By Jocelyn McClurg, Carol Memmott, Bob Minzesheimer and Craig Wilson
September 8, 2012
The fall books season announces itself with a bang with J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. But she’s not the only publishing star turning heads this season. Tom Wolfe, Bob Woodward, Penny Marshall and Lemony Snicketa re fellow headliners. USA TODAY‘s books staff highlights the 25 big books of fall.
1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Little, Brown, $35
What it’s about: An empty seat on the Pagford town council leads to a heated election marked by what Rowling’s publisher calls “passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations.”
Why it’s hot: Hold on to your Quidditch broom. The book is under tight wraps, but everyone is wondering: Can the creator of Harry Potter, the world’s most popular young-adult series, write just as compellingly for adults?
On sale: Sept. 27
2. Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
Little, Brown, $30
What it’s about: A novel set in Miami about Anglos vs. Cuban immigrants, with a wild cast of characters that includes local cops, the Cuban mayor, a billionaire porn addict and shady Russians.
Why it’s hot: A new Tom Wolfe book is always an event. This is just the fourth novel from the 81-year-old writer, and his first since 2004’s I Am Charlotte Simmons.
On sale: Oct. 23