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Best Debut Fiction of 2014

  • FICTION

    THE MINIATURIST

    AUG. 26, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE MINIATURIST

by Jessie Burton

With its oblique storytelling, crescendo of female empowerment and wrenching ending, this novel establishes Burton as a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A BRAVE MAN SEVEN STOREYS TALL

    JULY 8, 2014

FICTION

A BRAVE MAN SEVEN STOREYS TALL

by Will Chancellor

Some readers may stumble over the Latin, argot and allusions, but these are minor challenges in Chancellor’s polymorphous... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WOLF IN WHITE VAN

    SEPT. 16, 2014

FICTION

WOLF IN WHITE VAN

by John Darnielle

A pop culture–infused novel that thoughtfully and nonjudgmentally considers the dark side of nerddom. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WILDS

    OCT. 14, 2014

FICTION

THE WILDS

by Julia Elliott

This book will take you to places you never dreamed of going and aren't quite sure you want to stay, but you won't regret... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WORD EXCHANGE

    APRIL 8, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE WORD EXCHANGE

by Alena Graedon

A wildly ambitious, darkly intellectual and inventive thriller about the intersection of language, technology and meaning. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING

    JULY 1, 2014

FICTION

THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING

by Mira Jacob

Comparisons of Jacob to Jhumpa Lahiri are inevitable; Lahiri may be more overtly profound, Jacob more willing to go for... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    REDEPLOYMENT

    MARCH 4, 2014

FICTION

REDEPLOYMENT

by Phil Klay

A no-nonsense and informed reckoning with combat. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BIRD BOX

    MAY 13, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

BIRD BOX

by Josh Malerman

An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock's The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE INVENTION OF EXILE

    AUG. 18, 2014

FICTION

THE INVENTION OF EXILE

by Vanessa Manko

A top-notch debut, at once sober and lively and provocative. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING

    SEPT. 9, 2014

FICTION

A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING

by Eimear McBride

McBride’s debut garnered the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize in 2013 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction in 2014—and... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY

    JUNE 26, 2014

FICTION

WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY

by Christina Nichol

Indeed, he’s one of the most fully realized characters in recent memory, and readers will take much pleasure in going along... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT WE KNOW

    APRIL 22, 2014

FICTION

IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT WE KNOW

by Zia Haider Rahman

Beautifully written evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

    AUG. 5, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

by David Shafer

An edgy, darkly comedic debut novel whose characters and premise are as up-to-the-minute as an online news feed but as... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE MARTIAN

    FEB. 11, 2014

FICTION

THE MARTIAN

by Andy Weir

Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery. Full review >

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