Friday Reads: Starred Debuts

Happy Friday! Today we’re curling up with two debut novels that have already received several starred reviews:

LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
“Tracing the movements of France’s ill-fated Lapérouse maritime expedition in the late eighteenth century, Williams’ exceptional debut isn’t your traditional seafaring yarn and is all the stronger and more penetrating for it. Full of period sensibilities, particularly the Enlightenment-era urge to go forth and explore new domains, the novel is alternately charming, invigorating, and heartbreaking, and always thoughtful and humane. Even readers who don’t seek out nautical adventures will find themselves drawn in, especially if they love high-quality literary fiction.”
Booklist, starred review

“An entertainingly erudite debut… Elegant and entrancing… Literary art of the first order, intelligent and evocative in the way of the best of historical fiction.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Crucet’s bildungsroman…succeeds on such a universal level that she could easily be a coming-of-age poster child. …Crucet crafts [Cuban American Lizet Ramirez] with such sympathy that watching her evolve is utterly compelling from start to finish. A brilliantly crafted, sumptuous tale.” — Booklist, starred review

“Crucet crafts a rich setting and supporting characters to go along with her astute cultural analysis. …in Lizet’s story, we have a thrilling, deeply fulfilling journey of a young woman stepping into her own power. This debut novel from Crucet heralds the birth of a talented novelist to watch.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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