Want to know what Canadian book releases to watch out for this fall? The following are a small selection of not-yet-released novels that you may want to keep on your radar.
All the Devils are Here is the 16th novel in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series. It finds Chief Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in Paris, France. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide who he can trust.
From Saleema Nawaz, the award-winning, Canada Reads-shortlisted author of Bone and Bread comes Songs for the End of the World. It’s described as an “immersive and eerily prescient novel about the power of human connection” set against the backdrop of an impending pandemic.
The Push by Ashley Audrain is a “tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family.” A woman whose experience of motherhood is everything that she once feared narrates this novel.
From Joanna Goodman, author of the bestselling The Home for Unwanted Girls, comes The Forgotten Daughter. Set in Quebec in 1992, this novel is a story of love and friendship, following the lives of two women reckoning with their pasts and the choices that will define their future.
Consent by Annabel Lyon (an author who is referred to as this generation’s Alice Munro) is a short, sparse literary novel about grief, loss, vulnerability, and the strong bond of sisters.
In Crosshairs, Catherine Hernandez (author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough) weaves an unforgettable and timely dystopian account of a near-future when a queer Black performer and his allies join forces against an oppressive regime that is rounding up those deemed “Other” in concentration camps.
Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan is set during the First Century A.D, the time of Roman invasion and occupation in Britain. As worlds collide and peril threatens, it will be up to one girl with an extraordinary gift to save her family and her peaceful rural farming community.
Set in Sweden circa 1940s, The Historians by Cecilia Ekbäck follows five brilliant young historians who debated ideas and the place of history in modern times under the guidance of the charismatic Professor Lindahl. When war broke out the five ended up on different sides. Now, one of them has been found tortured and killed and another becomes determined to find her killer.
Another WWII-based novel on the way is The Good German by Dennis Bock. In November 1939, a German anti-fascist named Georg Elser came as close to assassinating Adolf Hitler as anyone ever had. In this gripping novel of alternate history, he doesn’t just come close-he succeeds. But he could never have imagined the terrible consequences that would follow.
A Russian Sister by Caroline Anderson “effortlessly plunges the reader into a nineteenth-century Russian tragicomedy.” It gives the reader a glimpse behind the curtain of Chekhov’s The Seagull to the fascinating real-life people who inspired it and the events that followed its premiere.
A charming, oddball novel with heart, Why Birds Sing by Nina Berkhout follows Dawn Woodward, an opera singer who had a disastrous failure on stage and has been miserably staying home while her voice recuperates. That is, until she gets the job of leading a group of amateur whistlers, the Wharblers.
From the missing Fabergé eggs of the Romanov dynasty to Buddy Holly’s iconic glasses and Muhammad Ali’s Olympic gold medal — how can such cherished objects simply vanish? The Finder, the latest novel by Will Ferguson, explores precious objects lost and found.
The Residence by Andrew Pyper is a horror story loosely based on true events. In this novel, the president’s late son haunts the White House, breaking the spirit of what remains of the First Family and the divided America beyond the residence’s walls.
All books mentioned here can be reserved from CountyLibrary.ca.