The Chimes by Anna Smaill | LJ Review


One of a kind, both in its dystopian landscape and use of gorgeous language throughout (including clever musical terms), this debut takes time to digest but is worth the effort.

A Suspenseful Lineup | 2016 Thriller Award Nominees


On April 14, the International Thriller Writers (ITW) organization announced its 2016 Thriller Award finalists in the categories of Best Hardcover Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story, Best Young Adult, and Best E-Book Original Novel

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh | LJ Review


This UK best seller is a wonderfully layered thriller that skillfully builds from that one tragic event.

Old and New Voices | African American Fiction (and More)


This month’s selections are dominated by well-known African American authors who benefit from instant name recognition. But don’t miss out on a first novelist who writes about an African American man’s journey to accept his sexuality during the wild times of the Prohibition era.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick | LJ Review


Tender, insightful, and surprising, this wonderful debut novel is a stunning addition to the popular genre of transformative stories of otherwise uneventful lives.

The Widow by Fiona Barton | LJ Review


Barton’s first novel is one of suspense and intrigue that keeps the pages turning.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer | LJ Review


Hamer, a Rhys Davies Short Story Prize winner, is a natural storyteller who writes with such a sense of drama, compulsion, and sympathy that most readers will devour this work in one or two sittings.

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…”