In this instant-everything age,
a book-lover’s greatest struggle — or, at least, one of the many — is waiting for a favorite author to publish a new book. (Fans of George R.R. Martin understand this particularly well, I hear.) Granted, novels come in all shapes and sizes, lengths and word counts, and the writers who write them certainly do so at different paces. Plus, writers are expected to do a whole lot more than just write these days: they teach, they give readings, they host workshops, and write newsletters, and march in the streets, and advocate for good causes, and tweet.
So, I get it.
Writing novels ain’t easy business. And writers like Judy Blume and Lorrie Moore, John Updike and Joseph Heller, made readers wait decades for new writing — much longer than most of the authors on this list. Some authors: Sylvia Plath, Emily Brontë, Margaret Mitchell never even wrote second novels at all. But, with all that said, I’m a greedy reader and the writers on this list—writers who have sizable homes on my bookshelves—are just a few I’d love to see new fiction from. And, I’m guessing readers the world over would agree.
Here are 13
writers we’re just dying for new novels from. (But seriously, no pressure, guys. Or, like, maybe just a little pressure.) Roxane Gay
No one could accuse Roxane Gay of literary laziness. But between the essay collections, the short stories, the memoir, the graphic novel, the book reviews and literary criticism, the Tweets, and more, the writer hasn’t published a novel since
, in 2014. Now I know, I know — that’s hardly a long time. But Gay has been putting out books like crazy so hopefully (please, please) she’ll have a full-length fiction on the way soon. An Untamed State Elizabeth Gilbert
Anyone who has been following Elizabeth Gilbert on social media knows that the writer has had an awful lot going on in her life since she published
in 2013 (including the 2015 nonfiction title, The Signature of All Things ). But I love her and miss her and Big Magic The Signature of All Things was so totally weird and wonderful and I just want more Gilbert on my shelves, always. ZZ Packer
The Harvard Gazette, author ZZ Packer — of the 2003 short story collection, — is “ Drinking Coffee Elsewhere plotting her return”. The eight-story collection was Packer’s debut… aaaand we haven’t heard from her since. I don’t think I’m the first one to say: UM, IT’S ABOUT TIME. It’s been reported she’s hard at work on a novel — and we’d all really, really like to see it, please. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s last novel was published five whole years ago. (I mean fine, again, in the life of a novel that's not that long.) Since then she’s dedicated herself to brief but punch-packing feminist nonfiction — which I am totally loving. But after the sweeping success of
, I’m just dying to see what fiction this amazing writer has up her sleeve next. Americanah Edwidge Danticat
Technically, Edwidge Danticat’s last novel — the YA title,
— was published in 2015. But Untwine (OBSESSED) was published waaaay back in 2013. And honestly, I just love everything this writer does. Claire of the Sea Light Alice Sebold
I fell in love with her for
, stayed with her for The Lovely Bones , and now, a whopping 11 years later, I'm definitely ready for another Alice Sebold title. The Almost Moon Elena Ferrante
When the Neapolitan novels series came to its conclusion in 2014, with
the reading world heaved a collective sigh — what, after obsessing over the brilliant, mysterious Elena Ferrante for the lengthy, four-book series, was everyone going to read now? (Well, all her other novels, of course.) But those have been read now, too (most of them are quite a bit slimmer than The Story of the Lost Child, ) and it's time for more. Not to be greedy or anything. My Brilliant Friend Jade Sharma
Jade Sharma’s debut novel,
— which follows a refreshingly snarky, messy, willfully imperfect narrator around for 200-some pages — was one of my favorite books of 2016. And now I’m craving something more from her. Like, a big door-stopper of a book. Again, not to be greedy… Sharma is an online writing coach, and from what I've heard a stellar one, so, you know, the woman's busy. Problems Cheryl Strayed
The most quotable of authors (seriously, I’d venture a bet that there are more Cheryl Strayed-inspired tattoos than there are of any other writer) the
woman has already been wholly generous with her words. But her debut book, the novel Wild , was published in 2005, and I'm so eager to know if we can expect more fiction from one of the world’s favorite memoirists/advice columnists/podcasters/activists/humans. (And I’m saving space for more tats.) Torch Erin Morgenstern
Famous for writing the first draft of her mesmerizing fantasy novel,
, during National Novel Writing Month, Erin Morgenstern has, it’s been said, participated in NaNoWriMo every year since 2003. That’s over a dozen potential novels drafted. So WHERE ARE THEY? Desperate readers want to know. The Night Circus Dorothy Allison
Dorothy Allison, the literary force behind the 1992 novel
, is reported to be working on a “long-in-progress new novel Bastard Out of Carolina She Who.” At least, she was in an interview she gave five years ago! Is this one still in the works? Can I see it? Even just, like, the first 50 pages would probably hold me over.