November 2019 New Titles: Fiction Previews

November already, and the last big publishing month of the year which includes one of my books of the year (I know, there have been a few): Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again (Viking). Staying with literary fiction, I also loved Sarah Hall’s latest collection of short stories Sudden Traveller (Faber), and found much to admire in Ben Lerner’s third novel The Topeka School (Granta). His previous novels were critically acclaimed, but this one, I think, will break him through to a bigger readership. With its examination of the culture of "toxic masculinity" in the US, it speaks powerfully to our t...

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