By EW Staff
Updated July 20, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

JUNO & JULIET Julian Gough (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $23.95, on sale July 17) Female identical twins come of age in a Galway university in this debut novel from Irishman Gough.

YEAR OF WONDERS: A NOVEL OF THE PLAGUE Geraldine Brooks (Viking, $24.95, on sale Aug. 6) The story of the bubonic plague is the unlikely backdrop for a historical novel about love, learning, and one compelling heroine.

NIAGARA FALLS ALL OVER AGAIN Elizabeth McCracken (Dial Press, $23.95, on sale Aug. 14) Critics slobbered over her debut, The Giant’s House, in 1996. Her long-awaited second act is a novel about vaudeville and friendship.