Best Books of the Month: Literature and Fiction

Erin Kodicek on October 09, 2017

BotmOctober is always a big month in the book world, but with new fiction releases from the likes of Jennifer Egan, James McBride, Mark Helprin and more, this seems especially true. Check out a few of our favorites below, including short stories from Jeffrey Eugenides, the latest from Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle, and a novel that Senior Editor Jon Foro called "the Western of our times."

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Savage Country by Robert Olmstead
With echoes of Cormac McCarthy and Philipp Meyer, this historical novel--taking place in the Old West--explores the complex circumstances that caused (mostly) well-meaning hunters to almost wipe the buffalo population off the face of the earth.

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Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, The Marriage Plot and more does not release books very often, so even when it's one that includes previously published works, it's cause for celebration. Fresh Complaint is Jeffrey Eugenides' first collection of short fiction.

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Smile by Roddy Doyle
Victor Forde is a regular at Donnelly's, where he whiles away his evenings enjoying a pint and the news of the day. When a stranger approaches claiming to know him from school, the encounter stirs memories Forde would rather stay forgotten. This book is a bit different for Doyle, not injected with as much humor, but still chock-full of his signature wit and heart.


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