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The Best Debut Fiction of 2010

  • FICTION

    A KIND OF INTIMACY

    JUNE 1, 2010

FICTION

A KIND OF INTIMACY

by Jenn Ashworth

An impressive debut that will remind some of the work of Patricia Highsmith. A nasty, but tough-to-put-down portrait of a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLACKLANDS

    JAN. 1, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

BLACKLANDS

by Belinda Bauer

Bauer displays remarkable talent in pacing, plotting and, most important of all, getting beneath the skin of even her most... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MATTAPONI QUEEN

    JUNE 1, 2010

FICTION

MATTAPONI QUEEN

by Belle Boggs

Unfussy, understated and richly varied stories—a promising debut. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE HOUSE ON SALT HAY ROAD

    JUNE 1, 2010

FICTION

THE HOUSE ON SALT HAY ROAD

by Carin Clevidence

Clevidence’s worldview may be dark, but her future is rosy. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    OLD BORDER ROAD

    DEC. 9, 2010

FICTION

OLD BORDER ROAD

by Susan Froderberg

An undeniably audacious, if self-consciously Southwest Gothic debut that fans of Cormac McCarthy should adore. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLOODROOT

    JAN. 15, 2010

FICTION

BLOODROOT

by Amy Greene

Pitch-perfect voices tell a story loaded with lyric suffering and redemption—bound to be a huge hit. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SLEEPWALKERS

    OCT. 1, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE SLEEPWALKERS

by Paul Grossman

A solid thriller set amid riveting historical events in the seedy underbelly of a city—and a world—slowly going mad. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MY OWN WORST ENEMY

    DEC. 9, 2009

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

MY OWN WORST ENEMY

by Brandon Hebert

Hebert doesn’t have Elmore Leonard’s lazy humor, or his effortless way of making every clipped sentence snap and sing. But... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MANAZURU

    SEPT. 1, 2010

FICTION

MANAZURU

by Hiromi Kawakami & translated by Michael Emmerich

Evocative, original exploration of grief—more of a journey than a destination, with plot almost beside the point. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SWIMMING POOL

    APRIL 6, 2010

FICTION

THE SWIMMING POOL

by Holly LeCraw

Whether open or suppressed, passion rules events, but this is not a murder mystery; instead LeCraw reveals the complex moral... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TWENTYNINE PALMS

    JULY 1, 2010

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

TWENTYNINE PALMS

by Daniel Pyne

With dialogue that sings and action that sizzles, this is a prime candidate for the big screen. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET

    JAN. 1, 2010

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET

by Ali Shaw

At its best, this strikingly visual novel shrugs off self-consciousness and a sense of strain to become captivatingly... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LEGACY

    AUG. 10, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE LEGACY

by Kirsten Tranter

A promising beginning to what will undoubtedly be a successful writing career. Full review >

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