Five Key Literary/Historical Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 1


Brown, Taylor. Fallen Land. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781250077974. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466893078. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Montana Prize winner Brown has published short fiction in venues like the Baltimore Review and  storySouth but makes the leap to full-blown novelist with a work set in Georgia in the final years of the Civil War. Callum, a […]

First Novelists Arlidge, Curry, McPherson, Stewart, Stradal, & Others | Debut Fiction, June 15, 2015


A fast-paced, terrifying, and impossible to put down novel from Arlidge; Curry’s fascinating glimpse into China; historical fiction fans will delight in Stewart’s eccentric women characters; Liontas’s multigenerational tale is a provocative achievement

Writing To Remember: A 20th-Century Tragedy Inspires a Debut Novel

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“Seeking answers, trying to impose meaning, to understand what happened and why are all things I do when I’m writing. So when people ask me if my novel is an act of political activism, I remember what Toni Morrison said…”

Spring Best Debuts: First Novels


There are so many first novels to choose from, especially in spring, when publishers are busy promoting their up-and-coming writers. Here are the books that are getting the most play among people in the know.

Famously Firsts | Fall/Winter 2014/15 First Novels


Fiction titles don’t come out of nowhere but—if they’re any good—are suffused with an author’s particular background, perspective, experience, and skill. Here are this coming season’s first-time novelists.

Summer Best Debuts | First Novels


Upcoming first novels you shouldn’t miss, including Adi Alsaid’s Let Get Lost, Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, Elizabeth Little’s Dear Daughter, and David Shafer’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, plus excerpts from indie press titles.

Q & A: Jessica Soffer

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LJ talks to Jessica Soffer about her debut, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots.

Wyatt’s World: First Novels To Lighten the Heart


Wyatt’s World: First Novels To Lighten the Heart

First Novels for Spring/Summer 2012: 80 Best Bets


First Novels for Spring/Summer 2012: 80 Best Bets

Author Q&A: Saladin Ahmed

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Author Q&A: Saladin Ahmed