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It’s September! The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing, and you’re transitioning from reading outside next to a body of water to reading inside under a cozy blanket with a good cup of tea. It might also be time to put aside your light, summery beach reads and reach for something with a little more meat, something a little darker, maybe something spooky with witches in it? But also who knows, is it too early to start eyeing some wintery holiday romances? Guess what? It’s never too early.

Literally hundreds of books get published each month—how do you even know how or where to start? We’ve got you. We sift through all the piles and piles of new reads and find the best ones and then lass that knowledge to you: the most anticipated books by our favorite authors, the exciting new debuts, and everything in between.

Here are our best new fiction picks for September 2021:

This absurd satire is for anyone who has ever been on a Slack channel at work, anyone who has had to work from home, and anyone who likes a good laugh. Readable in one sitting, Several People Are Typing introduces us to a small PR firm where all the drama unfolds in the work app, especially for Gerald, a mid-level guy whose consciousness somehow gets trapped online. Told completely in Slack messages, and filled with emojis, this is a fast, fun ride. 

Publishes September 1

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Lisa Jewel is known for her amazing thrillers, and The Night She Disappeared is supposed to be her best one to date. In it, she deftly weaves together three separate timelines from three different POVs and three different years, all seemingly disjointed and unrelated until the moment that they aren’t. Focused on the disappearance of a young mother and her boyfriend, this book will have you glued to it until you finally know what happened and why. 

Publishes September 7

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Okay, this might be the perfect fall book. It’s a rich, dark multi-generational family drama, it’s writing is velvety and lyrical, and it’s got big witchy/magical realism vibes. The story centers upon matriarch Orquídea Divina, who definitely has some supernatural powers that she doesn’t discuss. When she passes on her magical ways to her relatives, all seems well until a malignant force appears and tries to undo everything. Taking place in both the U.S. and Ecuador, this supernatural fantasy isn’t one to miss. 

Publishes September 7

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The premise is pretty basic: two young women move to New York City and dive into city life, complete with low-wage jobs, lots of striving, and lots of parties. But while there’s not much of a plot, there is a ton of atmosphere, and readers have been delighted with this light, fun, jaunty read that you’ll romp through in a few sittings. This buzzy debut has been compared to The Bell Jar, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and Sex in the City, but it’s also something completely its own. 

Publishes September 7

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Do you sometimes want to run away to a nunnery where you summon the feminist powers deep inside you to create an all-female utopia? Boy, do we have the book for you. From the fabulous Lauren Groff comes a piece of historical fiction that will not let you tear yourself away from its pages until you are done. 

Publishes September 7

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From the author of Big Little Lies comes another family drama and mystery that will have you hooked from the first pages. I Liane Moriarty’s newest effort, we meet the Delaney family—Stan and Joy and their four adult children. They’ve all had lives of happiness and success, until the night a stranger shows up at their door—and Joy disappears. 

Publishes September 7

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Everyone needs to read at least one novel about queer cyborg-clones doing one last heist, right? In her debut novel, author Cassandra Khaw presents us with rowdy, violent, feminist science fiction that can party with the best of the genre. If you’re looking for a wild ride, hop on. 

Publishes September 7

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This one is for the literary book nerds who like a challenge. The great Joy Williams is back with a new book after waiting years to publish—and what she presents us with is the strange tale of a girl named Khristen who is struggling to survive and find herself in a dystopian future. Come for the thick foliage of sentences and thoughts and flights of fancy, stay for the weird mix of climate change despair and strange humor.

Publishes September 14

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In this much-talked-about debut novel, Åkerström weaves together the stories of three Black women living in Stockholm. While they all come from different backgrounds and lead different lives, they are tied together by a white businessman—and by the color of their skin. This beautiful, powerful read just has us waiting to see what this new exciting author will write next. 

Publishes September 14

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Okay, so we know a lot of fall reads can be dark and brooding—so here’s a feather-light rom-com for your September TBR pile. In Eight Perfect Hours, we meet Noelle and Sam, two people who happen to get trapped in a blizzard in Noelle’s car overnight. After the lovely evening, they part ways, but fate has a different idea about the couple saying goodbye. This happy, lovely, Hallmark read is hard not to binge read, and if you want to escape some doom and gloom, this is a great pick. 

Publishes September 28

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‘Happy Hour’ by Marlowe Granados

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