SUMMERLAND Michael Chabon (Miramax, $22.95, on sale Oct. 1) Someone whose name is not J.K. Rowling has dared to write a 500-page children’s novel. But if anyone could do it, bet on the wonder boy who did Kavalier & Clay.

BLESSINGS Anna Quindlen (Random House, $24.95, on sale Sept. 17) A custody battle over an orphan propels the latest from the One True Thing author.

JULY, JULY Tim O’Brien (Houghton Mifflin, $26, on sale Oct. 1) In a novel that sounds like a mix of The Big Chill and The Deer Hunter, Vietnam chronicler O’Brien follows the 30th reunion of a Minnesotan class of ’69.