10 Dazzling Debut Novels to Pick Up Right Now
Amazed by the abundance of high-quality first-time fiction, we share our instant favorites.
May 29, 2013
A neighbor saves an 8-year-old Chechen girl from the Russian soldiers who have taken her father, and together they seek shelter in an abandoned hospital.
Opulence and zaniness reign when one of Singapore's richest bachelors invites his American-born girlfriend to travel from New York to vacation in his native country.
Three years after being named a youth emissary to the USSR, 13-year-old Jenny allegedly dies in a plane crash along with her parents.
Two supernatural creatures accidentally unleashed in 19th-century Manhattan forge an unlikely alliance in this fantastical work of historical fiction.
This novel is a noirish nod to the City of Angels, and to the protagonist's deceased wild child of a mom.
In this grippingly off-kilter thriller, a young woman sits on death row after being convicted of murder.
The hilarious high jinks of a college graduate in New York trying—and frequently failing—to navigate her internship, job interviews, and men, though her slipups rarely dampen her bravado.' '
In this first novel from the outrageously funny host of The Moth podcast, a 40-something media exec goes rogue after losing his job in the recession.
A good-looking, athletic British teenager's seemingly idyllic life gets turned upside down when his oldest friend betrays him.
Rose, a prudish police typist who transcribes criminal confessions, falls under the influence of a glamorous colleague.