Articles tagged "debut novels"

Kirkus Best Books of 2017 – Fiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Fiction lists which include 19 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction (full list)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
TRAIL OF ECHOES by Rachel Howzell Hall
THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas

Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017 (full list)
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 (full list)
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

Best Literary Fiction of 2017 (full list)
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Romance Novels of 2017 (full list)
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins

Best Historical Fiction of 2017 (full list)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Fiction of 2017 To Get Your Book Club Talking (full list)
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LJ’s Fall/Winter Debut Novel Picks

Library Journal recently announced the debut novels they’re most looking forward to this Fall 2016 and Winter 2017, including these four Macmillan titles:

THE GUINEVERES by Sarah Domet
All coincidentally named Guinevere, four young women bond tightly when they are abandoned by their various parents to be raised by nuns at the Sisters of the Supreme Adoration. But will those bonds hold when four comatose soldiers are brought to the convent? “An unsettling, melancholy first novel whose tone echoes that of Jeffrey Eugenides’s THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. This phenomenal, character-driven story is mesmerizing.” (LJ 8/16)

SUN, SAND, MURDER by John Keyse-Walker
Winner of the 2015 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, this debut features Special Constable Teddy Creque, Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, who keeps the peace on his tiny island home of Anegada. The murder of Boston University herpetologist Paul Kelliher turns the entire island upside down. “A beautiful Caribbean setting, vibrant characters, lively plotting and pacing, and a memorable villain who will surprise you.” (LJ 8/16) readmoreremove

Stars For Two Literary Debuts!

Happy Monday, friends. It’s a brisk day here in NYC and we’d prefer to be at home with a cat curled up our lap and these starred debuts:

THE YID by Paul Goldberg
“In this fantastical (and fantastic) debut novel by reporter and writer Goldberg, who immigrated to the United States from the USSR in 1973, a troupe of unlikely Soviet characters assembles with a single objective…to do in Stalin before his henchmen unleash the pogrom. Highly recommended for readers with a grasp of history who enjoy imaginative deviations from what we think we know as historical truth.” — Library Journal, starred review

Wily, rambunctiously entertaining [with] irresistible characters…. Goldberg ingeniously captures the brutality and lunacy of Stalin’s rule as well as Russia’s stoicism in this spectacularly incisive, humanizing, and comedically cathartic theater of the absurd.”Booklist, starred review

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
“The life of an American expat living in Bulgaria intersects repeatedly with that of a young gay hustler in this gorgeous debut novel from Greenwell. This is a project of rare discernment and beauty, and it is not to be missed. A luminous, searing exploration of desire, alienation, and the powerful tattoo of the past.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (Cinco de Mayo Edition)

This tiny little hedgehog is ready for Cinco de Mayo, and so are we! Grab a bowl of chips & guac, mix your best margarita (if you’re so inclined) and relax with one of these new releases:

THE ART OF BAKING BLIND by Sarah Vaughan
A delicious and heartfelt debut in which five amateur bakers compete in a baking competition only to discover that the recipe for happiness may not be so easy to follow. “It’s the baking that makes the book rise, and readers will be salivating over descriptions of Victoria sponge, Battenburg cake, Chelsea buns, and other treats.” — Booklist

HUGO & ROSE by Bridget Foley
A beautifully imagined debut novel about a housewife who’s dreamt of the same man every night her entire life—until she has a chance meeting with him in the real world. “Foley’s imaginative and insightful novel will hold readers spellbound as it builds to a stunning conclusion.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (4/28/15 Edition)

Today we celebrate #BookBdays for a pair of debuts novels and an essay collection about first jobs:

THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolen Womack
We’re obsessed with Womack’s riveting debut novel about time travel, adventure, and romance. We’ve already told you that it’s perfect for “Da Vinci Code and Outlander fans” (Booklist). It’s also a May 2015 Indie Next pick and has a killer book trailer.

HER NAME IS ROSE by Christine Breen
Breen’s “poignant”* debut novel about an Irish woman who goes to Boston in search of the birth mother of her beloved adopted daughter, Rose, recalls the wit and emotion of Maeve Binchy at her best. “Breen’s characters immediately invite the reader to go on a heartwrenching journey that’s enhanced by her skillful plotting and authentic, lyrical descriptions of the Emerald Isle. A moving first novel.”
— *Publishers Weekly, starred review

FIRST JOBS: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks, edited by Merritt Watts and Hanya Yanagihara
(Picador True Tales series)

Watts and Yanagihara offer 50 short first-person narratives about first jobs edited from interviews with both famous and ordinary people.

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