Men in 2010?

2009 was a big year for the female literati, with new releases from major talents like Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, Lorrie MooreJayne Anne Phillips and Alice Munro.

But in 2010, when it comes to anticipated fiction releases from literary heavyweights, the authors everyone is buzzing about are almost all male. The action starts next month, when Don DeLillo releases Point Omega (Doubleday), his first novel since 2007’s Falling Man.

Then on February 23, John Banville will publish The Infinities (Knopf), billed as a literary gem with a playful side that finds immortals vying over the soul of a dying mathematician.

March 29 brings the release of Ian McEwan’s Solar (Doubleday), which promises to be as topical as his last novel, 2005’s Saturday—it’s the story of a physicist who just might have hit on a way to save the planet. (Read our earlier post about this book.)

In April, Australian Peter Carey returns with his first book since His Illegal Self, Parrot and Olivier in America (Knopf). Described as a comic novel, the book is set in the 19th-century United States and is inspired by the real-life experiences of Alex de Tocqueville.

May features a new release from Martin Amis, another major British writer. Will The Pregnant Widow (Knopf), rumored to be his most autobiographical novel yet, be a hit like The House of Meetings, or a flop like the infamous Yellow Dog? We’ll find out May 11. And of course on May 25, readers everywhere will be flocking to bookstores to pick up a copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Knopf), the last of Steig Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander books.

And finally, June 29 brings the long-awaited fifth novel from David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet (Random House). They’re dubbing this epic tale, set in 1799 Japan, Mitchell’s most ambitious work yet, which is saying something when you’re talking about the author of Cloud Atlas.

What 2010 release are you waiting to read?

9 Responses to Men in 2010?

  1. Yvette says:

    THEREBY HANGS A TAIL by Spencer Quinn
    THE GOD OF THE HIVE by Laurie R. King
    SHADES OF GREY by Jasper Fforde
    THE FIRST RULE by Robert Crais
    THE LOCK ARTIST by Steve Hamilton
    Lee Child’s new book, of course.
    And two Louise Penny books which somehow
    I overlooked last year. Does that count?

    I do read many women authors, but the new books
    I’m most anticipating this year seem (except for Laurie King and Penny) to be mostly written by males.
    Probably a coincidence.

  2. Steph says:

    One of the 2010 releases I’m looking forward to most of all is actually by a woman! Tana French’s third novel is slated for a July release and I can hardly stand the wait!

    Of course, if Jonathan Franzen has a new book coming out in late 2010 then you can also put me on the male author love train! Also interested in the new Yan Martel book, but to a lesser extent.

    And Yvette, be sure to check out the BookPage review of Shades of Grey! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

    • Trisha says:

      Ooh, that’s right. I still need to read book #2 but I really liked IN THE WOODS.

      Forgot to mention Mantel in this post; a lot of people are looking forward to that too. And yes, I hope this is the year of Franzen.

      • Steph says:

        Oh, if you have only read IN THE WOODS then you are in for a treat – THE LIKENESS is even better! I’m going to lend ITW to Abby when I next see her so hopefully she will join the Tana French love train!

  3. Erika says:

    There’s so many! But thank you for pointing out Ian McEwan’s latest–I’ll definitely be watching out for that now. :)

  4. Irene says:

    Printing this page, and jotting down dates.

    Thanks, Trisha!

  5. Irene says:

    Failed to mention… Looking forward to reading Justin Cronin’s latest, The Passage!

  6. I’m looking forward to Haven Kimmel’s new horror book, The Farm. A new genre for a fabulous female author.

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