What to Read this Fall: Torres, Harline, Eugenides, Hollinghurst

9.14.2011

By Jerry Portwood

We the Animals, By Justin Torres

Torres’s moving debut novel about a white mother, a Puerto Rican father, three inseparable brothers, and their untraditional household examines how our earliest bonds form our future selves. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Out now)

Conversions: Two Family Stories From the Reformation and Modern America, 
By Craig Harline

Harline explores the effects of religious conversion with the parallel narratives of Jacob Rolandus, disowned by his preacher father for converting to Catholicism, and Michael Sunbloom, a Mormon convert who reconciles with his family after his realization that he’s gay.  (Yale University Press, September 15)

The Marriage Plot, By Jeffrey Eugenides

In his latest, the Pulitzer-winning Middlesex writer follows Madeleine Hanna, a woman infatuated with the romantic tales of Jane Austen and George Eliot, who becomes enmeshed in her own unexpected love triangle. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 11)

The Stranger’s Child, by Alan Hollinghurst

The Man Booker Prize–winner’s first novel in seven years tells the epic story of two aristocratic families and two houses, trailing them from the eve of World War I to the end of the 20th century. (Knopf, October 14)

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