Exploring debut novels, or the first novel by an author, is something of a hobby of mine, so much so that I run a book club that exclusively reads debut novels (an amazing book club, at that). I find myself seeking out new authors when I read book reviews, or I'll find a book I really love and insist on reading the author's first immediately after. There are a lot of debut novels that have been popular in recent years. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, and There There by Tommy Orange stand out as three that have really captivated readers in recent years.
The titles I've selected below are some of my favorites, but by no means is this list exhaustive. There are so many more that I wish I could have included and there are quite a few that find themselves on the Browsing shelves. Do you have a favorite debut that you want to share—let us know in the comments!
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Carrie by Stephen King
Publication Date: 1974
Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. Carrie White may be picked on by her classmates, but she has a gift. She can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. This is her power and her problem. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offers Carrie a chance to be a normal...until an unexpected cruelty turns her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that no one will ever forget.
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