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Taylor's Picks: Favorite Debut Novels

by Taylor Baugher on 2021-03-17T09:22:00-04:00 in Staff Picks | Comments

staff picks logoExploring 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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Cover ArtA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 9781476738024
Publication Date: 2015
Cover ArtNeuromancer by William Gibson
ISBN: 9780441007462
Publication Date: 2000

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
ISBN: 9781573222457
Publication Date: 2003

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Carrie by Stephen King
ISBN: 9780345806819
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.

Cover ArtThe Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
ISBN: 9780618485222
Publication Date: 2004

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
ISBN: 9780060935467
Publication Date: 1960
Cover ArtThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
ISBN: 9780307278449
Publication Date: 1970
Cover ArtThere There by Tommy Orange
ISBN: 9780525520375
Publication Date: 2018


Cover ArtFight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
ISBN: 9780393327342
Publication Date: 1996
Cover ArtThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath; Diane W. Middlebrook (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780375404634
Publication Date: 1963
Cover ArtThe Secret History by Donna Tartt
ISBN: 9781400031702
Publication Date: 1992
Cover ArtA Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Walker Percy (Foreword by); Andrei Codrescu (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780807126066
Publication Date: 1980

 note: unless otherwise stated, descriptions were edited from publisher information.


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