There have been a lot of debuts that have been published this year. I curated a list of the best debuts for Electric Literature and left off a lot of books I have featured here on Debutiful. Still, there are more debuts that somehow missed my radar.
The following six books are debuts that I have recently read or discovered through booksellers, fellow writers, and librarians.
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth): Beginning at the start of the 20th century on the Zimbabwe River, this historical novel weaves through time to reveal a dazzling story about triumph and losses; hope and despair.
Oksana, Behave! by Maria Kuznetsova (Spiegel & Grau): A sharp-witted tale of the ups-and-downs of adolescence for a Russian-American girl trying to find her place in the world.
Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (Harper): A 1980s, Australian-set coming of age book so tender and relevant to 2019.
Sabrine & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (One World): Stories from the American west told through the lives of Latinas from Indigenous descent. The variety in voice made each story feel vital and fresh,
In at the Deep End by Kate Davies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt): A smart, sexy, and sexual romp akin to Bridget Jones and Fleabag.
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Doubleday): A spanning family drama that never feels overstuffed and has a little bit for everyone.