Four Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Babst, C. Morgan. The Floating World. Algonquin. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781616205287. $26.95. LITERARY
There are in-house raves for this debut, and the subject matter—the consequences of Hurricane Katrina—recommend it highly. When older daughter Cora refuses to evacuate as the storm approaches, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave, and his white, upper-crust wife, Dr. Tess Eshleman, must leave without her, an act that destroys everyone’s lives. The author herself has deep roots in New Orleans.

Chakraborty, S.A. The City of Brass. Harper Voyager. Nov. 2017. 544p. ISBN 9780062678102. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062678126. FANTASY
A writer and organizer with the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers’ group, Chakraborty sets her debut fantasy in 1700s Cairo, where street hustler Nahri cons people with her tricks but rejects the idea that magic really exists until she manages to summon up a dark and wily djinn warrior. The warrior’s stories take Nahri to a land she thought existed only myths and finally to the magnificent City of Brass.

Hunter, Megan. The End We Start From. Grove. Nov. 2017. 160p. ISBN 9780802126894. $22. LITERARY
Preempted by publishers around the world after the 2016 London Book Fair, this debut actually opens in London, now sunk deep beneath floodwaters. A woman escapes the waters with her newborn baby, trekking through the dangerous north country to a remote island and back, seeking shelter as the baby miraculously flourishes.

Lang, Ruth Emmie. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250112040. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250112057. LITERARY
Raised by wolves and companion to a wicked horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey isn’t your average guy. But his special powers really show themselves when he stops a tornado in its tracks on Christmas Day in Oklahoma. The problem: he can’t control these powers or even predict when they will appear, and they wreak havoc with his life and love.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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