Fresh Fiction for 2015

13 debut fiction authors you don’t want to miss

2014 was an exciting year for new authors, and 2015 is shaping up to be a terrifically exciting year. Don’t miss these fresh faces in the world of fiction—their debut novels have greatness written all over them (and in them!).

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“This book is among the funniest and most emotionally honest I’ve read in a long time.”—Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything Is Illuminated

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“Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers is a lot of things—a disquisition on and aping of the Internet, a dissection of friendship and romance in the digital age, and an old doppelgänger tale—but for me it’s most poignant as an elegy for the written word, and as a rebuke of its decline.”—Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

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“An unforgettable portrait of how war forever changes the life of the individual, Girl at War is a remarkable debut by a writer working with deep reserves of talent, heart, and mind.”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure

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House of Echoes is that rare debut that grabs the reader by the lapels with both hands and never lets go. It’s compelling, brooding, atmospheric, and propulsive—and it accomplishes something frightening and unique: a portrayal of the great outdoors as beautiful, amoral, and claustrophobic at the same time. It will stay with you long after you read the last page, and it may very well haunt your dreams.”—C. J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Endangered

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“With an elegance, precision, and surehandedness that recalls Marguerite Duras’s The Lover and Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac, Jill Alexander Essbaum gives us this exquisite tale of an expatriate American wife living in Switzerland and her sexual and psychic unraveling. Hausfrau stuns with its confidence and severe beauty, its cascading insights into the uses of erotic life and the nature of secrets, the urgency of compulsion and the difficulty of freedom. This is a rare and remarkable debut.”—Janet Fitch, #1 New York Times bestselling author of White Oleander

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The Quick

Lauren Owen

“A seamless blend of Victorian London and rich imagination.”—Tana French, author of In the Woods

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The Weight of Blood

Laura McHugh

“Vivid and enthralling . . . It kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last.” —Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers

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Wake is a compelling and emotionally charged debut about the painful aftermath of war and the ways—small, brave, or commonplace—in which we keep ourselves going. It touches feelings we know, and settings—dance halls, war fronts, queues outside the grocer’s—that we don’t. I loved it.”—Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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“An engrossing, believable, gracefully written family drama that reveals our past’s bare-knuckle grip on our present.”—Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room

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“Exceptional in its verbal brilliance and conscientiousness, Against the Country involves us in a family’s anguished and hilarious struggle against the strange dooms that seem peculiar to white rural America. This is a savage and gladdening novel.”—Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland and The Dog

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The Hawley Book of the Dead had me completely spellbound from beginning to end. A storytelling virtuosa, Chrysler Szarlan has woven a wondrous, scintillating web of suspense, love, history, and magic that will keep you eagerly turning the pages late into the night. Even readers not normally drawn to the supernatural will be swept away by this book; it has everything a great adventure should have—and so much more.”—Anne Fortier, author of The Lost Sisterhood

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“In this wry, original, generous-spirited debut novel, members of a family come to terms with grief, each in his or her own way. They wrestle with belief and disillusionment, desire and hopelessness, pervasive sorrow and moments of transcendent joy. The result is riveting, powerful, and quietly devastating. Quite simply, A Song for Issy Bradley took my breath away.”—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

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“Authoritatively researched, compellingly told, and with pleasing echoes of L. Sprague de Camp, Clash of Eagles is a modern masterpiece of what-if speculation.”—Stephen Baxter, Philip K. Dick Award–winning author of The Time Ships