Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 8, 2016

Books: Emerging Voices & Debut

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Author/illustrator Elizabeth Martin sent in this illustration for todays post. She went to St Martin’s College of Art and then to The Royal College of Art in London. She lives in San Francisco.

Look out for Booker-shortlisted emerging voices and Debut fiction.

Emerging Voices

Alison Amend, Enchanted Islands (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, May)
Ramona Ausubel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty (Riverhead, June)
Mischa Berlinski, Peacekeeping (Sarah Crichton Books, March)
Mark Binelli, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits (Metropolitan, May)
– fictionalized account of famous musician
Liz Moore, The Unseen World (Norton, June)
– the new novel from the author of Heft
Bonnie Nazdam, Lions (Grove, July)
– from Flaherty-Dunnan Award-winning author of Lamb
Marie Ndaiye, Ladivine (Knopf, April)
Hannah Pittard, Listen to Me (HMH, July)
Elizabeth Poliner, As Close to Us As Breathing (Lee Boudreaux Books, March)
Alexis Smith, Marrow Island (HMH, June)
– author of Glaciers
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Sarong Party Girls (William Morrow, July)
Rufi Thorpe, Dear Fang, With Love (Knopf, May)
– separated parents, a teenage daughter, a Lithuania trip, and more
Ayelet Tsabari, The Best Place on Earth (Random House, March)
– reissue of Sami Rohr Prize winner
*Shawn Vestal, Daredevils (Penguin Press, April)

David Duchovny, Bucky F*cking Dent (FSG, April)
– another strange novel from the noted actor and author of Holy Cow


Spring and summer are prime time for new authors. We expect great things from new novels by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Alison Anderson, and Susie Steiner, and look for similar plaudits about works by Sara Baume, Flynn Berry, Emma Cline, Yaa Gyasi, and many more listed below. Look out for debut fare from notable journalists and magazine writers, too, like Slate’s Jessica Winter and Cosmopolitan books editor Camille Perri. And in addition to the books highlighted here, our sample includes excerpts from even more debut works by Paul Krueger, Joe Okonkwo, Alice Adams, H.P. Wood, Danny Johnson, Shawn Vestal, and Phaedra Patrick.

*Alison Anderson, The Summer Guest (Harper, May)
– in part about Chekhov
Sara Baume, Spill Simmer Falter Wither (HMH, March)
– debut Irish writer
*Laura Barnett, The Versions of Us (HMH, May)
– parallel universes, rights sold in 23 countries
*Flynn Berry, Under the Harrow (Penguin, June)
– literary suspense from Michener Center and Yaddo fellow
Emma Cline, The Girls (Random House, June)
– high-advance debut set in underbelly of a Charles Manson-esque enclave
Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter (Knopf, May)
*Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, The Nest (Ecco, March)
– dysfunctional family saga
*Kemper Donovan, The Decent Proposal (Harper, April)
Chad Dundas, Champion of the World (Putnam, July)
– 1920s historical boxing saga
Hannah Gersen, Home Field (William Morrow, July)
– Friday Night Lights meets My So-Called Life
Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (Knopf, June)
– highly anticipated debut set across Ghana and America over 300-year span
Lynne Kutsukake, The Translation of Love (Doubleday, April)
Tiffany McDaniel, The Summer that Melted Everything (St. Martin’s, July)
Miroslav Penkov, Stork Mountain (FSG, March)
Camille Perri, The Assistants (Putnam, May)
– debut commercial fiction from Cosmopolitan books editor
Shobha Rao, An Unrestored Woman (Flatiron Books, March)
– short story collection debut
Steven Rowley, Lily and the Octopus (S&S, July)
Nina Sadowsky, Just Fall (Ballantine, March)
– debut from seasoned screenwriter/producer
Paul Vidich, An Honorable Man (Emily Bestler/Atria, April)
Jessica Winter, Break in Case of Emergency (Knopf, July)
– debut novel from Slate senior editor
Jung Yun, Shelter (Picador, March)

Talk tomorrow,


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