The past year or so has brought readers a fair number of good books, but this fall's selection looks like the best in quite a while with something for just about everyone.
The talented Anne Tyler, author of "The Accidental Tourist," offers readers a new work, "Breathing Lessons" (Knopf, $18.95). This poignant, sometmes comic meditation on marriage and family that examines a marriage in middle age is scheduled for September publication.Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry takes on Billy the Kid in his new novel, "Anything for Billy" (Simon and Schuster, $18.95). A woman in search of love and power is the subject of "Eva Luna" (Knopf, $18.95), the latest novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende.
Joseph Heller brings his wit to "Picture This" (Putnam's, $19.95), his look at the ages and the values of man. "Prizzi's Glory" (Dutton, $17.95) is Richard Condon's third novel about Charley Partanna and the rest of the mob.
British writer Graham Greene's 24th novel, "The Captain and The Enemy" (Viking, $15.95) is a tale of the ambiguities of identity, love and truth.
The dark side comes to life again in Stephen King's "The Gunslinger" (Plume, $10.95, trade paperback). This actually is a popular version of a book that first appeared only in a limited edition in 1982. It is about Roland, the last gunslinger, and his pursuit of the Man in Black. An audio tape version of "The Gunslinger" also is available.
For Anne Rice fans is the third volume of her Vampire Chronicles. "The Queen of the Damned" (Knopf, $18.95) will take readers back to the beginning and the "first brood" of vampires.
Science fiction and fantasy fans are served by a number of titles including "For Love of Evil" by Piers Anthony (Morrow, $17.95), "Thornyhold" by Mary Stewart (Morrow, $15.95) and "Dragonsdawn," by Anne McCaffrey (Del Rey, $18.95).
The major contribution to poetry this fall will be a new collection from James Merrill, "The Inner Room" (Knopf, $16.95). Poet Wendell Berry turns to fiction with the novel "Remembering" (North Point Press, $14.95).