When Talent Takes Off
There are few pleasures greater than the discovery of original writing in a first novel. What’s ahead is debuting here:
- You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt (Penguin Pr: Penguin Group [USA]. May). Coming of age becomes end–of–the–Cold War intrigue. Holt is a 2013 ALA First Author, First Book pick.
- The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma (Viking). A smart and searching novel, proclaimed both an Indie Next and a Discover Great New Writers pick. [See LJ 2/1/13.]
- Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (HarperCollins). McCreight combines a poignant, pulled-from-the-headlines story and writing sanctified by Antietam Review and Oxford magazine. [See LJ 11/15/12.]
- The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh (Amy Einhorn: Putnam). Set in 1880s South Africa, ” ‘a vivid portrait of a part of the world we rarely experience in Victorian-era romance.’ ” [See Spring Fever Firsts, LJ 3/15/13.]