Hot off the press: 9 exciting new books to check out this fall

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Vancouver Public Library and V.I.A. have teamed up to help you discover new reads, hidden book gems and surprising literary finds.

Fall is almost here! And its arrival means a new season of books to get excited about. After sifting through the stacks of new releases, VPL’s reading experts share their top picks coming out this fall:

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

This brilliant sequel picks up the story 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, and is told from the point of view of three female narrators. The wait is finally over for fans wanting to know Offred’s fate.

Bone Black by Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Wren StrongEagle is devastated when her twin sister, Raven, disappears after an evening together at the pub. When she realizes her sister’s disappearance will not be properly investigated, something within her snaps and she decides to take justice into her own hands.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hiram Walker was born into slavery. When his mother is sold, Hiram is gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, Hiram has a near death experience and decides to escape from the only home he’s ever known. After enlisting in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, he’s determined to rescue the family he left behind.

A Delhi Obsession by M. G. Vassanji

Munir Khan, a widower from Toronto, decides to visit Delhi on a whim. He meets Mohini and an inexplicable attraction begins. Surrounded by rising Indian nationalism and senseless violence, their passion comes at a cost.

Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

This stunning novel is inspired by the traditional Métis story of the werewolf-like creature, Rogarou. The story follows Joan, who has been searching for her missing husband, Victor. She stumbles upon him working as a preacher, but he doesn’t recognize her at all. Joan has to find a way to make him remember who he really is – if he’s really Victor.

Grand Union by Zadie Smith

In this collection of short stories, Zadie Smith dives into the complex experiences of the modern world. Readers will discover a wide range of subjects, and the book’s captivating prose examines race, relationships and gender roles.

The Shape of Family by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

When sudden tragedy strikes the Olander family, the strong bonds between them start to unravel. This intimate portrayal of four individuals explores the ways in which we all seek belonging – in our families and in ourselves.

Crow Winter by Karen McBride

Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow since returning to Spirit Bear Point First Nation. The crow tells her he’s here to help save her, and she soon realizes that the old magic on her father’s property is stirring. Hazel must unravel a web of deceit to save her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

In the Dream House by Carmen Machado

In this inventive memoir, Carmen Maria Machado shares her experiences of being in an abusive same-sex relationship. She tackles the difficult subject with wit and narrative tropes to create an entirely unique piece of work.

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