11 DEBUT NOVELS WE LOVE [SHOWING SLIDE 6 OF 11]

We live to discover new talent at Kirkus. There’s an unmitigated joy when you’re there watching right at the beginning of a writer’s career. Some of the writers on this week’s list—which features books about a surreal kidnapping, a bittersweet love story and a black comedy about zombies, among other inventive topics—have dabbled in other genres, but all of them have written debut novels that sparkle.

by Matt Bell

"As the male character's path to redemption leaves his body increasingly ravaged, Bell's book becomes an unflinching portrait of the struggle to keep a family intact."
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