20 Terrific Debut Novels of 2012

 Read reviewAlif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen

G. Willow Wilson

'Driven by a hot ionic charge between higher math and Arabian myth, G. Willow Wilson conjures up a tale of literary enchantment, political change, and religious mystery.

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 Read reviewFloundering

Floundering

Romy Ash

Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her...

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 Read reviewRunning Dogs

Running Dogs

Ruby Murray

Jakarta, 1997, and the city is on the verge of a revolution. Even the Jordan children - Petra, Isaak, Kristina, and Paul - can feel it coming, shaking the edges of their privileged, protected expat world.

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

An irresistibly funny, brilliantly original coming-of-age novel

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 Read reviewThe Snow Child

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears...

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 Read reviewSufficient Grace

Sufficient Grace

Amy Espeseth

Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Failing, Wisconsin, part of a community of Pentecostal fundamentalists. While their families perceive constant danger in the outside world, they are blind to the destruction and devastation...

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