6 debut books you should read this September

6 debut books you should read this September

Each month, Debutiful will recommend a handful of buzzworthy and under-the-radar debut books for you to read.

It’s already September? Gone are the dog days of a summer. Most of which we all probably spent in doors. Autumn is usually a time for cozy books to come out to curl up as the weather drops. This year is no different when it comes to literary releases, but the whole world feels different. The Covid-19 pandemic is far from over. An American election feels like a turning point for the future of mankind. Countless acts of racism and murders of Black people by police. All of these things deserve our attention.

If you need to escape for a few hours a day, try these debut books. Below you’ll find stories from abroad, thrillers, and down right beautiful prose.

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Kate Reed Petty is out to find the truth in True Story

Kate Reed Petty is out to find the truth in True Story

Rumors, assault, trauma, and misogyny are swirling around the pages fo True Story by Kate Reed Petty. In 2015, Alice is a reclusive writer haunted by her own story. Over 15 years prior, in the confines of an elite high school, a rumor is started and no one is quite sure what to make of it.

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John Fram’s The Bright Lands is the queer, supernatural thriller the world needs right now

John Fram’s The Bright Lands is the queer, supernatural thriller the world needs right now

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John Fram pulled from his own experiences as an outsider in rural Texas and his obsession with crime novelists like Mary Higgins Clark to create The Bright Lands. The novel is one of the most original takes on modern noir I have ever read. Now living in New York, Fram has written for a variety of publications, including The New York Times and The Atlantic. He recently had an opinion in the Times entitled “How White Crime Writers Justified Police Brutality.”

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Podcast Episode 05: Sara Sligar, author of Take Me Apart

Podcast Episode 05: Sara Sligar, author of Take Me Apart

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Sara Sligar teached English and creative writing at the University of Southern California. Prior to that, the author of Take Me Apart obtained her Ph.D from University of Pennsylvania. Her debut book is a literary thriller about an archivist who becomes obsessed with her subject’s mysterious death. The psychological suspense incorporates found material into the narrative, which provides insight into one of the main characters in such a unique and refreshing way.

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‘Disappearing Earth’ author Julia Phillips reflects on her debut year, award shortlists, and what’s next

‘Disappearing Earth’ author Julia Phillips reflects on her debut year, award shortlists, and what’s next

National Book Award finalist Julia Phillips spent nearly three years writing her debut Disappearing Earth and even lived in the remote Russian village where the book is set. The debut was an instant hit when it was published in May and continued to gain momentum all the way into award season.

She is now a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Additionally. she is on the longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction. The finalists will be announced early in November.

I wanted to catch up with Phillips about everything that has unfolded since her debut was published and what’s next.

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