Summer is here it's now time to think about the fall and beyond. Despite a flat economy and a spate of studies claiming reading is in trouble, the autumn-winter releases this year appear to be both substantial and plentiful.
"Train to Trieste," by Dominica Radulescu. (Knopf, $23.95.) August. Romania under communism is rough on romance.
"The Lace Reader," by Brunonia Barry. (Morrow, $24.95.) August. Underground self-published novel about eccentrics in Salem, Mass., goes mainstream.
"The Heretic's Daughter," by Kathleen Kent. (Little, Brown, $24.99.) September. More Salem eccentrics, these are Colonial-era witches and kin to the author.
"The Good Thief," by Hannah Tinti. (Dial Press, $25.) August. Tinti, a Salem native (there's a theme developing here), crafts the life of a New England orphan who encounters criminals and grave robbers.
"The Little Giant of Aberdeen County," by Tiffany Baker. (Grand Central, $24.99.) January. Truly (the title character) is a larger-than-usual woman coming of age in upstate New York.
"Just After Sunset," by Stephen King. (Scribner, $28.) November. It doesn't seem possible, but King writes short stories.
"Indignation," by Philip Roth. (Houghton Mifflin, $26.) September. Young Newark, N.J., Jewish lad flees to Midwest for college during Korean War.
"For the Love of Murphy's: The Behind-the-Counter Story of a Great American Retailer," by Jason Togyer. (Penn State University Press, $34.95.) November. In Western Pennsylvania, when you said "the five and 10," you meant G.C. Murphy's. Togyer, a University of Pittsburgh editor, retells the ups and downs of the McKeesport-headquartered chain store.
"Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession," by Anne Rice (Knopf, $23.95.) October. The author of vampire and S&M novels tells how her 38 years as an atheist ended as she returned to the church.
"Growing Up With Clemente," by Richard Peterson. (Kent State University Press, $18.) January. A retired English professor at Southern Illinois University, Peterson is a Pittsburgh native who came of age in the 1950s, enamored of baseball and the Pirates' star. Here is his side of the story.