Though these eight books are all unified in their focus on slavery, each approaches this subject in unique and inventive ways. Each is an achievement in a very important vein of literature. Of course, these aren’t the only great contemporary novels about slavery, so be sure and let us know which of your favorites we’ve missed.
Fall is the time for "big books," whatever the page length, and some of the top fiction authors from around the world have new works coming, including Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Rabih Alameddine, Emma Donoghue, Jonathan Safran Foer and Michael Chabon. Ann Patchett, owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, looks forward to selling Jacqueline Woodson's autobiographical novel "Another Brooklyn" and Colson Whitehead's celebrated, Oprah Winfrey-endorsed historical novel about slavery, "The Underground Railroad."