This list doesn’t even scratch the surface of what great debuts are coming out this year. And this list is only through March because again, I have trouble narrowing down choices. But, after going through my tags on Edelweiss, these ten really caught my eye and I look forward to reading them and requesting them at my library. (Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Jan. 6) It’s a coming-of-age story about man, Kevin, looking back to a time when he and his mother spent a summer in Appalachia after a family tragedy.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Jan. 13) After reading this interview and blurb in BookPage, I immediately requested the ARC and can’t wait to crack it open. This book is being called a “Hitchcockian thriller”. Let’s hope it holds up to the hype.
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister (Jan. 13) The Amazing Arden is accused of her husband’s murder and has one day to clear herself. Is she telling the truth or using her gift as an illusionist to get away with murder? This was pitched at BEA and I’m kicking myself for not grabbing a copy.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper (Jan. 20) 80 year-old Etta leaves her husband Otto a note that she has always wanted to see the sea, so she treks the 2,00o miles alone. It is being called “an astounding literary debut about friendship and love, hope and honor, and the romance of last-great-adventures.”
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck (Jan. 27) Maija and her family leave Finland and arrive in the Swedish Lapland, 1717. One of her daughters happen upon a dead body and the neighbors dismiss it as a wolf attack, but the wounds say otherwise. Surviving one of the harshest winters, secrets, mysteries, crime…who can Maija and her family really trust in this new land?
The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate Story of Pakistan by Rafia Zakaria (Feb. 3) Zakaria’s family immigrated from Bombay to Pakistan in the early 60s and this is her memoir of her life, Pakistani history, and how the military dictators changed the path for women when they allowed men to take additional wives in the 80s.
Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories by Katherine Heiny (Feb. 3) Eleven short stories whose main characters are women from all walks of life. Topics of adultery, friendship, marriage, parenting and dating but done so with humor and heart.
Find Me by Laura van den Berg (Feb. 17) The very few reviews I’ve read say NOT to read the blurbs, go in blind, otherwise it gives away much of the story. This Dystopia/Sci-Fi/Literary Adult Fiction novel follows Joy who is one of the few who is immune to a disease that is sweeping the nation. Van den Berg has written short stories but this is her first novel and her short story fans are thrilled.
Young Skins: Stories by Colin Barrett (March 3) Set in Ireland, “these six short stories and one explosive novella occupy the ghostly, melancholic spaces between boyhood and old age”.
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (March 17) Peggy’s father believes the world is coming to an end so he packs up supplies and takes her to a cabin in a remote forest to survive. Nine years later she returns home and the story reveals what happened to her during that time away. I am hearing major plot twist in the end…we’ll see.