Fall 2014 Debut Novels

As the air in New York becomes crisper and the days shorter, it makes me want to stay home with a book. Today, I will share some of the notable new books for the season.

Library Journal writes that the debuts this season are “proving to be the most exciting of a big, big bunch.” Some of the titles they note are a debut novel by actor Gillian Anderson, A Vision of Fire, which is a science fiction thriller about a psychiatrist “investigating inexplicable behavior” in kids; The Jaguar’s Children, a novel about 15 immigrants trapped in a water truck as they try to cross into the U.S. by John Vaillant; and The Global War on Morris is a novel written by Steve Israel, a Congressman from New York, about a pharmaceutical salesman who is tracked by a government surveillance program.

Publishers Weekly just wrote about debuts being published by small, literary publishers. It’s worth reading through the author profiles they link to on the page, as they tell some interesting stories about how some of the authors got their books published, including one woman who sent her book to Jonathan Franzen. On that list is a book I have written about before, Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, which won the Baileys Prize earlier this year and is noted for it unique prose. And Our Lady of the Nile, by Scholastique Mukasonga, which was originally published in French, and is about life in a Rwanda Catholic girls school in the 1980s.

Happy reading all. It feels like there are some good new titles to choose from…

Next week I review The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, a book about life on death row, which made it to the shortlist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.

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