Debut Fiction

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“Sathian, who writes with great assurance and verve, wields her pen like a magnifying lens to examine the foibles of immigrants who are high achievers but somewhat insular and insecure.”

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“With such dark and treacherous secrets, the men of The Lamplighters echo the force of the seas around them.

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“an incredibly strong debut that hits a number of sweet spots—feminist literature, dystopian/speculative fiction, and young adult literature. It’s well worth your time.”

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House is the type of novel you finish and then return to Chapter One to begin again.

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“Grushin’s facility with language . . . is a marvel. It’s the kind of prose that demands you submerge yourself.”

What comes after “Happily ever after?”

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“The Orphan of the Salt Winds is a gothic novel both because of its sinister setting—an old, remote house filled with secrets and surrounded by danger—and a heavy

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“Leung has enormous potential as a writer, but there’s a layer of complexity that separates her writing from the seas of deep emotion.”

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“In this tender and heartfelt story, Sofia Lundberg offers a reminder that those we too easily dismiss, such as the elderly, have rich histories and lives that we can learn from.”

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While the works of Amy Tan, Gish Jen, and other popular Asian-American writers have charted the trials and tribulations of immigrants in the United States, Lucy Tan reverses field in her low-key, i

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“These stories are indeed strange, but no stranger than the political and moral universe we now inhabit, although infinitely more pleasurable and enticing.”

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“as satisfying as a plate of General Tso’s chicken after a night of drinking.”

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For those of us living in the Appalachian corridor, the American black bear is seldom an animal to pay much heed.

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“This novel contains perhaps one of the most unique characters of the mystery-thriller genre.”

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Caleb Johnson’s debut, Treeborne, is a story about a family living in Elberta, Alabama, where a parcel of land, 700 acres in total, arouses deep emotions as it’s about to be flooded over w

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"Kukafka eloquently describes the self-destruction that ensues by allowing others to define us."

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“A debut novel with an intriguing premise. . . . What is left when everything is gone? What does it mean to be alive in the universe and the grandeur of vast emptiness?”

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“An excellent debut . . .”

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"special style of storytelling . . ."

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“. . . an intelligent page-turning mystery combined with a good dollop of well-told history . . .”

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“Ms. Joyce is blessed with a sharp eye for detail . . . she carefully unfolds Harold’s inner journey as his hardened emotional shell begins to crack.”

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“Ms. Ivey’s debut novel is a triumph—a splendid retelling of a familiar tale that glows with the intensity of the northern lights and generates its own magic.

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“Grief never ceases to transform.”

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“How the Mistakes Were Made is a fiercely affectionate rendering of that period right before the general public was hungry for the Nirvanas and the Pearl Jams—but hadn’t yet heard

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