It seems fairly certain that Neal Stephenson’s new thriller, Reamde, released in late September, will be a big hit, but what else looks like a sure bet to make a splash in the next few weeks? Let’s take a look at some likely candidates…

Those Across the River by Christopher Buelman (Ace). If you like supernatural fiction, this highly touted debut novel by a talented poet may be just what you’re looking for. A failed college professor and veteran of World War I moves into an ancestral house after the Great Depression, with terrifying results. It’s blurbed by Charlaine Harris, compared to the work of Stephen King, and described as “equal parts historical fiction, horror story, and fantasy novel.”

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (Algonquin). Described as a modern re-telling of The Scarlet Letter “set in a not-too-distant future when the separation between church and state has been dissolved,” the hype surrounding this new novel from the bestselling author of Mudbound couldn’t be more intense. Main character Hannah Payne’s skin color has been altered to red, to reflect her crime of murder, the victim her unborn child. Comparisons to Margaret Atwood’s The Hand-Maid’s Tale are perhaps inevitable.

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Oh man--you and me both!

Posted by: Jeff VanderMeer | Wednesday September 28, 2011 at 6:00 AM

I'm personally looking forward to Haruki Murakami's reimagining of "1984" with "1Q84."

Posted by: Alex C. Telander | Monday September 26, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Interesting list you made here! Thanks for all the information!

Posted by: Alexander | Monday September 26, 2011 at 12:35 AM

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