First Novels That May Just Help You Change Your Life in 2013
The first day of a new year—and all those new resolutions—can feel so daunting. These 9 authors overcame their doubts to write their first novels. Let them inspire you!
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The Bluest Eye
Holmes first discovered Toni Morrison when she read Beloved
for a high school English class. "We had a great teacher who valued discussion," she says. Later she read The Bluest Eye,
about the difficulty of feeling pretty in a culture that discriminates.
"Morrison has such an ability to write about painful topics in a fresh
way," she says. "I loved this book, but I missed having a group to
debate it with."
— As told to Abbe Wright