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First Novels

How does an author become the next biggest thing? They have to publish their first novel, first. Here are some debut novels published this spring and summer that might turn into your favorites, or give you a new author to enjoy.

 No one is here except all of us by Ramona Ausubel

In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. Danger is imminent in every direction, yet the territory of imagination and belief is limitless.


 A partial history of lost causes by Jennifer DuBois

A long-lost letter links two disparate characters, each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds.



 Hinterland by Caroline Brothers

The unforgettable story of two Afghan brothers and a perilous trek across continents in search of a place to build a life, based on the real-life experiences for the lost boys.


 Billy Lynn's halftime walk by Ben Fountain

Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive "Victory Tour" at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders


 The book of Jonas by Stephen Dau

When his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in the Middle East, fifteen-year-old Jonas is sent to live with a foster family in America and struggles to adapt before revealing the heroics of a missing soldier who saved his life.


 Diary of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee

"Gracelia "Ace" Jones is a sassy high school teacher, known in her small town of Bugtussle, Mississippi, for an outsize presence and a mouth to match. But this time that big mouth might get her into big trouble....


 Lost saints of Tennessee by Amy Franklin-Willis

The fracturing of his working-class Southern family sends 42-year-old Zeke Cooper on a mission.



 The book of madness and cures by Regina O'Melveny

The only woman practicing medicine in 16th-century Venice, Gabriella Mondini must hunt for her vanished father.



 Throne of the cresent moon by Saladin Ahmed

Three superheroes in the Crescent Moon Kingdoms bound together by a series of magical murders must work together in a race against time to prevent a sorcerer's plot from destroying the world.


 Deep zone by James Tabor

Sabotage dogs scientist Hallie Leonard’s team, which is plumbing the world’s deepest cave to find a cure for a pandemic.

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