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Library Journal’s Summer/Fall Bests | Debut Novels 2019

Ready to discover a new author? The experts at Library Journal made it very easy for you by picking their favorites:

THE LAST BOOK PARTY by Karen Dukess

A July Indie Next Pick!

“Written with fresh confidence and verve, this first novel is a bibliophile’s delight, with plenty of title-dropping and humorous digs at the publishing scene of the 1980s. The lyrical evocations of the Cape Cod landscape will also enchant readers seeking that perfect summer read.”–Kirkus Reviews

CARNEGIE HILL by Jonathan Vatner

“Vatner’s charming, comically observant debut follows the intersecting lives of a number of the residents and employees of a pricey co-op on the Upper East Side of New York… [I]t’s his consistently wry wit and obvious affection for his deluded, struggling characters that are this novel’s propelling forces, and which will win readers over with delight.”–Booklist, starred review

GAMECHANGER by L.X. Beckett

2 starred reviews!

“As this exuberant, exciting near-future yarn keeps reinventing itself, the action gets wilder and the scope wider, until the future of humankind is at stake.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Beckett’s debut is richly imagined, fast-paced climate change fiction… Readers will delight in the nonbinary characters, LBGTQ relationships and identities, and the land acknowledgment statement at the end of the book. Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir

4 starred reviews!

“This extraordinary opening salvo will leave readers dying to know what happens next.“–Booklist, starred review

“From the mad science joys of necromantic theory to the deliciously ever-evolving tension between Gideon and Harrow, this adventurous novel not only embraces its strangeness but wrings delight from it.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“At once sarcastic, sincere, heart-wrenching, and honest pulpy enjoyment, filled with dark magic, swordplay, and lesbian necromancers, Muir’s debut is a fantastic sf/fantasy blend.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Suspenseful and snarky, with surprising emotional depths.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

BLOOD OF AN EXILE by Brian Naslund

“Top-notch adventure fantasy—a stand-up-and-applaud debut.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE ESCAPE ROOM by Megan Goldin

July LibraryReads + August Indie Next pick!

“Cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you’ll be caught in your own escape room—the only key to freedom is turning the last page!”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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