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Follow-Up With Your Favorite Authors: Early 2016

Though there are a ton of amazing sounding debut novels heading our way this year, there’s also a slew of new books from trusted favorites. Break out your TBR’s, it’s time to get excited for these follow-up titles.


The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel – February 2nd, 2016

Previous Work: Life of Pi

This Novel: “In this allegorical three-part novel—quixotic quest story, ghost story, and contemporary realism—all set in Portugal (in Lisbon and in the fictional High Mountains of Portugal)—in the 17th century, at the turn of the 20th century, mid-20th century, and today—Yann Martel presents us with three intersecting narratives that explore our relationship with faith.”


The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery – February 9th, 2016

Previous Work: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

This Novel: “Maria lives in a remote village in Burgundy, where she learns that she has a talent for communicating with nature. Hundreds of miles away in Italy, Clara discovers that she possesses a stunning musical gift and is sent from the countryside to Rome to develop her preternatural abilities. Barbery’s The Life of the Elves tells the story of two extraordinary young women whose hidden abilities will bring them into contact with magical worlds and malevolent forces. If, against all odds, they can be brought into contact with each other, their meeting may change the world.”


What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi – March 8th, 2016

Previous Work: Boy, Snow, Bird

This Novel: “Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret—Oyeyemi’s keys not only unlock elements of her characters’ lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In ‘Books and Roses’ one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers’ fates. In ‘Is Your Blood as Red as This?’ an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. ‘’Sorry’ Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea’ involves a ‘house of locks,’ where doors can be closed only with a key—with surprising, unobservable developments.”


Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld – April 19th, 2016

Previous Work: Prep

This Novel: “Lizzy Bennett is smart, beautiful, witty, successful—a high-powered magazine editor in New York—but when her father falls ill, she and her sister Jane return to Ohio and the home they thought they’d left behind forever. There, the thirty-somethings find their family in chaos: sisters Kitty and Lydia are wild over the Cincinnati Bengals, the city’s football team; Mary is becoming a rabbi (even though the Bennetts aren’t Jewish); and their creepy cousin Willie Collins, a Silicon Valley wunderkind, is paying the five sisters a little too much attention. And then there are Cincinnati’s newest and most eligible bachelors, handsome doctor and reality TV star Chip Bingley…and his utterly infuriating friend, neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy.”


LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Previous Work: The Round House

This Novel: “North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence—but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he’s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor’s five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.”


Everything Is Teeth by Evie Wyld, Joe Sumner – May 10th, 2016

Previous Work: All the Birds, Singing

This Book: “When she was a little girl, passing her summers in the heat of coastal Australia, Evie Wyld was captivated by sharks—by their innate ruthlessness, stealth, and immeasurable power—and they have never released their hold on her imagination. From the award-winning author of All the Birds, Singing, here is a deeply moving graphic memoir about family, love, loss, and the irresistible forces that, like sharks, course through life unseen, ready to emerge at any moment.”


The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin – May 24th, 2016

Previous Work: The Passage

This Novel: “In The Passage and The Twelve, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity’s desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon—but does silence promise the nightmare’s end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.”


Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith – June 7th, 2016

Previous Work: Glaciers

This Novel: “Twenty years ago Lucie Bowen left Marrow Island; along with her mother, she fled the aftermath of an earthquake that compromised the local refinery, killing her father and ravaging the island’s environment. Now, Lucie’s childhood friend Kate is living within a mysterious group called Marrow Colony — a community that claims to be “ministering to the Earth.” There have been remarkable changes to the land at the colony’s homestead. Lucie’s experience as a journalist tells her there’s more to Marrow Colony — and their charismatic leader — than they want her to know, and that the astonishing success of their environmental remediation has come at great cost to the colonists themselves.”


Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel – June 14th, 2016

Previous Work: No One is Here Except All of Us

This Novel: “Labor Day, 1976, Martha’s Vineyard. Summering at the family beach house along this moneyed coast of New England, Fern and Edgar—married with three children—are happily preparing for a family birthday celebration when they learn that the unimaginable has occurred: There is no more money. More specifically, there’s no more money in the estate of Fern’s recently deceased parents, which, as the sole source of Fern and Edgar’s income, had allowed them to live this beautiful, comfortable life despite their professed anti-money ideals. Quickly, the once-charmed family unravels.”


Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler – June 21st, 2016

Previous Work: A Spool of Blue Thread

This Novel: “Anne Tyler’s retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. Its answer is as individual, offbeat, and funny as Kate herself.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and her uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work—her preschool charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr. Battista has his own problems. After years in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, Dr. Battista’s work may not ever be realized.”


The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock – July 12th, 2016

Previous Work: The Devil All the Time

This Novel: “It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane (the eldest; handsome; intelligent); Cob (short; heavy set; a bit slow); and Chimney (the youngest; thin; ill-tempered). Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family’s entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it?”

Which follow-up novels are you looking forward to this year?


