The pick of the best fiction
Mr Eternity Aaron Thier Bloomsbury USA, November 17
Key West, 2016. Sea levels are rising. Two filmmakers meet a sailor called “Daniel Defoe” who claims to be 560. But in fact Dan is in the prime of his life and tells his story of life through the centuries where there is one constant: a world on the edge of ruin.
The Story of a Brief Marriage Anuk Arudpragasam Granta Books, October 6
A Sri Lankan man is trapped on the front lines between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. When he is asked to marry a villager to protect her from rampaging soldiers, a thoughtful relationship set against the backdrop of war, separation and a divided Sri Lanka begins.
The Wangs vs The World Jade Chang Fig Tree, November 3
Charles Wang builds up a huge cosmetics empire upon emigrating to the United States. But he faces a catastrophe when the company goes bust and he loses everything: gone are the cars, houses and a luxury lifestyle. So he decides to bring his family back to China in a bid to reclaim his ancestral lands.