There are many reasons to get excited about fall: all the best movies get released; apples are at their peak (and so are apple pies!); it’s time to pull out your favourite sweaters; and, it’s when many of the highest-profile new novels hit shelves. Here’s our list of the most exciting books of the season, from Cecelia Ahern’s P.S. I Love You follow-up to Lara Prescott’s blockbuster debut, The Secrets We Kept.
The Secrets We Kept, by Lara Prescott
Prescott’s debut reportedly landed her a $2-million deal after a 14-way publisher tug-of-war. Equal parts feminist espionage thriller and literary love story, it follows two parallel tracks that eventually meet in the middle: first, a pair of girls from a CIA typing pool in 1950s D.C, tasked with spinning propaganda to take down Communism, and second, the Russian novelist Boris Pasternak, whose mistress is sent to the Gulag where she gathers intel to inform his novel, the future classic Doctor Zhivago. It’s a perfect smoothie of highbrow fiction and addictive page turner, and it’s already set to become a film from Marc Platt, who produced the Oscar-nominated thriller Bridge of Spies.
September 3, $35.