Meredith Westgate’s debut novel, The Shimmering State, perfectly blends sci-fi and romance. Author Adam Wilson said the book was reminiscent of Eternal Sunshine For the Spotless Mind. Meredith Westgate is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MFA in Fiction from The New School. We had the native Pennsylvanian and current Brooklynite answer our recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know her.Continue reading “A Life of Books with Meredith Westgate, author of The Shimmering State”
Summer is here and the books aren’t stopping. The first half of 2021 ends with a pile of debuts so delectable it was hard to narrow Debutiful’s recommendations down to just ten. The books featured below range from dark queer romances to somber reflections on race in America to books filled with off-the-wall humor.Continue reading “10 debut books to read this June”
You may recognize the name Forsyth Harmon. If you do, you’re lucky enough to have read tremendous books that she has illustrated like the essay collection, Girlhood, by Melissa Febos.
Now Forsyth has her own illustrated novel out called Justine and it is exquisite. Set in 1999, the story follows Ali as she meets Justine in a life changing series of events. Justine takes Ali under her wings at a local store where the two start as coworkers and blossom into something more. Harmon’s work is intimate. It’s cozy in the way that you want a book to be but allows you to be uncomfortable with the realities of these young lives.
I wanted to know more about what makes Forsyth Harmon tick and asker her to fill out Debutiful’s A Life of Books questionnaire. Read her answers below.Continue reading “A Life of Books with Forsyth Harmon, author of Justine”
Eddy Boudel Tan drew from a fear that has lingered throughout his lifetime to create his debut novel After Elias. That fear is what happens when you lose everything. Losing your job, your home, your loved ones. Losing whatever. His novel explores that fear when a man loses his soon-to-be husband right before their wedding. The book is somber and reflective. It’s also a labor of love. The author lives in British Columbia, far from the hustle of New York City or the coziness of Iowa.Continue reading “Canadian author Eddy Boudel Tan on creating a modern queer tragedy”
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”
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’”
Everything about Mathea Morais‘s debut is pitch perfect. The vibe. The honesty. The romance. The nostalgia. Everything.Continue reading “‘There You Are’ by Mathea Morais is a musical trip down memory lane”
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”
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 September”