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11 Debut Novels We Love

  • FICTION

    THE NIGHT GWEN STACY DIED

    JULY 2, 2013

FICTION

THE NIGHT GWEN STACY DIED

by Sarah Bruni

Bruni writes dark passages and playful moments with equal aplomb. The world is her oyster. Full review >

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    DON'T EVER GET OLD

    MAY 22, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

DON'T EVER GET OLD

by Daniel Friedman

A sardonically appealing debut for a detective who assures his long-suffering grandson, “I care about people. I just don’t... Full review >

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    THE YEAR OF THE GADFLY

    MAY 8, 2012

FICTION

THE YEAR OF THE GADFLY

by Jennifer Miller

A gripping thrill ride that’s also a thoughtful coming-of-age story. Full review >

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    FIEND

    JULY 9, 2013

FICTION

FIEND

by Peter Stenson

A crisply written, grisly mashup tailor-made for black comedy junkies. Full review >

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    THE STARBOARD SEA

    MARCH 1, 2012

FICTION

THE STARBOARD SEA

by Amber Dermont

Preppy murder mystery meets coming-of-age story—with lots of sailing. Full review >

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    IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS

    JUNE 18, 2013

FICTION

IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS

by Matt Bell

As the male character's path to redemption leaves his body increasingly ravaged, Bell’s book becomes an unflinching portrait... Full review >

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    PREP

    JAN. 18, 2005

FICTION

PREP

by Curtis Sittenfeld

Teenaged years served up without sugar: a class act. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE PANOPTICON

    JULY 23, 2013

FICTION

THE PANOPTICON

by Jenni Fagan

Dark and disturbing but also exciting and moving thanks to a memorable heroine and vividly atmospheric prose. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    CLOSE MY EYES

    JULY 9, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

CLOSE MY EYES

by Sophie McKenzie

McKenzie’s maiden thriller is a hit, even if it becomes a bit crowded in the process. Full review >

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