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Fall fiction: 5 must-read books
With the crisp, cool weather this season brings, fall is the perfect time to curl up with a blanket and a good book. Here are five can’t-miss reads to help you embrace the season
The Rule of Thirds
If the fall makes you nostalgic for back-to-school, you’ll love this teen read from Canadian author Chantel Guertin that delves into the life of a high-school student – while also covering deeper territory than just crushes and clothes.
High-school senior Pippa Greene is getting ready for a photography competition that could make or break her career dreams. Unfortunately, she also has to contend with a volunteer placement at a local hospital – a place that constantly gives her panic attacks after the death of her father.
You’ll fall in love with this genuine young heroine as she experiences the ups and downs of being a teen while dealing with the loss her her dad.
ECW Press; Release date: October 1
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Anyone that’s followed along on the adventures of Helen Fielding’s iconic character, lovable Brit Bridget Jones, will love what the next book in the series has in store. Quintessential single girl Bridget thought dating in the ’90s was hard – but in a world full of technology, she now has to contend with texting, email and Twitter while maintaining an air of mystery.
Knopf Canada; Release date: October 15
The First Phone Call From Heaven
What would you do if you got a phone call from a deceased love one? Would you choose to believe it’s a miracle, or be determined to find out who orchestrated such a cruel hoax? Mitch Albom, the best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, explores the answer in his latest novel, about a small town in which the residents start receiving strange calls from beyond the grave.
Harper Collins; Release date: November 12
The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray Love, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for an impressive 187 weeks. She has since written a follow-up (Committed). The release of The Signature of All Things will mark her return to fiction writing – and it looks promising. Set from the 1800s to the 1900s all across the globe, the story follows the path of the Whittaker family, whose large fortune is left to whip-smart Alma Whittaker. Alma is a scientist researching evolution when she falls in love with an artist, and the unlikely pair face the changing times together.
Viking USA; Release date: October 1
We Are Water
What happens when middle-aged mother of three, Annie Oh, falls in love with another person – who also happens to be a woman? A family’s secrets come to the surface and change the course of each other’s lives.
Told in alternating voices – that of Annie, her ex-husband and each of their three children, We Are Water looks at how one decision affects another and how each member of the Oh family is affected. The latest novel from Wally Lamb (I Know This Much is True, She’s Come Undone) is an exploration of modern life and human connection.
Harper Collins; Release date: October 22