There is a lot to look forward to during fall in New England: leaves changing, students coming back and agriculture fairs. Last week’s heat has me wishing for the need to wear a sweater more than anything. Another thing to look forward to is the release of a strong batch of debut authors—perfect timing for curling up with that sweater that’s been packed away in the back of the closet.
If you are a book giver for the holidays these books are perfect as it’s more likely they will be new to the recipient. If you are looking for a new author to follow these books provide the perfect starting point. Or, if you are waiting for your hold to come in on the newest release of popular author a debut title is much more likely to be available in a couple of weeks.
Here a few standouts for this fall. Reserve them now, even before they come out!
- Golden State by Lydia Kiesling (release date 9/4)
A gorgeous, raw debut novel about a young woman braving the ups and downs of motherhood in a fractured America
- The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (9/11)
A novel about a concert pianist who fears he is losing his mind
- The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish by Katya Apekina (9/18)
Katya Apekina disquietingly crooks the lines between fact and fantasy, between escape and freedom, and between love and obsession.
- An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green (9/25)
Sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she’s part of something bigger, and stranger.
- White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar (10/9)
A new and original voice in fiction and explores feminist, queer, religious, and immigrant stories with precision, drama, and compassion
- Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (10/23)
A treacherously surreal and at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America.
- Family Trust by Kathy Wang
A Taiwanese-American family faces the realities and indignities of living in Silicon Valley.
- The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco (11/6)
A period novel about a female detective who goes undercover (occasionally as a man), to infiltrate a smuggling ring, and navigates shifting allegiances once on the inside.
- My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (11/13)
A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.
- A Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan (11/13)
In seventeenth century Holland two women’s destinies will be shaped by their ambitions, running counter to the city’s most powerful men, whose own plans spell disaster.
- The Adults by Caroline Hulse (11/27)
A couple, now separated. Their daughter. Their new partners. One epic Christmas vacation. What could go wrong?