Sufficient Grace by Amy Espeseth (Scribe, £8.99)
Espeseth's slow-build debut may cause impatience in some readers but it takes time to make excellent use of the Wisconsin landscape for her exploration of the relationship between two girls in an isolated rural community, where food has to be caught and killed first. Beauty and violence co-exist here, and Espeseth handles the tensions well.
Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life by Adam Feinstein (Bloomsbury, £12.99)
First published almost 10 years ago, this re-issued biography carries a new Afterword written since Neruda's remains were exhumed in April this year. There are, alas, no new conclusions about the mystery surrounding his death (natural causes or poison) but Feinstein's superb work tells you what you need to know about the man and his times.
Cezanne: A Life by Alex Danchev (Profile, £16.99)
It's hard now to appreciate the shock that artists like Cezanne once caused, so familiar are we with their work, but Danchev's expansive yet detailed biography restores something of that newness and strangeness to the artist who "all his days was characterized as a kind of barbarian", and long viewed as tricky and inaccurate in his painting.