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Check out 2016’s most-exciting books by New York authors

From a head-spinner by Don DeLillo to Emma Kline’s debut, here are the new and upcoming books you need to pick up

By Matthew Love and Michele Filgate
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As part of our toast to literary New York, which has included original short stories and talks with some of the city’s hottest writers, we’re rounding up the 2016 books by NYC authors we’re most excited about. Dig into these novels, which tackle everything from slavery and biomedicine to the Manson family and Parisian opera star.

New books by New York authors

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

In the long-awaited second novel from the Whiting Award winner at the center of the NYC lit scene, Chee focuses on a self-made woman, Lilliet Berne, as she rises from an American orphan to a celebrated soprano in the Paris Opera.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, out now

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Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta

Whether highlighting rockers or revolutionaries, Spiotta’s compact yet conceptual fiction is drawn toward the invention of the self. In her fourth novel, the Guggenheim Fellow looks at the lives of two women—one makes documentaries, the other seduces high-powered men in Hollywood—and packs in plenty of warm wit. Scribner, $25, out now

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Zero K by Don DeLillo

The heady literary heavyweight returns with his sci-fi–inflected 17th novel. Zero K mulls the Bronx-born author’s usual preoccupations—the tumult of technology, disasters natural and man-made, and acts of terror—while telling a story of familial reconciliation and biomedical advancements that promise life beyond corporeal shells. Scribner, $26, out May 3

The Girls by Emma Cline

This debut is getting a ton of buzz—not just because the author scored a three-book $2 million deal at age 25 but because of the content: Set in 1960s California, it’s a sensational story of female friendship inspired by the Manson family, and Cline shows just how easy it is for an impressionable teenager to lose her way. Random House, $27, out June 14

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Coming off his endearing exploration of professional poker playing in The Noble Hustle, the Brooklynite looks at this hopeful movement before the American Civil War. While the book’s story may seem like straightforward historical fiction—an enslaved woman, Cora, escapes a plantation in Georgia—the prose makes the journey almost mythical.
Doubleday, $27, out Sept 13

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