Debut Author Snapshot
Each month we seek out a hidden gem from the vast Goodreads catalog, focusing on debut authors, indie publishers, and other literary folk not yet on the best-seller lists.
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When their eldest son commits a terrible crime, an Egyptian American family is ostracized by their New Jersey community in the debut novel In the Language of Miracles.
The historical novel The Last Pilot follows a daredevil airman through two decades of the Space Race, from 1947 onward, joining the likes of Chuck Yeager, Jim Lovell, and more.
With circus mermaids, traveling tarot readers, and a bona fide family curse, her debut novel, The Book of Speculation, blends carnival history and bookish lore.
Both a subversive feminist journey and an immersive character study—and definitely not a book about dieting—the new novel Dietland packs a surprising punch.
Viet Thanh Nguyen
After the fall of Saigon, a half-Vietnamese spy follows his quarry to Southern California, where he leads a double life in the new literary thriller The Sympathizer.
Kidnapped at age eight, Peggy lives in the woods, believing that she and her dad are the only two people left alive in the world in the new novel Our Endless Numbered Days.
The writer, actress, and YouTube sensation tells cringe-worthy, poignant, and always hilarious stories in her memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.
Step into the ring with this author's debut novel, The Sweetheart, set in the charismatic and colorful world of professional female wrestlers in the 1950s.
Her debut, Texts from Jane Eyre, climbs into the minds of our favorite characters—from Hamlet to Nancy Drew—and imagines the hilarious text messages they might exchange.
The upper crust of 1930s England gathers at a seaside resort for some sun, surf, and foul play in Murder at the Brightwell, a debut historical mystery by a Louisiana librarian.
The New York Times commentator shares his path out of poverty in his new memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which describes his childhood in segregated, rural Louisiana.
This NPR contributor's first novel, Small Blessings, tells the tale of a mild-mannered professor who discovers he has a ten-year-old son—arriving on the Monday train.
In the literary mystery Everything I Never Told You, a shocked family in 1970s small-town Ohio pieces together clues after Lydia, the favored child, is found dead.
Dedicated to "all the readers who never made it through Ulysses," the new novel The Sixteenth of June chronicles a special day in the life of a James Joyce-obsessed family.
Peek inside a buzzing beehive in The Bees, a dystopian adventure set in the strict caste society of honeybees that depicts a lowly worker bee who challenges the queen.
Yvette Manessis Corporon
Bake in the Mediterranean sun on an idyllic Greek island in When the Cypress Whispers, a romantic debut novel inspired by the author's tenacious and wise grandmother.
The villain of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde seizes his chance to tell the classic story in the new historical thriller Hyde, set in gritty Victorian London.
Samuel W. Gailey
Peaceful small-town life turns sinister in the new suspense novel Deep Winter. A waitress's brutal murder upsets a tiny community in rural Pennsylvania.
In the heart-rending and yet hopeful memoir Unremarried Widow, an Army wife describes life before and after the death of her young soldier husband in Iraq.
James Whitfield Thomson
This first-time novelist at age 68 tells the story of love gone wrong in Lies You Wanted to Hear, a novel about a desperate divorced father who kidnaps his own children.
The aristocratic new memoir Outrageous Fortune describes the author's lavish but isolated childhood growing up behind the walls (and moat!) of England's Leeds Castle.
A South African Jewish family plants roots in Johannesburg in The Lion Seeker, a historical debut told in a riotous blend of Yiddish, Afrikaans, Zulu, and English.
Beheaded with an ax on a snow-covered hillside in 1830, Agnes Magnúsdóttir was the last person executed in Iceland, as told in the new historical novel Burial Rites.
Asked to marry the dead son of a wealthy family, a young woman is pulled from her body into the afterlife in The Ghost Bride, a historical novel set in 1890s colonial Malaya.
Have you dated this guy? Or maybe you're him. Go inside the urban male mind—in all its maddening glory—in a modern comedy, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
Ogle the jet-setting, couture-buying, back-stabbing ways of three Chinese families and their gossip-fueled romances in this opulent new satire, Crazy Rich Asians.
Short skirts, short hair, and even shorter love affairs—channel the deliciously scandalous lives of 1920s flappers in the Manhattan-based historical mystery The Other Typist.
The magic of powder mages meets 18th-century technology in the first novel of an epic fantasy trilogy, Promise of Blood, which begins with a savage military coup.
An unabashedly unreliable narrator baldly bluffs his way around the globe in The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, a debut novel about...writing a debut novel.
A man with no name, no connections—not even any fingerprints—heads to Atlantic City to "fix" a casino heist gone spectacularly wrong in the crime thriller, Ghostman.