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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.