5 novels you must read this fall

The best way to tell that fall has arrived is to take a look at the tables and shelves of your favorite bookstore. (Hi, Bookshop Santa Cruz!) If they’re utterly overflowing with fiction, fall – with its influx of major new releases – has arrived. So skip the leaf peeping, apple picking, and pumpkin carving (or at least put them on hold) and read something. You’ll thank me later.

By , Monitor contributor

1. 'The Dog Stars,' by Peter Heller

After a flu epidemic kills 99.7% of the population, our narrator Hig takes up residence on an airstrip with just his dog, Jasper, and one neighbor, a guns-and-weapons enthusiast named Bangley. Hig spends many of his days flying a small Cessna with Jasper as his co-pilot, patrolling the homestead that Hig and Bangley have staked for themselves and thinking about the life he had before. When he hears a voice come in over the radio, his hope and curiosity are ignited and Hig sets out to see what in his world still remains. A novel about no less than isolation, humanity, empathy, and need.

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