By EW Staff
Updated January 12, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG Peter Carey (Knopf, $25, on sale January 9) From the Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs comes this novel about Ned Kelly, an Australian hero on horseback.

A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT Terry McMillan (Viking, $25.95, on sale January 15) McMillan’s new novel, decked out in an atypically demure book jacket, centers on Viola Price’s large family and their various trials and tribulations.

THE BULLFIGHTER CHECKS HER MAKEUP Susan Orlean (Random House, $24.95, on sale January 26) Orlean, an acclaimed journalist and author of The Orchid Thief, introduces us to extraordinarily ordinary folk in her collection of 20 profiles.