If there is anything 2020 taught us, it’s to find comfort where ever you can find it. Debut books were a big comfort this past year. There is something so exhilarating discovering a new voice. The books produced were sometimes ten years in the making and whether it’s a quiet story about sexuality or a magic realism saga, debut books are a writer’s unfiltered thoughts. They are the most honest a writer will ever be.
This year’s best debuts range from realistic queer stories to outrageous gothic ones. This list features novels, story collections, true crime, essay collections, and everything in between.
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This year hasn’t gone the way any of us thought it’d go. One thing that we can always count on is a crop of debut and emerging writers to produce delectable books.
So many stellar books came out in the first half of 2020 that I had trouble narrowing it down. The books featured on this list are the ones that I have recommended or have thought about the most. Of course, there are so many delectable books that were left off this list. Like I always say: art is subjective.
Here are the dozen debuts that I feel everyone should pick up at one point this year.
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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.
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