Simon Han’s debut book Nights When Nothing Happened tells you exactly what the book is about. Except, “nothing happening” is in the eye of the beholder. The novel, about a Chinese immigrant family living in Plano, Texas, is as equally quiet as it is thrilling. The project started as a short story about a young girl who begins sleepwalking that spiraled into one of the best novels of the year.Continue reading “Inside Simon Han’s suburban dreamscape”
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 November”
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 – Phuc Tran, Sigh, Gone”
C Pam Zhang explores immigration in How Much of These Hills Is Gold, a coming-of-age story of two newly orphaned siblings set during the Gold Rush. It takes bits and pieces of topics you might be familiar with, but stretches those ideas in new ways. The book explores family secrets and young ambition in the face of desperation.Continue reading “C Pam Zhang struck Gold with her debut novel”
Each month, I will pick a handful of buzzworthy and under the radar debut books I feel you’ll enjoy.Continue reading “6 debut books you should read this October”
Angie Kim‘s journey from a young Korean girl to a trial lawyer in America is already a story worth exploring. Then she shifted gears and wrote one one of this year’s best debuts, Miracle Creek.Continue reading “Angie Kim on creating the marvelous and mysterious ‘Miracle Creek’”
When The Farm first landed at my doorstep, I was easily intrigued by what Joanne Ramos pieced together. From pregnancy rights to immigration, her novel – tinged with dystopian undertones – felt urgent as political nominees began to announce their candidacy for 2020.
Even though I expected to love it, the novel knocked me out. In her debut, which isn’t about politics, but about human rights on a larger scale, Ramos created a must read page-turner that offered readers an insight to what is happening now as well as what can happen in the future.Continue reading “Joanne Ramos takes readers to ‘The Farm’ – an unintentional dystopian novel with relevant themes”
Each month, I will pick a handful of buzzworthy and under the radar debut books I feel you’ll enjoy.Continue reading “6 debut books you should read this May”
Melissa Rivero was a lawyer in New York City unsatisfied with how her career was not fulfilling her soul’s needs. She knew she wanted something different when she started writing scenes influenced by an incident that happened to her mother.
The result became The Affairs of the Falcóns, a study into how immigration policies effect us all. The characters in the book are Peruvian, just like Rivero and her family. However, the family’s story in her debut novel is not a retelling of her life. Instead, she took information from her mother’s life and reimagined it into a bigger story that reaches beyond her singular experience.
I spoke with the lawyer-turned-writer about Peru, growing us as an “other,” and how the Falcóns came to be.Read morE