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Best Debut Fiction of 2022

  • FICTION

    BROWN GIRLS

    JAN. 4, 2022

FICTION

BROWN GIRLS

by Daphne Palasi Andreades

Singing as one, Andreades’ brown girls create and capture the voice of a generation. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    PRETEND IT'S MY BODY

    OCT. 18, 2022

FICTION

PRETEND IT'S MY BODY

by Luke Dani Blue

Original work intent on creating new ways to imagine transformations. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    IF I SURVIVE YOU

    SEPT. 6, 2022

FICTION

IF I SURVIVE YOU

by Jonathan Escoffery

A fine debut that looks at the complexities of cultural identity with humor, savvy, and a rich sense of place. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    STORIES FROM THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS

    AUG. 16, 2022

FICTION

STORIES FROM THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS

by Sidik Fofana

A potentially significant voice in African American fiction asserts itself with wit and compassion. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    OUT THERE

    MARCH 29, 2022

  • FICTION

    LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY

    APRIL 5, 2022

FICTION

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY

by Bonnie Garmus

A more adorable plea for rationalism and gender equality would be hard to find. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    OLGA DIES DREAMING

    JAN. 11, 2022

FICTION

OLGA DIES DREAMING

by Xochitl Gonzalez

Atmospheric, intelligent, and well informed: an impressive debut. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE RABBIT HUTCH

    AUG. 2, 2022

FICTION

THE RABBIT HUTCH

by Tess Gunty

A stunning and original debut that is as smart as it is entertaining. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A CALM & NORMAL HEART

    JUNE 21, 2022

FICTION

A CALM & NORMAL HEART

by Chelsea T. Hicks

Dark and darkly comic stories that herald an important new voice in American letters. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    VLADIMIR

    FEB. 1, 2022

FICTION

VLADIMIR

by Julia May Jonas

Like the man she shackles to a chair in the prologue, once this narrator has you, she won't let go. A remarkable debut. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    AN OLIVE GROVE IN ENDS

    MAY 31, 2022

  • FICTION

    ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT

    AUG. 2, 2022

  • FICTION

    NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ

    JULY 5, 2022

FICTION

NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ

by Morgan Talty

Ranging from grim to tender, these stories reveal the hardships facing a young Native American in contemporary America. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SWEET, SOFT, PLENTY RHYTHM

    SEPT. 20, 2022

FICTION

SWEET, SOFT, PLENTY RHYTHM

by Laura Warrell

A captivating modern romance evoking love, loss, recovery, and redemption. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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