By EW Staff
February 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

THE CLOTHES THEY STOOD UP IN Alan Bennett (Random House, $14.95, on sale February 8) A renowned playwright and essayist, Bennett paints a humorous picture of a bourgeois London couple and their droll journey to self-discovery.

THE BONESETTER’S DAUGHTER Amy Tan (Putnam, $25.95, on sale February 19) From the author of The Joy Luck Club comes a novel about a ghostwriter living in San Francisco and her elusive, elderly Chinese mother.

SINGING BOY Dennis McFarland (Henry Holt, $25, on sale March 1) McFarland, author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling The Music Room, returns with a story of a suburban Boston family undone by tragedy and their efforts to rebuild a sense of peace and calm.

JAMES MERRILL: COLLECTED POEMS Edited by J.D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser (Knopf, $35, on sale March 3) Marking the 75th anniversary of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s birth, this collection brings together five decades of his work for the first time.