First Time Novelists

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The swimming pool

Holly LeCraw.

Literary Fiction

Seven summers ago, Marcella Atkinson fell in love with Cecil McClatchey, a married father of two. But on the same night their romance abruptly ended, Cecil's wife was found murdered--and their lives changed forever, in this powerful debut.


Delirious

Daniel Palmer.

Thriller

Palmer, the son of bestselling author Michael Palmer, makes his phenomenal fiction debut with a fiendishly inventive psychological thriller in which the line between what is real and what is imagined twists and turns.


The person history of Rachel Dupree : [a novel]

Ann Weisgarber.

African American, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

An award-winning novel with incredible heart, about life on the prairie as it's rarely been seen

When Rachel, hired help in a Chicago boardinghouse, falls in love with Isaac, the boardinghouse owner's son, he makes her a bargain: he'll marry her, but only if she gives up her 160 acres from the Homestead Act so he can double his share. She agrees, and together they stake their claim in the forebodingly beautiful South Dakota Badlands.

Fourteen years...






Still missing a novel

Chevy Stevens.

Action/Adventure, Thriller

A heart-pounding debut. Stevens pulls out all the stops in this cat-and-mouse battle between a brilliant psychopath and his tenacious victim, By equal turns clever and compelling, "Still Missing" is the not-to-be missed thriller of the year.--"New York Times"-bestselling author Lisa Gardner.


Mudbound : a novel

by Hillary Jordan.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

This prize-winning novel is storytelling at the height of its powers: the ache of wrongs not yet made right, the fierce attendance of history made real (Barbara Kingsolver), as men and women from two families become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale.


The yellow house : a novel

Patricia Falvey.

THE YELLOW HOUSE delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 20th Century. Eileen O'Neill's family is torn apart by religious intolerance and secrets from the past. Determined to recla her ancestral home and reunite her family, Eileen begins working at the local mill, saving her money and holding fast to her dream. As war is declared on a local and global scale, Eileen cannot separate the politics from the ver...


My name is Mary Sutter

Robin Oliveira.

Historical Fiction

Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon in 19th-century America. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine, Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C., to pursue her medical career.


Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet : a novel

Jamie Ford.

Historical Fiction, Multicultural Fiction

This debut novel tells a heartwarming story of fathers and sons, first loves, fate, and the resilient human heart. Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, the times and places are brought to life (Jim Tomlinson, author of "Things Kept, Things Left Behind").


Girl in translation

Jean Kwok.

Multicultural Fiction

Introducing a fresh, exciting Chinese-American voice, an inspiring debut about an immigrant girl forced to choose between two worlds and two futures. When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the ...


The help

Kathryn Stockett.

Multicultural Fiction, Historical Fiction

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.


Stiltsville : a novel

Susanna Daniel.

Literary Fiction

A deeply engrossing tale of love, family, friendship, and motherhood, "Stiltsville" is both an elegantly crafted work of art and a great read. The love story effortlessly spans decades, and the characters are as real and vivid as the novel's South Florida backdrop.--Curtis Sittenfeld ("American Wife").


How to be an American housewife

Margaret Dilloway.

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

A lively and surprising novel about a Japanese woman with a closely guarded secret, the American daughter who strives to live up to her mother's standards, and the rejuvenating power of forgiveness.

How to Be an American Housewifeis a novel about mothers and daughters, and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married an American GI, and her grown daughter, Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewi...




A small death in the great glen : a novel

A.D. Scott.

Mystery, Military Fiction, Historical Fiction

In the Highlands of 1950s Scotland, a boy is found dead in a canal lock. Two members of the local newspaper staff set out to investigate the crime. Together, these very different Scots harbor deep and troubling secrets underneath their polished and respectable veneers.


The Kitchen House

Kathleen Grissom

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her ad...


Miss You Most of All

Elizabeth Bass

Literary Fiction

Bass's sparkling debut will inspire laughs and tears as the sisters of Sassy Spinster Farm experience one of the most memorable summers of their lives. Cancer survivor Rue Anderson; her sister, Laura Rafferty; and military veteran Webb Saunders run a successful Sweetgum, Tex., farm where boarders can learn "hands-on about planting, harvesting, canning, and storing." Despite some problems-Rue's just out of chemo and sharing custody of her 11-year-...


The Tiger's Wife

Tea Obreht

Literary Fiction

Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Obreht, the youngest ofThe New Yorker's twenty best American fiction writers under forty, has spun a timeless novel that will establish her as one of the most vibrant, original authors of her generation.

In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend begi...