Debut Novels | Wyatt’s World

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:

  • 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.]
  • Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (Penguin Pr: Penguin Group [USA]). Selasi’s voice adds to the growing community of gifted authors with connections to Africa or the African diaspora; a Great New Writers pick. [See LJ 10/15/12.]
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at