Allison Schaller for TIME
By Sarah Begley
September 14, 2017
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Sarah Begley is a staff writer for TIME.

This season’s slate of new literary fiction includes multiple Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists. Here are four to check out.

FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD

By Louise Erdrich

After a kind of reverse evolution plagues babies worldwide, a pregnant woman evades capture by government forces and goes in search of her mother.

MANHATTAN BEACH

By Jennifer Egan

A Brooklyn woman becomes the only female diver to work on a World War II ship, learning about her past and mingling with gangsters along the way.

DINNER AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

By Nathan Englander

An anonymous man lingers in an Israeli jail cell while the general who imprisoned him lies dying in a hospital bed in this genre-bending novel of espionage.

FRESH COMPLAINT

By Jeffrey Eugenides

This new story collection from the author of Middlesex offers up character portraits of a musician struggling with fatherhood, a poet turned embezzler and more.

This appears in the September 25, 2017 issue of TIME.

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