Fall is publishing’s biggest season, and every year it gets more overwhelming. Which short story collection will puncture the glossy doldrums of life under late capitalism? Which memoir will make you feel less alone in the endless slide toward death? How about some history? Is history likely to make you feel better? Wait, there are two Cormac McCarthy novels coming out?
But don’t worry. Just like last year, Lit Hub has you covered with a totally scientific flowchart—equal parts handy and dandy—which will tell you with 100 percent accuracy which hyped-up fall book you should run out and read first. Have fun, and don’t forget, you can always read more than one.
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