Each week, The Hollywood Reporter will feature the best new (and newly relevant) books that everyone will be talking about – whether it’s an adaptation-ready tome, a Hollywood-centric new tale, or the source of… a new TV show.
The course by AM Homes (UTA)
After Barack Obama’s election, a group of wealthy and powerful Republicans come together to devise a plan to halt the country’s progressive momentum. The scenario is fictitious, but the vision of Homes in The course is so cleverly crafted, it feels like you’re peering into a top-secret world.
people person by Candice Carty-Williams (42MP)
This loud romance from the author of 2019’s beloved debut album Queen revolves around a group of half-siblings connected by an absent and highly idiosyncratic father. A spontaneous reunion could be the springboard for a tender and hilarious mini-series.
The survival of the wealthy by Douglas Rushkoff (The Bent Agency)
In The survival of the wealthy, an economist is taken to a remote seaside resort where billionaires seek consultation on the end of the world. But instead of looking for a comrade in arms to save the planet, they seek help in building doomsday bunkers – and it’s all true story.
Montage of happiness by Ling Ma (UTA)
The Breakup The author’s debut collection of short stories is rich with screen potential, like the story of a woman living with her incredibly wealthy husband in one wing of their mansion while her 100 ex-boyfriends live together in another. wing.
Sweet, sweet, lots of rhythm by Laura Warren
Warrell’s first novel began to attract attention due to its high-profile acquisition: it was the first for newly crowned Pantheon publisher Lisa Lucas (formerly head of the National Book Foundation). Lucas sang his praises this summer in a splashy New York Times Review story about the publishing industry’s push to diversify, describing her first-time reading experience as “sliding into a trance”. But beyond its memorable introduction to the world, the story is a tantalizing exploration of jazz music and the inner lives of women.
Lucia by the sea by Elizabeth Strout
The author has built a beloved world of literary intellectual property, on screen and on stage – she is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Olive Kitteridge, which became an HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand (and Emmy winner), and My name is Lucy Barton was adapted for the West End. Now she returns to the delightfully quirky character (played by Laura Linney on stage) in Lucia by the sea and the place in the middle of the pandemic, in quarantine with her ex-husband William in the small town of Maine. Sure, it’s an emotional throwback to those anxious early days that most of us would rather forget, but this moving novel is worth the cabin fever.