Ilana Masad is a fiction writer and book critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, The Paris Review, NPR, and more. She is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also serves as the assistant nonfiction editor for Prairie Schooner. She is also the founder and host of the literary podcast The Other Stories.Continue reading “Podcast Episode 06: Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother’s Lovers”
Genevieve Hudson’s debut novel Boys of Alabama comes with a lot of buzz. After he debut story collection Pretend We Live Here mad a big splash in 2018 with their electric prose and fascinating characters, this book builds on those skills they so carefully displayed across the stories.
Boys of Alabama is about Max, a boy who may or may not bring dead animals back to life. When his father is transferred from his German company to Alabama, Max becomes entwined with Pan, a confident boy who wears dresses and believes in and is fascinated with witchcraft. The book expertly dissects queer coming-of-age and refreshingly leans into teenage love, lust, drama, and growing pains.Continue reading “Genevieve Hudson’s Boys in Alabama explores what it means to be queer in the Deep South”
Elisabeth Thomas always loved Gothic Literature. She wanted to be transported away from her reality. The Yale-graduate, now working as an archivist for The Museum of Modern Art, knew she would always try her hand at a modern Gothic book.
Catherine House, inspired by her interest in the culture of elite American universities and colleges, is about a prestigious and secretive school where students don’t have contact with the outside world. Readers follow Ines as she discovers why the school is so isolated, the complicated history of Catherine House, and the secrets it holds.Continue reading “Catherine House is the book Elisabeth Thomas always wanted to read; so she wrote it”
Amy Jo Burns 2014 memoir, Cinderland, allowed the world into her childhood. She revealed how one lie could ruin everything. She won over readers with the raw honesty that oozed from her beautiful sentences. Now, in her debut novelShiner, she builds off her skilled writing and transports readers into a West Virginia town where a young girl must defy her father to survive.Continue reading “How Amy Jo Burns found herself again in her debut novel Shiner”
Each month, Debutiful will recommend a handful of buzzworthy and under-the-radar debut books for you to read.Continue reading “6 debut books you should read this May”
With so many author tours being canceled, Debutiful has invited any author who had events canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 to do a reading and a brief interview as part of the Digital Book Tour podcast series.Continue reading “Digital Book Tour – Jessica Pearce Rotondi, What We Inherit”
Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski is a captivating portrayal of queer love in Europe at a time when relationships between men were staunchy looked down on. Though, as Jedrowski explained in a letter that accompanied the advance copy of his debut novel, he reminds readers that many of the LGBTQ+ community in Poland still hides their true identities out of fear.Continue reading “Tomasz Jedrowski shines a light on queer romance in Poland in ‘Swimming in the Dark’”