17) begins with a girl’s coming of age celebration in a Brooklyn brownstone. Told in alternating chapters, her story, interwoven with those of her parents and grandparents unfurl over the next 200 pages to show the personal struggles they’ve gone through to arrive at this scene and place in history. Woodson’s novels are character-driven and she has a poet’s ability to do a lot with few words, readers will find an emotionally resonant multi-generational story.
- Jason

The Dutch house : a novel

Ann Patchett

ON ORDER BOOK
Fiction

"Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go"--

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Ann Patchett has had a massive library patron following since 2001’s “Bel Canto,” so it is no surprise to see the hold list growing daily for her forthcoming novel “The Dutch house” (September 24). Young Maeve and Danny are left to mostly raise themselves after their father unexpectedly purchases a Philadelphia mansion, causing their mother to flee from the startling excess. The arrival of an uncaring stepfamily and their father’s early death mean expulsion from the grand home and a lifetime of resentment. Told from the perspective of a now-grown Danny, expect an insightful, multi-generational family saga with well developed characters searching for meaning.
- Jason