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IOWA Magazine | 08-24-2022

Three Books from Iowa Authors to Add to Your Fall Reading List

New releases by Alan Drew, Sarah Thankam Mathews, and Elizabeth McCracken are among the latest offerings from Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumni.

Looking for a new book to cozy up with this fall? There’s no shortage of options from University of Iowa-trained writers. Here are three new releases that are on our fall reading list.


The Recruit Book Cover

The Recruit

by Alan Drew (04MFA)
Penguin Random House

Drew’s third novel follows detective Benjamin Wade and forensic expert Natasha Betencourt as they work to unravel a series of strange crimes in this chilling thriller set in 1987 Southern California.


All This Could Be Different Book Cover

All This Could Be Different

by Sarah Thankam Mathews (19MFA)
Viking

Hailed as a warm and profound saga of queer love, friendship, work, and precarity, Mathews’ debut novel tells the story of a young immigrant from India building a life in America.


The Hero of This Book Book Cover

The Hero of This Book

by Elizabeth McCracken (90MFA)
Ecco, available Oct. 4

The latest novel from the former Iowa Writers’ Workshop faculty member is a searing examination of grief and renewal—and of a deeply felt relationship between a child and her parents.


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Iowa Literary Legends: Lan Samantha Chang

On Oct. 12, watch Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director Lan Samantha Chang (93MFA) read from her latest novel, The Family Chao, in person or livestreaming from the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. Learn more and register for this free Iowa Literary Legends event.



Iowa Literary Legends: Lan Samantha Chang

On Oct. 12, watch Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director Lan Samantha Chang (93MFA) read from her latest novel, The Family Chao, in person or livestreaming from the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. Learn more and register for this free Iowa Literary Legends event.


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