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  • Love that City of Mirrors FINALLY has a pub date!!! (Now I need to re-read the previous books…)

  • You and Rory got me all excited about The Heavenly Table though I’ve never read Pollock before! I’d also like to try the Oyeyemi…another new to me author I’ve been meaning to try. I loved Life of Pi, but this one doesn’t appeal to me as much. Will wait to see what people think.

  • I loved Life of Pi, but have been hearing mixed reviews about The High Mountains. The premise appeals to me, though, so we’ll see…
    I read The Passage so long ago and haven’t read the second book yet. I have to decide soon if I’m going to hurry and catch up or if I’m going to let it go.
    After All the Birds, I think I would read anything by Evie Wyld.

    • I feel like I need to do some kind of refresher for The Passage – I read both, but it’s been so long! If it helps, they do a pretty good job going over the first one in the start of book 2.

      • Oh, that does help! Thanks!

  • Even though Boy, Snow, Bird was a total miss for me in 2014, there’s no denying Oyeyemi can write like a mo-fo. This short story collection sounds incredible, and I’m anxious to get my greedy hands on it (begs the publisher gods for a galley). Repeat greedy hands for Evie Wyld’s next up…

    A few of these authors I’ve never read, but obviously heard of… I’ve been meaning to read The Passage for YEARS, so now might be a good time to finally pick that one up.

    Lastly, I never have gotten on well with Sittenfeld, so I think I’ll be skipping subsequent books from here on out…

    • I still haven’t read Oyeyemi (maybe because everything I’ve heard is SO mixed), but I’m totally into the thought of short stories from her!

  • DONALD RAY POLLOCK! That’s all I have to say to this. I just about threw a clot when I saw last month that this was coming out.

  • Oh, my gosh! There are so many exciting titles this year, Shannon! It’s going to be tough to cull the list, but I’ve definitely got Eligible, LaRose and The Heavenly Table on my list!!

    • They’re all so exciting! The Round House was my first Louise Erdrich and I loved it, so I’m looking forward to LaRose, too.

  • Awesome post! Some of these I’ve seen and others I’ve missed. I’m tempted but nervous to try another one from Martel. I loved Life of Pi, but there was cursing and throwing of things after Beatrice and Virgil. I will always try Oyeyemi even if she always drives me nuts.

    • I feel like that’s something everyone seems to say about Oyeyemi, which is a great thing, in a way. I still haven’t read her but I’m SO curious.

      • I’ll be really interested to know what you think of her. Her books always have a great premise, but I often feel that by the end she had too many balls in the air and not enough addressing of the issues she raised. We’ll see. I keep waiting for one to wow me and put me on the floor. White is for Witching is the closest to that so far.

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  • What a great idea for a post! I am especially excited about the Ausubel, the Smith, and the Oyeyemi books.

  • I love this post! The Devil All the Time has been on my Amazon wish list for so long; I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t taken the plunge on it, yet. Maybe I’m just a little scared?

    • It’s definitely one of the darkest/most disturbing books I’ve read, but also one of the most incredible…so if you’re feeling brave, give it a shot!

  • A huge one for me this year is that Anne Carson has a new book coming out in the fall. I cherish her book “Nox” so, so much for its gorgeous design and wonderful ambiguity. And the new book, I have been given to understand, also comes in a BOX. I love books in boxes.

  • Eve’s Bookish Confections

    Thanks for mentioning “Marrow Island.” I loved Glaciers, and this sounds so completely different. Preordering now.

    • I absolutely adored Glaciers, too, and feel like I’ve been waiting for her next book for so long. Super excited it’s almost here!

  • This is a great idea for a post! I’m particularly interested to see the kind of reception Yann Martel’s latest gets. I loved Life of Pi, but his last novel Beatrice and Virgil didn’t work for me. I hope he can regain some positive momentum.

    • Really hoping so. It must be super hard to write anything after a huge novel like that – hopefully some distance from Life of Pi will make this one a bit better.

  • Heather

    I’m so effing excited for The City of Mirrors. But I was super annoyed when I realised I’d left off my list of new books I’m allowed to buy this year (a list that exists because I’m reading my own damn books). But conveniently it’s out right around my birthday, so I’ve already put in an order for it with the family.

  • So many follow-up novels from beloved authors. I am particularly interested in Louise Erdrich’s newest. I can’t wait!

  • My sister and I are both excited for Eligible. That sounds totally charming, and I’ve been meaning to read Sittenfeld for awhile now.

  • I didn’t especially love ‘Life of Pi’, but the new Martel book interests me because of the setting. Ever since meeting a family friend from Portugal, I’ve been trying to read more about the region!

  • I got to read the upcoming Yann Martel novel. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

  • I am so over the top excited for eligible and I always enjoy Louise Erdrich (though I don’t know if I could handle that topic).

  • Evie Wyld!!! I’m so excited.

  • And the goodreads TBR just keeps getting bigger :) How did you employ the slideshow in this post?? I need your secrets!!!

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