Marking Fall’s Arrival With Three Titles

I finished reading a galley copy of Michael Perry’s new book. I think I might have said before I was a wee bit interested in that title. Well, since the book won’t be published for another five or so weeks — remember: pre-orders are available for 15-percent off the cover price — I’ll save my raves for another post, one closer to Perry’s visit to my favorite neighborhood bookstore.

Instead, today I move into fall. Why? Did you not go to DJJD? Man, it was cold out there. No more fooling the mind with ideas that, well, yes, technically, fall is not yet here. What I felt on my feathered face as I browsed the tasty food stands was no gasp of summer, my friends, no sir-ee.

Like me, you may be at a point where you’re considering what to read next. Maybe I can be of service because I did some digging around and found three novels that come highly recommended, each one new this fall:

driftless.jpgThe Driftless Area: A Novel
By Tom Drury
“I need to have all of you read ‘The Driftless Area’ so we can talk about all the spare details that add up to everything! If fiction writing is about what to cut without compromising the integrity of the novel, then Tom Drury has it down. His knife is sharp and cuts to the core of the existential paradox — that what saves us also leaves us vulnerable. We will mostly likely lose it in the long run, whatever it is and however much we need it. And some of us only know of the possibility of what will save us, and we lose it before we even get it. That said, get this book and read it so we can talk.” -Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books, Wichita, Kansas

murder.jpgThe Interpretation of Murder: A Novel
By Jed Rubenfeld
“I inhaled this juicy murder mystery set in 1909 high society Manhattan. Rubenfeld spins an intricate and intelligent web of elegant young ladies, grand mansions and great construction projects, eager and earnest young men — and Sigmund Freud. Readers will become entwined.” -Rebecca Dayton, The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, Vermont

boyle.jpgBilly Boyle: A World War II Mystery
By James Benn
“It’s 1942 and America is just entering the war in Europe. Billy Boyle goes from Boston cop to special investigator for his Uncle Ike, that is, General ‘Ike’ Eisenhower. Within 48 hours of his arrival in England, Boyle has a death to investigate and his attempts to avoid the horrors of war are lost. This is an engaging WWII novel with murders, thrills, spies, and, every so often, a little humor. A winner.” -Mary Jane Weber, The Town Book Store, Westfield, New Jersey

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