Hilary Leichter has worked a lot of odd jobs, but those jobs aren’t what her debut novel Temporary is about. The book, recently reviewed in The New York Times, is more about the feelings of that lifestyle and how we are shaped by our jobs.Continue reading “Hilary Leichter on ‘Temporary’ jobs and literary friendships”
Each month, Debutiful will recommend a handful of buzzworthy and under-the-radar debut books for you to read.
Spring is upon us and all of our to be read piles are heating up. The working list of debuts to read that are publishing this month was 14 and that, I’m sure, doesn’t even scratch the surface. Expect another list shortly called ‘6 more debut books from Winter 2020 you should read.’ There have been an insane amount of stellar debuts published so far this year.Continue reading “6 debut books you should read this March”
Greg Mania‘s debut memoir Born to Be Public won’t be released until later this summer. Earlier this winter his publisher CLASH Books revealed the punk-rock cover that fits the writer’s big personality.Continue reading “Designing Debuts: How Matthew Revert created Greg Mania’s book cover”
In Home Making, Lee Matalone explores how people face anxieties as they attempt to put together their lives and figure out their places in the world. The debut novel is filled with multiple generations of women who are finding their footing at different stages of life.Continue reading “Lee Matalone on making ‘Home Making’ by happenstance”
Brandon Taylor is the Senior Editor of Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading and is a staff writer at Lit Hub. His debut novel, Real Life, is about a grad student’s weekend of self-realization after a science experience fails. From a romance to feeling out of place, nothing seems to be going right for main character Wallace.Continue reading “Podcast Episode 02: Brandon Taylor, author of ‘Real Life’”
Jenn Shapland was working in the archives at the Harry Ransom Center when she came across letters from author Carson McCullers and a mysterious woman named Annemarie. That discovery led the writer on a journey to uncover and reexamine McCullers’s life while also taking a closer look at her own.Continue reading “Jenn Shapland recommends the books that lift her up, tear her down, and everything in between”
JP Gritton‘s 2019 debut Wyoming was called “an affecting, richly drawn, darkly humorous novel about grifting siblings, one worse than the other” by Kirkus, where it was named on of the year’s best debut novels.Continue reading “Catching up with ‘Wyoming’ author JP Gritton”