The editors of The F-Word’s fiction section select their pick of best new titles for September
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (1 September, Europa Editions)
The Lying Life of Adults is Elena Ferrante’s first novel in five years, translated once again by the attentive Ann Goldstein. Following the overwhelming success of her Neapolitan quartet, Ferrante’s new book dips into familiar themes surrounding a young woman coming of age.
Daddy by Emma Cline (1 September, Chatto & Windus)
This much anticipated collection of short stories follows Cline’s best-selling debut, The Girls. Tense power dynamics are woven through the collection which explores pain and frustration under a surface of placid domesticity in the American southwest.
Dead Girls by Selva Almada (3 September, Charco Press)
In brutal yet beautiful prose, one of Latin America’s most exciting writers, Selva Almada, blends fiction and reportage to tell the story of three shocking real-life murders of girls in central Argentina during the 1980s. Almada’s unique style paints a dry, straightforward portrait of gender violence.
Indelicacy by Amina Cain (3 September, Daunt Books)
Set in an undefined time and place, Amina Cain’s haunting and uncanny fable tells the story of a cleaner working in an art gallery. This debut novel explores art, friendship and divorce by turning the happy-ever-after trope on its head.
Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine (8 September, Allen Lane)
Forward prize-winning Rankine returns with a collection that interrogates whiteness, white privilege, supremacy and aggression through verse, prose and images. This vulnerable and intimate work invites us to break the silence around these issues which surround us.
Famished by Anna Vaught (10 September, Influx Press)
A book you can get your teeth into, Anna Vaught’s dark collection of 17 stories explores a strange and disturbing world. Each fable is centred around the theme of food, with a surreal and sensuous edge.
Exit Management by Naomi Booth (10 September, Dead Ink)
Set between Bradford and London, Naomi Booth’s second novel, Exit Management, explores the complexities of class, xenophobia and compassion. Beautiful yet unsettling, Booth’s prose sheds a light on the culturally fractured state of contemporary Britain.
An Archive of Happiness by Elizabeth Reeder (15 September, Penned in the Margins)
Set in the Scottish Highlands over the course of a single day, Elizabeth Reeder’s new novel offers sharp insights into fractured families and the LGBTQIA+ experience.
Earthlings by Sayaka Murata (29 September, Granta)
From the bestselling author of Convenience Store Woman comes a wild and unsettling story about alienation and what it takes to survive a shattered life.
All titles will be available to purchase at your local independent bookshop!
The image shows the book covers in the order they appear in the list. Clockwise from top left: 1) The face of a young woman on a red background looking through a V-shape, 2) The reflection of a young person in a car window with wavy brown hair covering their face, 3) A green scratch on a pale background, 4) An oil painting of a 16th century woman standing by a chair, 5) a photograph of blonde hair, 6) A small stuffed animal on a black spotted background, 7) An illustration of trees on a white background, 8) An illustration of a fawn stands on a plinth, 9) An illustration of a red house with black windows and doors; one of the windows is sideways, 10) A person’s hands hold a knife and fork over a brown broken plate.