Fiction by Alexander, McGhee, and Silverberg, with a Trio of Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Alexander excels at conveying the flavor of Tsarist Russia; Levy provides plenty of detail for the history lover; for fans of realistic fiction about difficult family relationships; unputdownable once you get into it; an enthralling, surreal debut; an excellent choice for sf fans

First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

Fiction: Acevedo, Billingsley, Carlino, Holahan, MacNeal, Nash, Rushdie, Shamsie, Slaughter, Tuck | Xpress Reviews

This fascinating piece of history should appeal widely; Barber weaves a twisty tale that will grip readers; Billingsley has written another engrossing page-turner; Carlino writes a bittersweet, funny story; Holahan gets better with each novel; a nod to W.E.B. Dubois’s essay “The Talented Tenth”; for someone looking for a new historical mystery; an enjoyable tale of finding oneself and starting afresh; Rushdie should garner even more readers with this cautionary tale; debut author Wolas’s work is breathtaking

A Portrait of the Artist: Laurel Davis Huber’s “The Velveteen Daughter” | Debut Spotlight

Following an impulse to investigate an often enjoyed writer/illustrator from her childhood, Laurel Davis Huber embarked on a ten-year adventure that resulted in a captivating debut novel, The Velveteen Daughter, which traces the life of Pamela Bianco, a young artist growing up in early 20th-century America.

Galaxy Quests | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

Debuts showcase diverse voices, epics reign, space operas blast off, and horror rises from the grave (again) in our annual sf/fantasy preview. Plus Kensington and Tor launch digital and podcasting sf imprints.

Fiction from Cook and Stratton, with Well-Written Debuts from Avdic and Heacock | Xpress Reviews

Fans of mysteries set in confined environments will tear through this dark thriller debut; Cook’s latest disappoints; a delicious summer treat with just enough sass, sex, and edible glitter; a heartwarming contemporary romance, with a woman of color as the main character

First Steps | Debut Novels

Summer fiction titles from first-timers bend the boundaries in this debut preview.

Fall/Winter Debut Novels 2016

Personal reading and the input of LJ reviewers stand behind the selection of these upcoming debut novels as titles worth watching.

On & off the Record | What We’re Reading

Two debut novels, a true crime thriller, father-son comparisons, and fashion week in NYC.

Q&A: Rumaan Alam | Debut Spotlight, August 2016

Alam’s first novel, Rich and Pretty, tells the compelling, multifaceted story of two women in their 30s who have been best friends since junior high school. Here, he discusses these distinct protagonists and how he was able to portray the intricacies of female ­friendships as a male author.