4 can’t-miss debut books you should read this December

Each month, Debutiful helps readers discover debut authors who are releasing can’t-miss books!

How Far the Light Reaches by Sabrina Imbler (Little, Brown; December 6)

This essay collection explores the mysterious depths of the sea. Imbler covers creatures for Defector, and uses that expertise to connect how these creatures react and act like those humans walking among us. It’s an illuminating collection that teaches readers about octopus, fish, and about ourselves.

Things We Found When the Water Went Down by Tegan Nia Swanson (Catapult; December 6)

A death and a disappearance is the hook of this novel set in a small, isolated town. The book explores grief and memory as well as small-town power structure and rumor in such an enchanting and illuminating way. The book weaves a heightened sense of reality in with nitty, gritty, realism.

Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion by Bushra Rehman (Flatiron; December 6)

In this beautiful coming-of-age novel about growing up in a tight-knight immigrant community, Rehman enchants readers by deftly exploring the two worlds her character grows up in. She navigates her Pakisatni-American community in Queens as well as the prestigious and materialistic world of Manhattan.

At Certain Points We Touch by Lauren John Joseph (Bloomsbury; December 6)

Hot, steamy, smart, sexy. All can describe At Certain Points We Touch, which finds the narrator reminiscing about a first love. Lauren John Joseph has their finger on the pulse of what makes readers want to eagerly turn the page as they hang on every sensual word.

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