August 26, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on Once and Future Writing: Five Well-Seasoned Authors are Back with New Works
Here in New England, we live our lives very much by the changing of the seasons… they bring renewal, but also the comfort of knowing that each year winter, spring, summer and fall will return to us, and with them our favorite seasonal past-times.
With cooler temperatures on their way and a couple of months before the holiday rush begins, early autumn is the perfect time for curling up with a good book, be it an old favorite or a new best-seller. Happily, 2015 welcomes several seasoned authors back to the stacks with new works.
The much anticipated new Harper Lee novel Go Set a Watchman was released in July, and may already be on your nightstand (or even filed away on the bookcase). But if not, give this sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird a try. It picks up 20 years after we last saw its main character, Jean Louise Finch — better known to generations of readers as Scout — upon her return to Maycomb, Ala., to visit her lawyer father, Atticus.
Canadian author Margaret Atwood, who garnered the first-ever Arthur C. Clarke award for science fiction for A Handmaid’s Tale in 1987, released a new book just this month – The Heart Goes Last, which takes place in a not-too distant future where a young couple signs up for a ‘social experiment’ that offers them stable jobs and a home of their own.
Did you grow up with dog-eared copies of Judy Blume books on your bookshelf? No need to revisit Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to enjoy this prolific writer’s work…she’s just unveiled a new novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event, which chronicles three generations of families, friends and strangers whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected developments.
If it’s thrills and chills you’re after, Stephen King is showing no signs of slowing his pace of churning out spine-tingling tales of horror. This year, Finders Keepers was released – the story of a voracious reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far.
Jonathan Franzen captured the imaginations of many a reader (including Oprah Winfrey) with 2001’s The Corrections, which became one of the best-selling books of the decade and won the National Book Award. Now, Franzen is debuting his new novel Purity this September, described as “a multi-generational American epic that spans decades and continents.”
So, what are you reading? Let us know in the comments or via any of our social media channels. We’ll be sharing more great reads, and your pick might be in the mix!