Debut

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Holding Her Breath is a generational story written in descriptive language with steady pacing. . . .

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“First published in Sweden in 2020, the novel is eerily prescient in its depiction of Russian duplicity and ruthlessness. It even has a nasty thing or two to say about Vladimir Putin . .

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A multilayered story with a narrative driven by fate and a passionate search for identity and survival in the face of meaningless trauma, Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang i

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“In The Town of Babylon, Alejandro Varela, whose educational background is in public health, combines a social scientist’s powers of observation and analysis with a master writer’s

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Calla Henkel’s debut novel has a lot to please readers who want a heavy party scene, a frothy narrative that pulses with a heavy metal beat.

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“. . . a keeper that could easily end up in someone's private special collection.”

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“succeeds, thanks to Seckin’s unrelentingly honest excavations and sharply beautiful language.”

The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon is a coming of age, character-based novel that follows Esi’s first-person recounting of her girlhood in newly independent Ghana in the 1960s.

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“The nuances of human behavior are on display, and we can all see something of ourselves and our own mistakes.”

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Klara Hveberg has written a stunning debut novel about unrequited love, longing, obsession, betrayal, and more.

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“From the first page, As the Wicked Watch, told in first person through the eyes of Jordan Manning, straps readers in and takes them on a breathless and bumpy ‘whodunit’ ride that

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“Jo Hamya’s highly impressive, smart, and sophisticated debut novel Three Rooms is a contemporary response to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.”

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“Filled with characters of questionable morality and multiple timelines, Dark Things I Adore makes for a thrilling read.”

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“The time of someone’s death doesn’t exist until Sapere Aude calculates it, forcing the waveform to collapse. ‘You do the math, and it makes the math come true.’”

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“fun, entertaining, and hard to put down, a twisty whodunit with a satisfying conclusion.”

Chloe Sevre is a psychopath.

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The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois is a serious novel, a terrible but ultimately uplifting saga . . .”

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“a work of singular creativity.”

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“There’s no magical realism in this debut novel set in multicultural London, but nevertheless a kind of magic propels this love letter to books and libraries.”

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All the Water I’ve Seen Is Running is a worthy addition to the group of fine recent novels about gay men of color looking for their own sense of racial and ethnic identity as well

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“This fresh comic thriller is entertaining from start to finish. Raina’s bright voice shines through thanks to his narrator’s unique viewpoint and perceptive observations.”

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The Ocean in Winter is a compelling, well-written debut . . .”

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“Matthew Clark Davison’s Doubting Thomas is an absorbing story of a gay man who finally learns to love.”

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The Chosen and the Beautiful offers up a lush glimpse of decadence and corruption, interrogating America’s dark history through the eyes of a narrator it is impossible to forget.”

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“In a tumultuous time of instability and uncertainty, Nathan Harris brings to the foreground humanity’s aptitude for survival, compassion, and goodwill even in their darkest hour.”

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“For the reader who expects an exciting spy thriller, this book does not deliver. The plot is less exciting, but Starford’s premise holds water.”

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