New titles from Toni Morrison, John Irving, Michael Chabon, and more

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Toni Morrison tackles race in post-Korean War America. A young literary star shows what happens when two people who've never met in person and have only spoken on the Internet get married. Anne Lamott describes the joy of being a grandmother. The sequel to The Passage finally arrives. Michael Chabon releases his first novel in four years.

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the year ahead in literature, as writers new and old release books that reflect on marriage, birth, death, love, desire, God, and more. Here are 15 titles to look out for in the months to come: